Pathfinders: prime posts from August 2018

Small house overlooking the green rice terraces of Sapa, Vietnam This month’s spherical up features a story of a memorable homestay expertise in Sapa, Vietnam © chain45154 / Getty Pictures

What a month it’s been for our intrepid Pathfinders neighborhood. Throughout August we’ve been regaled with vibrant tales of pilgrimages in Peru, lesser-known alcoholic tipples in Mexico and a peculiar pastime fashionable in the Netherlands.

Choosing our favorite weblog posts every month is rarely simple, however listed below are our prime 5 from August.

Lombok earthquake: our earth-shattering expertise – Angie & Simon

No traveller needs to dwell too lengthy on the potential pitfalls of life on the highway, however generally catastrophe strikes, because it did to Angie and her husband who had been on Gili Air, Indonesia, through the current magnitude seven earthquake that rocked the island. Angie’s account of that frenzied night makes for pulse-quickening studying, however maybe extra rewarding are the inspiring tales of the aftermath, offering a uncommon first-hand perception into how a neighborhood rebounds from such an terrible occasion.

Angie and Simon journey the world sharing recommendation, tales and experiences that they hope will encourage others to do the identical. Discover out extra at

Trekking Peru’s largest spiritual pilgrimage – Jess Vincent

Jess manages to pack loads into this comparatively brief publish: on the one hand it’s a basic journey story about trekking within the Andes, on the opposite a story of cultural change with pilgrims heading to the traditional Qoyllur Rit’i competition. It additionally features as an environmental warning, documenting the influence local weather change is having on our world. Whichever means you slice it, sharp writing and hanging imagery makes Jess’s multifaceted first-person story an enticing learn.

Jess left her graduate job within the metropolis to pursue her love of journey writing. Sustain along with her adventures at

A information to pulque, Mexico’s kombucha on steroids – Chris & Kim

Chris’s publish serves up the story of Mexico’s long-time favoured liquor; no, not tequila – pulque. This lesser-sampled beverage, as soon as strictly reserved for non secular ceremonies earlier than – for a quick interval – changing into the most well-liked alcoholic drink in Mexico, is present process one thing of a revival. Chris mixes fascinating tales of the drink’s vibrant heritage (the drink has its personal goddess who lactates pulque from her 400 breasts) with recommendations on one of the best spots to pattern the delicacy in the present day.

Chris and Kim’s mission assertion is to do what others don’t, see what others miss and escape the abnormal. Discover out extra at

Mudflat strolling in Friesland – Andrew & Katryna

Journey is all about cultural immersion, because the previous proverb goes: when in Rome, do because the Romans do. So when in the Netherlands, after all it’s important to strive wadlopen, the long-time Dutch pastime of mudflat climbing. On this publish Andrew and Katryna recount their expertise of endeavor the whimsical exercise, trekking via waist-high mud on a crossing from the mainland to the Frisian Islands. A enjoyable tackle a singular expertise, Andrew and Katryna’s muddy story is a well-polished learn.

Andrew and Katryna, who hail from the USA however now dwell within the Netherlands, weblog about exploring their European yard (and past). Be taught extra at

Our genuine homestay in Sapa, Vietnam – Jess & Hai

Regardless of common commercialisation, a homestay stays probably the greatest methods to attach with native individuals throughout your travels. Jess’s publish is testomony to this, and, even within the the well-trudged Sapa area of Vietnam, exhibits us not solely that genuine homestay experiences exist, however reminds us how rewarding they are often: offering the chance to strive native meals, study conventional agricultural strategies or, in Jess’s case, pattern ‘copious quantities’ of ‘glad water’.

Jess and Hai intention to showcase the aspect of private development concerned in journey and encourage others to hit the highway. Learn extra of their tales at


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