Hello again. It's been a while. How've you been?
We're back in the UK after our epic trip around India and Southeast Asia. Whilst we made a conscious decision to bring our travels to an end, it's certainly bittersweet to be back in our home country. We're enjoying not living out of a bag (although we kinda still are) and being in one place for a while, but we're missing the vibrancy and variety that travel brought us every single day for 7 months.
In this edition of our newsletter, we've a summary on our month long tour of Cambodia, some exclusive discounts on some travel essentials and we highlight some of our own travel planning articles.
Let's talk about Cambodia
Cambodia has been in the news in the past few days. To many of us, it may not seem like good news, but this shouldn't discount from the awesomeness of Cambodia and, in particular, the warmth, friendliness and generosity of its people. Having spent a month touring the country recently, we can vouch for this.
As is the case with most visitors to Cambodia, the highlight of the trip was Angkor Wat, the world's largest religious complex. We spent a week in the neighbouring city of Siem Reap, visiting the complex on three seperate days via Tuk Tuk. Even in those three days, we only saw a fraction of the temples. Whilst the main temple is the most popular with visitors (it's even on Cambodia's national flag), our favourites were Bayon, which is covered in smiling faces, and Banteay Srei, otherwise known as the Lady Temple.
We also loved spending a week on the idyllic tropical island of Koh Rong Sanloem. There wasn't much to do on the tiny speck of an island other than swim in the crystal-clear sea and relax on the beach, something we're not accustomed to doing very often. We also really enjoyed kayaking through the mangroves on the outskirts of Kampot, riding the 'bamboo railway' and visiting a dog rescue centre.
To be honest, I could continue listing highlights - it was a truly incredible month of travel. Cambodia has a troubled history and those troubles continue to cast a shadow on some aspects of life in Cambodia. But, what we saw was a country that's full of incredible things to see and do and a kind, cheerful and optimistic population who are keen to ensure visitors have the time of their lives.
If you're able and curious in any way, go there! Go there now!
We visited the Holy City of Pushkar, India
We've been busy producing and publishing videos from our recent trip around India. In our latest video, we travel by train in Sleeper class and we explore the holy city of Pushkar.
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Exclusive discounts on travel essentials
We try to support independent businesses as much as possible, especially those who have genuine and tangible eco-credentials. Here are a couple of our favourites, along with some cheeky discount codes that you can use.
These are all products we actually use, so they come with our genuine recommendations.
Nomad Eyewear - 100% Recycled Sunglasses
We're on a mission to make the world's most eco-friendly sunglasses that can handle any adventure. 5 trees planted for every pair sold.
Save 15% with code ’HERETOTRAVEL’.
SURI - Slim, sonic, and sustainable
SURI is the new, sustainable electric toothbrush delivering an effective clean with innovative plant-based materials.
Get 15% off in July, PLUS save an additional 10% with code ’HERETOTRAVEL10’.
Natural Barber Co. - Sustainable Natural Hair Wax
Our innovative all-natural hair wax nourishes, conditions and protects your hair. It's also vegan, cruelty free and plastic free.
Get 15% off with code 'HERETOTRAVEL'.
We Are Menos - An independent, British backpack brand
The perfect everyday carry-on backpack, made from recycled plastic. The Menos backpack combines a stunning, minimalist aesthetic with uncompromising functionality.
Get 10% off with code 'HERETOTRAVEL10'.
Helping you to plan your travels
In this newsletter, we want to highlught some our our Travel Resource articles, each one written to help make your travel planning easier.
Here are some of the awesome things we've discovered this month as we've trawled the internet.
- Why ‘sustainable travel’ isn’t enough anymore
- Sustainable packing tips for the eco-friendly traveller
- Opinion: No More Monolithic – Africa is Not a Country
- Some Advice on How to Travel More Intentionally
- Near-Zero Aviation Is Possible, But Do We Have the Will?
That's a wrap for this newsletter. We hope you found it useful. We’d love to hear from you if you have any questions or comments. If you’re receiving this in your inbox, just hit reply!
Until the next one,
Matt & Jade
P.S. If you’re curious about the tools we’re using to plan and book our big Asian adventure, head to our Resources section.