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The Best of Britain and Ireland Hiking

The Best of Britain and Ireland Hiking

If you are a long-time reader you know that we love hiking and walking (hence the name Boots not Roots). When searching for some of the best places to hike we sometimes stumble across cool websites collating some unique hikes that we otherwise might not have heard of. The Sole Power blog powered by Michelin is an adventure lover’s dream come true....

The Ultimate Guide to B.C.’s Sea to Sky Highway

The Ultimate Guide to B.C.’s Sea to Sky Highway

At the beginning of September (only 2 months after moving across the globe to Seattle) it happened — I got itchy feet again. I was scrolling through Pinterest (my guiltiest of all pleasures) and couldn’t help but dream of far-away lands that I missed dearly in Europe. Like any normal person with an itch, I scratched it (no pun intended)...

20 Perfect Gifts for Every Traveler in your Life (for every budget!)

20 Perfect Gifts for Every Traveler in your Life (for every budget!)

 

Shopping for someone with itchy feet can be challenging (I know I have to shop for one every year..). But, this fearless guide will equip you with the perfect list of gifts for all of the travelers in your life — photographers, frequent flyers, home decor geeks, and even those friends who drag you through foreign cities with sore feet...

A Guide to Whitewater Rafting in Squamish, Canada

A Guide to Whitewater Rafting in Squamish, Canada

Paddle Forward! Forward! Forward! Now hold on!!! 

I could hear our guide’s voice behind me encouraging us to paddle faster as we approached the upcoming rapid and I couldn’t tell if I was shaking because I was terrified, elated, cold, exhilarated, or a bit of all of that. After looking at all of the pictures I was definitely...

How to spend four days in the Spanish Basque Country

How to spend four days in the Spanish Basque Country

Unbelievable scenery, friendly people, impeccable wine, and to-die-for food

There are only a few locations in the world where you can use all of these phrases to describe the place. Italy almost fits the bill, but misses on one note (I’ll let you make your own opinions onto which one 🙂 ). Croatia also almost matches these phrases, but the...

A Short and Sweet Hike in the PNW – Heather Lake

A Short and Sweet Hike in the PNW – Heather Lake

Have you ever been so excited about a place that you had to tell everyone you knew about said place practically immediately? There are really only two places that fit this bill for me — Penang, Malaysia (I know, I still haven’t told you all about this magical place!) and Heather Lake. Last night the hubby and I were discussing...

The Perfect Day in the Rioja Wine Region

The Perfect Day in the Rioja Wine Region

Over the past two years we’ve traveled a LOT. Despite exploring many unique “off-the-beaten-track” regions we were never “wowed” by anything. We loved a lot of places, but never visited a place that we were 100% certain we would be back. Enter Spain. I’m gutted that we waited until our last month in Europe to explore this beautiful country, but I’m...

The Perfect Base for your Rioja Wine Adventure

The Perfect Base for your Rioja Wine Adventure

Have you ever been somewhere that your jaw just kept dropping over and over again? We’ve been a few places like this (the Algarve and Achill Island to name a few), but for both of those we expected to be awestruck. We did not, however, have very high expectations for the Basque region and boy were we wrong. If there...

Life Update and our Top 5 European Experiences

Life Update and our Top 5 European Experiences

This year has been CRAZY. Work went nuts in February of this year and hasn’t really slowed down since. We traveled a LOT both for work and personal reasons — a total of 8 countries so far this year! To top it all off, the hubby’s business took off and he started making money. In short, we’ve been crazy busy and juggling...

Horseback Riding in the Dublin Mountains

Horseback Riding in the Dublin Mountains

When I was a kid my dad sent me off to horseback riding camp for the summer. I fell in love with every part of horseback riding (except cleaning the stalls!) and will never forget the euphoric feeling I got while riding through the woods in Georgia. Surprisingly, until a few weeks ago I hadn’t been back on the saddle...

May Recap Post

May Recap Post

May was the month of crazy. I thought April was nuts and then May came. Some highlights include not only a ton of traveling and adventure, but a new blog!!! I’m still tweaking it and will be changing hosts at the end of this month (faster site for the win!), but with all of the sponsorships we’ve been able to...

Part 3: The Instagrammer’s Guide to Road Tripping Ireland

Part 3: The Instagrammer’s Guide to Road Tripping Ireland

This is part 3 of the The Instagrammer’s Guide to Road Tripping Ireland! Make sure to read part ones and two!

The route

Day 10: Connemara and Galway

Galway is by far my favorite city in Ireland. It’s young, hip, vibrant, and one of the best areas to have a “night out on the town” in Ireland. What’s even better? You can...