ABOVE US ONLY SKIES

Exploring the world. Slowly.
Above Us Only Skies, El Chalten, Argentina

Welcome to

ABOVE US ONLY SKIES

A world travel blog for travellers, would-be travellers and anybody else with a curious interest in ditching the routine and exploring our planet.

We’re Ian & Nicky and we’re here to inform, entertain and hopefully inspire you to explore more often and for longer. And we’re here to help you plan your next adventure, whether it’s a weekend city break or a 12-month expedition into the unknown.

Put the future on hold and live for today!

***CORONAVIRUS COVID-19***

Whilst this website’s normal focus is on world travel, the current pandemic has effectively brought the world’s travel industry to a standstill. And, until the pandemic is brought under control, that situation is not likely to change.

Everyone’s focus should now be on doing whatever we can to beat the disease and help our ways of life to return to something resembling “normal”. Which means it’s vital that everyone takes measures to stop the spread of the disease and help ease the burden on our countries’ health systems.

But it also means keeping ourselves informed about what is required of us, how we’re doing in the fight, and what the next steps are. And to help you do this, the following websites provide a wealth of information.

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Compehensive graphs and tables for every country

Flatten The Curve MAP

Interactive map detailing containment measures, testing and treatment information for every country

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COVID-19 resource centre with an interactive map and dashboard

COVID-19: IT'S TIME TO WAKE UP

COVID-19: IT'S TIME TO WAKE UP

24 March 2020 – Pandemic

We’re now three months into what has become the world’s biggest health threat since the “Spanish Flu” of 1918. It’s time to wake up before it’s too late…

6 OF THE BEST DAY HIKES IN CHILE

10 March 2020 – Chile

There are hundreds of day hikes in Chile to choose from. But here are six of our favourites, featuring deserts, glaciers, volcanoes and much more besides…

6 OF THE BEST DAY HIKES IN CHILE
15 UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN SOUTH AMERICA TO EXPLORE

15 UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN SOUTH AMERICA TO EXPLORE

26 February 2020 – South America

Of the 72 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in South America here are 15 of our favourites, from the icefields of southern Patagonia to Colombia’s Caribbean coast…

6 SUBLIME SPOTS FOR WILD CAMPING IN ARGENTINA AND CHILE

19 February 2020 – South America

Road trips and wild camping in Argentina and Chile go together like hand and glove. Here are six of the best spots we found to overnight in our camper van…

6 SUBLIME SPOTS FOR WILD CAMPING IN ARGENTINA AND CHILE
HOW TO PLAN YOUR OWN MENDOZA VINEYARDS TOUR

HOW TO PLAN YOUR OWN MENDOZA VINEYARDS TOUR

13 February 2020 – Argentina

There are many companies offering tours to the Mendoza vineyards, but it’s just as easy to organise your own at much less cost – here’s how and where to go…

THE RAINBOW MOUNTAINS OF THE QUEBRADA DE HUMAHUACA

5 February 2020 – Argentina

The Quebrada de Humahuaca in northwest Argentina is a staggering desert landscape of red rocks, huge cacti and multi-coloured rainbow mountains…

THE RAINBOW MOUNTAINS OF THE QUEBRADA DE HUMAHUACA
COVID-19: IT'S TIME TO WAKE UP

COVID-19: IT'S TIME TO WAKE UP

24 March 2020 – Pandemic

We’re now three months into what has become the world’s biggest health threat since the “Spanish Flu” of 1918. It’s time to wake up before it’s too late…

6 OF THE BEST DAY HIKES IN CHILE

6 OF THE BEST DAY HIKES IN CHILE

10 March 2020 – Chile

There are hundreds of day hikes in Chile to choose from. But here are six of our favourites, featuring deserts, glaciers, volcanoes and much more besides…

15 UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN SOUTH AMERICA TO EXPLORE

15 UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN SOUTH AMERICA TO EXPLORE

26 February 2020 – South America

Of the 72 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in South America here are 15 of our favourites, from the icefields of southern Patagonia to Colombia’s Caribbean coast…

6 SUBLIME SPOTS FOR WILD CAMPING IN ARGENTINA AND CHILE

6 SUBLIME SPOTS FOR WILD CAMPING IN ARGENTINA AND CHILE

19 February 2020 – South America

Road trips and wild camping in Argentina and Chile go together like hand and glove. Here are six of the best spots we found to overnight in our camper van…

HOW TO PLAN YOUR OWN MENDOZA VINEYARDS TOUR

HOW TO PLAN YOUR OWN MENDOZA VINEYARDS TOUR

13 February 2020

There are many companies offering tours to the Mendoza vineyards, but it’s just as easy to organise your own at much less cost – here’s how and where to go…

THE RAINBOW MOUNTAINS OF THE QUEBRADA DE HUMAHUACA

THE RAINBOW MOUNTAINS OF THE QUEBRADA DE HUMAHUACA

5 February 2020 – Argentina

The Quebrada de Humahuaca in northwest Argentina is a staggering desert landscape of red rocks, huge cacti and multi-coloured rainbow mountains…

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

29 January 2020

THE SKAGIT VALLEY TULIP FESTIVAL: HOW TO PLAN YOUR VISIT

Barichara, Colombia

22 January 2020

7 OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HERITAGE TOWNS IN COLOMBIA

Silvia, Colombia

15 January 2020

THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL WONDERS OF SAN AGUSTIN, COLOMBIA

Silvia, Colombia

8 January 2020

AN ENCOUNTER WITH THE GUAMBIANO PEOPLE OF SILVIA, COLOMBIA

MEET IAN & NICKY

We’re an English couple who are backpacking, road-tripping and housesitting around the world. And this blog is a permanent record of what we see, think and do. We hope it also provides information, entertainment and inspiration for other “mature” travellers, too. So, if you’ve got a few minutes to spare, why not pour yourself a glass of something suitably chilled and take a look around!

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Dordogne, France

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Spain

Prawns laid out in a circle on a bed of black rice
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