ABOVE US ONLY SKIES

Backpacking. Roadtripping. Housesitting.
Above Us Only Skies, El Chalten, Argentina

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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.

With one caveat.

Whilst it’s still possible for many people to travel during the current pandemic, it comes with an extra responsibility to protect not just oneself but also others around us. Which means that if you do travel, please remember that we’re all in this together and respect any local laws and guidelines.

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Destinations

Explore the world…one country at a time

House Sitting

The SLOW way to travel

Inspiration

Road trips, Itineraries, Hiking, Collections, Musings…

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WHAT IS HOUSESITTING AND HOW DO YOU GET STARTED?

WHAT IS HOUSESITTING AND HOW DO YOU GET STARTED?

24 November 2021 – Housesitting

What is housesitting, why you should consider it as a means of seeing the world, and how to find your first housesit – a beginner’s guide…

A STROLL THROUGH THE GEORGIAN HARBOUR IN CHARLESTOWN, CORNWALL

14 November 2021 – England

Take a stroll with us through Charlestown’s perfectly preserved Georgian Harbour – which also happens to be one of Cornwall’s premier period filming locations…

A STROLL THROUGH THE GEORGIAN HARBOUR OF CHARLESTOWN, CORNWALL
THE CORNISH COASTLINE - A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY

THE CORNISH COASTLINE - A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY

1 November 2021 – England

The Cornish coastline contains 400 miles of spectacularly rugged scenery, glorious beaches and timeless fishing villages, all connected by the South West Coast Path…

A WHIRLWIND TOUR OF THE WIRRAL PENINSULAR

18 August 2021 – England

The Wirral Peninsula is a melting pot of rural splendour, picture postcard villages, a rich maritime history and gritty urban redevelopment – and makes for a great day trip from Liverpool or Chester…

A WHIRLWIND TOUR OF THE WIRRAL PENINSULAR
HOW TO EXPLORE THE WALLED CITY OF CHESTER

HOW TO EXPLORE THE WALLED CITY OF CHESTER

24 July 2021 – England

Dating back to the Roman period, the medieval walled city of Chester is comparable to Bath, York and Lincoln – here’s how to explore the best of it on foot…

PORT SUNLIGHT: ENGLAND'S FINEST MODEL VILLAGE

4 July 2021 – England

Port Sunlight is a gorgeous English model village close to Chester and Liverpool with a fascinating history and a world-class art gallery…

PORT SUNLIGHT - ENGLAND'S FINEST MODEL VILLAGE
A monk in orange robes stands beside a Buddhist stupa

NEPAL: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE ROOF OF THE WORLD

18 May 2021 – Nepal

After the double whammy of COVID-19 and a major earthquake in 2015, the people of Nepal are perhaps more desperate than most for a return to normality. And, in support, here are some of our photographic memories from a 2016 visit to the country…

THE WAGAH BORDER CEREMONY: AN INDIAN-PAKISTANI PANTOMIME

8 April 2021 – India

The Wagah Border Ceremony at the India-Pakistan frontier is a daily ritual that combines the serious business of national security with pure pantomime – here’s our front row account…

The Wagah Border Ceremony: An Indian-Pakistani Pantomime
WHAT IS HOUSESITTING AND HOW DO YOU GET STARTED?

WHAT IS HOUSESITTING AND HOW DO YOU GET STARTED?

24 November 2021 – Housesitting

What is housesitting, why you should consider it as a means of seeing the world, and how to find your first housesit – a beginner’s guide…

A STROLL THROUGH THE GEORGIAN HARBOUR OF CHARLESTOWN, CORNWALL

A STROLL THROUGH THE GEORGIAN HARBOUR IN CHARLESTOWN, CORNWALL

14 November 2021 – England

Take a stroll with us through Charlestown’s perfectly preserved Georgian Harbour – which also happens to be one of Cornwall’s premier period filming locations…

THE CORNISH COASTLINE - A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY

THE CORNISH COASTLINE - A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY

1 November 2021 – England

The Cornish coastline contains 400 miles of spectacularly rugged scenery, glorious beaches and timeless fishing villages, all connected by the South West Coast Path…

A WHIRLWIND TOUR OF THE WIRRAL PENINSULAR

A WHIRLWIND TOUR OF THE WIRRAL PENINSULA

18 August 2021 – England

The Wirral Peninsula is a melting pot of rural splendour, picture postcard villages, a rich maritime history and gritty urban redevelopment – and makes for a great day trip from Liverpool or Chester…

HOW TO EXPLORE THE WALLED CITY OF CHESTER

HOW TO EXPLORE THE WALLED CITY OF CHESTER

24 July 2021 – England

Dating back to the Roman period, the medieval walled city of Chester is comparable to Bath, York and Lincoln – here’s how to explore the best of it on foot…

PORT SUNLIGHT - ENGLAND'S FINEST MODEL VILLAGE

PORT SUNLIGHT: ENGLAND'S FINEST MODEL VILLAGE

4 July 2021 – England

Port Sunlight is a gorgeous English model village close to Chester and Liverpool with a fascinating history and a world-class art gallery…

A monk in orange robes stands beside a Buddhist stupa

NEPAL: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE ROOF OF THE WORLD

18 May 2021 – Nepal

After the double whammy of COVID-19 and a major earthquake in 2015, the people of Nepal are perhaps more desperate than most for a return to normality. And, in support, here are some of our photographic memories from a 2016 visit to the country…

The Wagah Border Ceremony: An Indian-Pakistani Pantomime

THE WAGAH BORDER CEREMONY: AN INDIAN-PAKISTANI PANTOMIME

8 April 2021 – India

The Wagah Border Ceremony at the India-Pakistan frontier is a daily ritual that combines the serious business of national security with pure pantomime – here’s our front row account…

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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