ABOVE US ONLY SKIES

Backpacking. Roadtripping. Housesitting.
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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.

Ian and Nicky France

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Explore the world…one country at a time

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The SLOW way to travel

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Road trips, Itineraries, Hiking, Collections, Musings…

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IZAMAL MEXICO: THE YELLOW JEWEL OF YUCATAN

IZAMAL: THE YELLOW JEWEL OF YUCATAN

6 June 2022 – Mexico

The town of Izamal in Mexico is a perfect mix of modern, colonial and pre-Columbian cultures. All tied together in a yellow-obsessed colour scheme…

WHAT TO DO IN MERIDA AS A FIRST TIME VISITOR

23 April 2022 – Mexico

Our personal guide on what to do in Merida, Mexico – Yucatan’s sweltering capital of Mayan culture and food. Including a self-guided walking tour…

WHAT TO DO IN MERIDA AS A FIRST TIME VISITOR
A HALF-DAY WALKING TOUR OF BRADFORD ON AVON, WILTSHIRE

A HALF-DAY WALKING TOUR OF BRADFORD ON AVON, WILTSHIRE

23 January 2022 – England

More than just a mini-version of Bath, Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire is full of medieval charm – and can be walked in a morning. Here’s how…

FROM SENNEN COVE TO LAND'S END - A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

8 January 2022 – England

The walk from Sennen Cove to Land’s End in Cornwall is an easy, yet rewarding way to explore the English mainland’s most westerly point…

FROM SENNEN COVE TO LANDS END - A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
IS CASTLE COMBE STILL THE MOST STUNNING VILLAGE IN THE COTSWOLDS.

IS CASTLE COMBE STILL THE MOST STUNNING VILLAGE IN THE COTSWOLDS?

20 December 2021 – England

Often described as The Prettiest Village in the Cotswolds, Castle Combe is a honey-coloured stone gem. But does it deserve its top billing?

BOSCASTLE AND TINTAGEL - WHERE CORNWALL'S ARTHURIAN LEGEND WAS BORN

4 December 2021 – England

The Cornish villages of Boscastle and Tintagel are famous for their lovestruck poets, mystical heroes and glorious settings – here’s our guide…

BOSCASTLE AND TINTAGEL - WHERE CORNWALL'S ARTHURIAN LEGEND WAS BORN
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
IZAMAL MEXICO: THE YELLOW JEWEL OF YUCATAN

IZAMAL: THE YELLOW JEWEL OF YUCATAN

6 June 2022 – Mexico

The town of Izamal in Mexico is a perfect mix of modern, colonial and pre-Columbian cultures. All tied together in a yellow-obsessed colour scheme…

WHAT TO DO IN MERIDA AS A FIRST TIME VISITOR

WHAT TO DO IN MERIDA AS A FIRST TIME VISITOR

23 April 2022 – Mexico

Our personal guide on what to do in Merida, Mexico – Yucatan’s sweltering capital of Mayan culture and food. Including a self-guided walking tour…

A HALF-DAY WALKING TOUR OF BRADFORD ON AVON, WILTSHIRE

A HALF-DAY WALKING TOUR OF BRADFORD ON AVON, WILTSHIRE

23 January 2022 – England

More than just a mini-version of Bath, Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire is full of medieval charm – and can be walked in a morning. Here’s how…

FROM SENNEN COVE TO LANDS END - A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

FROM SENNEN COVE TO LAND'S END - A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

8 January 2022 – England

The walk from Sennen Cove to Land’s End in Cornwall is an easy, yet rewarding way to explore the English mainland’s most westerly point…

IS CASTLE COMBE STILL THE MOST STUNNING VILLAGE IN THE COTSWOLDS.

IS CASTLE COMBE STILL THE MOST STUNNING VILLAGE IN THE COTSWOLDS?

20 December 2021 – England

Often described as The Prettiest Village in the Cotswolds, Castle Combe is a honey-coloured stone gem. But does it deserve its top billing?

BOSCASTLE AND TINTAGEL - WHERE CORNWALL'S ARTHURIAN LEGEND WAS BORN

BOSCASTLE AND TINTAGEL - WHERE CORNWALL'S ARTHURIAN LEGEND WAS BORN

4 December 2021 – England

The Cornish villages of Boscastle and Tintagel are famous for their lovestruck poets, mystical heroes and glorious settings – here’s our guide…

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…

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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A rainbow appears in front of Iguacu Falls, Brazil

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Horse and cart in front of yellow church, Izamal, Mexico

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