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 wearing a mask in public spaces, maintaining a safe social distance and regularly washing one’s hands. 

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Explore the world…one country at a time

House Sitting

The SLOW way to travel

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Road trips, Itineraries, Hiking, Collections, Musings…

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HOUSESITTING IN FRANCE, SPAIN & PORTUGAL: A PANDEMIC TALE

4 March 2021 – Pandemic

It was meant to be our year for an extended road trip through western Europe, housesitting along the way. But 2020 turned into a pandemic tale of lockdowns, closed borders and ever-changing plans…

HOUSESITTING IN FRANCE, SPAIN & PORTUGAL: A PANDEMIC TALE
THE PERILS OF LONG-TERM TRAVEL

THE PERILS OF LONG-TERM TRAVEL

10 February 2021

A catalogue of tawdry tales full of mishaps, embarrassments and imagined acts of derring-do from our six years of travel…

6 THINGS WE'VE LEARNED ABOUT TRAVEL SINCE THE GREAT PANDEMIC OF 2020

8 December 2020 – Pandemic

It’s New Year’s Eve 2025 and, five years on from the Great Pandemic of 2020, it’s time to reflect on what we’ve learned about travel…

6 THINGS WE'VE LEARNED ABOUT TRAVEL SINCE THE GREAT PANDEMIC OF 2020
THE BASTIDE TOWNS AND BEAUX VILLAGES OF SOUTHWEST FRANCE

THE BASTIDE TOWNS AND "BEAUX VILLAGES" OF SOUTHWEST FRANCE

20 November 2020 – France

The bastide towns and “beaux villages” of southwest France boast an enticing mixture of history and beauty – here are 12 of our favourites…

EXPLORING THE WORLD IN PHOTOGRAPHS: "YELLOW"

10 November 2020 – Collections

Take a whistlestop worldwide tour via a collection of our favourite photographs, connected by the colour yellow – and not a banana in sight…

Autumn colours near Bariloche, Argentina
7 ESSENTIAL DAY TRIPS FROM MADRID

7 ESSENTIAL DAY TRIPS FROM MADRID

25 October 2020 – Spain

Madrid is a world-class travel destination in its own right, but here are seven essential day trips from Spain’s capital that shouldn’t be missed…

ALFORNÓN: A RURAL GEM OF LAS ALPUJARRAS, ANDALUCIA

15 October 2020 – Spain

Tucked away in a remote valley of Las Alpujarras, amidst endless almond and olive groves, we reckon Alfornón is rural Andalucia at its best…

Alfornón, Las Alpujarras, Andalucia
6 HIGHLIGHTS OF PORTUGAL'S BEAUTIFUL LISBON COAST

6 HIGHLIGHTS OF PORTUGAL'S BEAUTIFUL LISBON COAST

20 September 2020 – Portugal

Jaw-dropping beaches, fairytale palaces and vertigo-inducing cliff walks are just some of the highlights of our guide to Portugal’s beautiful Lisbon coast…

HOUSESITTING IN FRANCE, SPAIN & PORTUGAL: A PANDEMIC TALE

HOUSESITTING IN FRANCE, SPAIN & PORTUGAL: A PANDEMIC TALE

4 March 2021 – Pandemic

It was meant to be our year for an extended road trip through western Europe, housesitting along the way. But 2020 turned into a pandemic tale of lockdowns, closed borders and ever-changing plans…

THE PERILS OF LONG-TERM TRAVEL

THE PERILS OF LONG-TERM TRAVEL

10 February 2021

A catalogue of tawdry tales full of mishaps, embarrassments and imagined acts of derring-do from our six years of travel…

6 THINGS WE'VE LEARNED ABOUT TRAVEL SINCE THE GREAT PANDEMIC OF 2020

6 THINGS WE'VE LEARNED ABOUT TRAVEL SINCE THE GREAT PANDEMIC OF 2020

8 December 2020 – Pandemic

It’s New Year’s Eve 2025 and, five years on from the Great Pandemic of 2020, it’s time to reflect on what we’ve learned about travel…

THE BASTIDE TOWNS AND BEAUX VILLAGES OF SOUTHWEST FRANCE

THE BASTIDE TOWNS AND "BEAUX VILLAGES" OF SOUTHWEST FRANCE

20 November 2020 – France

The bastide towns and “beaux villages” of southwest France boast an enticing mixture of history and beauty – here are 12 of our favourites…

Autumn colours near Bariloche, Argentina

EXPLORING THE WORLD IN PHOTOGRAPHS: "YELLOW"

10 November 2020 – Collections

Take a whistlestop worldwide tour via a collection of our favourite photographs, connected by the colour yellow – and not a banana in sight…

7 ESSENTIAL DAY TRIPS FROM MADRID

7 ESSENTIAL DAY TRIPS FROM MADRID

25 October 2020 – Spain

Madrid is a world-class travel destination in its own right, but here are seven essential day trips from Spain’s capital that shouldn’t be missed…

Alfornón, Las Alpujarras, Andalucia

ALFORNÓN: A RURAL GEM OF LAS ALPUJARRAS, ANDALUCIA

15 October 2020 – Spain

Tucked away in a remote valley of Las Alpujarras, amidst endless almond and olive groves, we reckon Alfornon is rural Andalucia at its best…

6 HIGHLIGHTS OF PORTUGAL'S BEAUTIFUL LISBON COAST

6 HIGHLIGHTS OF PORTUGAL'S BEAUTIFUL LISBON COAST

20 September 2020 – Portugal

Jaw-dropping beaches, fairytale palaces and vertigo-inducing cliff walks are just some of the highlights of our guide to Portugal’s beautiful Lisbon coast…

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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