From the day I watched LOTR, I wanted to do horseriding through NZ's amazing landscape. Okay I didn't get to ride the horse with the winds gushing through my hair, ready to attack Saruman's orks. But it was still magical for a first time Next goal: travel through Afghanistan on a horse! @dartstables
Thanks NZ, you were a blast! We're off to our new destination. Who knows where to?
'Hey there is mount Doom, the evil mountain of LOTR, let's climb it' was one of the worst decisions we've ever made during our travels. We didn't know it wasn't part of the Tongariro crossing, NZ's prettiest hike. It actually wasn't a hike at all. It was mountaineering. And we were doing it with our simple jogging shoes. We didn't know it was so dangerous that every couple months people get evacuated due to injuries. Long story short, as the hike quickly transformed into climbing and there was no looking back anymore, we decided to go forward and finally reached the summit after 3 hours. The summit of the most active volcano of NZ. The view was beautiful for a couple of minutes, because suddenly the weather changed. Harsh winds were gushing through our faces and clouds appeared so we couldn't see further than a couple of meters. With the freezing cold, we started the hardest part of the hike, climbing back down. If you've ever climbed before you know going down is a lot more difficult than going up. There were moments we were holding on tight to big rocks, preventing to slip down and fall hundreds of meters through rocks and volcanic sand. But it still felt like a challenge that seemed thrilling in some way. Until rocks started falling down. Big ass rocks! In high speed! This isn't one of those moments we share a story about something dangerous we did to appear cool. This was the most stupid thing we've ever done and will never do again. No view is that pretty to risk your health and probably your life for. When we reached the safe grounds we just knew how lucky we were that we weren't hurt at all, while helping other hikers with deep wounds and cuts with our first aid kit.
So just a friendly reminder to everyone, if you ever go into the wild and the beautiful nature we live in, please prepare by reading local websites with warnings. It might save your life :) As for us, we are done with hiking in NZ and anywhere else for a while.
Be aware that New Zealand's scenery can ruin your whole road trip! It's so stunning that you want to stop every km, forcing you to travel twice as long. Which doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing if you're nature lovers like us . This drone shot over Arthur's pass is another stunning moment which makes you think 'Is this real?'
We were offline for a week, because we were hiking to places like this in New Zealand. As you can see, it was absolutely breathtaking. Just don't underestimate NZ's hiking trails, we forgot to bring enough water and actually did it with our flipflops . Don't have to elaborate how we had to recover for some days before the next hiking adventure was on #mothernature#paradise#scenery#newzealand#travelling
This might be the most stunning scenery we’ve come across New Zealand and probably the whole world! It is actually called Paradise and it’s where the Isengard scenes for Lord of the Rings (and many other movies) were filmed. If you followed our Stories, you saw this was also the place we did horse riding #mothernature#paradise#scenery#newzealand#travelling
Welcome to New Zealand! Goodbye stable life, hello traveling. For the second time in 3 years we sold all our belongings and have only our backpacks left to travel the world with. In the next weeks we're going to road trip through the land of Lord of the Rings
Hi, Nice to meet you. I'm Farhang, the one who is late again with his introduction. Being late is basically the story of my life and the biggest problem between me and Mursal from the moment I met her. I am a Techno addict, meaning I almost had to cry when I received our drone. I used to study Medicine, then one day decided I rather be a tech-entrepreneur and try to improve healthcare via better technology. I can talk for hours about technology, but as you already know, it makes Mursal very sleepy. My true addiction with traveling started many years ago when I decided to rent a bike in Laos and just cycle around a village in stead of doing all the touristy stuff. I suddenly found myself being welcomed at a Buddhistic temple practicing meditation with monks and couple minutes later laughing with locals at a fish market. There's just something about finding yourself lost amidst a complete new culture. 'Fun' facts about me:
1 I am probably the most annoying and demanding customer a company can imagine and I send complaint letters every month or so.
2 The reason we still haven't released our India highlights video from 2 years ago is because I was too lazy, now Mursal is going to take it over from me.
3 When I was small I entered a national maths championship and when I lost I got so mad I locked myself in the toilet and then cried my eyes out.
4 Nobody actually knows what kind of work I do other than something with health and technology, Mursal still can't explain it. Making me kind of Chandler of Friends with a job nobody really understands.
5 During our Insta Stories somehow I never come up with words other than: 'Amazing' or 'Beautiful view'
Hi All, so I am Mursal and I am mostly the one in front of the camera. Okay, I do a bit more than that I do a bit of photos, a bit of writing, but mostly editing highlight videos which is my favourite thing.
I’m born in Afghanistan, but grew up in the Netherlands where I’ve graduated in Psychology. When I grow older, I want to work as a creative psychologist in developing countries. But not now, because I’ve given myself couple of years to do everything I’ve ever wondered or dreamt about doing; dancing, acting, travel non-stop, etc. This doesn’t mean I’ll stop doing these after my 30’s, but there will be other priorities at that age.
My passion for traveling began couple of years ago and at first it was just small city trips in Europe. A totally new world opened up to me and I couldn’t believe what I was missing! And before I knew it, I was trying street food in Malaysia or negotiating with riksja drivers in India. And then it hit me, I wanted to travel to every single country on this earth.
Fun facts about me;
1. Where there’s music, there’s me dancing.
2. Once I wondered how it’d feel to be drunk, 9 shots tequila later made me realise I never want to wonder that again.
3. I get sleepy when Farhang talks about technology (failure). 4. I like to mix my dhaal or spinach with my rice, making it a bit mushy.
5. I make jokes when I’m uncomfortable and I’m the loudest laughing. Kind of a Chandler situation.
We’re two weeks away from starting our new big adventure: Awesome Worldtrip part 3! After traveling for almost a year in Asia, living for more than a year in Australia to experience life on the other side of the world (and work/save up again), we’re ready to discover other parts of our beautiful earth! Although we’re going to keep some things as a big surprise, like which continent we will be flying to next, we can say for sure that we will be traveling to other parts of Australia and also New Zealand for our inner adrenaline junkies. We’ve been very busy to get ourselves organized and prepared for our upcoming trips and we are super super excited to share everything with you! Also, there have been a few changes to Awesome Worldtrip, like our rapidly growing account (thanks to you guys following us yay!) and we think it’s time for an updated introduction of who we are and what we do for all of those who don’t really know us. So keep an eye out!
For now, enjoy one of our last highlights videos from Asia; Thailand part II where you can see more of Bangkok and Chiangmai. Because obviously we are keeping our favorite highlights video for the last: INDIA! #video#Thailand#couple#travelling#exploremore
Still figuring out how we can go back to Byron Bay some day to live there for a while, so we can enjoy views and sunsets like these on a daily basis. And dance with Hippies on the beach. And surf all day every day. #sunsets#byronbay#nsw#australia#travelling
Goa for some reason has a special place in our hearts. It actually was one of the first places we visited together as a couple. When we travelled around India the second time, we decided to stay there for at least 2 weeks! Goa is like this place on earth where the only worry you have is preventing cows from eating your food on the beach. The chilled atmosphere, its nice locals, the hippies doing Yoga on the beach, amazing Goan food and alternative nightlife... ehm do we need to continue? We promised to ourselves to continue visiting Goa as much as possible, preferably escaping the European winters when we move back to Holland