09 Aug
Days adrift.  Click here to see our best and worst experiences so far.
Number of flights.  Click here to go to the itinerary page.
Bus, train and taxi rides.  Click here to see all posts relating to transport. (56 posts)
Miles walked.  Click here to see all posts relating to walking and trekking. (43 posts)
Countries visited.  Click here to see what we think of them. (14 posts)
Number of species spotted.  Click here to go to our wildlife page.
Photos taken.  Click here to go to the photo gallery. (94 posts)
Rainy days.  Click here to find posts relating to the weather. (50 posts)
Number of times scammed.  Click here to read all about it!  (2 posts)
Otters spotted.  Click here to go to our website about otters: amblonyx.com
...two travellers in search of the world's wildlife

You've stumbled on the blog of Matthew and Maureen, who travelled around the world for a year between July 2010 and July 2011.

We had a year of wonder, wildlife and a modest amount of adventure! Now we're back but we're still travellers at heart and will record all our journeys here.


Comment in Homeward bound

by Edelbrockexh on 13/09/21
Europe, and in Ancient Russia

Comment in A guide to staying at Sirena ranger station, Corcovado

by in áo theo yêu cầu on 09/01/21
in áo theo yêu cầu A guide to staying at Sirena ranger station, Corcovado « Otter Adrift – Travel in search of wildlife

Comment in Itinerary

by Venkata Talla on 07/07/20
Hi, I did see your itinerary...its wonderful the penultimate line has a typo mistake.... its should be 7th July instead of 7th Feb 7 Feb – 25 Jul Ecuador and Galapagos Quito, wildlife, Galapagos Islands

Comment in Resorting to architecture

by Erin Robertson on 23/02/20
Matthew and Maureen, I wish I had found your blog a year ago!!! We are an American family of 4 taking a year off to travel, and we're also focusing on wildlife hotspots. We're in Chile now, and I found your website while searching for "Fernando who takes people to see otters in Chepu on Chiloe" (but I have found mult[...]

Comment in Poor hat

by Miss Footloose on 01/12/17
Hi! I lived in Indonesia for a few years, but didn't visit the monkey temple, to my regret. I am right now writing a post about itching on my blog and would love to us your photo of the itching money. May I have your permission? I will give credit and link it back to your post.

Comment in A guide to staying at Sirena ranger station, Corcovado

by Flora on 21/11/17
Hello Is tent/meals not taken at the sirena "restaurant" still possible ? I have the feeling that the guide is pushing us to a "package" with all included, and very expensive thank you

Comment in The local food problem

by dee on 18/04/15
Actually in Croatia, in the coastal area, people do eat a lot of fish combined with vegetable like Swiss chord, as much as it maybe seams weird :) But, I see what's your point, it's really hard to find genuine local place anywhere in the world without getting to know locals, which can be hard in short time.

Comment in Hungary?

by Lukas on 13/10/14
Thank you for the review on Cafe Vian, glad you enjoyed the place and food!

Comment in A guide to staying at Sirena ranger station, Corcovado

by shortclaws on 14/03/14
Hi Cristian, sorry for the delay in replying. If you have organised a guide/tour for your trip to Corcovado, then ask them about tents. If you are travelling independently to visit Corcovado then you must bring your own tent. In fact, you must bring everything you need. Bottles of water are the only things for sale at[...]

Comment in A guide to staying at Sirena ranger station, Corcovado

by Cristian on 24/02/14
Hi there. Thanks for sharing this excellent information in there with all of us who dream of visiting Corcovado. I'm going there in April, but I'm confused. Do I need to bring my own tent or do they have tents available to hire there, meaning I don't have to carry my own.. Thanks! Cristian


Rain, wind, fog, ice, fire

Sunday, September 12th, 2021

23 August 2021 Rain, wind and fog: an Icelandic farewell. The last three days of our trip have been such a contrast for weather with our journey around the island. We had in mind a hike up to Glymur, the second highest waterfall in the country, but a three hour walk with gale winds blowing » » »

Relaxing in Reykjavik

Sunday, September 12th, 2021

22 August 2021 There’s a particular kind of American tourist that stays at hotels like the Konsultat. They wear the best quality adventure gear, and discuss with noisy confidence today’s guided adventure, or talk about their family relationships so we can all hear. Anyway, the breakfast buffet at the Konsultat is great. It’s the first » » »

Almost a complete washout

Sunday, September 12th, 2021

21 August 2021 Today was a washout. We left early, so we could get to Landmannalaguar ahead of the day-trip crowds from Reykjavik. In the event when we arrived there were already a half-dozen tour buses, fifty cars and vans, and forty tents. There was also a strong cold mountain wind driving the rain at » » »

The many-coloured Hveradalir

Sunday, September 12th, 2021

20 August 2021 We left Akyureri this morning feeling a bit guilty; we had spent two nights in Iceland’s “second city” and hadn’t seen any more of it than our apartment and two restaurants. But it really didn’t look very interesting, like a small nondescript modern town anywhere in Europe. And a long day’s drive » » »

Thor mends our wheel

Sunday, September 12th, 2021

19 August 2021 Oops. Today I drove too fast down a dirt road that was being re-graded, and kicked up a hidden rock which dented the inside wheel rim and so deflated one of our tyres. On the plus side: I heroically changed to the spare wheel once we had limped two kilometers on to » » »

No puffin

Sunday, September 12th, 2021

18 August 2021 We wasted three hours driving out to Borgarfjörður Eystri and back. The “cute” fishing village is just a bunch of scattered tin houses. The main reason to come is a puffin colony within a couple of yards of a viewing platform… but alas, most of the colony had left, and the ones » » »

Hot bath in the rain

Sunday, September 12th, 2021

17 August 2021 In complete contrast to yesterday, Tuesday dawned cloudy and became foggy and then rainy. We drove eastwards in the hope that the weather might lift as we reached the scenic beauty of the fjords, but no such luck. With nothing to see above maybe fifty metres over sea level, we took a » » »

Glaciers in the sun

Sunday, September 12th, 2021

16 August 2021 Just to defy our expectations, today dawned a faultless blue and stayed warm and sunny through the entire day. We hiked in T-shirts up to Svartifoss waterfall and then up to the glacier viewpoint at Sjónarnípa, which was magnificent. We even got hot enough to want a cooling paddle in a stream » » »