The Hundertwasser Toilets in New Zealand © May-lin Joe / Moment Open / Getty
Toilets, spontaneous day trips and Texan barbecue ring in the new year in this month’s Pathfinders round-up. And if that eclectic mix isn’t enough, we’ve also got tales of wreck diving in Thailand (envy-inducing imagery included) and Narnia-like landscapes on the Thames. A great start to 2016!
London’s mysterious Eel Pie Island – Julie Falconer
An unexpected discovery takes this London lady off the beaten track and into a surreal world of colourful curiosities. Julie expertly leads the reader down the proverbial rabbit hole that is Eel Pie Island and captures the sensory feast in her vibrant images.
At 100 countries and counting this London-based blogger has an enviable travel CV. Follow Julie’s blog at aladyinlondon.com
Koh Kood diving – the HTMS Chang Shipwreck – Adam and Meghan
Adam and Meghan’s stunning shots from their diving trip transport you to the incredible underwater world beneath the seas around Koh Kood, Thailand, and their practical tips make planning your own adventure a breeze.
Adam and Meghan have been travelling the world together for five years. Follow their blog at boldtravel.com
Day trip from Dubai to Abu Dhabi – Danushi Kumaravithana
A spontaneous decision made after a night out in Dubai turns into an epic adventure in Abu Dhabi. Danushi shares her experiences – the pros and cons – of her impromptu day trip to the capital of the UAE.
Dani is based in Sydney and has a passion for food and exploration. Follow her blog at house-in-tillford.com
A glutton’s guide to the best BBQ in Texas – Stephen Lioy
Stephen’s mouthwatering pilgrimage guides you through the banquet of barbecue options available at Lockhart’s three smokehouses. Take on the challenge of eating at all three in one day or follow Stephen’s tips to pick your top spot for a blowout meat feast.
Stephen has been on the road since 2008 and is currently exploring Central Asia. Follow his blog at monkbroughtlunch.com
Kawakawa and the Hundertwasser Toilets – Karren Warren
Whilst toilets aren’t usually on most people’s travel itineraries, Karren’s interpretation of these kaleidoscopic lavs in New Zealand is insightful and her photos beautifully encapsulate the details and colour. So don’t pooh-pooh the idea of visiting this unlikely tourist attraction.
Karren’s travel interests lie off the beaten track. Follow her blog at worldwidewriter.co.uk
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