When you go wandering, what do you leave behind, and what do you bring back?
We bring back a fresh perspective, bright eyes and usually a lot of stoke! We believe ourselves to be wiser and returning with stronger respect for Mother Nature and the earth. We also return with a lot of photographic content and new found inspiration for our creative projects.
We leave behind the 9-5 grind and feeling like we have to conform to society. We also leave the safety of our static base camp and knowing where we are going to sleep each night, frequent showers and guaranteed electricity. As well as our good friends and family!
What music is a regular for road trips in Ivy?
An eclectic mix of 70's / rock n roll, folk, punk, chilled out alternative, classic hits, old school west/east coast and British hip hop, afrobeat, soul, blues. We're into a lot of Aussie bands (triple J rules). When we are in Portugal we highly recommend Antenna 3 too.
When is it that everything clicks into place?
We split our year in two and have done for the last 5 years, we work the summers and travel in the winters.
Things usually feel pretty good when we leave the UK after the busy summer season in Cornwall. We start heading south on the open road, escaping the crowds and get into a really good rhythm of surf, exploring and creating. It's when we feel most free to express ourselves and run wild! We're prepared and ready for what challenges the open road (or the van) might throw at us.
On the flip side, when our winter travels are coming to a close and we head back to the UK to see our family and friends, start working again and stay static for the summer (in the van), it's also good to be still for a while. This rhythm allows us to reflect on what we have seen and experienced. Not worrying about where we are going to sleep that night if we'll be hassled or moved on, whether we have enough water or when our next shower might be!
With so many ideas and options, it's hard to pick one place! At the moment we are keen to explore closer to home on the coastlines of Scotland and Ireland. Further afield we would love to see New Zealand and do a Canadian / US road trip!
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