Welcome to the Self Arranged Journeys website!

If you love nature, solitude and visiting beautiful places that are off the beaten track, we hope you will be inspired by this site.

To read about Angie and Matt click on ‘About Us‘.

For links to numerous resources to help you research and plan your own journey see Useful Travel Resources and Recommended Travel Companies.

Aeolian Islands

Marina Corta, Lipari, Aeolian Islands

Read about our island-hopping tour of the stunningly beautiful Aeolian Islands off Sicily to see the active volcano on Stromboli.

You don’t have to climb Stromboli to experience its eruptions – see Stromboli – Experiencing the Volcano Without Climbing to the Summit.

Iceland

Above Skogafoss 5

Discover some of the amazing places that can be visited on a journey around the ring road of Iceland.

Read about some of the best places to visit around Lake Myvatn, and check out some exciting day trips – a bus tour to Laki, a bus tour to Thorsmork, and an exciting flight to Heimaey in the Westman Islands.

The Azores

Sea stacks at Mosterios, Sao Miguel, The Azores

Travel to the very edge of Europe with an island-hopping tour of The Azores.

To see a collection of our favourite photos see Azores Gallery.

For information about individual islands see Faial, Flores, Graciosa, Sao Jorge, Sao Miguel.

For practical information about travelling to and among the islands see Azores Practicalities.

Madeira

Levada path, Madeira

Explore the levada paths, tunnels, coast and mountains on the lovely island of Madeira.

Switzerland

Arolla pine forest, Switzerland

See some of the things we love most about Switzerland.

For a great lesser-known base for a walking break, why not consider Arolla, Engelberg, Gstaad, KanderstegScuol or Silvaplana.

Peru

Hummingbird on branch, Peru

Read about our big trip to Peru to celebrate a joint milestone.

To read about the places we visited, please follow the links to Sacred Valley, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Moray and Maras, Machu Picchu, Cusco, TiponLake Titicaca, Arequipa, Colca Canyon and Lima.

The Practicalities page has ideas, advice and links to numerous resources for planning a trip to Peru.

Spain

Costa Blanca mountains (2)

There is a lot more to Spain than its cities and Costas.   Here are some of our favourite places for walking holidays, both on the mainland and islands.

Alicante Province, Gran Canaria

Watch out for more coming soon.

For links to sites we often use ourselves when planning trips, and can therefore personally recommend, see our page of Useful Travel Resources.

If you don’t want to plan your own holiday, but fancy something a bit different, have a look at our Recommended Travel Companies.

Looking for a great gift?  See our pages on Travel-Related Gifts and Gifts for Lovers of the Outdoors for some great ideas.

The intention on this site is not to describe all our travels in great detail. Instead I have tried to give a feel for the places and what they have to offer.  I have not written extensively about the historical background, or covered tourist attractions in depth, because this information can readily be found in numerous guidebooks.

Where possible I have provided practical information about how to get around, where to stay and visit, and where to make bookings.  For each destination I have included links to resources where you should be able to find further information on the local area, compare accommodation options, plan routes and transport, and get ideas for excursions.



Please note the Photography and Content and Disclosure boxes at the foot of the page. Many of the photographs on the site, together with lots of others, are available through Shutterstock and 123RF.

If you are interested in selling some of your own photographs through microstock agencies see Selling Your Travel Photos.

Please remember that this site is based purely on our own experiences – therefore kindly note the Disclaimer.

We do hope that you will enjoy this site.  Perhaps it will inspire you to arrange some special journeys of your own!
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