Asia summary

Three amazing months in Asia flew by as we visited (and ate our way through) Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong, Myanmar and the Maldives. Asia has always been our favourite continent and this trip reaffirmed it’s position at the top of the tree. Destination highlights Driving around the beautiful lush green hilly scenery in Northern…

Oceania summary

We passed the six month mark in Oceania when we lost a day crossing the International Date Line. I cannot believe it has gone so fast. It feels like only yesterday that we arrived in Panama City. We spent nearly six weeks in four Oceanic countries (French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, New Zealand and Australia)…

North America summary

We are now over five months into our trip (can’t believe it’s gone so quickly) and have just left the USA for French Polynesia. So after a total of nearly eleven weeks in the USA (58 days) and Canada (17 days), here is a summary of our time in this vast and varied continent: Destination highlights…

Latin America summary

After nearly three months of travelling in Latin America (including a quick stopover in Miami) we’ve reached the end of the first section of our trip. During this time we have visited Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras (Roatan only), Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. We can’t believe that almost 90 days have passed already. Here are some of the highlights:…

Places I am looking forward to most

I can’t wait to visit everywhere on our route but these five places are what I am most looking forward to: USA: it’s never really been high on my list as I was always more interested in exploring places which I believed were different from the UK, however now the thought of road tripping in…

Buying individual flights vs a round the world ticket

For our first two trips we booked round the world tickets, where you pay one price for a series of flights which take you around the world roughly in the same direction. However, for this trip we are just booking individual flights as we go. Some pros and cons of the individual flights method are:…

Highlights from one year of travelling (2010-11)

It was an amazing year and I can’t believe we are home. Here are some of the best bits (along side ratings as you would expect from us): Brazil (8.5/10) Staying in the cool neighbourhood of Santa Teresa in a lovely pousada (Rio) Dancing the samba and getting drunk in Lapa (Rio) Watching the World…

Things we are looking forward to at home

A lot are food-related! Seeing family and friends Paying at the bar for drinks, rather than waiting for a bill Seasonal and cold weather Decent coffee and wine Smooth roads and your own seat on a bus Our own bed Eating lots of bacon and cheese A higher level of cleanliness Watching DVDs/TV Not sweating Not being…

Would you wear this at home?

I will happily admit a lot of travellers offend me (and for many reasons) but the one thing that I really hate is some of the outfits they wear. Backpackers in Nepal and India have been by far the worse and here are a selection of candid snaps:

First impressions of India

We had heard many rumours about India…”people stare at you”, “it’s dirty”, “it’s hardwork” and so on. However, as we have travelled in a lot of dirty and difficult countries, we couldn’t fathom why it would be that tricky or different from other places we had visited. So here are our first impressions of a…

Some ways in which China differs

After a couple of weeks in China I have noticed quite a few differences between it and other developing countries (we have been to): Hot showers are standard Pork is the top meat (rather than chicken or beef) Public toilets are often open squatters (squat toilets with low partition walls and no door so they…