Ben and Cerri off on their adventure around the world
We start our journey on the 17th May 2010 and are due to return to the UK on the 15th May 2011. We have both had enough with the hussle and bussle of working life and have decided to re-live our younger days by becoming travellers . . . some say we're having a mid twenties crisis!
The main reason we are flying the coop is that we are currently waiting on our visa application for Australian Residency to come through, so instead of waiting in the UK in the lovely Welsh weather we decided we wanted to see a bit of the world before we settle down. We have both stepped away from our jobs and are hitting the open road around the World for the next 12 months, we are hoping for some new adventures and experiences as well as seeing lots of family that live on the other side of the world.
We wanted to write a travel blog whilst we are away to keep all our family and friends up to date with what we are getting up to . . . . . . plus hopefully make you all jealous!
First stop on the route is Auckland, New Zealand, so until next time . . .
July 1st 2012
Entering the final week of our one year round the world trip we embarked on a full day of what Chiang Mai and the surrounding areas had to offer. We were picked up in the early hours of the morning from our eastern European looking hotel and proceeded to pick up the rest of the tourists who were also taking part in the day tour. Once the mini bus was full, we made our way along the dodgy thai roads, up into the hills where our first stop was at an elephant camp. The camp its self was a small road place, with a couple of huts and plenty of straw for the gentle grey giants to munch on. We boarded on trunked vehicle for a trek through the jungle and immediately were engulfed by an ... read more
March 13th 2012
After living out of a bag for almost a year you do get a bit disheartened everytime you have to cram everything back in, mostly using the sit on the bag technique to get it to zip up! But what keeps you happy and going is now that everytime that bag is packed, your next adventure begins… With another long day of travelling in front of us we decided to make sure our bellies were full rather than relying on dodgy road stops along the way. We headed to a small café called “Little Britain” with a comedy sign featuring Andy & Lou on the outside. We both ordered a full English breakfast and sat and watched numerous episodes of Family Guy which was on in the background. With our bulging bellies we lugged our oversized ... read more
March 11th 2012
Another early morning start, as we packed our bags and left the island of Koh Tao catching a Ferry to Koh Samui. We were still with the Welshies who were also heading to Koh Samui for a couple of days as well. As we were discussing on the Ferry whereabouts we were going to stay, a very camp Thai man complete with a bright pink shirt approached us about staying at his family hotel. It was set right on the beach and was “cheap cheap”, so we decided to go for it. The hotel itself was located on the Mae Nam beach on the north coast of the island. We spent the rest of the day getting used to our new surroundings, before deciding to head out to Koh Samui’s metropolis a place called Chwang. The ... read more
October 9th 2011
Week 48 – Ko Pha-ngan and Ko Tao After arriving on the last ferry and a bumpy tuk tuk ride later we had arrived at the Sandy Bay Resort, our new home for the next five nights. Due to arriving late at night I for one was just about ready to keel over after the 26 hour journey from hell as I was trying to stop the effects of food poisoning coming out of both ends for most of the journey! Cerri was trying to suss out the place as in the pitch black it was difficult to see what and where we were staying as well as our surroundings. We hit the sack in our luxury hut and morning was soon upon us. With a well needed rest underneath our belts we set about exploring ... read more
September 11th 2011
Week 47 - Cameron Highlands Our next destination was the picturesque Cameron Highlands; the alpine-scape of blue peaks, green humps and fuzzy tea plantations was a cool escape for us. The temperature rarely climbs above 21 degrees so it was a bit of a relief arriving after the smog of the city in K.L. Although the journey from the capital to the highlands was a queasy one as the bus had to meander up the steep and very windy roads which left Cerri and myself rather green; even though our faces matched the colour of our surroundings we were quite relieved to arrive at our next accommodation the Father’s Lodge and greeted with a hot and soothing cup of tea. Not long after settling in our new digs the rain began to fall so this was ... read more
June 12th 2011
Leaving the metropolis of Singapore behind us we travelled north across the border into Malaysia, where the high rise buildings changed into lush green tropical rain forests and jungle. The journey took four hours on our Super VIP luxury bus before we arrived in the city of Melaka. This particular city is steeped in history, as it has been ruled by the Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and English over the years. This led to it being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site back in July 2008. Our bus dropped us off in the middle of nowhere, so we consulted the map and grabbed a taxi to find the hotel we’d booked to stay in. Unfortunately the taxi driver hadn’t consulted his map and got completely lost in the end we were the ones telling him where ... read more
May 14th 2011
We started our second full week in Singapore by paying an early morning visit to the Thailand Embassy as we had to sort out some visas for our trip to Thailand. The Thai Embassy was located on Orchard Road, so whilst waiting for it to open we did a bit of window shopping to pass the time. Later we joined the ever growing queue outside the Embassy and headed in, we thought we had all the relevant bits and pieces that they would need to process our application only to be told by a Thailand’s version of “Mrs Trunchball” from Roald Dahl’s Matilda that we needed to prove that we had enough money to stay in Thailand for more than 30 days, so we quickly scoured the streets for a internet cafe. Eventually with all the ... read more
May 9th 2011
Arriving back in Singapore for the third time in a week, we thought it was finally time that we saw what this country had to offer a couple of backpackers. With the folks in Singapore for the next five days with us, we devised a plan of action making sure everyone was catered for. First on the Agenda was Singapore’s Chinatown, so we jumped in a taxi and headed into the heart of Chinatown, firstly viewing the impressive Sri Mariamman Temple. After perusing the shops and nik nak stores, we decided that it was time to try some of the famous cuisine on offer and found a hawker centre filled with food signs that we couldn’t understand! We all played it a little safe opting for food we recognised, essentially noodle or rice dishes, but we ... read more
May 1st 2011
Arriving back in Singapores Changi Airport, we literally had a couple of hours to spare before flying out to another island, this time in Indonesia. Bali was our destination, so we quickly grabbed a taxi back to Uncle Matts place where we took out our dirty clothes from our Langkawi trip and repacked with some fresh ones although Cerri had a different idea of just packing even more clothes! Three hours later and we’d boarded the plane, which I have to say was one of the best planes I’ve ever been on. Qatar Airlines had touch screen tv’s with over a hundred films to choose from, it’s a shame the flight wasn’t longer! The reasoning behind a trip to Bali, was that Uncle Matt & Jo have a holiday home out there called “The Prajna”, located ... read more
April 25th 2011
. . .Langkawi. A small island of the north west coast of Malaysia, the island gets its name from the legend of a local bird, Lang being short for the word eagle and kawi meaning reddish brown. With Uncle Matt working during the week we’d decided to catch a cheap flight over to this tropical island as a sort of mini holiday inside a holiday, if that makes sense! After arriving at the airport we jumped in a taxi and headed to Datai Bay on the North side of the island. We were staying at the Andaman Hotel, which had been recommended to us by Mum and Dad’s good friends Linsey and David. Upon arriving at the hotel, myself and Cerri were blown away by how luxurious and grand the place was whilst maintaining that traditional ... read more