Helen Clifford

Bucket list

Helen Clifford

We decided that having kids first doesn't mean you can't be a backpacker later and enjoy the same amazing adventures! Now we work to travel and are slowing ticking off our bucket list of travel destinations.



South America May 18th 2013

After a few delays in flights and almost 24 hours after waking in Sydney we arrived in Santiago. We took our B&B host (Marilu) advice and made our way through the touting taxi drivers outside customs to the Transfer Bus desk which took us directly to our B&B. The room was very old and 2+ star so I was a little disappointed however Marilu was very friendly and soon had us armed with map and identified destinations for meals and sights. With her assurance we went for a walk to get some dinner. The area around the B&B felt very safe and we walked about 1km to the Barrio Bellavista area which was abuzz with uni students at bars along the wide foothpaths and regular dinners at the many restaurants. We decided to have a dink ... read more
Santiago
Santiago
Santiago

North America » United States » Alaska May 28th 2011

Sat: Our final Vancouver morning saw us up and exploring Stanley Park. We only had 2 hours so we couldn’t walk around the whole park, but it was wonderful to see. The beaver dam was impressive as the thickness of the trees this little beaver had managed to cut down was far greater than I ever thought possible. We then set off for the cruise terminal at midday. On arriving at the cruise terminal we were met with a very long queue. It took us 2 hours to get through security check only to find they then would have us seated in a customs hall for hours. After almost 6 hours of customs and processing we finally boarded the boat. What a joke! Once on the boat we found our room and headed to straight the ... read more
Halibut fishing
Eagle Island kayaking
Taku lodge view

North America » Canada » National Parks » Banff May 18th 2011

Vancouver Wed: After a 14 hour flight 4 movies and a couple of hours sleep Ian and I were keen to take a stretch in LA airport. It took about 40 minutes to get through customs and 20 mins to walk to our next terminal. The wait (2 hours) was pretty painful as the terminal was short and after only a few laps walking we were already getting 'strage' looks from other waiting passengers. The flight to Vancouver was good and I slept for about 2 hours. Took train from airport to central Vancouver. There were lots of hockey fans dressed up for the Canucks playofff game. We walked a few blocks to the Kingston b&b which was Beautiful old English hotel with shared bathrooms. The pub next door was good stop for a quick drink ... read more
Bridal Falls
Shuswap Lake
Rebelstoke kayaking

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Broome July 23rd 2010

Perth On arriving in Perth I decided to ride around the city. I hired a bike for 24 hours (he was about to shut shop so anything less wasn't going to work). I took myself along the river path and was hoping to ride to Kings park. I found the signage to be pretty poor and ended up in a few dead ends, unable to cross major roads and on off road tracks. However I finally made it and was very impressed by the park and the fabulous playgrounds and activity areas. everyone was out enjoying a beautiful day. Sunday I took off at 6am to head to the train station. I was riding, but didn't think of the Saturday night revellers who were just heading home. Was asked a couple of times if I could ... read more
riding perilous when your looking into the trees
boat shed
Rotnest lighthouse

Asia » Nepal September 23rd 2009

Wednesday: Woke at 7.30 and went to go for a shower. No hot water, in fact no water at all! so you couldn't even flush the squat toilets. Not a happy camper! A water pipe had busted up the mountain due to another landslide. We were keen to move on and not stay another night in Zhamgmu. Ling arranged for us to go to Nepal a day early. Our drivers and guide drove us to the border crossing which entailed a hairy drive for half an hour down the mountain due to landslides, washouts and big trucks trying to pass us in the opposite direction. We said our goodbyes and gave them a well deserved tip for their excellent service. At the border the chinese guards went through all our luggage looking for papers or pictures ... read more
Going nowhere in Nepal
Landslides everywhere
Dhulikel hotel

Asia August 31st 2009

After a long flight we finally arrived at 11pm Friday in Beijing. Our cab could not get into the area of our hotel due to city being closed off for some student exercise. 100,000 students had been brought in to practice for national day march on Oct 1 at 11pm at night. We had to go to another hotel at midnight. After driving us for nearly 80 minutes we had no idea how much to pay him but the hotel told us it was $25 US. He did not seem happy but they said that was right and he left. Saturday: We were up early and moved to the Harmony Hotel as we had booked. They refunded our accommodation from the night before and the hotel was so much nicer: we were very happy. After checking ... read more

Asia August 31st 2009

Friday: Up at 5am for 5.30 departure from hotel. Chengdu airport was bigger than I expected and for some reason we seemed to travel there via back roads. Boarded plane at 8am but our plane was delayed so the hostesses proceeded to serve us our meal while we sat on the tarmac. Very bizzare! The plane was empty so most of our group managed to get window seats and we finally took off 1 1/2 hours late. We were able to see Gongga Shan Mountain (7556m) as we flew west and finally arrived in Kunggar at 11am. Bus ride to Lhasa took one and half hours along the river road. We passed through a massive tunnel to traverse the mountain range which was more than a kilometre long. Coming into Lhasa was so amazing and seeing ... read more
Tibet travel
Toilets on the road
Samye monastery

Asia August 31st 2009

After a long flight we finally arrived at 11pm Friday in Beijing. Our cab could not get into the area of our hotel due to city being closed off for some student exercise. 100,000 students had been brought in to practice for national day march on Oct 1 at 11pm at night. We had to go to another hotel at midnight. After driving us for nearly 80 minutes we had no idea how much to pay him but the hotel told us it was $25 US. He did not seem happy but they said that was right and he left. Saturday: We were up early and moved to the Harmony Hotel as we had booked. They refunded our accommodation from the night before and the hotel was so much nicer: we were very happy. After checking ... read more
Summer Palace Beijing
Summer Palace
Great Wall




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