Please follow us on our 'Round the World Trip' as we back-pack through the wild, rough, beautiful and most unimaginable places on earth! Our first stop is Africa where we head to Tanzania to chill on the beaches of Zanzibar before we trek the jungles of Uganda to get close encounters with the Gorillas. We will also take in some safari, rafting and finally fishing on the longest river of Africa, The Victoria Nile. After Uganda, we will also go to Kenya for an Orphanage Volunteer Program and our final African adventures will be spent on the beautiful beaches of Mozambique.
We will visit the Middle East aswell as doing an overland trip from Hong Kong to Moscow. We hope to reach Europe by September this year before heading onto Central America from Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and finally El Salvador.
We will finish the trip mid 2012 taking in the South America (Colombia, Equador, Peru, Bolivia & Brazil) for a couple of months.
This blog is intended for our famillies and friends, but feel free to browse and check our photos. Also any advice or recommendations would be appreciated to help us make this the trip a lifetime!
Thanks for stopping by and we hope you enjoy!
April 13th 2012
After a lovely week on the beach in El Salvador we headed up to Miami which proved to be the cheapest flight tickets we could get from Central America to Colombia. We only had one night in Miami but we had a great time and managed to squeeze a lot into our time there. Straight from our overnight flight from El Salvador with almost zero sleep we headed to the Miami Open Men’s Tennis Final between Andy Murray & Novak Djokovich. We did not have tickets but we thought we would give it a go and were lucky enough to find some tickets on the door. It was a beautiful day sat in the stadium with 14,000 people and a great afternoon of tennis which Djokovich won. We were sat with some Colombians and as we ... read more
April 5th 2012
Crossing the border from Guatemala to El Salvador was a great feeling, until a couple of days before we had not planned on venturing down to El Salvador so the prospect of some time in another new country was great. We spent our first day in the capital, San Salvador before heading down to the pacific coast where we stayed at a surf town called Playa El Tunco. Our hostal was very laid back and right on the beach. We spent a week lazing around in hammocks, reading, taking strolls along the beach and watching the surfers tackle what is known as one of the top ten waves in the world. In the week that we spent here there were three separate surf competitions and some amazingly talented surfers. It was great to watch these guys ... read more
March 31st 2012
We have just returned from a weeks sailing trip around the Sapodillas Cayes in Southern Belize. After travelling for almost a year and experiencing so many wonderful places and meeting so many great people sometimes it is difficult for things to really stand out as being extra special, although our week in Belize proved to be exactly that. We were aboard the 46 foot Catermaran ‘Las Sirenas’ which operates out of Rio Dulce in Guatemala. The week long trip started by taking us down the gorgeous canyon of the Rio Dulce (Sweet River) abundant with wildlife and scenes of traditional life such as fisherman casting their nets from small wooden canoes. Aboard the boat was ourselves, Dan from Alaska, Justin & Mackenzie from Washington, Saskia from California, Sarah, Jess & Kristine from UK. Our crew was ... read more
March 29th 2012
Within half an hour of receiving the Guatemala stamp in our passport, our bus came to a halt and we wondered what had gone wrong. A landslide had occurred on the mountain road that we were taking from Mexico to Guatemala and we spent the next three hours sat waiting for the rocks to be cleared from the road – welcome to Guatemala! Whilst this was a minor inconvenience for us disrupting the traffic and our onward journey for a few hours it was totally scary what these frequent landslides are doing to the lives of the indigenous mountain communities who live here. There were huge boulders from the landslide lying in peoples gardens, up against their houses and the whole scene looked like it could turn into one huge disaster some day. Houses were perched ... read more
March 11th 2012
We have just finished a three week trip across the Yucatan peninsula, Mexico taking in the Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Campeche and Chiapas provinces of Mexico. After spending two and a half months in Cuba we were excited about the prospects of a new country, new food, new people, new places to see and a chance to practice the Spanish we had been learning in Cuba. Our flight from Havana Cuba landed in Cancun and we spent the first few of nights in a fairly non discript fishing village called Puerto Juarez, just outside of Cancun. We used this as some time to research and consider what our potential itenary across Mexico might look like. Once we had made a plan we jumped on a ferry to the Island which sits directly opposite Cancun, Isla Mujeres - ... read more
March 1st 2012
Cuba is a place like no other, a place where time has stood still since the 1950s. Memories of the past are visible everywhere you look, ancient Spanish buildings from colonial times and the best collection of classic cars you will ever see – the streets of Havana literally a classic car museum of examples from the 1940s & 50’s. Cuba is now very special for us, the longer we stayed and the deeper our knowledge became of its past and the things that make it great, the more we learned to appreciate it for what it is. In Cuba, we learned how to live back in time. We learned to make use of whatever basic facilities were available which we found difficult in the beginning. Internet is scarce and expensive, as are International phone calls ... read more
February 28th 2012
Both of us have always really wanted to visit Sweden and even though it was now late November and the cold was getting a bit much for us with tropical beaches almost calling us we thought we would have one final week in Europe and see a little of Sweden. We flew to the Swedish capital, Stockholm and decided to hire a car for the week so that we could get out and see some of the country easily. We spent the first couple of nights in Stockholm which was great, a really beautiful city which looks a great place to live. We did some day trips out of Stockholm and visited some Viking ruins, small Swedish villages and enjoyed the countryside. During our time in Stockholm we took the opportunity to visit this local event ... read more
February 27th 2012
We have just finished a visit to Krakow and were totally impressed with what this small city in southern Poland has to offer. Central Krakow is marked by a typical market square which is the centre of activity in Krakow. The town centre is dotted with cosy Polish restaurants, nice underground bars, beautiful catholic churches and a hilltop castle just outside of the city centre. We found some great little restaurants and loved the ‘Beef Goulash’ which was amazing. There are almost no cars in the city centre making it very pleasant to stroll round the city. There are many things to do and sights to see in Krakow, largely based on historical events, the Jewish occupation and WWII Popular tourist walks include the Old Town, The Jewish Quarter and the factory of Oscar Schindler, were ... read more
February 25th 2012
We have just finished an epic trip from Beijing to Moscow on the Trans-Siberian railway. Since starting our round the world trip four months ago we had spent a few months in Africa, time in Dubai with the family and then the Trans-Siberian trip. Time has gone so quickly but after getting off the train in Moscow we were now officially in Europe for the next part of our adventure. The original plan for Europe was a quick visit. Our good friend’s Vicky & Alvaro were getting married in Madrid so we were to join the wedding and then have a family holiday in Spain. We would then pop over to the UK & Isle of Man and spend time with Benn’s family and our friends. We thought maybe three or four weeks maximum for Europe ... read more
February 22nd 2012
As we stood on platform 9 of Beijing Railway Station, awaiting the departure of the first train of our trip from Beijing to Moscow by the China, Mongolian and Russian Railways, we couldn’t help feeling exited at the prospect of the longest overland journey of our lives. A distance of 7500km stood ahead of us. The first leg of the trip was from Beijing to Ulan Bataar, the capital of Mongolia. Within a few hours of setting off and leaving Beijing behind we entered the hills of northern China. The scenery was immediately beautiful, as we travelled through valleys & over rivers, our eyes constantly glued to the window as we watched the picturesque chinese villages pass by whilst listening to the hypnotising sound of the train wheels turning. As we settled into our first day ... read more