After 1 year of travelling around S.E.Asia and up the east coast Australia, having the best time of my life, i have now been back in the UK for 10 months filling up the travel pot again. Sod all this cold weather and escallating prices!! ive booked my tickets and am off to the USA for 2 weeks on the 7th Sept en route to New Zealand for as long as I possibly can make it last. I have no particullar plan and only a one-way ticket to the other side of the world, Got places to go and people to see and god knows whats gonna happen - i can't wait.
So back after popular demand this travelblog will be up and running again once i arrive it NZ. Watch this space!!
New zealand watch out here i come lol!
June 25th 2009
The last time I was in Thailand which was over 2 years ago there was 1 trip I had really wanted to do but never got around to doing it and have been kicking myself ever since I left. Knowing that sometime I would be back I have been promising myself I would get around to doing it. So having had such an amazing week in Ko Samui with Laura we had a sad farewell as I left her at the airport, we had had such an amazing time together and it had been amazing to see one another after such a long time apart, It was very hard to say goodbye and be back by myself again. I left the airport and headed back into Bangkok and checked myself into a cheap hostel, I then ... read more
June 14th 2009
Having left Bangkok finally after missing the first plane, we managed to get on a flight 2 hours later and were on our way south to the Gulf of Thailand to the beautiful tropical island of Ko Samui. I was really interested to see what Laura was going to think of this place as she has never been to anywhere like this before and she loved Bangkok so I was hoping Ko Samui was going to blow her away! When we landed we had to laugh was we had just flown out of the newly built Bangkok airport which is the 2nd largest in the world and then flew into probably the world’s smallest by the look of it. It was literally a bamboo hut, which consisted on a bamboo roof and no walls. It was ... read more
May 23rd 2009
I left Pattaya with my backpack on my back and hit the road, back to proper travelling again!! I had planned to get to Ko Samui by the evening but between leaving here and arriving there, there was going to be a lot of transport and travelling involved. So I was up ay 4am to catch the bus leaving Pattaya to Bangkok, where I arrived at 6.30am. I had planned to get a bus south from the southern bus station but as the bus I had been on had dropped me at the wrong bus station (eastern) I decided to catch the train instead, which I thought would be loads more comfortable!! Well having finally made my way to the central train station I was informed that the all the trains and all the buses would ... read more
May 15th 2009
Two years after I left Thailand I am finally making my way back, I have been looking forward to this day since the day I left in March 06. It was so strange to be back again-the heat, the noise, the mopeds, the people and the chaos that all goes with being in S.E. Asia. I had unconsciously forgot what it felt like when all your senses are attacked with the sights, smells and noises of this amazing country- I’m so happy to finally got back here again! Asia really is one of those places that you need be here to really understand what it’s like, no amount of explanation can fully prepare you for it. Having already been here and travelled around for 4.5 months I was surprised at how many of the little things ... read more
April 16th 2009
Sorry for the huge delay in writing this blog but having been in Thailand for 4 weeks and trying to find a job here in Auckland I have been lazy and just haven’t got around to typing it up. So here I am on my final stage of the Magic bus journey before heading off to Thailand and what a painful week it was. So after only 3.5 hours of sleep and a pretty rough hangover we departed Wellington and headed north towards the sunny coastline of Hawks Bay aiming for a finally destination of a pretty little beachside town of Napier. Napier is apparently very ‘art deco’ but having no idea what that meant, I was still none the wiser as what to expect. Although suffering a bad hangover I did still managed to speak ... read more
April 16th 2009
We left Christchurch early in the morning and headed north to the dolphin and whale capital of New Zealand, which is a small little town by the name of Kaikoura. When we left Christchurch the weather was really cold wet and windy and as we drove up towards Kaikoura I was really undecided whether to try and do the dolphin swim or not, having already unsuccessfully attempted it in the Bay of Islands. It was a lot of money and with the weather being pretty shit I nearly said no but that thought I’d put my name down and see how it goes because all the trips were on hold anyway due to a high swell out in the harbor. We arrived in Kaikoura earlier than expected so Dusty our driver decided to take us to ... read more
April 7th 2009
Having now left Queenstown and luckily not needing a liver transplant - well nearly but I think it can handle a do a few more night’s before it totally packs in!! I headed off in search of a few quieter places to relax and recover so the following morning I jumped back on the Magic bus and we drove south east to a very Scottish place called Dunedin which translates to ‘Edinburgh of the South’, which is situated on the south eastern coastline and the furthest south I have been. I arrived there just after lunchtime and went for a walk around the city but apart from a few beautifully architectural cathedrals and a few nice looking old buildings there was very little of interest. There was a Cadburys chocolate factory but as the chocolate over ... read more
March 29th 2009
I’m back to the adventure the capital of the world, the one and only Queenstown!!! After a lovely relaxing morning getting over a hangover from our last night in Wanaka, we jumped on the bus for a short bus journey through the mountains and arrived in Queenstown early afternoon. Yet again we have been so fortunate with the weather and as soon as we arrived here we wondered through the town but sight seeing didn’t last long before we heard some live music in the park so decided that it was such a beautiful day that it would be rude not to get a few cold ones and go and sit in the park with all the other people. Now Queenstown is made famous for 2 things, one of which is its endless supply of crazy ... read more
March 29th 2009
As soon as the bus dropped me at Wanaka I remembered why I fell in love with this little town, I do believe that it is the most beautiful place in the whole of NZ and that is saying something because NZ is not short of contenders. Not only is it so naturally beautiful but its small and really friendly and just gives out this most welcoming vibe as soon as you step foot of the bus. For this reason I was so surprised that only 6 out of a full bus load got off here. Unfortunately all my friends that I had been travelling with for the past few days were also part of the bigger group that decided to head to Queenstown and miss out this wonderful place, so here I was back on ... read more
March 21st 2009
It has been nearly five months now since I left the south island and for the past few weeks I have been getting excited about getting to see the south island again especially as its now summer and so therefore should be so much warmer and sunnier. It was pretty foul the whole way up the west coast when I did it last time, so I’m hoping the good weather I have been having will continue. I left Taupo and headed south on the magic bus till we got to the Capital city, Wellington. Here I was lucky enough to catch up with my skiing mate Rob, who was one of the first people I met in NZ, it was really great to catch up with him and find out what he’s been up to etc. ... read more