Well im quite an ambitious traveller and I enjoy the backpacking lifestyle. I love to make my own way around, which usually means \'off the beaten track\'. I have a number of interests other than travel which are photography, mixed martial arts, football and basically learning anything new. I love to learn.
My girlfriend and I are travelling for a year or more around 17 destinations. We are both looking to work with wildlife and possibly do some conservation work to keep the funds steady and to learn new things.
I hope you join us both on our trip of a life time.
December 11th 2007
Auckland, New Zealand (the city of sails as it is also known) - home to 1.3million people and a strong presence of Maori, European, Polynesian and Asian cultures. It’s the gateway to New Zealand and probably the starting point for all who arrive. With the population being so low, its refreshingly easy to access all the city has to offer - the sky tower being an obvious choice amongst tourists and residents alike. As cities go, it’s in a pretty impressive location surrounded by more than 50 islands and shaped by 49 volcanoes. Our itinerary allowed us to be in the city for 2 days before sneaking off to Rotorua overnight (a last minute arrangement). The buses are a real delight after the monstrosities we encountered in India. The naked bus companies have particularly good deals ... read more
October 30th 2007
What could be said about Australia soon after arrival from another country? hot weather maybe?.....how about the flies? - they're particuarly rampant this year..........nope, its the cost of living. Australia has to be right up there in terms of how much things cost. Sure you can get fair dinkum deals on alot of things (that goes for most countries), but in general, especially Sydney, the cost of living is going through the roof. It scared the life out of us when we were told that for a 3 night stay in Kings cross (yes, thats the seedy, drug infested, hooker haven kings cross), we had to fork out 78 quid for the privelage. Now, 78 quid could get us almost a months accomodation in India and a considerable amount of time in China.....maybe that's why we ... read more
September 30th 2007
China was always going to be interesting in more ways than one. Our arrival into Beijing, however, could have been better timed. It was the first day of a week long national holiday which means all major attractions and methods of travel throughout the country are either fully booked or not worth paying for due to the crippling masses of Chinese people eager to make the most of their precious time away from their increasingly demanding jobs. The first thing we noted on arrival into the city from the airport was how rigid and military like the guards were. There's a real sense of control over the city here like we had imagined. Our plans had to be altered slightly for the first week because all trains were fully booked in and out of Beijing for ... read more
September 1st 2007
From one hot country to the next. Our 2am arrival at Indira Gandhi airport in Delhi could be compared to a visit to the morgue. Painful 'supermarket' music could be heard in the background on a loop, and the only other noise breaking the eerie silence was the neglected un-oiled wheels of the trolleys provided. After a considerable wait for our bags, we were on the lookout for a guy holding a board with our names on. At this time of the morning, we wasn't expecting an overly enthusiastic driver, but we were made to feel as welcome as George Bush in Iraq. The guy wearily escorted us to his cut'n'shut fiesta-come-ice cream van, and we loaded our belongings into the back awaiting confirmation on whether he should be behind the wheel of any vehicle. It ... read more
August 24th 2007
There are two words that come to mind when you first touch down in Hong Kong in August and that is HOT and HUMID. We arrived around 8am thinking we would get to our hostel before it started to heat up. We were of course very wrong and we had to endure a 30 degree heat with 88% humidity whilst carrying our backpacks. Every building and mode of transport has air con as standard so we were offered a temporary rest from this unforgiving heat by way of a bus trip. We were heading to Tsim sha tsui where we had booked accommodation (around 50mins from the airport. Technology is noticeable everywhere and appears in many unexpected places. Buses and trains have TV’s, pillars project big brand names and even staircases have moving advertisements in them. ... read more
August 19th 2007
So we have arrived in Johannasburg after an uncomfortable 19-hour journey from Cape Town. Our aim is to visit Kruger national park. This park is the size of Israel and is home to a multitude of animals including the 'BIG 5' - Buffalo, Elephants, Lions, Leopards and Rhino. Its a 500km drive from Jo'burg and as part of the tour, we visited some interesting spots along the way including 'gods window' (called so because of its endless landscape and uninterrupted views). Bourke’s luck potholes, which was once occupied at the height of the gold rush, (ironically, Bourke didn't discover the potholes first and ultimately didn't get to prosper from its riches). We also visited the blyde river Canyon (the third largest canyon in the world) - an impressive site. Our day ended with an overnight stay ... read more
August 6th 2007
Apologies for the late blog. Lisa and I have been indulging in the endless offerings that SA can give you. We thought it rude not to try some of the more traditional food they have here such as Boerewors, (a mildly spicy sausage). It was a thumbs up from me but lisa was already looking to see what else was on the menu..................ah yes, 'the menu' - it was one of those large brightly lit menu's that sits nicely above the counter, behind perspex, (kinda like the ones you get in the large fast food chains such as Mcdonalds). However, there was one major difference. Unbelievably, it was upside down - how could they not notice. In fact on closer inspection, the place we were in (a place called POZA), didn't bare any resemblence to a ... read more
August 6th 2007
Well its been a week for Lisa and I in South Africa now where we have been subject to 4 seasons of weather in just 7 days. We were prepared for bad weather as it's winter here, but we were really surprised at how random the days are. One day it could be clear blue sky and what we regard as beach weather (around 23 degree's), and the next it could be torrential rain and showing no sign of letting up. We arrived in the rain on the 28th July and at first glance, it was nothing short of where we had just left (London, Heathrow). Construction is everywhere as they prepare for the imminent world cup in 2010. Our first real taste of SA was the huge townships that greet you either side of the ... read more