Having thoroughly enjoyed being at home in England for the past two and a bit years, we are now heading off again. This time we are starting in Morocco (November 2010) and travelling with Oasis Overland, down to Cape Town. This leg should take about 5 months, after which we will be travelling independently and might visit parts of the East Coast and then carry on to Asia for a year or so. We will simply see where we fancy going at the time.
We hope that you enjoy the blog, as and when it gets updated.
Lots of Love, Emma & Marc XXX (Carpe Diem)
Our Previous Trip... Marc & I thought that we would be away for a year, but when it came time to come home we just kept going. The blog only shows the first year, but we travelled for almost two, from June 2006 - April 2008 through parts of Asia, Australasia and South & Central America and it was amazing!
November 11th 2010
Since our last blog entry.... Having planned to travel for a year, when it came time to come home we just kept going and we ended up travelling for almost two wonderful years. When funds were getting low (April 2008) we headed home and we have been living in a beautiful "Chocolate Box" village in Oxfordshire for the past two and a half years. We fly out tomorrow (14th November 2010) to start our next trip by travelling five months overland from Morocco down the West Coast of Africa to Cape Town. After this we think that we might visit parts of the East Coast and then head over to Asia. Before we came back in 2008 both Marc & I were a little reticent about coming home. Having been itinerants with so few responsibilties for ... read more
June 28th 2007
It is 363 days since Marc and I started our travels and our One World flights home expire in 48 hours. This was to be the end of our travels, but neither of us could bring ourselves to stop. So many months ago, we resolved to ignore the return flights and continue on for a further six months, or for as long as Marc´s additional funds would last. However, the thought of the return flights going to waste was too much for me. So I am currently sitting in the departure lounge of Buenos Aires International Airport, having left Marc happily settled in town learning Spanish. I am popping home for a couple of weeks to visit family and friends, then returning here for Marc and I to start travelling around South America. The plan ... read more
April 23rd 2007
First of all new thing a little video for you to watch. So after a wonderful 4 months of easy living, it was time to hit the road again into country's new. New Zealand was to be our next stop, a short flight and a few hours later we arrived in Christchurch, we took an airport shuttle to the YHA, it was opposite the arts center and museum and close to the center of town so we could not of picked a better spot. After dropping our bags in our room we took the short walk across the road and in to the old university buildings which where now being used as small craft workshops and shops selling the goods being made. After a quick look around Emma decides that this area is worth a longer ... read more
January 31st 2007
So after a long flight we finally arrived in Sydney and we were picked up by David (Emma's father) he drove us back to the house where all the family where gathering for Christmas, it was lovely to catch up with everybody as we have not been overly good at keeping in touch with each other, just as we had finished our evening meal my phone rang (the replacement for the one I had lost in Vietnam), Anne, Emmas mother was ringing from England to tell us that Mama (Emmas grand mother) was very ill, Emma decided without hesitation that she wanted to return home, so ended the joyous reunion, we needed to get Emma back to the UK as soon as possible, the first flight we could book her on left at 4pm Christmas eve ... read more
January 26th 2007
Whilst I was at home visiting Mama, Claire rang with some amazing news. Due to a spur of the moment offer of a venue, she and Barry were going to get married on the 26th January (Australia Day). I was able to make it back to Sydney two days before the event and had just enough time to join in some of the final touches. On the morning of the wedding Kylie ensured that everything was running smoothly and Claire was relaxed through out. We even managed to spend a little bit of precious time together helping Claire dress, I will not forget those moments. Here are just some of the photos of the fantastic day. ... read more
January 17th 2007
When I was a very young child, I had an irrational fear of Mama (my grandmother and guardian) passing away. So much so, that I would creep into her bedroom early in the morning, to check whether she was still alive. This rather morbid behaviour resulted in Mama giving me some sound advice. She sat me down and asked me whether I would forfeit our good times together, so as to avoid the pain of us being parted when she died in years to come. I gave it some thought and answered that I'd prefer our time together. We hugged, she assured me that she would not be dieing for some time, but that when she did die, I should remember all the good times that we had had. That was over thirty years ago. Mama ... read more
December 23rd 2006
So as we had delayed our departure from the Philippines so long we were going to have to make the longest journey ever to Sidney as follows, having spent over three weeks in Iloilo and Manila it was time to leave(December 19th ) and make our way to Australia, the first flight was just a short hop from Iloilo to Manila from where we would transfer to Hong Kong, after arriving in Hong Kong we to the MTR (mass transit railway) from the airport to Hong Kong city where we book the ferry to Macau, when we get to Macau ferry port we grab a cab to take us back to Macau airport where we have to try to pick up our left luggage without a ticket (easier than I thought it was going to be), ... read more
November 25th 2006
So having caused no end of trouble, we finally arrived at Iloilo airport, to an extremely warm Philippine welcome. This was the beginning of what was to be a superb visit. Tom met us outside the airport and within seconds our gleaming chariot (in the form of a sturdy land cruiser), arrived with a beaming Paul Measures at the wheel. We climbed in, repeatedly offered our apologies for having caused so much upheaval and Paul being the gentleman that he is, told us to forget about it. After a short drive, we arrived at what would be our beautiful home for the next three weeks. We were met by the rest of the household and the manic, black and tan dachshund, appropriately named “Twiglet”. We were later to find, that he had a brilliant party trick ... read more
November 24th 2006
The journey from Bangkok to Iloilo turned out to be the most frustrating of all the trips we have made so far,the day started well with a visit to see the emerald Buddha and the royal palace then back to the tailors to pick up the cloths Emma had ordered, at mid-day back to the Indian embassy to put in our passports for visas, back to our room where Emma starts to pack and I go to the post office to send back all the items that we have collected over the last three country's (7 kg worth), back to the room, re pack my bag and we are ready to head back to the Indian embassy to collect our passports (this is where our well laid plans start to drift from our expectations). The queue ... read more
November 19th 2006
So we land at the new and very smart Bangkok airport (Suvarnabhumi) and are immediately besieged by a hoard of waiting taxi drivers. All offering to take us into the city via the expressway (all tolls included),in fact I think that there were more taxi drivers than there were people coming off the planes, all the drivers seem to offer a very similar price, which is about three times the amount you should actually pay, if you can find your way to a pre-paid taxi booth. We arrived in Kho San Road and stopped to have a drink before we set about finding where we would lay our heads for the next few nights and are pleased to discover that the café we are in has a few rooms out the back for rent, Emma goes ... read more