I have wanted to travel for as long as I can remember; to get out and see the world beyond the safe and relatively happy little bubble of Blightly. I have travelled a little in Europe and with my mother being South African my visits out there have really given me a taste for venturing out of the bubble; just me and my camera.
Nov '07 - Bought my RTW ticket (leaving 3rd of March,thank you very much!) and the plans have changed ever so slightly! Basically I switched round; now starting off in Joburg and ending up in New York, with a whole load of craziness inbetween. Itinery now including the introduction of a month in China and doing Central America solo! Opps! And damn STA said i couldn't go to Adu Dhabi, ah well, next trip!
3rd March - Joburg - Cape Town - Hong Kong - China - Thailand - Laos - Vietnam - Cambodia - Singapore - Australia - New Zealand - LA - Mexico - Guatemala - Honduras - Belize - San Fran - Grand Canyon - Colorado - Canada - New York - Home.
And all pretty much on my tod .... what have I got myself in for?!
p.s. sorry for any spelling/grammar mistakes, before you all comment! yes, I know, good education down the drain! but I am a crappy typer and I think it's more fun to write in the way that things come out of my head, so you will just have to get used to it! xxx
September 7th 2008
#I want so much more than the boy next door, I want hell on wheels# Yes it may indeed seem strange to mention Grease 2 for the second time during my short blogging history but it's so necessary! As a stop off between Airlie Beach and Rainbow Beach I decided to spend a night at 1770 (named imaginatively after the date it was 'discovered'!) or more correctly in Agnes Waters which is the smallest, sleepiest little town that is nearest to 1770 point. There isn't much to do here but I had a lovely walk along the beach and even had time for a nap before the 'Scooteroo' tour! Which was actually a bit of a problem, I over-slept my alarm and missed my pick up; resulting in the reception guy from my hostel coming to ... read more
September 3rd 2008
Yes, bollocks, it's been bloody ages I know! I had sooooo much to do that it seemed too much to wade through, I'm sure it's a state that many bloggers have been in and I'm sure my family won't mind! But now I have the time and renewed passion so here we go again ;) ...... Yet again I arrive in a place too early in the morning, after a pain in the arse journey, in the pouring rain ... grumble grumble ... then I realise it's still better than a day in the office back home! Airlie Beach is home of the Whitsunday Islands and Whitehaven Beach, one of the top ten ranked beaches in the world. So of course I was looking forward to some pristine beaches and sunshine whilst on a gorgeous yacht; ... read more
September 3rd 2008
Ok so there was a point in singapore where I almost changed my flights. I wanted to stay in Asia so badly that I almost sacked off Oz completely. I know I'm crazy; Australia is normally the first stop, the most exciting place for people. Everyone seems to want to go there; to travel, to work, to stay. I always wanted to come here but I was worried; I loved the way the countries i'd visited worked, the craziness of it all and I felt that traveling in a westernised country wasn't going to be as fun or give me the same sense of adventure. (and the fear of my budget completely crashing a burning was overwhelming!) I arrived in the airport and wanted a bottle of water while I waited for my bus, $3.50! Are ... read more
September 1st 2008
How to ... drink in Singapore We had heard many contrasting views on Singapore and when we arrived in the pouring rain I have to say we were less than impressed. We could barely see outside the windows of the bus to actually see the views of the city at we were entering. We ran straight into a cab and into our hostel. Luckily we were put in seperate rooms because Sam had a drunk freak in hers and I had two of the coolest chicas you'll meet in mine. As it was Sam and I were both knackered after the long trip from KL in the rain and having to say goodbye to the boys at 5am; so were really unsure about whether or not to go our for so called ´ladies night´in town. Luckily ... read more
August 26th 2008
My Hero! sorry we thought you were going to kill us ... Running through no mans land to get to the other side of a border crossing before they close is never a good way to enter a country. But there we were, me and one of the Irish girls we'd met in Chumpon, running hell for leather with our backpacks for about 1 km from the Thai border; just to get to the Malaysian border before they closed for the night. Now I'm no runner but with all the other girls lagging behind, me and Irish girl No1 (please don't ask me for names!) obviously had the same vision of us all sat in no mans land for the night while it was starting to rain! We luckily managed to get across just in time ... read more
August 19th 2008
Bangkok must've known we were arriving because they put on the most beautiful display of lights; the streets were strewn with twinkling white lights; just for us. (or maybe it had something to do with the Queen's birthday, I don't know for sure!) This was to be my last time in Bangkok and we got up to about as much as I have on my other times here i.e. nothing! We had enough time to book our bus and boat to Koh Pha Nang, buy some dresses and that was about the extent. Some people have told me how much they hate Bangkok, but I never had a problem with it; I took somewhere like khao san road for what it was, never stayed here for more than a couple of nights and was lucky enough ... read more
August 11th 2008
Phnom Penh We decided only to spend the minimal amount of time in Phnom Penh due to the amount of bloody rain and the fact that we were told that the Full Moon Party was actually two days earlier than we had thought or planned for - Opps! We went to see the main 'attractions' of the area which are S21 museum and the Killing Fields. Now my history is appauling and although I had obviously heard about these things before I had never really learnt about them; and as with the war in Vietnam anything you do hear is normally Western biased. I have learnt alot about what went on during these times and have actually spoken to quite a lot of other travellers, who have travelled through this area, about it; but I am ... read more
August 6th 2008
Oh My God - I can't do this! Da lat is pretty easy to talk about; the main thing about it was a) finding some great food b) CANYONING! Andrew and i arrived half a day before sam and Matt and were able to seek out some accommodation before they arrived. We sampled the Vietnamese speciality the Clay Pot that evening and obviously anything with ginger, lemongrass and chilli is always a winner! Then the next day was reserved for the one recommendation we'd had for the area which was Canyoning. The girls on the boat on Ha Long Bay had shown us photos and films of them doing it and it looked crazy but fun. Canyoning is basically abseiling down huge waterfalls - wicked! I never thought I would be able to do it and ... read more
August 1st 2008
Lets play Charades children ...... Purrrrleeease?! Not the most imaginative title I could've come up with but it does what it says on the tin. We really had to race through Vietnam even with the extra couple of days we had accumulated by not being able to stay longer in Laos. The four of us (Sam and I and a pair of cool Canadians we met in Chiang Mai and Laos) went to a great little hotel in hanoi's old town and sweated our arses off trying to find a fairly cheap place to eat that wasn't outside on the crazy/honking/hot streets. Vietnam came as a real shock to all of us after Laos. I reckon if I had come here after China it would all have been grand, but as it was I had gotten ... read more
July 22nd 2008
I heard the putting of cars, padding of feet and pitter-pattering of the rain before I felt the cold hard concrete beneath my face. I slowly but surely lifted my body off the floor and everything came into view - the weak morning sun straining to get through the rain clouds and the streets of Luang Prabang that were coming to life. We weren't home and free yet; yes, we might be in the right town and yes, we might have more luck in the light of day but we still hadn't found our bloody hostel and yes, I was still lying on the resturant veranda where I had been sleeping for the last 3 hours! Getting there Arriving in Houyxai (laos side of the mekong at the Laos/Thai border) we went straight to the nearest ... read more