Ok, so we've jacked in the jobs, rented out our houses and have all the preparations in place for our once in a life time trip.
We leave the UK on 17 April 2006 and plan on arriving back at the end of Jan 2007.
The countries we're visiting in are:
Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.
It's a lot to see in such a short time, but I'm sure we'll manage it!
We'll keep you all posted along the way. Make sure to keep in touch!
January 18th 2007
Happy New Year to you all! Ok first things first, before we carry on about what a great time we're having, yadda, yadda, yadda, we too are feeling the post Christmas/January depression. Unfortunately it's not because of the cold and the dark evenings but the fact we're coming home at the end of the month - boo! Obviously we can't wait to catch up with everyone, but we can't believe how quickly these 9 1/2 months have gone. In fact I feel that being away for so long and coming back home in the middle of winter makes our winter blues doubly worse! I tried to persuade Martin that we should stay out longer but unfortunately our money's run out and I have been told that we're "grown ups now and we need to get jobs". ... read more
December 13th 2006
New Zealand - tick box! Our time in New Zealand has sadly come to an end after spending 6 amazing weeks tucked away under the world. So it's been a while since we last blogged but there was so much to do in the South Island with not enough time to do it in (unfortunately we've had this problem through out our entire trip!). Having picked up yet another camper van from the very English feeling Christchurch we headed south to the stunning turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo where we decided to spend the night parked up overlooking the lake, with views to die for! We continued heading south making a stop at New Zealands highest mountain, Mount Cook. I don't know what it is with mountains and us but it always seems to rain when ... read more
November 27th 2006
So we've made it to the north island of New Zealand (don't mean to gloat but it's country number 9!). The Quantas crew again looked after us well on flight from Sydney to Auckland and thankfully there was no turbulence. I have no idea why I have turned into a nervous flyer and you'd never believe that I used to fly every day for a living! On arrival in Auckland we immediately noticed the change of temperature in comparison to Australia and Australia wasn't even that warm! We weren't exactly dressed for the occasion donning shorts and flip flops, or thongs as the aussies call them - guess it sounds a lot more interesting. So there we were in windy Auckland with our thongs on unsuprisingly freezing our butts off! Our first stop was the bar ... read more
November 4th 2006
So we've reached our final destination in Australia having clocked another 3500 miles down the eastern seaboard and we've had a blast! We hate to bore you with the nitty gritty details so we'll try to keep it as brief as possible! Following on from our last blog we continued south making a whistle stop tour of the hideously tacky, neon lit, high rise Gold Coast. We didn't stay to long as it appeared to be the Australian equivalent of Miami. Not that we're knocking Miami or anything but we didn't come to Oz to see it! Moving swiftly onwards we crossed the Queensland/New South Wales border into the hippy town of Byron Bay. We really liked "Byron" with it's chilled atmosphere and lovely white sand beaches. As we spent most of our time on the ... read more
October 23rd 2006
Yet again, we have been slated for ludicrously long travel blogs (that we can't do anything about - there's too much to tell!), for sounding like a travel guide and for being rather descriptive. We've been given some words (not mentioning any names.... Aron!) to use that make our descriptions appear more "dramatic", so apologies if we've used any of the words in the wrong context as we have no idea what they mean! Anyway.... After a lovely smooth flight from Alice Springs into sunny Cairns we hopped onto the bus into town. Cairns was absolutely teeming with backpackers and tourists, which made a huge change from the quiet laid back west, but it was great to be back in the hub-bub. After a couple of days of seeing the sights, eating, drinking, walking the bussling ... read more
October 7th 2006
After a very turbulent flight from Darwin we arived at Alice Springs, very ashen faced and shaken! We spent our first night checking out the local restaurants and drinking establishments, to calm the nerves! The next day we picked up our 4WD camper van - what a beast she was! More like the front end of a 4WD truck with half a caravan precariously bolted to the back! Reversing out of a parking space at a busy supermarket without taking out a number of vehicles was a challenge in itself. I'm sure we left a trail of destruction in our wake, but we didn't look back because we couldn't - there was practically zero visability! Our first stop was a the Desert Park in Alice to educate us on the plants and wildlife of the desert ... read more
September 29th 2006
Hooray we've made it to Darwin! Totting up a grand total of 7780km/5213 miles the equivalent of driving from London to Baghdad and back (if you're crazy enough!) or one way to Beijing! The last blog we were in Coral Bay about half way up the west coast. From there we headed up to the town of Exmouth, but before we left we managed to squeeze in a snorkel with the local manta rays. Exmouth was a great base to explore the Ningaloo Reef armed with only a snorkel and mask. We also did a days SCUBA diving on the reef and made friends with some inquisitive, yet extremely venomous 3 metre sea snakes! (FYI - the venom can paralyze a human in 15 minutes). On the boat journey back we were lucky enough to be ... read more
August 30th 2006
G'day! It's been a couple of weeks since we last blogged and in that time we've travelled so far. We'll try to keep it as short as possible, but there's so much to tell! We flew into Perth from singapore to be greeted with beautiful but rather chilly spring weather (in comparison to SE Asia). The first thing you notice about Perth is that it's so damn clean! The pavements are devoid of rubbish, the parks are pristine and even the sky scrapers shine differently from other cities. Naturally we did the usual city sights and spent the evenings supping Tooheys New and Victoria Bitter in trendy Northbridge. After a few days we were getting restless and wanted to explore more of Western Australia. We made a "make us or break us" decision and decided the ... read more
August 21st 2006
What an amazing place the Malaysian state of Sabah in Borneo is! 2 weeks just wasn't enough to take in the amazing scenery, flora, fauna and marine life. We started off in the capital of Kota Kinabalu and used it as a base to explore South East Asia's highest mountain (coming in at almost 14000 ft), Mount Kinabalu. Unfortunately we didn't have the right equipment with us to make the ascent to the top, so instead we ventured around the national park at the bottom of the mountain. Martin also put his vertigo to the test again, by doing yet another tree top walk. This time it was just a rickety rope bridge suspended 41m above the ground! We spent one evening cruising down the Klias wetlands in search of the illusive big nosed Proboscis monkeys ... read more
August 2nd 2006
Well it's been a very long time since our last update! We've done so much and we'll try to keep it as short as possible! After spending 3 glorious weeks on the beautiful Thai islands we headed down to Singapore to spend a week with friends. We had a fantastic time checking out the sights, experiencing the ex-pat way of life and re-introducing our selves to the bar scene! We found time for the mandatory Singapore Sling in Raffles, a tree top walk in the jungle, a night safari at the zoo and spending money we don't have at the big shopping centres down the Orchard Road! It was a great week and we can't wait to go back there for a few days before we jet of to Oz at the end of August. From ... read more