With the taste of visiting India still fresh in our minds and knowing that the rest of the world was out there to be explored – we decided to quit the 9-5 routine and buy a ‘round the world ticket’ since time doesn’t stand still for anyone!!
We’re writing this blog so our family and friends back home can be kept updated with our adventures!
We plan to travel South East Asia for 3 and a half months (hopefully covering Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia and Singapore), then onto Australia for almost 6 months, New Zealand for 2 months and finally America for 6 weeks!!
November 23rd 2011
We were in New York City before we knew it, and literally moments after stepping off the bus we were greeted by a crazed woman screaming for the police – welcome to NYC! We hailed ourselves a yellow cab to take us to our boutique hotel that we had booked into for 5 nights – and we were pretty chuffed when we realized how great a location it was, just in the shadow of the Empire State Building! We couldn’t wait to get out and experience the atmosphere of the city so we dumped our bags and made a beeline for Times Square. It wasn’t long before we were walking with our Starbucks coffee’s in Manhattan and we were loving it! Already we knew New York was going to be pretty special, there were iconic yellow ... read more
November 14th 2011
We left Vegas in the early hours with our unwelcome souvenirs in tow – hangovers! It was a rough trip for us as our bodies adapted to life outside Sin City and we were grateful when we finally landed in our next destination – Washington D.C!! Washington was only going to be a flying visit of 2 nights for us – but it didn’t seem right to travel across the States and not take in the seat of power. When we arrived at our hotel hoping for a quiet night to continue recovering we were just thrilled to find our floor totally over-run by a kids group charging up and down the corridor, smashing! The next morning and a couple of coffee’s later we were ready to hit DC like a pair of proper tourists. It ... read more
November 9th 2011
The last time we stepped on a plane we had been on there for an eternity so it was great to hop on our flight of only an hour to get to ‘Sin City’! We were still in the air when we started to see the bright lights of Vegas below, it was yet another wow moment. We were booked into the plush Stratosphere hotel which sits at the bottom of the strip and is famous for its panoramic views of the city from its tower. As soon as we stepped into our room our jaws dropped – we have stayed in some dives over the last year so we were two travellers who had died and gone to heaven! We spent a fair bit of time getting lost in our hotel as it was that ... read more
November 6th 2011
After leaving San Fran we hit the California coast in search of some stars . . . our next port of call – LA baby!! Before we made it to the ‘City of Angels’ we had a couple of days drive ahead of us; down the scenic pacific highway. The day started off well with the view of the pacific on our side all the way. We had it in our heads that we would check into a random motel off the highway that night, just like you see in the movies. Unfortunately though we probably chose the worst part of the coast to do this – as it got dark we had hit the famous Big Sur (which we couldn’t really see by this time!!) which snakes along high cliffs for hours with no motels ... read more
November 1st 2011
We knew we were in for one hell of a flight trying to cross from the Southern hemisphere back up to the North. Ofcourse, it helps when you cram in 4 films but this probably just ended up leaving us more tired when we eventually stumbled off our 17 hour flights! Once we arrived we picked up our new set of wheels, we’d imagined driving down the California coast in a slick open-top American car but instead we turned the corner to see a small bright yellow bumblebee car, you wouldn’t be able to miss us if you tried! So in our bright yellow number we took to the roads to try and find our hotel which was right in the heart of San Francisco. It was a bit of a nerve tester for Paul driving ... read more
October 25th 2011
On our journey back to Auckland we had a couple of days driving through rainy weather to catch the ferry back across to the North Island. It was all to be worth it though as we were headed back to Taupo where we had arranged to do a sky-dive!! It would be a crime to come to New Zealand, the home of adrenaline junkies, and not do something a bit crazy! On the way to Taupo we were pretty excited about doing a jump, none of us had done one before and this country is the perfect place to launch yourself out of a plane so it was a must. Once we woke up on the morning of our jump though reality kicked in bad! After a fairly sleepless night, Tina woke up with the realization ... read more
October 18th 2011
It was time to leave the ‘Edinburgh of the South’ to head across to the west coast. This was quite a drive and the weather was horrendous, the whole way Mr Haka was battered by lashing rain and blown around by gale-force winds – but despite this only one thing was on our mind and that was getting to our destination Te Anau so we could get a shower!! Shamefully, it had been nearly a week and getting to the point where you could fry an egg on Tina’s head. Once we reached Te Anau we washed up and stocked up on some food – salad, it has become our new meal on wheels (it’s about the cheapest thing we can buy out here!). Our plan was to drive to Milford Sound the next day – ... read more
October 13th 2011
Surprisingly we woke up the next morning feeling fresh as a daisy looking forward to continuing our Kiwi experience down to the South island. The freshness didn’t last too long though as our hangovers decided to creep up on us once we were onboard the ferry! We’d planned to start the south adventure by travelling down the east-coast – first stop was Kaikoura. Already the scenery was starting to hit us more, the drive down the Marlborough coast was really stunning, with rugged rocky cliffs and stretches of beautiful beaches being pretty easy on the eye!! We had heard that Kaikoura was famous for the masses of sea-life that live on its coast and in particular the seals that make this place their home. Sure enough on the drive there we noticed a pair of eyes ... read more
October 5th 2011
After escaping from the farm we had a massive trip ahead of us, although we weren’t really caring now that we had the taste of freedom! It was a 7 hour journey back to Perth and a quick catch-up with Tina’s work-mate, then an overnight flight to Melbourne where we wandered about like zombies for the day and then an early morning flight to our next stop at last– New Zealand!! We arrived in Auckland really excited but also pretty exhausted, our first port of call was to pick up our campervan and new home for the next 4 weeks. We were pretty pleased with our new set of wheels and since it was decked out in ‘All-Blacks’ we decided to name him Mr Haka, geniuses eh. Since our body clocks were still trying to catch ... read more
August 14th 2011
Well the last couple of months we have lived the simple life cut-off from civilization on a remote farm in Denmark, on the south west coast. We really didn’t know what to expect when we headed into the wilderness but it was a totally different experience to anything we have done! There were bugs a plenty, farm animals and laughs as well as many testing times!! After our 7 hour journey to Denmark we were picked up in a rickety van by 3 of the workers already on the farm, the van felt like it might crumble at any point so we were amazed to even reach the farm. We were greeted by 6 fellow workers who we were to share accommodation with – a German couple, 2 South Korean guys and a couple of guys ... read more