I'm Pete, i'm 23 years old, have been working in London for 4 years as a Financial Analyst and have at last got around to going travelling. I'm going to be driving from London to Singapore with Nancy who i work with and Adelle, a willing traveller we found online who lives in Blackpool. Once in Singapore i hope to fly out to Australia if i have any money left! I'll do my best to update my blog along the way so those who know me can check that i'm still alive!
Below is a map of our rough intended route and i'll create another one as we travel to show exactly where we end up. We leave England on September 1st, get the ferry to Calais before driving through Belgium, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and Ukraine. Then we drive north into Russia and head straight to Moscow. Here is the longest leg of our journey as we head east for days on end before finally entering Mongolia. After Mongolia, we'll need a guide to help get us through China, then onto Laos, Thailand, Malaysia and finally Singapore.Crance
- Nancy my co-traveller!
days until we leave!!!
April 17th 2009
The tranzalpine trip was slow but scenic, winding through gorges as we cut across the middle of the country. We arrived in Christchurch in early evening, checked into possibly the largest hostel in the world and headed out in search of food. Being the last night in New Zealand we opted to spend all our money on a huge dinner to save having to change our money up at the airport. Unfortunately, due to our very tight schedule we barely had time to experience Christchurch as the very next day we had to get to the airport to fly to Sydney. Here we had just one full day before meeting back up with the parents and flying home. The heat hit us as we arrived as despite it now being well into Autumn Sydney was still ... read more
April 12th 2009
Our intentions on leaving family in Greytown were to jump on a train to Wellington and then get a ferry over to Picton, hire a car and then see as much of the West coast as possible during our remaining few days. We'd also put another ad on gumtree and had arranged to meet Nina (yet another traveller from Germany!) en route. We were dropped at the nearby railway station, said our goodbyes to Mum and Dad and were soon on our way, arriving at Wellington in plenty of time to catch the ferry. Except this was Thursday morning and there were no empty ferries until late Saturday afternoon. We had been assured there was no need to book ahead but stupidly failed to take the Easter Weekend into consideration. As our time on the South ... read more
April 8th 2009
We left our resort at Yulara around midday on the 3rd April, taking the 6 hour shuttle by coach back to Alice Springs. Once again our driver kept us entertained by sharing his vast knowledge of the area. We also stopped to meet 'Dinky the Dingo' on the way back. My sister Emma was picked to play the piano and Dinky would jump up and 'sing' along to it. In truth the singing wasn't great, (probably more of a howling) but then neither was the piano playing. Dinky's owner went on to explain the story of Dinky and how he has become world famous for his talents with even Martin Clunes coming to pay a visit when making a TV documentary. We arrived back at our Alice Springs hostel at around sunset leaving just about enough ... read more
April 1st 2009
I spent the last 2 days in Tasmania catching up with sleep and packing all my stuff. After 3 months in one place it felt a bit strange to be moving on. I must say thank you once again to Jennii and Jonathan for putting up with me for so long, i really appreciate it. I left Tasmania early on the 28th knowing that i was meeting my sister the next day and we'd have very little time to squeeze in all the stuff we wanted to do. Arriving in Sydney at around 8am i found a hostel, dumped my belongings and headed straight for the harbour. After experiencing relatively cool weather compared to what i have become used to, i was pleased to find clear skies and temperatures close to 30degrees. I spent the morning ... read more
March 26th 2009
I decided after all to finish work a week early providing i could find people to travel with so that i could see more of Tasmania. I still hadn't been to the East Coast and everybody was telling me i had to go there. So, once again i put an ad on gumtree and waited. I immediately got a reply from a German guy but only ever got as far as planning on meeting for a beer in Hobart and then he just seemed to disappear, but we would have needed more people to split the costs of hiring a car anyway. At the last minute i got a call from 2 German girls (Ines and Steph) who had a few spare days and they'd just met 2 Koreans (Sehee and Lee Jung hyun - also ... read more
March 11th 2009
It's now March 11th and i have only 2 and a half weeks left in Tassie before heading to Sydney and completing the final 3 weeks of my trip. Since my last blog i have been working hard, watching all 180 episodes of Seinfeld on DVD (there's little else to do in my spare time without a vehicle and Aussie TV is really that bad), and still getting out and doing some sight-seeing where possible. I gave up on trying to get a job at Dominoes Pizza (8 weeks later and i am still waiting for their call so perhaps i'll still get a chance to work there once my trousers arrive) and instead ventured across the road to Mcdonald's. Again, i had to apply online but this time i immediately got a reply and was ... read more
January 29th 2009
Well, i've been living with the J's for almost a month now so time for an update. Not good news on the job front, i secured employment with Dominoes Pizza in nearby Sorell to be a delivery driver for them. This was almost 2 weeks ago. I'm still waiting for my first day of action in my 'company car'. I last spoke to them 5 days ago and was told 'we're still waiting for your pants to be delivered?' This was not a question, they just speak like that. Due to not having my own vehicle i will not be guaranteed regular working hours so i am also looking elsewhere. Settling into a daily routine in a familiar place has been much welcomed after being constantly on the move. I am working on becoming a regular ... read more
January 8th 2009
I got a taxi to the airport and before long i was boarding my flight, and before long i was dis-embarking my flight. It was only 1 hour from Melbourne to Hobart and the majority of that time was spent either ascending or descending. I was met at the airport by Jen and was given a lift to Midway Point (about 20km east of Hobart). I will be staying with Jen and Jonathan and must start to look for work in an attempt to replenish my fast dwindling funds. Their house is really cool, as i have my own room and they have a big TV!! Midway Point is ironically enough, about midway between two places, so it is very quiet here. This is ideal for me as it takes away the temptations of wasting money. ... read more
December 30th 2008
We left Narooma, headed into Victoria and found somewhere to stay in Orbost. Much like Ingham earlier on in Australia, Orbost was a really small town, with a pub and just a few shops. It did have a museum though, but unfortunately it was closed when we arrived as it was a Sunday. We checked in above the pub, had a few mid-afternoon beers and met a few crazy locals (all middle aged women, but all were friendly and they bought us a each shot). I went to bed early leaving Nance drinking with the ladies. We set off at 9am to Melbourne. We still had over 350km to cover and had to get our rental car back by 3pm. Nance slept the whole way, but we made it with an hour to spare. After dropping ... read more
December 27th 2008
From Ballina we arrived in another small seaside town called Nambucca Heads. We found a motel here offering fantastic views over the bay below, and as it was another hot day Nancy set about sunbathing by the pool and i went wandering down to find the beaches. I under-estimated the heat of the sun and as i got a bit lost on my way back (i did have a map, but in my defence Australians tend to pick and choose which roads to have signs for), feared i'd die of sunstroke. In the end i got away with just a really burnt face. On my travels i stumbled across a graffiti wall. A place where people come to paint their messages and leave a mark on the place. They should try this on Canvey Island, ... read more