Not knowing what to do with my life and having talked about it for years I've finally decided to pack my bags and go travelling.
My plan so far......Canada for a month (just to get my travelling feet!), China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Bali, Australia & New Zealand, Fiji & USA.
I'll try and update this travel blog as often as possible and put lots of photos on so you can all see what I'm up to (and also make you incredibly jealous!!).
Please keep in touch and let me know what you're up to (you know I'm always one to hate missing out on a bit of gossip!)
October 9th 2007
We left Kieran & Kate's on 25th September to start our roadtrip adventure - 13 days to drive up the Bruce Highway from Brisbane to Cairns. This trip is about km, but when you factor in the side trips it is probably a little over 2000km. For this roadtrip we rented a Wicked van, which you see all over Oz as they are geraed towards the backpacker on a budget; that is until you factor in all of the petrol, yes, petrol, not diesel as you would expect. We had to fill up the tank every 200km, which made us dig a little deeper into our pockets! Our first stop was Australia Zoo, about an hour north of Brissy. This is, or should I say was, home to the Crocodile Hunter. We spent about 4hours going ... read more
September 20th 2007
It's well over a month since I last logged on, let alone made an entry so thought I'd better make a concerted effort this morning. From Bali we took the 6 hour flight into Sydney. Now a little grumble here, as our round the world tickets are with BA & Qantas, yet they stuck us on JetStar, which is the equivalent of EasyJet - fine for a couple of hours, but when you've got 'Bali Belly' (or hangover as Mike called it!); you have to pay for any food and drink (we had neither Indonesian or Australian currency), and you have to rent a screen to watch any films, I think it's fair to say we felt a bit cheated. Anyway, we touched down in Sydney in the early hours of Monday morning and found ourselves ... read more
August 1st 2007
Aaaaaaaaaaah, how annoying - the computers here are so slow that I was just saving a blog and it took so long it timed out and wiped what I'd written - second time lucky! So we woke up at ridiculous o'clock (5.30am) and we were picked up by a bus that took us to a boat (to Lombok) where we got on another bus that took us to another boat that took us to Gili Trawangan (GT). All in all a 13 hour journey - start to finish. However, I think this could have been almost halfed if we hadn't been ushered into friends' restaurants for breakfast and generally waiting around unnecessarily. We were lucky enough to watch an absolutely stunning sunset though on the final lap of the trip. There are three Gili islands altogether ... read more
July 20th 2007
The past few days we've done some industrial travelling and had SO many early starts you wouldn't believe!! From Borneo we arrived back in Kuala Lumpur and the following day we took another coach journey across the border into Singapore. We're staying in a rather strange hostel in Little India. I say strange as I don't think they planned on opening just yet and Mike and I were the first guests - they just seemed totally unprepared. The good thing is that it's clean and has air con! We only have 2 1/2 days here so wanted to do all the typical tourist traps!! The first day was devoted to animals. First off was Singapore Zoo, which is fantastic, and beats the cr*p out of Chester Zoo which is the only one I can remember ... read more
July 13th 2007
Air Asia turned out to be pretty good actually and just after 2 hours after leaving KL we touched down in the north of Borneo. After finding ourselves a place to stay we tried to investigate any sort of night life, however Borneo is still not on the main backpacker trail (which is nice) and so not much goes on here. It reminds me slightly of China, where Westerners aren't a regular occurence and little kids stop and stare and say hello then run off giggling - quite funny! However, unlike China there is not as much of a language barrier! The two main reasons we came to Borneo was for the Scuba Diving and the Sepilok Orang Utan Centre. I saw a documentary on tv a couple of years ago about the centre, and ... read more
July 5th 2007
After a very luxurious coach journey from the Cameron Highlands (the seats are like armchairs) we arrived in Kuala Lumpur. Now, I know that I shouldn't moan about this, but we'd been on beaches pretty much for the past 4 weeks or so, and so it was quite nice to get back to a more civilised place. The last big city we went to was Bangkok, which as you probably gathered we didn't really like, so it was a relief when we got to KL. There are three main districts, Little India, Chinatown and the Golden Triangle. We stayed in Chinatown for the 5 days we were there, and met up with Jeff who was one of the DMT's in Koh Tao, which was good. Kuala Lumpur is also home to the largest Twin Towers ... read more
July 4th 2007
To break the coach journey up between the Perhentian Islands and KL we stopped off on route at the Cameron Highlands. One of the reasons for this is that it's a lot cooler there. The accommodation there was a little over budget (approx $20) a night between us, however, it was an apartment and as we walked in we actually thought that it was someone's home. So it was nice just to relax in the evening and watch a couple of films. we also did a little hike. There are several routes to take, and we were recommended route 9a which is a gentle jaunt through a mini rain forest, which takes about an hour. That was fine, quite scenic and had a little waterfall etc. At the end however, we had to get back ... read more
June 28th 2007
On the 28th June we finally left Thailand and headed into Malaysia on an 8 hour bus ride. Our first destination was the Perhentian Islands, which are two islands, the large and the small. The larger one has slightly nicer accommodation and is therefore slightly more expensive - needless to say we stayed on the smaller island! The island is quite stunning. As we got off the boat the sea was so clear it was unbelieveable, you could see right to the bottom and the sand was so white and fine. One of the main reasons for going there was for the scuba diving. However, thought I'd better avoid it this time as I didn't want my dog bite being chomped on by the Wrasse fish - the little buggers. So I just chilled out ... read more
June 23rd 2007
It's low season on the West coast of Thailand so Railay Beach, about 45 mins from Krabi, was pretty quiet. Again, we didn't do that much there, even though we stayed for 3 days. Mike decided to do a little bit of rock climbing, as this is the main attraction in the area and I decided to be an official photographer. Again we watched a couple of hooky films in the evenings and was quite glad that we upgraded to a room with a TV in it (this really is quite a luxury when you've been travelling for a while). It was quite a stunning setting, and just had a couple of really lazy days.... read more
June 20th 2007
From Railay Beach we went to Krabi. We had heard the name before and knew that travellers came here so we went to the TAT office and booked 3 nights accommodation. What we didn't realise was the majority of people come here and then leave the following day. The room was nice, but the star attraction was definately the power shower. You just cannot understand how nice this was. Having lived in many guesthouses and hostels over the past 4 months and used the crappy showers the majority of them offer, this was pure luxury. Not only was it a powerful shower, but it had hot water too. It's only when you've been travelling for this long that you realise that the smallest things make you smile!!! So the first night we went searching for the ... read more