Kim, Micky and Sarah's Journal for their Trip of a Lifetime.......!!! Plus Ally who will joining us in Aussi.........!!!
This blog will enable us to easily stay in contact will all our lovely friends and family.....you'll be able to follow us on our trip and read about all the amazing things that we get up to. This site also allows you guys to leave us comments and to send us messages whenever you feel like it.
We are going to be away for 5 1/2 months in total and in that time we will have visited the following places: India... Australia... New Zealand... Fiji... Bali... Singapore... Malaysia... Thailand... and finally Hong Kong!!! Ally will be away for 5 weeks, discovering the East Coast of Australia with us.
If you click on the link below you can see this route on a world map. Click Here For Flight Route Map
All four of us are on a gap year before going back to studying at uni next year. We have all been frantically working up to this point to pay for our trip....Micky with tea leaves, Kim as a sales assistant in O'neill, Sarah on Warfarin meters and Ally at Bedford College library. As you can see, all extremely riveting stuff!!!???... but at least it has paid well. In this time we have all met some awesome people and have had a great time but are now ready to start the next half of our gap year... the part we've all been waiting for!!!
Make sure you all keep in contact in which ever way you fancy and we can't wait to see you all on our return ..... xxx
Time until we come home!Visited Countries Map
June 30th 2007
And so we have come to the penultimate leg of our journey, Singapore overland to Bangkok. With only 3 weeks to do this we wasted no time in getting through Singapore and Malaysia (1 week) but in doing so we have once again managed to pack a lot in. Singapore was a great city for shopping and its reputation of being clean and running like clockwork certainly proved to be right. We spent 2 days exploring the city. With Little India being on our doorstep we had a quick look before making our way into the centre visiting; the famous Bugis Market, China Town and Clarke Quay at both day and night. We paird a quick visit to the Harbour Front the next day, seeing ships come and go and having a view of the ... read more
June 5th 2007
Our time in the north island began in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. It wasn't a city which grabbed out attention but we used it as an opportunity to plan Fiji - our next stop after here. Heading from Wellington to Tongariro National Park we went via Palmerston North to seek out the local information centre so we could plan our next couple of days. Tongariro National Park is an area made up of three active volcanoes, one of which is named Mount Ngauruhoe and is famous for featuring in The Lord Of The Rings movie as Mount Doom. The plan was to do the Tongariro Crossing, a 7 - 9 hour walk which takes you over this volcanic region. It is meant to be one of the most spectacular walks New Zealand has ... read more
May 20th 2007
Well, we are relieved to tell you all that Micky and Sarah went through with the bungy and are here to tell the tale. Both would say that it was one of the most nervewracking but at the same time exhilerating experiences that they have ever done.Unfortunately for kim she had to save her pennies but thoroughly enjoyed watching and will definatly participate in a bungy in a few years to come! That evening before making tracks to Milford Sound we treated ourselves to the first real burger of our travels, Queenstown's famous Fergburger! It even makes us hungry thinking about it. During our timein Queenstown we had become friendly with our "roomies", three guys from Norwhich. They took part in the bungy experience with us and also followed us in convoy up to Milford ... read more
May 13th 2007
On the flight to NZ we couldn't quite believe that Australia was over. We all have so many unforgettable memories and have met some great people. We never anticipated covering as much of Aussi and doing as much as we have but it was all so worthwhile and such great fun. Early on Sunday morning we flew into Christchurch. The views from the plane over NZ were beautiful. The snowy peaked mountains led to flat lush green land and it was great to have a birds eye view of the landscape. It was a bit of a shock to arrive in icy cold weather from being in the heat, however, although it was cold the sky was blue and the sun was shinning so we didn't let it phaze us. Christchurch is known to be ... read more
May 12th 2007
Hey guys..... we thought it wa about time that we updated you on the last leg of our Oz Experience - can't quite believe it's now all over! In Adelaide we were lucky enough to stay firstly with Hamish's (gappie) parents John and Sally and then the remainder if our time with the Noske's (anpther gappie). We were looked after extremely well and are very grateful to them for putting up with us travellers!!! During our time in this city we had a days excursion to the coast with Sally as a brilliant guide - we visted numerous pretty beaches and ports, ate the best pies in Sounth Australia and had our first experience of wine tasting - very sophisticated!!! When at Bens we had a scrummy BBQ while watching Ozzie rules football on Anzac ... read more
April 24th 2007
Tuesday 10th April - Wednesday 11th April From one small town to another……..today we caught our penultimate greyhound bus to Mission Beach, a small coastal town just south of Cairns. The plan was to stay here for two nights using the time to relax before hitting the busier city of Cairns and its party scene. Unfortunately for us the weather over these two days was not ideal, remaining pretty overcast and damp for the duration. What is more, the beach here was a little disappointing compared to others we had encountered along the coast but understandably so as this town had been hit by a cyclone the previous Summer and the beach had still not recovered. I think all three of us will agree that Mission Beach will be most remembered for its first night, ... read more
April 11th 2007
Wednesday 28th March This morning we caught a Greyhound bus (an experience we are becoming well accustomed to) from Noosa to Hervey Bay. This is the place you had to head to in order to catch a ferry to Fraser Island. On arrival late afternoon at our hostel we headed straight to our group meeting to be preped for our Fraser Island camping experience. This gave us the chance to meet our fellow group members who we would be spending the next few days with. Our group was made up of nine people - Marc and Andreas (friends from Switzerland), Lynne (a lady from England), Manon (a swiss french student) and Asgar (a medical student from Denmark). After a bit of introductory "banter" we headed into Hervey Bay to do our group grocery shopping. The ... read more
March 27th 2007
Since leaving Sydney, the last week has shown us what it is like to be a 'real' backpacker, staying in 4 different hostels over the past 6 days. We started off in Byron Bay, staying at The Main Beach backpackers Hostel (Wed 21st to Fri 23rd). We spent our first day on Main Beach in Byron. Altho the beach is a lot less well known, we rated it above Bondi. A much warmer, clearer sea situated in a prettier setting. We couldn't refuse joining in, in a $6 barbie at our hostel. This gave us the chance to meet our fellow backpackers... the spaniard, the kiwi and the scouser, before heading out into the town, which can only be desctribed as one unforgettable night :-) Thursday - Despite the headaches all round in the morning, we ... read more
March 19th 2007
Hey guys.. thought it was time for another blog before we leave Sydney for Byron Bay tomorrow evening (Tuesday evening). Tuesday was a chill out day for us, so nothing exciting to report on there, apart from a quick shop in Bondi Junction; home to the surf shops. Wednesday was a bit more eventful. We woke up to beautiful blue skies and so decided it was perfect weather for a recommended coastal walk from Coogee beach to Bondi with many other beach stops on the way. Our first stop during the walk was at Clovelly Cove, which is renowned for snorkeling and popular with the locals. The sea was pretty rough so after being knocked about on the rocks we made our way into the middle of the cove to the calmer water, where we had ... read more
March 13th 2007
Three became four on Thursday (8th March) when we met Ally at Sydney International Airport. Both our journeys had been long so we were pleased to all see each other and be met by our host Chuck, an old gap student from Bedford, who some of you might know. We arrived to a beautiful house in Mosman which was a lovely location with stunning views over the harbour. It was a relief to have a hot shower, fluffy towels and a flushing toilet after India. While we were getting showered and ready for our first night out in North Sydney, Chuck got the Barbie going. We had drinks on the balcony overlooking the harbour lights of Sydney with a handful of old gap students and friends who we had spent some time with a couple summers ... read more