Slackpackers

Vince n Suz

Slackpackers



Had been 4.5 years since landing back on aussie soil after our 6 months of travel around europe in a kombi. Inspired by others blogs and with the travel bug biting us hard once again we decided it was about time to start planning another vagabonding experience.

The last 4.5 years had been jam packed with buying a house and solidifying our positions on the corporate ladder. But with the biological clock ticking and with us both just turning the big three-0, the road is calling once again!

We have just set out for 12 months on the road from March 2nd 2014. The last trip was planned to the tee (thanks to my anal retentive Virgo coming out in me). So this time around things will be a little different, no rules, no plans, just keep going til the money runs out. Okay maybe a little planning....

I have been reading all of your great blogs and jotting down some of the great places and experiences you have all been having. So we have hatched a very rough plan from that.

Leg 1 will cover 6 months with extended periods in SE Asia, likely including:

Nepal
Thailand
Laos
Vietnam
Cambodia
Malaysia
Indonesia

Leg 2 will also cover 6 months and will likely see us flying into Argentina and making our way North through South and Central America all the way up to Mexico.

Thanks for following, and please enjoy following along with us for a trip of a lifetime!



Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok April 7th 2014

Exchange Rate $1AUD = 29.6Baht We inhaled the pungent steaming air and the moisture stuck to our dry bodies the moment we started down the Thai Airlines stairs, having landed in ….and of course the answer to the title’s riddle…. Bangkok! We had been dreaming of this moment since shivering our brass balls off in Dragnag, Nepal, all those weeks ago. Yes the air was thick, it was hard to breathe, sweat was dripping from every pore in our bodies, but we loved every minute of it. During the couple of evening hours after landing we spent our time venturing to our one night transit hostel, Link Corner, and a quick jaunt to get dinner at the local corner Thai restaurant. Once settled and ready to eat we devoured delicious pad thai and sipped refreshing young ... read more
Lone Monk in the Grand Palace grounds
Biggest gold buddha in the world - Wat Traimit
Chinatown street view

Asia » Nepal » Pokhara March 29th 2014

23-29 March, Pokhara Exchange Rate $1AUD = 86NRP (slightly less than Kathmandu) The trip from Kathmandu to Pokhara is only around 200km, however it took 8 hours for the bus to negotiate the winding bumpy “highway". We rode with Mountain Overland for $14USD one way per person. The bus was comfortable and clean, and was only around 40% full. We stopped about 4 times for toilet and tea/lunch breaks. The trip takes around 1 hour to get out of Kathmandu and then hugs the mountainside, winding its way gradually downhill and then uphill again, all the way to Pokhara. The roads are quite shocking in some places. Even with a seatbelt you find yourself flinging out of your seat as the bus rocks frantically from side to side. You need to hang on for dear life ... read more
Phewa Lake
world peace pagoda
sunrise sarangkot

Asia » Nepal » Lukla March 19th 2014

(**Photos are our favourites from the entire trip, so most have probably already been previously posted**) Nothing can really prepare you for the mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional challenge of trekking at high altitude in the Himalayas. I think possibly like most people who make the decision to trek to Everest Base Camp, or anywhere above 3,000m for that matter, we were in hindsight perhaps a little naive and uneducated. Our research and mental preparation, although it felt thorough at the time, was limited to reading about other people’s experiences through their online blogs. Our physical preparation was gained through regular cardio sessions and some bushwalking around the Brisbane hinterland. However this was all completed at a maximum elevation of perhaps 300m above sea level. Spiritually and emotionally, we went through no real preparation at all. ... read more
Namche Bazaar
cute cottage
stunning colours

Asia » Nepal » Namche March 19th 2014

15-19 March Days 11-15 Dragnag(4700m) to Phortse Thanga(3680m) to Namche Bazaar(3440m) to Pakding(2610m) to Lukla(2840m) to Kathmandu Today, the 15th of March, of all days, was our 6th wedding anniversary. We are due to be dropping 1000m in vertical elevation during around a 7 hour hike. We would pass through both Machhermo and Dhole, towns we had previously spent the night. Physically and mentally we were not in the greatest mood to be trekking, exhausting the last of our energy, in the frigid temperatures. But up here, you really have no choice. It’s either walk out of here for days on end, or pay probably around $6k a head to be choppered out to Kathmandu. On a 12 month slackpacking budget, we rightfully chose the former. We noticed that over the course of the past week ... read more
donkey train on the suspension bridge
Ama Dablam views
last view point of Ama Dablam

Asia » Nepal » Gokyo Lakes March 14th 2014

12-14 March Days 8-10 Machherma(4470m) to Gokyo(4790m) via Gokyo Ri(5360m) to Dragnag(4700m) We set out from Machhermo after less than an inch of snow from the night before. The weather is clear and sunny and the clouds don’t set in until around 3pm today. The first 45 minutes or so were straight up hill again and then the next 1.5 hours were relatively flat. At this point we reached the river and a series of quite steep climbs up slate rock stairs that took around another hour. Then it was a 45 minute slog through snow to reach Gokyo. Suz and I were both feeling pretty flat today. It was probably our worst day yet in terms of our mind set, right next to day 1. I think the altitude is finally starting to catch up ... read more
red sunset Gokyo
Everest and Lhotse from Gokyo Ri
rock pyramid

Asia » Nepal » Dhole March 11th 2014

8-11 March Days 4-7 Namche Bazaar(3440m) via Khumjung(3780m) to Phortse Thanga(3680m) to Dhole(4110m) to Machherma(4470m) The weather today is pretty consistent with the trip so far, clear and sunny in the morning, but cold, it heats up at around perhaps 9am, and by about 10.30am the high peak clouds start rolling in, obscuring our view of the mountains somewhat. With the clouds comes the chilly winds. However if you can find reprieve from the wind and sit in the sun somewhere protected, it is possible to strip down to a t-shirt, well for me maybe, Suz maybe not so much. The first part of the day’s trekking involved a steep climb directly out of Namche up stone steps and through juniper bushes. It was then about an hour until we reached a magical location, my favourite ... read more
run down little stone shack
our favourite spot
yak having a rest

Asia » Nepal » Namche March 7th 2014

5-7 March Days 1-3 Lukla(2840m) to Pakding(2610m) to Namche Bazaar(3440m) It was up early to travel to the Kathmandu domestic airport with our guide Prakash (pronounced pra-kas). We arrived at 7.15am to commence the lottery that is the flight to Lukla. There are so many weather factors that can determine if you will be flying that day or not. In particular clouds, fog, wind, snow, and rain. Today it happened to be quite windy up at Lukla so flights were being delayed. Our flight ended up departing at around 10.30am, flying with Tara Air on an 18 seater twin prop sky bound tin box. The flight went without a hitch and lasted around 30 minutes. There was a bit of sway coming into Lukla from the wind, but the views of the Himalayas were stunning. Stepping ... read more
Everest with the clouds
nepal door
Djob-Kyo!

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Thamal March 4th 2014

exchange rate $1AUD = 87NPR We departed Australia from the Gold Coast flying the no frills Air Asia. Our departure was made a little unpleasant thanks to a grumpy old customs lady that thought that if she explained the tax refund scheme rules louder and louder each time that we might understand what the hell she was getting at. Ahh love, why not just try saying it different next time as opposed to yelling it. The flight to KL was around 8 hours and went by quite quickly. I’m reading “Into Thin Air”, all about the 1996 Everest Disaster where many people were killed after being surprised and trapped by a raging storm, just to get me in the mood for our upcoming trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC). Surprisingly the Air Asia food was actually ... read more
father time
prayer wheels
once beard trim please!

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane » Lutwyche February 2nd 2014

So just a few short weeks now until we fly out of Australia on our "yet to be named" 12 month trip. We thought of a great name for the trip about 4 months ago and we can't remember for the life of us what it actually was.... So hopefully it will come flooding back sometime soon. I've got lists upon list upon lists around the house and work at the moment. That would be my anal retentive Virgo gene coming out in me. But hey it pays to be organised when you are packing up your life for 12 months and hitting the road. I've got packing lists, to do lists, and then items on the to do list have sub to do lists. But we are both progressing through them well. It's incredible how ... read more
dolled up for our 30th party
the 30th cake
looking stunning and glamorous for a work christmas event

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane September 15th 2013

(a few more photos of our time between trips) We learnt a lot about how to travel sustainably from our 6 months “One Summer” van tour around Europe in 2009. I remember we went hell for leather in our first 6 weeks, so excited were we by the prospect of finding out what was just around the next corner that ultimately we forgot to stop and smell the roses. Reading our European blogs back over, it is quite easy to recognise the traveller’s burn out that we endured. We re-evaluated the way we were travelling a few times during our 6 months, and I remember at one point in Nice, France, we were close to packing it all in and returning to the UK. Thanks god we didn’t. I have read a lot of Travel Blog ... read more
Oh sh1t!
Hippey!
3 generations




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