As the end of my degree approached, my days as a carefree student seemed to be numbered. In a desperate attempt to delay getting a 'real job' I decided that travelling was the way forward. I am joined on this voyage of discovery by my good friend and fellow uni graduate Joe, and his friend Anne, I havent met her yet but she seems nice...
So with my round-the-world ticket in one hand and a rucksack on my back im ready! ...Now where did i put my passport?!?
So here it is my travel blog. Starting off with 3 weeks in the United States, onward for a week and a half in Fiji, Christmas in New Zealand and finishing off in Australia. So C'mon what are you waiting for....
March 27th 2008
Hey Guys, I’m sorry this blog has been such a long time coming. Everytime that I sat down to write the blog I’d get distracted by Facebook, Msn Messenger or Hotmail and forget to write anything. But here I am at work with nothing to do this morning so I thought I’d use this opportunity to bring you up-to-date with some of the things I’ve been getting up to since my last blog entry. Hervey Bay (pronounced Harvey Bay) is the stepping off point for Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world. The island has very few roads and those that do exist are little more than sand traps. We had booked a day tour of the island and our vehicle for the day was a huge 4x4 truck that could carry about 30 ... read more
February 23rd 2008
In Memory of... Richard Bottomley 1986-2008 Hey Guys, Do you hear that noise? (No?) Thats the sound of continual rainfall. Ever since we stepped off the plane at Cairns in the middle of the night it has been raining almost continually. It varies in intensity from the light spitting rain to the heavy end-of-the-earth, raining cats, dogs and other mammels kinda rain. Taking a walk in Cairns was a bit of a risky business as the weather could turn just like that. Infact a couple of times i got caught out by the rain and got soaked to the skin. Thankfully we did have one day of glorious sunshine and that was the day we went to the Great Barrier... read more
February 11th 2008
Hey Guys, It's been an emotional couple of days as we've realised that our time in New Zealand has, at last, come to an end. We've been in New Zealand for just over three months and throughly enjoyed every single minute. When I last left off we had just been skydiving in the awesome Lake Taupo. We caught the bus up to Rotorua, aka Roto-vegas for its abundance of casinos and slot machines. However we weren't there to gamble. Rotorua is one of the most active Geothermal areas in New Zealand. It is home to some of the best examples of natural hot springs, mud pools, sulphur lakes and geysers in the world. However as a down side to all the natural wonders Rotorua is plagued by what can only be described as an 'Evil Eggy ... read more
January 30th 2008
Hey Guys, I hope your sitting comfortably as this blog might be a bit of an epic. I spent an hour last night making notes on what i might include in this one and i covered three sides of A4 so brace yourselves! We are currently in Taupo, which is often referred to as the Queenstown of the North Island due to the large number of extreme activities you can do here, but i'll go into that later on. First to bring you up to date.. This last week has been particularly busy for Anne, Joe and myself. We split up for a week to allow Joe to spend some time with his parents in Glenorchy whilst Anne and I flew up to Wellington. Despite being the capital of New Zealand there's not much to see ... read more
January 14th 2008
Hey Guys, Its been a couple of weeks since New Years and we've been making the most of our remaining time on the South Island by touring around the Southland and Fjordland. Since my last blog so much has happened, and i won't lie, I've been too lazy to write another blog entry. So here it goes, prepare yourself, this may be a long one! On the 3rd of January Chloe and Sam bid farewell and left in their campervan to travel around the last bit of the south island and begin the drive back to Auckland. The six of us had been living together in Glenorchy for two weeks and it was sad to see them finally leave, but we made a promise to meet up again at the Twenty20 cricket in Auckland, to watch ... read more
January 2nd 2008
Hey Guys, I hope everyone had a great Christmas and Father Christmas brought you everything you wanted. We also had a great Christmas even if it was a bit different to the one im used to back in the UK. On Christmas Eve we met up with Sam, Chloe and Trevor, whom we had first met at the Nabua Lodge in Fiji. It was great meeting up with the guys, sharing stories and exploits of since we last met. We ate at Ferg-Burger possibly the best burgers i have ever tasted and a must if your ever out in this part of the world. As we sat by the waterfront enjoying our burger and fries (wearing the obligatory santa hats) we were approached by a Korean tourist who was bemused by our festive hats and wanted ... read more
December 22nd 2007
After swimming with the dolphins in Kaikoura we decided it was time to move on again and made our way further down the eastern coast. We bypassed Christchurch, where we arrived in New Zealand less than a month ago, and headed for Mount Cook. Mount Cook village sits at the base of Mount Cook in the heart of the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. A popular place for skiing in the winter and walking/tramping in the summer, accomodation in Mount Cook village is hard to come by. We managed to get rooms at the YHA hostel and arrived in the early evening amidst heavy clouds. The next morning the clouds had blown away and the views were amazing. The village was surrounded on all sides by snowcapped peaks that put the Snowdonia region to shame. We took ... read more
December 12th 2007
The sun was still rising as our boat skimmed its way across the bay towards the ocean and the Kiakoura underwater ridge. Only 1/4 mile from the beach of Kiakoura the depth of the ocean goes from 30ft deep to an intimidating 1 miles deep, thus Kiakoura is of the few places where resident sperm whales can be seen from shore. The bay is also home to a huge variety of other aquatic and marine animals including the albatross, blue penguin and dusky dolphin. It was the dolphins we were on our way to see now. However our trip was going to be slightly different to the average sight-seeing trip as we were going to be allowed the privillege of swimming with the dolphins! In our pretrip briefing we were told that whilst swimming with the ... read more
December 7th 2007
Hey everyone! The main problem with writing a travelblog is keeping up to date with everything i've done. Over the last week we have covered a lot of ground and visited several different places. With our car it is easy to move from place to place, thus we have visited 4 major towns in the last week alone. When i last left off we were in Greymouth, you know your in trouble when the Lonely Planet guidebook says, 'Industrial town with not much going on'. But after a day spent driving up from Hokitika we needed a rest and Greymouth was the largest settlement on the West coast. So there we were at 4pm on a Sunday afternoon walking the deserted streets of Greymouth looking for something to do. That was how we found ourselves at ... read more
December 2nd 2007
Hey everyone! This past two weeks i've been really lazy and not kept you all updated with the latest adventures of Neil, Anne and Joe. This last week is the first time we have had access to a car so we have really been making use of it and trying to visit as much of the south island as possible before christmas. We arrived into Christchurch in the late afternoon, tired after two flights and a quick stop-over in Auckland. Christchurch is a vibrant city with its iconic cathedral at the centre. Despite the distance, Christchurch is the most homely city i've yet visited, Not surprising considering Christchurch was one of the first collonial settlements in New Zealand. We spent two days in Christchurch visiting the botanical gardens and natural history museum (a bit of culture ... read more