We are about to set off around the globe in an adventure that (currently) will take us 6 1/2 months to complete!
Our adventures take us to South East Asia first of all seeing Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and finishing in Singapore. From Singapore we fly to Australia focusing mainly on the east coast before hopping on a flight in Darwin which will take us to New Zealand. Once we have had enough adrenaline from there we will head to Fiji for a relaxing two weeks.
We will try to update our blog as often as possible but we may just be having to much fun to do so.
Hope you all enjoy hearing about our experiences.
March 4th 2012
Happy, sad, excited, scared and tired are all the emotions we have experienced in the past 6 months! We have just spent two glorious weeks in Fiji and the emotion we are both are feeling right now is RELAXED!! We have been in paradise for the last 10 days, palm trees, white sand, clear blue waters and endless sunshine! We stayed at Octopus Resort which is based on Waya Island in the Yasawa group! We arrived there on the Yasawa flyer and saw that it was perfect from the start! We were greeted by a traditional Fijian song as our feet touched the white sand and a welcome cocktail to wash it all down with! On our first night we were welcomed in true Fijian style, drinking the muddy water that makes your Tongue numb called ... read more
February 17th 2012
Unfortunately this blog is going to be one of the least exciting since we haven't really done many activities in the north island! We kind of blew our New Zealand budget on the crazy activities in the south island! From Kaikoura we jumped onto the Blueridge ferry across to Wellington! We checked into the Cambridge hotel which had a small backpackers section! There wasn't a great deal to do here but we went for a walk around the harbour and did some laundry...hmm... that was it really! We did get up early one morning to watch the United vs Chelsea game but before we knew it we were on our way to Taupo! Taupo has been our favourite place in New Zealand we had great weather for the 6 days we were there and you can ... read more
February 4th 2012
Our trip to New Zealand didnt start the smoothest as our flight had changed to the following day without the travel agent telling us! We stayed in the airport hotel for one night before setting off to Christchurch! The flight over the mountains of New Zealand were spectacular and we both have started to enjoy flights a lot more now. We checked into our hostel after no sleep for 30 hours and had a look around Christchurch city. Due to the earthquake from last February the city was a deserted town that reminded us of ‘I am Legend’. The city centre was barriered off completely which left us with very little to do here. We did manage to see the Botanic Gardens which were really nice, especially as it was a very hot day. We had ... read more
January 12th 2012
We had finally finished our long journey down the East Coast of Australia so we donated our camping equipment and headed towards the city to drop the car off in Adelaide and to meet Natalie’s Australian relatives and to say goodbye to our little Yaris! We met Diane and Lillian and set off with them to see a few sights around Williamstown. Firstly, we went to the famous Jacobs Creek winery and enjoyed tasting half a dozen different wines, thinking each time that they tasted the same as the last. From there we went to ‘The Whispering Wall’ which is a 135m curved dam that allows one person from one side of the dam to whisper to the other side because of the structures design. That day we met David who is Diane’s Husband and Mark ... read more
December 26th 2011
We know it’s been a while but here is the latest blog since Hervey Bay, Australia! We left Hervey Bay for Brisbane on a very wet and miserable day, our intentions were to find a place in the city but we came across a ‘minor’ obstacle, our beloved Toyato Yaris! Unfortunately, looking at the way we are travelling around Australia we think we have chosen wrongly. We are limited in the cities as most of the campsites are in the suburban areas! Sleeping in the car was frustrating for the pair of us due to the lack of sleep we were getting as the car is one of the smallest on the market! We drove straight through Brisbane and out the other side, only getting a glimpse of some of the sights that the city has ... read more
December 6th 2011
Checking in at Singapore airport gave us a little surprise that we weren’t prepared for ….TWO FLIGHTS! We did a changeover from Darwin to Cairns but it wasn’t too bad as we are ‘Frequent Flyers’ to Jetstar now so a blanket and some socks kept us cozy. We arrived in Cairns at 10am exhausted from the lack of sleep on the flights but we were soon on a comfy bed in a place called Dreamtime! A great place to stay if you are ever in Cairns, 10 minute walk to the lagoon and the supermarket is just across the road. The vibe in Dreamtime was really good, everyone was friendly and we met a lot of people in our time here. Due to a lack of sleep we were in bed by 9pm that night and ... read more
November 19th 2011
Our ferry to Langkawi couldn't have started better... coco pops and chocolate milk! Yum! This funnily enough became a conversation starter with an Irish couple that were also heading to Langkawi. They were laughing at us for eating our cereal out of the box and then the conversation began about the simple things we miss from home. Once the ferry docked at Langkawi port we jumped into a taxi and headed to Cenang Beach. Most accommodation was fully booked but we found a nice no-frills motel for £12 a night. For the evening we prepared for a quiet drink and a relaxing meal but it couldn't have been more different! The Irish couple we met, Thomas and Leanne, were walking past when they invited us to join them and another couple, Stu and Rachel, for a ... read more
November 3rd 2011
Luckily we are not writing this blog in Bangkok, we left literally two days after the floods hit the city so we got out just in time. From Bangkok, we caught a bus to Chumphon, which is the port where we were to catch the ferry to our first ‘Ko’ Island, Ko Tao! The ferry to Ko Tao wasn't the most pleasant experience, Natalie had her face in a plastic carrier bag for most of the trip, during which Chris was sleeping through the whole journey. We stayed at a dive resort on the island called Crystal Dive Center, which is definitely a must to anyone that is heading there. We stayed in a basic bungalow right on the beach front and if you want to learn to dive, the instructors are great and you can ... read more
October 19th 2011
We went into Cambodia with certain ideas of what this country might be like but in fact we should have never judged the book by its cover and we are glad we gave it a chance. Cambodia was a refreshing experience with friendly locals and amazing landscapes. We started in the capital, Phnom Penh, arriving in the evening. We headed to the restaurants and bars which were located right on the riverfront. The first strange thing we noticed when walking along the strip were the locals having an evening workout, over 100 people were following one instructor in a synchronised dance. We decided to leave them to it and watched it from a bar with an Angkor beer. The same night we looked around the night market, Natalie's eyes were scanning the cheap dresses while Chris's ... read more
October 8th 2011
Before you read about our trip to Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon) it may be worth having a little read about the Vietnam war. The main reason for this is so that you can appreciate how terrible and disastrous it was to Vietnam and also so that you can correct anything we put in this entry that may be wrong! We have been confused considerably about who was fighting who, why America got involved and why it kicked off in the first place. We started our first morning in Saigon with a brisk walk around the city, taking in the craziness of it all and trying to find the War Remnants Museum! One of the main reasons for our visit to this country was to learn about the war and see for ourselves what it ... read more