Simon Botley


Simon Botley

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island June 4th 2019

I was fortunate enough to be offered the chance to travel to New Zealand with work this month. It was a quick trip, fitting a huge amount into our week there. This blog attempts to cover the fantastic seven days in the land of the great white cloud. Thursday 2nd of May I craned and twisted my neck as we began our descent, eager to catch a first glimpse of the North Island as we came in to land in Auckland. The change in body position was a welcome relief after spending the previous 11 hours on the second of our long haul flights. I had left my house in Cardiff about 35 hours earlier, so I was very relieved to have arrived and was looking forward to getting our whistle stop trip around New Zealand’s ... read more
Cathedral Cove
Coromandel Peninsula

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok September 20th 2015

Greetings. Our time on the road has come to an end, so all that remains to be done is fill you in on the fourth and final month of our amazing trip. It has flown by, with indecent haste, especially these past four weeks, which began with us landing on the island of Lombok and spending a few days in the city of Mataram. The highlight of our time here was witnessing a stick-fighting competition, which was taking place on the 70th anniversary of Indonesian independence. It was exactly what it sounds like. Two men. In a ring. With sticks. Trying to beat each other senseless, whilst at the same time trying to make sure they are not on the receiving end by protecting themselves with a shield held in their other hand. It was fast ... read more
Komodo Dragon
Wae Rebo village
Surfing at Selong Balanek

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Mataram August 17th 2015

Hello there! There's a pattern developing with the names of these blogs, isn't there? It's time for a recap of all that we've been up to in Indonesia, during the third month of our trip. As you may recall, last time I wrote I was in Kuta waiting for Sinéad to arrive. Arrive she did and after I'd collected her from the airport we headed to the south of Bali to a place called Bingin, where we enjoyed a few days of rest and relaxation, whilst devising a plan for our time here (organised, I know). When the time came to leave Bingin we headed west across Bali, some sea and a chunk of Eastern Java before we were dropped off in a town called Probolinggo at 3am to wake up some hotel staff to ask ... read more
Come at me Bromo
Under the sea...
...under the sea

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta July 26th 2015

Hello! Greetings from Kuta on Bali. The more astute of you may have noticed that I am somewhat on the other side of the world compared to when I last wrote. All that will be explained. Be patient. First of all let us return to where my last blog ended four weeks ago, when we were making our way back to La Paz... La Paz failed to endear itself to me anymore on our second visit, and it wasn't long until we were hurtling away from there as we took on The World's Most Dangerous Road, or The Death Road, if you prefer. This was a downhill bike ride which combined adrenaline and scenery, but thankfully didn't live up to its name and everybody in our group managed to survive. Which was nice. We spent a ... read more
Hammock time
Sandtastic timing in Huacachina

Hello!! It´s my turn! Shin and I agreed that I would write the fourth blog of our trip to round up what we´ve been up to in the first month to any of my fans, I mean friends and family who aren´t up to date with Shin´s blog. I´ll also bring you up to speed with what we´ve been up to since Shin last wrote, which includes me edging one year closer to my retirement from unemployed life by reaching the grand old age of 26. I´ll keep things conventional by starting at the beginning, which was many moons ago in the far off land of Argentina, and more specifically the country´s capital city; Buenos Aires. After a tense wait in Rome to see whether we had missed our thirteen hour connecting flight we arrived completely ... read more
Iguazu Falls
Salar de Uyuni

Hello there! How´s it going? Box of tissues at the ready? The time has indeed come for my final blog of the trip, so if things get a bit emotional then don´t say I didn´t warn you. Since I last wrote we´ve been in Mexico, where we started off in Tulum, which looking back has probably been our favourite spot in the country. The beaches all along the Caribbean coast have been fairly spectacular but for me Tulum will probably have to go down as my favourite of the entire trip. I´d try and explain how good the colour of the water was to you, but there just aren´t any words I´m afraid. After Tulum things became a little less backpackery and a lot more touristy as we encountered the holiday resorts that this part of ... read more

Hello there! How are things going? Good? Bad? Indifferent? Interesting, glad to hear it. I myself am good, well apart from the fact that a large number of winged creatures are currently treating my body as some sort of banquet. Between the title and general Simon Botley knowledge a lot of you will know that I´ve become another year older and wiser since the last time I wrote to you. Once again, to all those people who sent me some sort of Happy Birthday message, thanks very much. It was much appreciated. We´re currently sunning ourselves on Caye Caulker, a small island in the Caribbean off the coast of Belize, which is a very long way away from Leon in Nicaragua. The most sensible way to explain how we´ve got here seems to be to carry ... read more

Hello! How are you? Really? That good!? Glad to hear it. I am also grand, thanks for asking. I thought now was as good a time as any to let you know what we've been up to since the easy life of Fiji was left behind. Those amongst you with good memories might recall me mentioning in my last blog that we were about to head back in time on our flight to the States. This did indeed happen, we lived out the afternoon of May 22nd in both Fiji and America. If you struggle to get your head around the subject, don't worry, I lived it and it confuses me. LA was our destination in America, for what was essentially 13 hours in transit. We decided that we wanted to take advantage of our little ... read more

Oceania » Fiji » Nadi May 22nd 2011

Hello! Or Bula as they say a lot in Fiji. How are we all? Hope everybody is well. Apologies for the fairly massive gap between blogs. I'd planned to do one earlier but I've spent the last 6 days on a tropical Fijian island that only had electricity and water occasionally. So internet was definitely out of the question. As you may have gathered from the title I'm pleased to report that me and Chris's attempt to meet up again was a success. As the time drew nearer I think we both started to think that meeting up in the middle of the Pacific Ocean was a fairly ambitious plan for two travellers who have suffered from their fair share of bad luck. But it all passed off without a hitch and we were able to ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Punakaiki May 1st 2011

Hello there! How are things? Well I hope. I've been journeying through New Zealand these past couple of weeks since I last wrote to you all, so I thought it was about time to tell you all about it. To be honest, as far as starts go in a new country it wasn't a great one as I got my wallet stolen on my very first night in Auckland. Not ideal by any means. Unfortunately this set the tone for the rest of my first week there as I went through my longest spell of bad luck on the whole trip so far. The next few days were spent in Auckland with a lot of faffing around, calling home, cancelling cards and all the other annoying things which accompany a lost wallet. Luckily Mum and Dad ... read more

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