UPDATE (April 2013)
This site was the blog I kept for my long-term travels, mainly through Asia, in 2009-2010. I'm not maintaining it any more. To read about my more recent travels, mainly through Latin America, in May 2013 - June 2013, please click here: DrinkTheWater: Daniel Gerber Travel blog
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Having always dreamed about travel, previously mainly done it as three-week or four-week sorties I finally arranged to take 13 months off from work, Feb 2009 - March 2010, to backpack around Asia, at the age of 36-37. I kept this blog for my friends and family to keep up-to-date with where I was. I've now left it there so that when I meet poeple who say "you should show me your photos one day" I can refer them to this URL so they have no excuse to not look at my photos.
My plan was to see as much of Asia as I could without flying - taking local transport. I'd booked four weeks volunteering on an archaeological survey in the Jordanian desert, not far from Petra, and I hoped to get there all the way overland (except for flying between Darwin and East Timor). For reasons you can read in the entry "Why I stopped at Oral", I didn't make it, but technically I made it overland from East Timor to Europe, so that's something.
There are several weeks missing in the middle, from the end of my time in Jordan, through my time in Egypt, through catching up with relatives in Switzerland, to a few days in London. From there I flew to India and began the blog again. It ends suddenly because my laptop died. After the last blog on Myanmar, I spent another week or so in Myanmar which was really nice, I might get around to putting up the photos one day. I then flew back to Bangkok, and then to Lombok, Indonesia, where I spent nearly three weeks trying to learn Bahasa Indonesian, which now, 18 months later, I've completely forgotten. Anyway, that should fill in the missing bits.
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to see an approximate map of where I travelled. The map isn't good because it doesn't show how I got around (flying verses train) - e.g. I went overland as far as Oral, but at the end flew a lot - Egypt to Switzerland, Switzerland to India, (India home for a week), India to Thailand, Thailand to Burma, Burma back to Thailand, Thailand to Indonesia (Lombok), Indonesia (Lombok) home.
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