Pete & Kelly - Getting lost around the world


Pete & Kelly - Getting lost around the world

We've been thinking about it for a while so when the opportunity arose we quit our jobs, rented out our house, said goodbye to friends & family and packed our rucksacks for a trip of a lifetime for 9 months

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua March 14th 2013

We arrived in smelly Rotorua - aka Sulphur City. Pete went off to the hobbiton tour and us girls just sat around gossiping like normal. once Pete was back we got the coach to the Tamaki tours - a tour which shows and tells you all about the Maori culture. When we got there we had to elect someone to be tribe leader and his job was to greet the tribe leader in the Maori village. As we went in the Maoris performed a haka to intimidate all the tribe leaders which was quite funny as soome of them were absolutely crapping themselves. The Maoris were making some very strange facial expressions during the dance I thought I was going to burst out laughing which apparently is a complete no no and very insulting as they ... read more
Strange faces they pull
Crazy lady
Beth, Tasha, Sam & German Sausage

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Waitomo Caves March 12th 2013

We arrived in Waitomo after some lovely walks on the way through some dark caves and an old gold mining cave. This was really fun trying to walk through caves with no light and then coming out the other end to the most beautiful scenes of green trees as far as the eye can see and crystal clear lakes hundreds of feet below. Once in waitomo me and Pete went off for our guided tour of the glow worm caves. The rest of our friends had opted to do the various activities that included tubing through the caves or abseiling and tubing but as we have already done these kind of activities throughout our travels we just opted for the walk and mini boat ride. The tour was only half an hour and involved walking though ... read more
Railway tunnel of Kopu Ranges
Bridge of old gold mining tunnels

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Hot Water Beach March 11th 2013

We left Auckland for the beginning of our trip southwards. We made a few little stop offs along the way and eventually got to Coromandel for hot water beach at around 1:30pm. Once there we grabbed a spade and headed straight to the beach to dig our own little pool of hot water to sit in. Unfortunately when we got therwere tide was already in pretty far so we started digging but every time we got close to making a pool the tide kept coming in to the pool and making it cold. Eventually a man who had been there a while offered us his pool and we all jumped in as quick as possible to get a feeling of the hot water From under the sand. We sat there for a while burning our bum ... read more
Enjoying the hot water burning our bums
View over cathedral cove
Cathedral beach

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia March 8th 2013

Well it's a very long time since I blogged about our travels, mainly because Australia was a major let down so had nothing good to say and also because since being in NZ we've been quite busy going all over on the Kiwi Experience. For anyone that doesn't know the kiwi experience is basically a tour bus that takes you on certain routes around new zealand stopping off at all the major places where you can get off and stay for longer or continue on with the minimum nights of the group you started with. It's apparently nicknamed the f**k bus by a lot of people, mainly because its full of 18-25 year olds all out for one thing, needles to say me and Pete were a little concerned on hearing this AFTER we had booked ... read more
Haruru Falls
90 mile beach
90 mile beach

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Orakei March 5th 2013

After being in Auckland for a few days we wanted to begin doing some more adventurous activities. I've always wanted to dive in with sharks but not inside a cage so when I saw the diving possibilities at Kelly Tarltons Aquarium it sounded amazing. We got to the aquarium and was put in our wet suits straight away and taken into the training pool to do our skills. Although we've done three dives already, we don't have our open water certificate so are still counted as beginners and had to go through our discover scuba again - we really should have just done the course!!! Once in the tank we had to jump over the viewing tunnel and across to the feeding zone. Once there we knelt on the bottom of the tank with 24 sharks ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap January 14th 2013

We arrived in Siem Reap by bus from Laos at around midnight. We hopped in a tuk tuk with 2 others in search for some accommodation which proved to be more difficult than we thought. We usually book a room before arriving anywhere but decided not to after speaking to lots of other travellers saying its better and cheaper to find somewhere once you arrive. Unfortunately for us the one other time we did this was in India and this also turned out to be a complete nightmare. Note to self - if arriving late afternoon book in advance as its not good arriving in pitch black with no where to go. We eventually found a room after our nice tuk tuk driver drove us around and didn't charge us any extra. The room was basic ... read more
Banteay Kdei
Ta Prohm
Ta Prohm

Asia » Laos » South » Don Det January 10th 2013

Don Det, one of the islands in the Four Thousand Islands. We arrived by bus from Pakse to the main land of 4,000 islands and took a boat across the Mekong river to Don Det. As soon as we arrived to water buffalo swimming in the river and sunbathing on the beach next to people I knew I was going to like this place. we met a fellow traveller on the bus ride down, Cassie, and together went in search for some cheap accommodation, not difficult given Don Det is quite small and its just one pathway that leads all way round the island. We found some little riverside bungalows which were dirt cheap (£3 per night) so me and Pete decided this was the place. We went for an explore of the island on foot ... read more
Mekong River

Asia » Laos » South » Tha Khaek January 7th 2013

Well I haven't blogged for a long time so need to catch up you on some of our highlights from previously hopefully I'll find the time over next few days. We finally arrived in Laos after a very long trip up from the islands of Thailand. We first took a 3 hour boat to Don Sak, then an hour and a half bus to Surat Thani, then a 13 hour overnight train to Bangkok. We arrived early hours of Sunday morning and spent the day wasting time until our overnight bus to the Thai/Laos border. We got a VIP bus from Bangkok northern bus terminal which was actually quite comfortable. The seats were very wide and reclined right back so you could sleep, well try to sleep as the roads are not in the best condition ... read more
Mekong River
Kong Lor Cave

Asia » China » Guangxi » Longji Rice Terraces December 1st 2012

We arrived by bus to the bottom of the rice terraces ready for a long and steep walk up the terraces to our hostel with all our bags, Pete was especially looking forward to this considering the number of shots (including dirty tequilla's) he had drank the night before. I wasn't looking forward to it although was secretly enjoying the fact Pete had to face this with a hangover. Once off the bus some local women came straight up and took our bags to carry them up the rice terraces for us. We felt a bit guilty as our backpacks are really heavy and we struggle carrying them, let alone a women half my size, although not guilty enough to turn their offer down, he he. We walked behind them as they strode ahead with our ... read more

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu November 28th 2012

We arrived back in to Chengdu after our 10 hour bus ride from Jiuzhaigou glad not to have anymore long bus rides! Yeah right - this is China after all, everywhere you want to go takes forever as it's just so big. We got the bus to Leshan from the main bus station in Chengdu which we needed to take to the end of the line and then change to a number 13 to get to the Buddha. We sat next to a Chinese girl who spoke very good English so we had a little chat with her on the way. After about 2 hours the bus conductor was shouting out something in Chinese which the girl next to us confirmed we were at our stop for the Buddha. We jumped off the bus quickly with ... read more

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