Round the World in 46 days

a trip by Newlands
From: August 11th 2010
Until: September 26th 2010

After a Skype conversation with my sister on Christmas Day 2009 with the fantastic news that she and her husband were expecting their first baby in July 2010 - I decided there and then to head out to Christchurch in New Zealand to visit after baby was due. What a Christmas present!!!

So on my return to work in January, I started planning my visit, I had to submit a request in writing for an extended holiday and I managed to get 6.5 weeks leave to head out authorised, I was delighted.

After looking into flights, it turned out that I would be far cheaper
buying a round the world ticket, instead of a return to New Zealand, and after talking to my sis, decided to combine my visit with an extended holiday adventure. I decided to visit Thailand and Australia on the way to New Zealand and USA on the way home. So I started looking at maps, prices, areas etc. and decided on Bangkok, Cairns and Brisbane, Christchurch and Auckland then San Francisco.

My travel companion Raymie was fantastic at making arrangements, as he has a wealth of experience of traveling, and I was looking forward to his company on my first ever, round the world adventure. He made all the flight and hotel arrangements look so easy, and everything was in place in no time.

I sent on a handmade crocheted shawl which I made for the new baby and was delighted that it had arrived, meanwhile Amber Rose arrived safe and sound being born on 29 Jul, a healthy, beautiful baby girl that I couldn't wait to meet in only a few weeks time. This allowed a few weeks of family time and to adjust to their new arrival before the onset of visitors.

So let the adventures, and the meeting of a new family member, begin 😊
Trip Length: 7 weeks
Blog Entries: 18
Photos: 82
Words: 5020

Blog Entries

Date Blog Title Location
August 11th 2010 Ready to go... Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow
August 12th 2010 Bangkok & Kho San Road Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok
August 16th 2010 Kho San Island style! Asia » Thailand
August 19th 2010 Paradise Island Asia » Thailand
August 23rd 2010 Floating Markets Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok
August 23rd 2010 Sydney stopover Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney
August 24th 2010 Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns
August 27th 2010 Brisbane & Surfers Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane
September 1st 2010 Christchurch & the Earthquake!! Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch
September 5th 2010 Glaciers & Helicopter snow landing Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast » Franz Josef
September 7th 2010 Queenstown & the Gondola Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Queenstown
September 9th 2010 Lake Tekapo, Hot Springs & Ski-ing Roundhill Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo
September 11th 2010 Christchurch Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch
September 16th 2010 Auckland Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland
September 20th 2010 The Golden Gate & Salsilito North America » United States » California » San Francisco
September 20th 2010 Pit Stop North America » United States » California » Los Angeles
September 25th 2010 Homeward bound Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London
September 26th 2010 And home Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow
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