Newlands exploring new lands

a trip by Newlands
From: November 2nd 2011
Until: ongoing

After my RTW trip in 2010, I was desprate to do a lot more travelling,only this time I would be on my own, making my own decisions and making my own mistakes.

Although it's a daunting prospect heading off on my own, I had great support from my friends and family who had come to realise just how important travelling was to me. I had always wanted to travel, but ended up stuck between work and a mortgage and I just never got away.

So after a change of job, selling my flat and generally having no ties, I figured it was my time to go. I booked a one way ticket to Delhi, my basic plan being to visit India then head off to Nepal trekking which I had always wanted to do although I couldn't decide between Everest Base Camp and the Annapurna Circuit!. From there the rough plan is to see Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and travel down through Malaysia, Indonesia and maybe even Australia.

So I handed in my notice to a job I was really enjoying and just went for it. Let the adventures begin - who knows where I will actually end up and as for a return date...well who knows.
Trip Length: 8 years
Blog Entries: 246
Photos: 6695
Words: 186532

Blog Entries

Date Blog Title Location
November 3rd 2011 Let the adventures begin. Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow
November 3rd 2011 What a start... Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi
November 7th 2011 Impressive Taj Mahal Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Agra
November 10th 2011 I found the Barras Market Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Lucknow
November 11th 2011 Surreal and so interesting Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Varanasi
November 15th 2011 Highlight - Mother Theresa's Motherhouse Asia » India » West Bengal
November 20th 2011 First glimpse of the Himalayas Asia » India » West Bengal » Darjeeling
November 24th 2011 Longest journey yet... Asia » Nepal » Pokhara
November 29th 2011 Annapurna Circuit Trek - Thorong La Pass 5416m Asia » Nepal
December 19th 2011 Everest Base Camp 5364m and Kalapatthar 5550m Trek Asia » Nepal » Lukla
December 31st 2011 White Water Rafting Grade 4+ Asia » Nepal
January 1st 2012 Vibrant, Historic, Chaotic City Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu
January 7th 2012 Impressive Potters Square Asia » Nepal » Bhaktapur
January 8th 2012 Potters Heaven Asia » Nepal
January 13th 2012 Village Life Asia » Nepal
February 15th 2012 Langtang & Gosikunda Trek Asia » Nepal
February 28th 2012 Annapurna & Machhapuchhre Base Camp Trek Asia » Nepal
March 19th 2012 Wagah Border Ceremony & the Golden Temple Asia » India » Punjab » Amritsar
March 25th 2012 Dalai Lama country Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh
March 29th 2012 Sweet Solang Valley Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Manali
March 31st 2012 Via the Rohtang La Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Keylong
April 12th 2012 Banbasa Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh
April 17th 2012 Elephant & Jungle Safari Asia » Nepal
April 19th 2012 Beautiful, peaceful place Asia » Nepal » Pokhara
May 20th 2012 What to do in Kathmandu... Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu
May 21st 2012 Mumbai Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai
May 21st 2012 Never Ending Peace And Love Asia » Nepal
May 22nd 2012 May 22, 2012 Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province
May 25th 2012 Nice to see the sea... Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Unawatuna
May 30th 2012 26.12.04 Asia » Sri Lanka
June 14th 2012 Decisions, decisions... Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo
June 20th 2012 Da Budd-ha!! Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Kandy
June 24th 2012 Trinco Asia » Sri Lanka » Eastern Province » Trincomalee
June 30th 2012 Down by the boardwalk Asia » Sri Lanka » Eastern Province » Batticaloa
July 2nd 2012 Sri Lanka's Surfers' Paradise Asia » Sri Lanka » Eastern Province » Arugam Bay
July 7th 2012 Ella Rock and Little Adam's Peak Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Ella
July 11th 2012 Back to Tangalle Asia » Sri Lanka
July 31st 2012 Kandy Perahera Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Kandy
August 4th 2012 Sad to leave... Asia » Sri Lanka
August 20th 2012 A dream come true Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur
August 25th 2012 Beijing & The Great Wall of China Asia » China » Beijing
August 29th 2012 The Terracotta Warriors of Xi'an Asia » China » Shaanxi
September 14th 2012 KFC's... yep plural Asia » China » Shaanxi » Hanzhong
September 23rd 2012 The Road to Chengdu... Asia » China » Sichuan » Guangyuan
September 24th 2012 Giant Pandas, Red Pandas and Black Swans Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu
October 9th 2012 From Chain Breaking to Heading Off Solo Asia » China » Sichuan
October 15th 2012 KTV & Open air dance lessons Asia » China » Sichuan » Panzhihua
October 19th 2012 Songzanlin Monastery & Tiger Leaping Gorge Asia » China » Yunnan
October 23rd 2012 Gate crashing lunch... (again) Asia » China » Yunnan
October 29th 2012 Bird and Flower City Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming
November 13th 2012 Banana and tea plantations Asia » China » Yunnan
November 17th 2012 I Love Border Crossings Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai
November 22nd 2012 I am an Olympian... Asia » Vietnam
November 24th 2012 All I want for Christmas... Asia » Vietnam
November 26th 2012 The Road to Hanoi Asia » Vietnam
December 6th 2012 Halong Bay Asia » Vietnam » Northeast » Quang Ninh » Halong Bay
December 9th 2012 Hanoi Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi
December 16th 2012 Ho Chi Minh Trail Asia » Vietnam
December 24th 2012 Merry Christmas Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế » Hué
December 27th 2012 Ride Out (HCM) Asia » Vietnam
December 31st 2012 & A Happy New Year Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An
January 10th 2013 The Road to Nha Trang Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang
January 12th 2013 Easy Rider Asia » Vietnam
January 16th 2013 Russian central Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Khanh Hoa » Nha Trang
January 18th 2013 The Road to Saigon Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Binh Thuan » Mui Ne
January 24th 2013 Saigon Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City
February 6th 2013 Down the Delta Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » Can Tho
February 8th 2013 Beautiful paradise island Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » Kien Giang » Phu Quoc Island
February 15th 2013 Leaving Vietnam Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » Kien Giang » Ha Tien
February 17th 2013 And relax... Asia » Cambodia » South » Kep
February 24th 2013 Kampot and Bokor Hill Station Asia » Cambodia » South » Kampot
February 28th 2013 Snooks Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville
March 1st 2013 Road to Phnom Penh Asia » Cambodia
March 4th 2013 S21 and The Killing Fields Asia » Cambodia
March 5th 2013 Phnom Penh Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh
March 17th 2013 Siem Reap Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap
March 27th 2013 Angkor Temples Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap
April 14th 2013 Back to the Mekong Asia » Cambodia
April 17th 2013 Si Phan Don Asia » Laos
April 25th 2013 Bolaven Plateau Asia » Laos
April 30th 2013 Time to recover! Asia » Thailand
May 7th 2013 Beautiful Ancient City Asia » Thailand
May 13th 2013 Myanmar (Burma) Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Atlantis
May 14th 2013 Wat Doi Suthep Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai
May 21st 2013 Check Up Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai
May 26th 2013 Wat Rong Khun - The White Temple Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Rai
May 27th 2013 Slow Boat Asia » Laos
May 28th 2013 Kuang Si Waterfall Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang
June 1st 2013 Alms Giving Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang
June 8th 2013 No tubing for me :(( Asia » Laos
June 11th 2013 Vientiane Asia » Laos » West » Vientiane
June 17th 2013 Buddha Park Asia » Laos » West » Vientiane
June 18th 2013 Konglor Cave Asia » Laos
June 20th 2013 Savan Asia » Laos » South » Savannakhet
June 22nd 2013 Back to my bike, well fingers crossed... Asia » Laos
June 26th 2013 The 'slow' road to Ubon Asia » Thailand
June 28th 2013 I remember 'nothing' about Ubon... weird Asia » Thailand » Eastern Thailand » Ubon Ratchathani
July 2nd 2013 Fascinating rural Thailand Asia » Thailand » North-East Thailand » Surin
July 9th 2013 Surin to Prachathipat Asia » Thailand
July 15th 2013 Cycling Buddies Asia » Thailand
July 18th 2013 From Sky Trains to Ferries Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok
July 22nd 2013 Tallest Stupa in The World Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Nakhon Pathom
July 24th 2013 Bridge over the River Kwai Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Kanchanaburi
July 30th 2013 I Can See the Sea... Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Hua Hin
August 9th 2013 The Land of Smiles Asia » Thailand
August 17th 2013 Rubber Plantations Asia » Thailand
August 18th 2013 Koh Phi Phi Asia » Thailand
August 22nd 2013 Leaving Thailand Asia » Thailand » Southern Thailand » Hat Yai
August 23rd 2013 Oh La La... I love Langkawi Asia » Malaysia
September 7th 2013 Incredible Architecture Asia » Malaysia
September 11th 2013 Take 2 Asia » Malaysia
September 22nd 2013 Crystal Yacht Sunset Cruise Asia » Malaysia
October 3rd 2013 Back to cycling... not! Asia » Malaysia
October 9th 2013 GU Bay Asia » Thailand
October 22nd 2013 A New Permanent Addition! Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai
October 23rd 2013 Shambhala Meditation Retreat Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Rai
November 8th 2013 Koh Lipe Asia » Thailand
November 11th 2013 Langkawi Take 5 Asia » Malaysia
November 27th 2013 Penang to KL Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur
November 29th 2013 Bandar Seri Begawan Asia » Brunei
December 1st 2013 Mount Kinabalu (4,095m) Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu
December 5th 2013 Orangutans, Proboscis and Silver Leaf Monkey's Asia » Malaysia
December 7th 2013 Manila Asia » Philippines » Luzon
December 12th 2013 Whale Sharks Asia » Philippines
December 16th 2013 Kuala Lumpur Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur
December 23rd 2013 Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year 2014 Asia » Malaysia
January 18th 2014 Road to Mersing Asia » Malaysia » Johor
January 26th 2014 Tioman Island Asia » Malaysia » Pahang
February 7th 2014 Rd to Singapore Asia » Malaysia » Johor
February 10th 2014 Singapore Asia » Singapore
February 28th 2014 Back to Melaka Asia » Malaysia » Johor
March 1st 2014 The Ring of Fire Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra
March 17th 2014 Orangutans, Gibbons and Thomas Leaf Monkey's Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Bukit Lawang
March 27th 2014 Stuck in the Jungle Baby... Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Bukit Lawang
April 11th 2014 Boxing Day Tsunami 2004 Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Banda Aceh
April 23rd 2014 Bukit Lawang Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Bukit Lawang
April 24th 2014 Pit stop Asia » Malaysia
April 25th 2014 Sailing Malmurie Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket
May 6th 2014 Royal Langkawi Yacht Club Asia » Malaysia
June 1st 2014 Settlin' into the Yacht Club Asia » Malaysia
July 5th 2014 Anita's Hen Night Asia » Malaysia
July 10th 2014 Chillin' at Cenang Days Asia » Malaysia
July 18th 2014 DV... Destiny's Voyager Asia » Malaysia
July 21st 2014 Aaarrgh.... it's a Pirate Wedding Asia » Malaysia
July 24th 2014 Thea... Life on a Superyacht Asia » Thailand
July 27th 2014 Shipyard (PSS) Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Satun
August 1st 2014 The Murphy's in KL Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur
August 22nd 2014 Scarboro'Fridays & Drifters Asia » Malaysia
September 28th 2014 Sailing to Penang Asia » Malaysia
October 3rd 2014 Gun Running Asia » Malaysia
October 7th 2014 Rebak Island Asia » Malaysia
October 11th 2014 Beautiful Railey Beach Asia » Thailand
October 16th 2014 Boat Launch Asia » Malaysia
October 19th 2014 Life at the Yacht Club Asia » Malaysia
November 14th 2014 At last... Out at Anchor & Island Hopping Asia » Malaysia
December 7th 2014 Telaga... Asia » Malaysia
December 23rd 2014 Penang Langkawi Pinball Asia » Malaysia
January 13th 2015 On yer bike 'Newlaaaannds... Asia » Malaysia
January 14th 2015 Back to the jungle... Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Bukit Lawang
February 2nd 2015 Yacht Haven Marina Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket
February 26th 2015 Newlaaannds's... Aarrghhhhh Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket
March 5th 2015 Cargo Ship Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket
March 25th 2015 Damn you chain plates!!!! Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket
April 4th 2015 Malmuirie Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket
April 24th 2015 Burma Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Atlantis
May 1st 2015 James Bond Island Asia » Thailand
May 10th 2015 Railey Beach Asia » Thailand
May 13th 2015 Langers Asia » Malaysia
May 18th 2015 Shipyard PSS Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Satun
June 2nd 2015 What a difference a year makes... Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket
June 10th 2015 PSS Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Satun
July 22nd 2015 'The Doctor' Launch Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Satun
July 25th 2015 'Guidrun II' Asia » Thailand
August 12th 2015 S/Y Eeyore Asia » Malaysia
August 13th 2015 Coral Kuching Asia » Malaysia
August 22nd 2015 Budaya Celebration by-the-sea Asia » Malaysia
September 14th 2015 Launching Thea Asia » Thailand
October 5th 2015 A New Look Lucy Lou Asia » Malaysia
October 13th 2015 Lost at Sea Asia » Malaysia
October 25th 2015 Aria, Bikini, R.M.I - The beginning... Asia » Thailand
November 8th 2015 De-masting a 106ft mast... Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Satun
November 26th 2015 Loi Krathong Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Satun
December 4th 2015 BBQ's at the Shipyard Asia » Thailand
December 7th 2015 Birthday Bash... Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Satun
December 9th 2015 Aria - Refit Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Satun
December 25th 2015 Christmas @On's Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Satun
January 1st 2016 HNY... Let's see what 2016 brings! Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Satun
January 16th 2016 Ahhh... Sunday's off Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Satun
January 18th 2016 Aria Refit Asia » Thailand
January 30th 2016 Hat Yai Asia » Thailand » Southern Thailand » Hat Yai
April 1st 2016 Windrose refit Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Satun
April 18th 2016 Guns Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Satun
April 25th 2016 Langkawi with Steve Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi
May 15th 2016 Leiceister City in Bangkok Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok
June 9th 2016 Aria Refit Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Satun
June 10th 2016 Ban Chebilang Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Satun
June 26th 2016 Aria Refit Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Satun
June 29th 2016 Home for a Surprise Visit... Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow
July 2nd 2016 The Gathering... New_lands Style Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland
July 9th 2016 Quick stop home... Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow
July 17th 2016 Jul 17, 2016 Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi
August 1st 2016 Festivals Asia » Thailand
August 3rd 2016 UK Shipment Arrival Asia » Thailand
August 10th 2016 Aria - Refit Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Satun
November 17th 2016 Dallinghoo - The Wedding Asia » Thailand
December 3rd 2016 Koh Lipe Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Lipe
December 18th 2016 Aria Re-fit Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Satun
December 21st 2016 Tasmania Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Launceston
December 30th 2016 Sydney to Hobart Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart » Claremont
January 4th 2017 Melbourne Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » City Centre
January 28th 2017 Aria Re-fit Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Satun
February 3rd 2017 The Cowie's in Penang Asia » Malaysia
February 3rd 2017 Visa Run Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi
March 1st 2017 Aria Re-fit Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Satun
March 4th 2017 Wedding at Royal Langkawi Asia » Malaysia
April 8th 2017 Satun - Chang Mai Water Festival (Sonkran) Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Satun
May 1st 2017 Koh Samui Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui
May 2nd 2017 Aria Re-fit Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Satun
May 30th 2017 Singapore Asia » Singapore » Sentosa Island
June 1st 2017 Aria Re-fit Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Satun
June 17th 2017 Aria Leaving Party Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Satun
June 24th 2017 Aria Launching Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Satun
July 1st 2017 Aria Re-fit Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi
July 6th 2017 Tuba Island Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi
August 1st 2017 Aria Re-fit Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi
September 1st 2017 Aria Refit Sep 17 Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi
September 24th 2017 Singapore Asia » Singapore » Commonwealth
October 17th 2017 The Ross Jaguar Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi
November 4th 2017 Moet & Chandon Beach Party Asia » Malaysia
November 9th 2017 Toffs'r'Us Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi
November 15th 2017 Millionaire's Golf Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi
December 2nd 2017 Herbie in Langkawi ... Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi
December 14th 2017 Taking Aria to Phuket Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ao Nang
December 25th 2017 Christmas with my Australian Family Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Humpty Doo
January 1st 2018 HNY 2018 Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » Mindil Beach
January 4th 2018 Litchfield National Park Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Litchfield National Park
January 9th 2018 Hanging out in Darwin Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin
February 12th 2018 Neptune Regatta - Race to the Equator Asia » Indonesia
February 28th 2018 Darwin for a Wedding Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » City of Darwin
March 3rd 2018 Pirate Wedding Take Two Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin
April 1st 2018 The Mighty Aria Asia » Malaysia » Kedah & Perlis » Pulau Langkawi
May 25th 2018 Singapore Asia » Singapore » Sentosa Island
June 3rd 2018 A Taste of Scotland Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi
June 8th 2018 Scarborough Friday's Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi
August 26th 2018 One night in KL.... Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur
August 27th 2018 Hame'l'dae'me Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow
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