A Broad abroad

Sam Broad

A Broad abroad

I'm a 27 year old British vegan living in Paris.

In April 2009, I quit my job and decided to take some time off. I reckon something between 6 months and a year should allow me to see something of the world, and also to figure out what I want to do with myself once I come back...

On the 27th of June 2009 I set off, heading for SE Asia, and traveling by train...

The itinerary I followed from Paris to Hanoi : Itinerary part 1
and the route I traveled through South East Asia : Itinerary part 2

From January to June 2010, I cycled my way down the Australian East coast, from Brisbane to Melbourne, then to Tazmania !

I'm now back home in France, planning my next trip :D



Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart June 12th 2010

Here's a little more news (sporadic as usual) of my cycling progress, as I reach week 3 on the southerly state of Tasmania. So what's new since last time... Yes, I made it to Melbourne ! That certainly felt like a great achievement at the time : riding the 2500 or so kilometers down the coast from Brisbane ! So, to celebrate, I booked myself onto the Spirit of Tasmania, sailing overnight to Devonport, with a return ticket in my pocket for one month later. So there you go, I've now been prolonging the cycling fun (or should I say madness) for a couple of weeks on the cold cold island of Tassie. And for those of you who've not yet heard, I also took the decision to end this year-long adventure after this month. I'm ... read more
Cataract gorge in Launceston
Cataract gorge in Launceston
Coast near St Helens

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Lakes Entrance May 18th 2010

It's gotten so cold in the last week. It's just about winter now in Australia, and the fact that I'm heading South really isn't helping. Mornings are pretty bad when the inside of the tent is dripping with condensation and the ground outside is frozen. It usually takes me a couple of hours to thaw my fingers and toes as I get going... And then, half way through the day, when it finally warms up, I have to unpack the tent again to let it dry out in the sun... but it's all part of the fun :) I'm still making good progress, averaging about 70kms each day, and hope to be in Melbourne within about a week. The coast is still really beautiful, and I'm still enjoying every bit of the way as much as ... read more
Circular Quay
The Rocks
Opera house (in the background)

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Forster April 30th 2010

It seems I'm well on my way now ! I've spent the last few days tearing down the coast of New South Wales. I'm doing about 90km a day on average, which, depending on the hills and road surface equates to about 5 hours on the saddle each day. I'm very pleased with my progress. I even took a day off in Port Macquarie and sat on the beach reading :) The coast is really nice to ride along, with the ocean view to my left most of the time, although there are the occasional sections where there is no alternative to the Pacific Highway. On those stretches, the hard shoulder doesn't really give me anywhere to hide from the two lanes of roaring traffic and from the gusts of wind from the passing lorries... But ... read more
Water skiing in Grafton
The sunset in Port Macquarie
My own private beach

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Alstonville April 21st 2010

Hello ! And happy Earth day :-) It's been over three months since I landed in Australia, and you may be wondering how far I've gotten in that time... Well, prepare to be disappointed ! In those three months, I spent a total of 3 days on my bike, and covered the (not so) impressive distance of 250 kilometers ! And you'll also have noticed that I've been more or less off the radar during this time (a few photos posted on Facebook, but no blog updates...). So, what have I been up to ? Well... I've been WWOOFing. For most of that time at least. WWOOF is a world wide organisation linking itinerant workers (ie. me) to organic farms and small properties who need a few extra pairs of hands. The setup is as follows ... read more
Smudge !!!!
Palmvale
Smudge, overlooking his territory

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane January 27th 2010

Just as Borneo marked an end to 6 months of backpacking South-East Asia, so Brisbane marks the begining of a new trip... A change of pace, and a change of means of locomotion... The idea is to cycle my way down the Eastern Australian coast, taking it as slow as necessary, and stopping frequently for long periods of time in order to do some farm work (WWOOFing). If all goes well, I'll eventually end up in Melbourne and hop onto a ferry for Tasmania. ... read more
Canoeing at Wellington Point
Canoeing at Wellington Point
Canoeing at Wellington Point

Asia » Malaysia January 8th 2010

Here's the last post in the South-East Asia series, and a conclusion to the first 6 month phase of this trip. Borneo was a little holiday away from my holiday, a Christmas treat to myself. At a somewhat quicker pace than the tranquil months wandering through Thailand, I spent 2 weeks rushing around the Malaysian third of this equatorial island, hopping from National Park to National Park, camping in close quarters with the exotic fauna and taking in the views from the depths of the Niah caves to the peak of Mt Kinabalu. Despite the horrendous omnipresence of the destruction caused by slash and burn farming, deforestation and oil palm plantations, so much breathtaking stuff remains to see. The orangutans, driven from their - rapidly declining - habitats, seem unphased by the hoards of tourists snapping ... read more
Monkeys @ Bako National Park, Sarawak, Borneo
Monkeys @ Bako National Park, Sarawak, Borneo
Monkeys @ Bako National Park, Sarawak, Borneo

Asia January 7th 2010

Here's a quick look at the route I took through South East Asia, for those of you who are interested :) Starting in the North of Vietnam in Hanoi and heading down to Saigon, taking in Sapa, Halong Bay, Nha Trang and Hoi An along the way. Then up to Cambodia (Phnom Penh, the beach town of Kep and the temples of Angkor near Siem Reap). Across to Thailand : Bangkok, Pattaya, Ratchburi, then North to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Chiang Khong... A loop through Laos (Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Vientiane) and back to the south of Thailand for Khao Lak, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Krabi and Koh Tarutao. Then across the border to Malaysia, with a stop in the Cameron Highlands, down to Singapore and then back up to Melaka. A flight from Kuala ... read more

Asia » Singapore January 6th 2010

After Thailand came Malaysia ! First stop : the Cameron Highlands - tea estates and strawberry farms, and some serious hiking ! Then straight down to Singapore to meet up with my friend Kevin who works there, and five days of shopping madness ! On the way back up to Kuala Lumpur airport : a stop in the peaceful colonial town of Melaka... ... read more
Trekking in the Cameron Highlands
Trekking in the Cameron Highlands
Trekking in the Cameron Highlands

Asia » Thailand » Southern Thailand January 5th 2010

And now, continuing this photographic journal with a set of photos from Southern Thailand... Lots of beaches, islands, camping and, as you will see... wildlife !... read more
The beach at Khao Lak
The beach at Khao Lak
Shed insect skin in the National Park @ Khao Lak

Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand December 22nd 2009

Welcome to the Land of Smiles ! The South-East Asian country we spent the most time in (7 weeks in total) and my favorite by far has to be Thailand. And my favorite city : Chiang Mai ! Such a nice green place, with plenty of nice, relaxed people, and lots of green things to do ! ... read more
Bangkok
Bangkok
Bangkok




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