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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Marlborough » Blenheim November 2nd 2014

Geo: -41.5116, 173.957Well what an awesome day today has been. I'm sitting here now at our comfy room at the Two Tree Lodge in Blenheim, with slight sunburn, a full stomach and half a bottle of Shingle Peak wine to finish. After-all, we have now arrived in the Marlborough region!The day started off in Christchurch. We were up (barely) with weary eyes around 8.30am to grab breakfast and explore Christchurch. I found a nice spot called Vics Bakery and Cafe. Wasn't a bargain at 45nzd for us both but our eggs Benedict/Florentine and freshly squeezed juices hit the spot. Subsequent exploration of Christchurch was actually a brisk, sad and largely uneventful affair. Of course Id read/heard about the extensive damage done by the 2010-11 earthquakes, but actually exploring the CBD and seeing it for myself first ... read more
Ohau Stream Seal Pup
Exploring Christchurch

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch November 1st 2014

Geo: -43.5316, 172.637It was great to be back at the international terminal of Melbourne airport. It was a bit surreal. It all felt so casual, laidback, effortless and easy compared to last time around. 10 nights in New Zealand pales in comparison to an open ended world flight, but still Nat and I were looking forward to the adventure ahead. I spent the afternoon packing, and not just for myself; two rabbits had to be prepared for a holiday of their own. With their holiday retreat organized, we set off for Tullamarine for a 6.35pm flight.Everything went amazingly smoothly. Check in efficient; customs a breeze; and for possibly the first time in history I wasn't randomly searched and screened by security. We settled in for a pre flight beer, reminiscing about last year and enthusing about ... read more
Merivale Court Motel Christchurch
Merivale Court Motel Christchurch
Merivale Court Motel Christchurch

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne October 31st 2014

Geo: -37.8232, 144.973Its Halloween. 12 months ago today, I was at Los Angeles airport trying to negotiate my way onto a flight back to Australia. It would be the final leg in completely circum-navigating the planet. It had been the best six and a half months of my life. 38 countries on 6 continents; by plane, ship, bus and train, with my excellent girlfriend alongside me every step of the way.We all love a good holiday, but returning to routine is never easy; Work, debts, the daily grind - doesn't quite compare to the freedom and excitement of travel experiences.Recovering from this particular trip over the last 12 months was tough, especially having to return to live with our respective parents for 5 months, pending expiry of the 12 month lease we had out on our ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne December 31st 2013

Geo: -37.8143, 144.9632013. What a year it's been. My Great Travel Adventure could hardly have gone any better. It was the best 6+ months of my life. As with Natalie, I've attempted to rank my Top 100 experiences over this period, narrowing it down from almost 300 notable experiences. Hopefully 2014 and the years ahead bring some more adventures and memorable experiences!100. Petronas Towers (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) The highlight of our day in Kuala Lumpur with Natalie's family. Spectacular to behold from the base with an excellent view from the bridge joining the two towers. 99. Bird Watching (Huatulco, Mexico) An enjoyable warm day in Mexico, with some great sightings of some exotic tropical birds; parrots, hummingbir... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne December 31st 2013

Geo: -37.8143, 144.963As 2013 comes to a close, we all look back on the year that's been, and the year ahead of us. For Nat and I, 2013 was one of the most memorable years of our lives. We traveled the world for over 6 months, exploring 6 continents and 34 Countries. We shared so many experiences, and have so many great memories to treasure. In hindsight though, which were the best? Which places, experiences, adventures will we remember the fondest? There were so many. How could we rank them? This blog has been a review of our 'Great Adventure' for the most part, from my perspective. I've told our shared story from my viewpoint. Whilst it was great to share this adventure with Nat, and her help and support was invaluable, the trip was my ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne November 2nd 2013

Geo: -37.8143, 144.9636 Continents, 34 Countries, 152 Previous Blog Entries and 3796 photos uploaded. We have completely circum-navigated the planet by plane, bus, train and ship. It truly has been the adventure of a life time. It's been the best six plus months of my life, and overall, I couldn't have hoped for much more. We've seen such variety, from the deserts of the middle east, to the glaciers of the Arctic, the skylines and culture of the big cities and the jungle of South America. We've seen, felt, tasted, met, engaged and experienced so much of what the world has to offer and loved nearly every moment. Natalie and I have been fortunate enough to be able to share this experience with one another. She has certainly enriched my adventure, and provided consistent support and ... read more
Landing Plane

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney November 1st 2013

Geo: -33.8671, 151.207This was not the Halloween experience I had hoped for. Our attempt to leave Los Angeles didn't exactly go according to plan. In fact, it eventuated into quite a nightmare. Largely, our great adventure has been a tremendous success. It could hardly have gone better. Sadly, tonight certainly could have. The plan was as follows; Natalie would book a regular economy flight home on the 11.30pm flight direct from Los Angeles LAX Airport to Melbourne. We would save money, if I elected to go on standby with staff travel. Basically, I would get the best seat left on the plane, for a lot less than the regular economy fare. Further, there would be a chance of getting a business or first class seat. If that was to happen, hopefully I could switch seats with ... read more
Check In

Geo: 34.0113, -118.492This was it. The last day of our grand adventure. Its been over six months since we flew out of Melbourne bound for Singapore. On Saturday morning, we will arrive back in Melbourne, having completely circum-navigated the planet. With our flight not until 11.30pm this evening, we still had a day ahead of us. We packed our things, and grabbed another omelette for breakfast. We met Brent and Emily at checkout at 11, and left our luggage in their room. Today, we had a relaxing day planned, touring the beaches on the West Coast of Los Angeles. First stop, Venice Beach. Getting there by public transport took us around 90 minutes. Being spoiled with the quality of Australian beaches, we've often found ourselves disappointed at over hyped beaches around the world. We were relieved ... read more
Venice Beach
Nat Venice Beach
Kris Venice Beach

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Hollywood October 30th 2013

Geo: 34.0983, -118.326What a final day. We havent been blown away by our time in Los Angeles but Universal Studios Hollywood was definitely a high point. We were up at 8.30 and soon tucking into another delicious omelette at our hotel. A short trip on the Metro train and free shuttle transfer had us inside Universal Studios a fraction after its 10am opening time. We planned our day perfectly, getting to each and every show, and riding each ride at least twice. Overall we enjoyed the park far more than Disneyland. The atmosphere was better, less childish, the rides faster and more adventurous and shows far more spectacular. It was a thrill to feel a part of the movies, an authentic experience, amongst the studios movies are made, among all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. ... read more
Universal Studios
Universal Studios
House of Horrors

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Anaheim October 29th 2013

Geo: 33.8327, -117.916Who would have thought? Disneyland Paris > Disneyland Anaheim. In comparison, Paris makes the US version look tame, outdated and childish. Having said that, we still had a memorable day, mostly for the better. It wasn't all smooth sailing though, things certainly didn't start perfectly. We woke at 7, had breakfast and left the hotel just before 8, aiming to make the opening of Disneyland at 10am. We took the 20minute metro ride to Union, arriving at 8.30. Here, we had to buy regional train tickets out to Anaheim, costing $30ea return. We couldn't believe we had to wait not 5, 10 or 30 minutes, but 80, for the next train towards Disneyland. Plus, that train was to be delayed 15minutes. If that's not painful enough, we were about to be introduced to a ... read more
Main Street USA

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