Judy and Rags
Judy and Rags
We first backpacked in Eastern Europe in 2001 visiting Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia & Italy. In 2002 we spent the whole 12 months backpacking around the world. This was before blogs so find details here: http://members.iinet.net.au/~weggs/weggs_world/index.htm
In 2007 we enjoyed another 6 months. This time we organised some home exchanges to help the budget, meet new people and be able to kick back and relax in a few places. Hawaii, San Francisco, Mexico, Croatia, England, Scotland, Canary Islands, Czech Republic, Austria, Netherlands, China & Tibet were all visited either briefly or for extended stays.
In 2008 apart from a few local trips that we also decided to include on our blog we went to New Zealand. We spent 3 weeks with a home exchange in the North Island and 3 weeks in the South Island traveling around in a hired camper van.
In 2009 we went to Vietnam with a group of friends we ride with, and had a great couple of weeks there. The year concluded with our trips in the north of Western Australia, including our adventures on the Gibb River Road in the Kimberleys, and our experiences in some remote schools.
2010 began with travel to Melbourne, and a slow drive back through Victoria and South Australia, on to a cycling trip to Bali, and concluded with our big adventure to Russia, Greek Islands and Turkey.
For 2011 we decided we would use our caravan and just travel in Australia. This idea didn't last long as Qantas offered less than half-price fares to USA to celebrate the direct flight to Dallas. We took the opportunity to break our around Australia trip in Queensland for 4 weeks to take this flight, giving us a chance to catch up with some American friends we met on our Russian river cruise.
2012 started with a bike/barge tour of the Netherlands with the Bikeboyz, a group Rags cycles with on Sundays. We then continued with a cruise up the Norwegian coast, some time in Lithuania, a home exchange in Romania and travel through Bulgaria, finally flying out of Istanbul to spend a few days in Dubai before going home.
2013 shaped up to be a quiet year with two weddings early in the year and baby (grandchild) due in October. These events did occur, with one wedding taking place in Bali, and the grandson, Casey, born on the 28th October. We did manage to squeeze in a few trips though, taking our caravan to Kalbarri in June, Rags and a friend driving the Canning Stock Route in July, and both of us spending 10 days in Melbourne.
2014 travels start in April when we spend 5 weeks in France with another couple. We will be joined by another couple in Prague in May and the 6 of us intend cycling along the Greenways Trail for 15 days, ending at the Austrian border from where we make our way to Vienna before flying home.
Home for 3 weeks then flying to Atlanta, USA, for a technology in education conference, afterwards spending time with friends in Florida before coming home.
In 2015 we take take our caravan to Melbourne where we leave it with friends while we have 3 weeks in Tasmania, then back to the caravan and heading north up the Victorian, NSW coast.