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Gallery: Peru

PERU | Friday, 13 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

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TRAVEL NOTES: The Incident On Day Two

ECUADOR | Friday, 13 Mar 2009 | Views [1050] | Comments [1]

Amazing scenes aboard the Golondrina. Day 2 at The Galapagos Islands began with the announcement from one of our colleagues, Bert, that $150 was missing from his safety deposit box, apparently locked in his cabin. After lunch Bert called a meeting ... Read more >

Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands

ECUADOR | Friday, 13 Mar 2009 | Views [792]

Ecuador was next on our hit list and we were there to realise an ambition of Chloe's - The Galapagos Islands. For all we had heard it promised to be an outstanding part of our travels and it delivered. An unbelievable place. But more of that in a minute ... Read more >

Gallery: The Galapagos Islands

ECUADOR | Wednesday, 4 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Costa Rica

COSTA RICA | Monday, 16 Feb 2009 | Views [1098]

We met Cara and Polly in the city of San Jose and it was all very exciting as I hadn't seen Cara since we left England in July. After a quick catch up they jumped on a bus to head to Puerto Viejo, on the coast, where Matt and I would be joining ... Read more >


BELIZE | Monday, 2 Feb 2009 | Views [542]

Our first stop in Belize was a little place called Corozal which we were using as a pit stop, for one night, before heading out to the Cayes. We had booked into a little hotel and were greeted on our arrival by the American owner – well, technically, ... Read more >

Gallery: Belize

BELIZE | Thursday, 29 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Mexico

MEXICO | Thursday, 29 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 29 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Australia

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 29 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

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MEXICO | Saturday, 17 Jan 2009 | Views [825] | Comments [1]

We found our self in Mexico (and on this Central American leg of our travels if we are honest) because I wanted to learn more about the Mayan civilisation. Inconveniently for me, the Mayans were similar to the Incas in that we don’t actually know a ... Read more >

St Lucia

SAINT LUCIA | Saturday, 17 Jan 2009 | Views [588]

I wont go into great detail about St Lucia as it hardly constitutes travelling (with the exception of getting there: Christchurch-Auckland-LA-Dallas-San Juan-St Lucia). We met up with Chloe's family who spend Christmas there and after Christmas we were ... Read more >

TRAVEL NOTES – What I've Learnt About Chloe

UNITED KINGDOM | Saturday, 17 Jan 2009 | Views [810] | Comments [3]

Here is a selection of things that I've learnt about Chloe since we set off. This is an ongoing list so be sure to check back for an updated list. You'll probably find a What I've Learnt About Matt list on your return too. Chloe... ... Read more >

Ashburton & Christchurch

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 17 Jan 2009 | Views [1231]

Ross, an old family friend from Shropshire, moved to New Zealand a few years back so we decided to pay him and his girlfriend Ceci a visit. The campervan and us rolled into the agricultural heart of NZ, Ashburton, and into the curious world of Ross Appleby.... Read more >

Queenstown & Milford Sound

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 17 Jan 2009 | Views [1007] | Comments [1]

Queenstown We liked the atmosphere in Queenstown as soon as we arrived. It's really buzzing and busy at the same time as being quite quaint with cosy little pubs and cafes. One of the first things we did was book ourselves ... Read more >

Glaciers & Wanaka

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 17 Jan 2009 | Views [681]

Taking the winding road out of Akaroa we were soon into the countryside again. We were heading for Arthur's Pass, a road that weaves over the spine of NZ's mountain range and its assoicated ski fields. Blessed again with ludicrous views and perfect weather ... Read more >

Kaikoura & Akaroa

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 17 Jan 2009 | Views [3924] | Comments [1]

Kaikoura   We decided to make Kaikoura our first stop on the South Island. It sounded like a sweet little town and apparently we might see some seals. That was no lie. As we approached the town, I spotted a seal on the ... Read more >

Taupo & Wellington

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 17 Jan 2009 | Views [1196]

The journey to Taupo threw up a few surprises. On our way into the town of Tirau I noticed a new and impressive factory adorned with 'Corruagted Creations' signage. It was a big building and I couldn't imagine that there would be that much demand ... Read more >

Auckland & Bay of Islands

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 17 Jan 2009 | Views [786]

Auckland We arrived in New Zealand in the middle of a torrential downpour that didn't really stop all night. Already feeling slightly anxious about the campervan I had been talked into hiring for our three and a half weeks travelling through the country, ... Read more >

Sydney & The Blue Mountains

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 17 Jan 2009 | Views [888] | Comments [1]

We tried to take a budget flight from Byron Bay to Sydney but Australia had had a bit of rain and the runway had warped (Australias version of leaves on the line ?) so we were driven by bus to Surfers Paradise to get a replacement plane.... Read more >

Noosa & Byron Bay

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 16 Jan 2009 | Views [9685]

Noosa was a nice place. We stayed in a good hostel near a typically huge beach and ate at a restaurant that had these incredible lamb and mint pizzas (see Travel Notes: Incredible Food). It was a great place to hang out and get some beach time – ... Read more >

Great Barrier Reef & Whitsunday Islands

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 15 Jan 2009 | Views [1680] | Comments [2]

When we landed in Australia we had passed through Europe, survived Egypt, experienced India and explored Hong Kong – so it was quite odd arriving somewhere with no significant cultural or language differences from home. Which was a great relief.... Read more >

Hong Kong

HONG KONG | Thursday, 15 Jan 2009 | Views [832] | Comments [1]

Arriving in Hong Kong airport was like arriving on a different planet after India. It is the most impressive airport Ive ever seen, so modern and efficient looking and absolutely spotless. I think by the time we were aboard the 3-stop train that ... Read more >

Alleppey, Goa & Mumbai

INDIA | Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009 | Views [2536] | Comments [2]

Alleppey   The reason for going to Alleppey is to take a houseboat trip around the backwaters. It’s a top activity to tick off when you’re in the Kerala region of India. And to be fair it lived up to the hype. You have to be fairly relaxed ... Read more >

TRAVEL NOTES: The Journey to Cochin was the Worst Journey of my Life

INDIA | Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009 | Views [1777]

Rickshaw – Train – Train – Rickshaw – Taxi – Taxi – Train – Rickshaw – Ferry – Rickshaw (29 hours) The above summary breaks down the only way we could get to Cochin. The reason was typically Indian so I will spare you the details. What ... Read more >

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