A Travellerspoint blog

June 2011


What to expect

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View Round The World on dbgomes's travel map.

Hello and welcome to our travel blog.

We are embarking on our trip of a lifetime on the 13th August 2011 and we have decided on trying to keep a blog going whilst we are travelling around. So here it is in all its glory. Not much going on at the moment but we should start to get cranking over the coming weeks before we depart.

The principle reason for looking at doing a blog is for our own benefit of keeping a record of what we get up to so that in the years to come we can always look back at our adventure as the memories start to fade away. But also we are hoping that it’s an easy way of you guys (family & friends) out there keeping up to date with what we are doing and where in the world we are.

We have also used this site extensively to help us out with the planning of our own trip, so we realise that there may be people looking over this blog as a way to get some information on the various places that we visit. Because of this we will be doing a bit of a summary of each country along the way with expenses and what to expect for anyone looking for this kind of information.

So for anyone reading along from here on in, feel free to subscribe to the blog using the link in the top right or check in when you have got a free lunch hour here or there.

At the moment we hope that we can be putting a post on every week or so, but until we actually get out on the road that may be a bit hard. Either way, we will be by trying our best to keep it going right through to the end.

Anyway… Tanya and I have been living in ‘Sunny Cleethorpes’ in the UK since Feb 2006. We moved here from Australia to spend some time (at the time we only thought a year or so) travelling and working. 5 ½ years later, we have finally come to the point of calling it a day on our amazing time in the UK and return to Perth for the next part of our lives. We figured that whilst we had the opportunity of no commitments anywhere, we would go all out and make it our trip of a lifetime. The travel map here shows our planned route as it currently stands. We expect that this will have many changes over time as unforeseen circumstances keep us on our feet but hopefully it goes something like this. We have got everything up to New Zealand planned out pretty well, but after that we dont have much detailed planning yet.

The general gist of our next 12 months goes something like this
South America – 5 months
North America – 1 month
New Zealand – 1 month
Australia – couple of weeks
South East Asia – 4 months
India – 1 month
After all of that we will be back in the UK ready to take a flight back to Perth after seeing the family and friends here for a couple of weeks.

We only have a few things that are fixed dates at the moment. We have a friend’s wedding in New York on 30th August 2011, the Inca Trail trek on 26th September, Antarctica trip on 29th November and ensuring that we are back in Perth on 10th March 2012 for a friend’s wedding. Some more things may become fixed as we get closer to leaving, but everything including the plane tickets can still move about depending on what crops up.

As our work days are nearing an end, the excitement of the upcoming trip (and a little bit of worrying with all that we still need to get sorted) just keeps building. Our next few weeks will be filled with a few trips round the UK to get some last minute things done that we have put off over the years (Broads holiday and the 3 national peaks) as well as visiting family & friends in between sorting out Visa’s, vaccinations, some more bookings, shipping stuff back to Australia, selling the car and sorting the UK house.

Please put some comments down as we are travelling round. We would like to know that you guys are still following us and we might have some lonely times when its just Tanya and I so will be good to hear from some familiar faces. Also if you figure that you are planning a holiday around the same time as we will be somewhere, drop us a note and we could always try to tee something up so that we cross paths. Again, some familiar faces along the way would be a welcome treat!!!

I have done a couple of blogs in the past covering our 3 weeks trip round Europe when we first got here as well as a trip round Switzerland a few years ago if you ever wanted to have a look.

Thanks and look out for the next instalment.

Daniel & Tanya

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