It turns out that it’s a very long way from Portsmouth to Kathmandu. The flights were long but we arrived, safe and sound, a bit smelly and on schedule. Visa faff provided an interesting distraction. Evan wasn’t too happy at being described as the ‘small baby” but him being under ten saved us a, Read More
This is all pretty weird Today is my first day of proper unemployment, ever. And I’m sitting at the kitchen table with my two young sons, trying to motivate them to describe how they’re feeling at the thought of leaving their home in the UK for a year. Rather than just give them a, Read More
“Well, this is a very inefficient way to show the boys the world.” It was Wednesday 16th April 2014 and were nearing the end of a twenty-seven hour journey home to the UK from Koh Lanta in Thailand. A journey that would require 3 taxi rides 2 ferries 2 flights 8 hours hanging around, Read More
I never thought I’d say I was glad to be in stinky Bangkok, but after just over a week in Cambodia I was delighted to be back. The journey out of the country was unsurprisingly not as advertised. Highway 6 isn’t in fact tarmac’d, and after three hours of bumping along a dirt track the, Read More
If anyone asked me which bit of the trip was going to the be the scariest, I always answered Vietnam. My only knowledge of the country was what I’d seen on telly. Everything was living up to expectations as the plane landed and taxi’d to the terminal building. The runway is surrounded by rice, Read More
On the subject of bus journeys from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, the Lonely Planet book says to go on the local bus for the twelve hour overnight journey because it’s more “cultural”. Dez said “B****cks to that! If I wanted “cultural” I’d go back to India. I want air conditioning and reclining seats!”. So, Read More
We were quite scared about Dehli. Loads of people had told us how horrible it was, and how we’d want to leave as soon as we got there. Well, we did want to leave. But that’s mostly because any time spent travelling in India is hard work, and we were a bit India’d out.
We thought the journey into Nepal was an epic one. How little we knew! The trip out of Nepal, back into India and onto Varanassi was meant to take around sixteen hours. It actually took ten minutes short of twenty four hours.
What?? Are you mad?? Of course we didn’t get to Everest Base Camp!! Have you any idea how unfit we are?? We booked return flights from Kathmandu to Lukla the night before our rafting trip to the Bote Kose river, after several pints of San Miguel in the Rum Doodle bar. Bit of a, Read More
We have arrived in Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) on the first day of our year long round-the-world backpacking adventure! It’s quite a culture shock and we are currently wondering what the hell possessed two inexperienced backpackers from the UK to choose Calcutta as their first destination. What the hell were we thinking?? Indian, Read More