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One year of Travelling… Our trip in numbers!

ONE YEAR AGO ago we set off from Australia attempting to get back to the UK without flying and so far we have made it to China! So how exactly have we done it? Well heres a short post on our trip so far in numbers….

Countries Visited:  10 (Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and currently in China)

Distance traveled without a plane: 47,000 km or 29,200 miles (6,500km longer than one full loop around the earth)

Beds slept in: 177

Transportation – we have used:

111 buses, 41 boats, 21 cars (taxi, private or rental), 32 trains, 13 subway systems, 6 mopeds and a variety of tuk-tuk type vehicles.

Our most expensive accommodation (per person): £28.54 ($55 AUD) – Boss Legend Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam (Christmas Treat)

Our cheapest accommodation (per person): £1.27 ($2.33 AUD) – Aman batik house, tuktuk, Sumatra

Our Most expensive meal (Per Person): £13.98 ($27 AUD) – Moose and Roo Pub for Christmas Dinner, Hanoi, Vietnam

Our Cheapest Meal (Per Person): £0.24 ($0.44 AUD) – 1 Naan Bread, 1 Bowl of Curry, 1 Fried Bread Pastry and a cup of coffee. – White Cafe in Hpa an, Myanmar

Books Read: 30

Bed Bug Experiences: 3

Pairs of sunglasses Broken: 13

Pairs of Flip-Flops worn out: 9

Celebrity Spottings: 1 (Hugh Dennis in Laos)

Free Things we have been given: 4 x Free bus rides, 2 x Ice Tea, 1 x Longhi (traditional Myanmar skirt), 1 x Free lonely Planet guide book, 6 x pieces of fruit, 2 x Bars of Chocolate, Free clothes wash, 2 x Bowls of traditional Thai Fish soup, 5 Malaysian Ringet, 1 x key ring, lots of flowers (mainly little Myanmar girls giving them to Ella), 2 x Cups of coffee, 1 x toilet fee (The last two were from a monk), 1 x free night of accommodation, 4 x bottles of water, 5 x noodle soups, 1 x free breakfast, free rice and chilli sauce, 2 x free coconuts, 2 x silk scarves, 1 x free tuk-tuk journey, 1 x free snake (edible), 2 x Banh Mi Sandwiches, lots of free potatoes and bananas, 1 x free tote bag, 1 x free ferry ride, 1 x free tourist boat trip, 2 x free ice coffees,  beer (we have actually lost count of how much), 1 free stick of BBQ goat’s udder, 4 x free dinner, 1 x taxi ride, 4 x bananas, 1 x chocolate dessert, rice wine…, 1 x free use of a motorbike, 2 x Jagermeister shots, 1 x free xe om journey, 2 x free bike hire, 2 x bowl of noodles, 1 x blueberry juice, and even more rice wine…..

We will keep writing stuff like this down and update it again in another 3 months…

R&E

One Year Ago…

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Today…

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6 Months in… Our Trip in Numbers

Six months ago we set off from Australia attempting to get back to the UK without flying and so far we have made it to Laos in SE Asia. So how exactly have we done it? Well heres a short post on our trip so far in numbers….

Countries Visited:  7 (Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar and currently in Laos)

Distance traveled without a plane: 27,650km or 17,200 miles

Beds slept in: 90

Transportation – we have used:

61 buses, 33 boats, 10 cars (taxi, private or rental), 11 trains, 4 subway systems, mopeds and a variety of tuk-tuk type vehicles.

Our most expensive accommodation (per person): £13.50 ($25 AUD) – Tropicana hotel, Perhenthian islands, Malaysia

Our cheapest accommodation (per person): £1.27 ($2.33 AUD) – Aman batik house, tuktuk, Sumatra

Our Most expensive meal (Per Person): £8.15 ($15 AUD) – Irish Bar in Penang, Malaysia

Our Cheapest Meal (Per Person): £0.24 ($0.44 AUD) – 1 Naan Bread, 1 Bowl of Curry, 1 Fried Bread Pastry and a cup of coffee. – White Cafe in Hpa an, Myanmar

Books Read: 21 Together

Bed Bug Experiences: 3

Pairs of sunglasses Broken: 9

Free Things we have been given: 2 x Free bus rides, 2 x Ice Tea, 1 x Longhi (traditional Myanmar skirt), 1 x Free lonely Planet guide book, 6 x pieces of fruit, 2 x Bars of Chocolate, Free clothes wash, 2 x Bowls of traditional Thai Fish soup, 5 Malaysian Ringet, 1 x key ring, lots of flowers (mainly little Myanmar girls giving them to Ella), 2 x Cups of coffee and 1 x toilet fee (The last two were from a monk)

We will keep writing stuff like this down and hopefully update it again after another 3 months. 🙂

R&E

Beards and bridges…Sydney

The most iconic city in Australia, Sydney, was the last stop on our east coast overland Australia adventure. It is built around its beautiful harbor, with bays and beaches around every bend and no doubt, the best way to see the city was on the water and this was easily done by catching a ferry from circular keys to almost anywhere!

We were staying in another air bnb apartment in the very very nice suburb of Double Bay, which was a great location half way between the city and Bondi. It would take too long to tell you about all the adventures we had in Sydney, but these were some of our favourite’s…

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Dreadlocks and hammocks

After a trip on an island made of sand, a long way from the city, our next stop was the capital of Queensland, Brisbane. Having little expectations for the city, apart from  it not having a beach, we arrived to a city that felt modern and somehow effortlessly cool (not in a temperature way as it was bloody hot).DSCN2132

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Along way down

So last time we wrote we had just snorkeled on the great barrier reef and were about to start our Greyhound bus leg of the East coast. We have bought a ‘jump on jump off’ ticket between Cairns and Sydney, which means we are able to stop as many times  we like along the route.

Our first stop was Mission Beach, where we stayed at Absolute backpackers. People come here to skydive onto the long golden beach. We, however, did not and couldnt even if we wanted to as the weather was too bad to jump, but we did however get to do some wallaby spotting. We wished we had more time to explore the town and surrounding area but we had to move onto Townsville – The highlight of Townsville was eating a Mortem Bay Bug burger.

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The RAINforest and The great barrier Reef

Obviously they call it the rainforest for a reason, and well we sure found out, arriving in tropical North Queensland bang smack in the middle of that reason. Continue reading

Here we go…..

So the time has finally arrived, We sit here on the morning of our epic adventure, charging all our electronics and desperately trying to remember if we have packed everything. The backpacks are stuffed with all our worldly possessions and for the foreseeable future we will be surviving with around 5 pairs of clothes each – how exciting.

Last night we said goodbye to some of our closest friends with a bit of a true blue  aussie BBQ overlooking the perth skyline before heading to the local and dancing until we where chucked out. These photos pretty much sum up the night…

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