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LAST TRIP: Apr - (Albania, Kosovo, Serbia, Croatia), Aug - (Spain)
NEXT TRIPS: Feb - (Poland, Belarus), May - (Cyprus)
(can't you tell I am a teacher :)
Up until I went to the USA in 1999, I had never really valued the experience of travel. After this trip, I got the bug. Getting away from the UK, and UK tourists is essential to a good trip. To see the massive variation in people, culture and environment is something that never ceases to amaze. I would love to see every country, and aim to get to at least 1 new location each year.
Now that I have hit 30, the memory loss will start to set in, so here are all my trips overseas.
1988 - FRANCE (Canais Plage) - By coach, rained a lot, not great
1989 - FRANCE (San Malo) - By Coach, poor
1997 - SPAIN (Ibiza) - Britannia Air, first flight. Few good nights out, but not my cup of tea
1998 - FRANCE (Paris, Lyon, Cannes, Tolouse, Bordeuax) - 3 of us in a transit van watching the World Cup.
1999 - SPAIN (Northern and Central) - Ferry, University Fieldtrip
1999 - CANADA/USA (Toronto, Niagra, New York, Washington, Orlando, Atlanta, New Orleans, Memphis, Little Rock, LA, Vegas, San Francisco, Portland, Chicago) - Canada 3000. First time outside Europe. Amazing trip. Highlights include Vegas and Orlando. Bad point, losing $100 to a con artist in Little Rock
2000 - USA (Baltimore, Orlando, Tampa) - Sebina - More reasons to love the USA.
2001 - GREECE (Zante) - JMC - Typical beach holiday. Good fun
2001 - USA (Vegas, Grand Canyon - Airtours - Freezing Vegas, beer and gambling galore. Stuck in the Flagstaff snowdrift for the first time (see below)
2002 - FRANCE (Battlefields) - Ferry, school trip
2002 - ITALY/GERMANY/AUSTRIA/SWITZERLAND/LITCHENSTEIN (Venice, Verona, Munich, Vienna, Alps) - Car and camping, a picturesque journey.
2002 - SWEDEN/NORWAY/DENMARK (Stockholm, Gotenburg, Oslo, Bergen, Copenhagen) - Ryanair - Some special scenery and people in this great camping trip.
2003 - USA (Vegas, Grand Canyon) - BMI - World Heavyweight boxing match made the trip. Stuck in a snowdrift by Flagstaff for the second time, all good fun.
2003 - CZECH REPUBLIC (Prague, Pardobice) Easyjet - A boozy trip, great city for sites and nightlife.
2003 - ICELAND (Reykjavik) - Iceland Express - Always on the top of my list to see, was not a disappointment. Glaciers, Waterfalls, Geysirs, and great nightlife. But take your wallet, far from cheap
2003 - ITALY (Milan) - Alitalia - Italy v Wales, don't ask for the result!
2004 - CZECH REPUBLIC (Prague) Jet 2 - A boozy trip. Took in some ice hockey and did the donuhts (Funniest moment EVER)
2004 - ITALY (Rome, Naples, Sorento) - Ryanair - A truly beautiful city and some memories that will last forever
2004 - CHINA/THAILAND (Beijing, Xian, Chengu, Kunming, Bangkok, Koh Sok, Ko Samui) - Lufthansa - Trip of a lifetime for sure. The unique culture of China, rainforest and beaches of Thailand. Imagine being served in a hotel by a paid gibbon. One place you just know you will return to.
2005 - HUNGARY/GERMANY (Budapest, Berlin) - Berlin was pretty poor, but discovered a new Prague in Budapest. Bigger, better and cheaper.
2005 - NORWAY (Oslo, Bergen) - Ryanair - School trip, they loved the glacier hiking.
2005 - EGYPT (Cairo, Sahara, Luxor, Sharm) - Alitalia - A must see on every list. The ruins, the sun, scuba, shisha. An amazing adventure, only ruined by Alitalia who were late and lost my bags.
2005 - ESTONIA (Tallinn) - Ryanair - Heard lots about this gem, puts Prague and Budapest to shame.
2005 - PORTUGAL (Guimaraes) - Monarch - BWFC in Europe, 4500 fans, tiny village and Super Bock beer. Disaster guaranteed. Return flight missed, hangover of epic proportions. Amazing trip.
2005 - USA (Vegas, Grand Canyon) - NWA - Christmas and New Year on the strip. Neil Diamond in concert. A perfect trip
2006 - ESTONIA/LATVIA (Tallinn, Riga) - Air Estonia/Easyjet - Easily the coldest trip ever. Walked across a frozen river. Riga was not great, Tallinn confirmed as the greatest site/party town in the UK
2006 - HUNGARY/USA/COSTA RICA (Budapest, NYC, San Jose, Arenal, Cahuita) British Airways, Alitalia, Continental - Bizzare trip. Starting on a mad stag do, then onto the greatest city on earth, then hitting rainforest, and beaches in a must see location. Included my 50th flight!!
2006 - SPAIN (Barcelona, Girona) - Easyjet/Ryanair - A trip to the Nou Camp. Great but bloody cold. Didn't think that much of Barca as a city.
2006 - CZECH REPUBLIC (Prague) - BMI Baby - Away with the missus, sites and cheap beer. Ice Hockey a possible highlight. A great place to spend X Mas, but far too busy.
2007 - POLAND (Warsaw/Krakow), UKRAINE (Kiev/Chernobyl) - Wizz Air - Cold, but a trip combining cheap beer and some of the saddest history of mankind
2007 - SLOVENIA/CROATIA (Lubljana/Zagreb) - Easyjet - Slow pace but nice enough
2007 - ICELAND - Icelandair - Second visit to this amazing and active geographers paradise
2007 - BOLIVIA/PERU - BA, American Airlines, Taca - Maybe the best trip to date, mind blowing scenery and amazing people
2007 - ESTONIA (Tallinn) - Estonian Air - 3rd time here. Flu ridden trip, but a memorable New Years Eve in Old Town
2008 - POLAND (Krakow) - Easyjet/Ryanair - One year on I came back. More bars, very cold, great people
2008 - SPAIN (Madrid) - Easyjet - Athletico v Bolton UEFA Cup. Great result, good beer, violent police
2008 - ICELAND - Icelandair - School Trip, usual attractions, wet and windy but great trip
2008 - ETHIOPIA - BMI/Ethiopian Air - Amazing trip of history and culture
2008 - TURKEY (Side) - Thomas Cook - Hot, nice beaches and ruins
2008 - GERMANY/SWITZERLAND (Zurich) - Ryanair - To watch Evander Holfield v Nikoli Valuev. Nice city, good fight, bad result
2009 - BULGARIA/AUSTRIA/SLOVAKIA (Sofia, Bansko, Vienna, Bratislava) - Easyjet & Sky Europe - Annual beer holiday with some skiing thrown in for good measure
2009 - JAPAN (Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Hiroshima, Tokyo, Nara) - Finn Air - A packed trip of Japanese culture
2009 - ICELAND - Iceland Express - School trip, very wet but fun as always
2009 - USA/MEXICO/BELIZE/GUATEMALA - United/Taca - Ruins, sharks, lava, WOW
2009 - JORDAN - Royal Jordanian - Ruins and desert
2010 - LITHUANIA - Ryanair - Cold, drinking trip
2010 - MALTA - Ryanair - Pretty
2010 - ITALY (Sicily) - BA - School trip, Etna, coasts and lovely sunny beaches
2010 - IRELAND & NORTHERN IRELAND - Easyjet - Causeway, History and the Black Stuff
2010 - TANZANIA & KENYA - BA - Safari, Zanzibar, Tribes, Slums
2010 - FINLAND (Helsinki) - BMI - Carl Froch Boxing and all day drinking. Great city and got to meet the man himself on the flight home
2011 - CHINA, MONGOLIA & RUSSIA - Aeroflot/SAS - Great Wall excellent, long and overrated Trans-Siberian, Moscow
2011 - USA (Boston & Atlantic City) - BA/AA - Boxing and Baseball cancelled, but nice trip to see friends and the first flight for baby Alex
2011 - ITALY (Rome) - Easyjet - Nice break with Deb
2012 - NETHERLANDS/GERMANY - Easyjet - Football in Dortmund and a few beers in Amsterdam. 1 more to go to the magic 50 countries visited
2012 - BELGIUM/LUXEMBOURG - Eurostar - Family trip to see some sights and tick off country number 50
2012 - POLAND (Poznan/Wroclaw) - Ryanair - Stag Party, cheap beer and scenic cities
2012 - SPAIN/ANDORRA/FRANCE - Ryanair - The mountains of Andorra and beach of Canet Plage with a bit of Rugby thrown in
2012 - IRELAND (Cork) - Ryanair/Aer Lingus - Stag do, plenty of Murphys
2013 - SERBIA & BOSNIA (Belgrade & Sarajevo) - Beer and culture
2013 - MOROCCO (High Atlas) - School trip
2013 - SCOTLAND (Inverness) - Family Holiday
2014 - ALBANIA, KOSOVO, MONTENEGRO, CROATIA - Beer and culture
2014 - SPAIN (Alcossebre) - Great beach holiday
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