"Let me show you the world in my eyes!" littlebush's Profile

Me & Travel........

Hi, 2014 was the year of the big trip! Here's a link to my blog:


Here's my YouTube account with various travel clips:

I've just emigrated from the UK to Auckland.

Hi, and welcome to my homepage! I hope that you will find my pages useful to pick up tips for your own travels. As well as finding VT useful to pick up tips and chat about travel, I like to use it as a personal record to keep photos, travel info' and travel journals. All (well, most of) my pages are based on budget travel, so if you're into backpacking...read on........
(Please note that some of my pages were written 10 years ago when i was new to travelling and i think as a person you change and so your travelling 'style' changes, so some of my pages may not reflect how i feel today)

It all really started in September 2000 when I set off on my first Round the World backpacking trip. I intended to go away for around 18 months or more. I had 2 working holiday visas, one for Australia, one for New Zealand. However, being the lazy bugger that I am, I ended up not working at all, wasting 2 visas and only being away for 10 months! Since then though, I've got 'the bug' and travel has now become an obsession!
After that RTW trip, I had the bug, and travelled around europe on cheap low cost airlines with nearly a weekend away every month(Good old Ryanair!).
At the end of 2002, I'd saved up again, wasn't enjoying my job and so jacked in the job and set off to Africa for 2 months for a totally awesome experience, which only made my 'bug' stronger!

2002 and 2003 were awesome travel years, going away 12 times each year, but 2004 was a study year and so only went away 4 times. 2005 was one of the best years ever with trips to New Zealand, Thailand, and Morocco and plenty of cheap quick Europeans getaways in between. 2006 was superb-a trip to Vietnam & Bangkok, a few weekends away plus Germay for the World Cup for 3 weeks in a campervan - superb.
I didn't go long haul for the first time in years in 2007, but had 12 trips away, the highlights being Moscow, Bulgaria and the Baltics.
2008 was a busy year (No long haul again which is disappointing) visiting my Bulgaria apartments twice, city breaks to Berlin, Belfast and Barcelona, the Cologne carnival and a trip to Belarus, plus a mini adventure through northern central europe before flying off to Malta. The year finally ended with a week in the Canaries.
2009 wasnt quite so busy but i managed a 17 day backpacking trip around the Balkans plus some weekend trips to new countries.

2010 was great, I went to cyprus for several days, plus a few visits to moscow and the big trip was to south africa for the world cup, which was great and my first long haul for 4 years! I then went on a great trip from Croatia through to Bulgaria. Awesome.

2011 started out to be my worst year of travelling since i started, mainly because i found it hard to get away from work having started a new secondment with work in Newcastle. However, it ended up to be an awesome year, with a trip to Israel and Jordan, Cuba and finally Xmas in Gambia.

2012 was a year to never forget. What with the Euros in Ukraine, and the Olympics as well as the Jubilee in London. I also got married. Trips included Jersey, Macedonia, Albania, Bucharest, Chisinau, Kiev, Greek islands, Moscow, Tunisia, and a multiple city break through central Europe.

2013 was huge, with trips to Barcelona, Paris, Bruges, Australia, Italy, Madrid, Snowdonia, Georgia and Armenia and Moscow three times and a short trip to Dortmund.

2014 was the big one, some huge trips plus a RTW trip. The final one. All resulting in a new life in New Zealand.

Nowadays, I often find myself staring at a map of the world and just dreaming of a new route or the next trip.

As for me as a person, Im very laid back...love my adventure activites..but my life really evolves around travelling! I just cant say no to a cheap flight or an offer to get away! I love to meet people so I'm happy to meet any willing VT members.

The Highs and Lows of Backpacking

Heres a few words for anyone considering going on their first backpacking trip:

The hardest part of any long backpacking trip is making the decision to go! A lot of people talk about doing it, but never end up doing it. Every person has different reasons why they want to go and everyone has different reasons stopping them from going. But, once the decision has been made to go, the adventure begins! Personally I dont think theres any buzz like the one you have when you walk out of the travel agents(or come offline/he phone) after booking it all up!

The best part of travelling is the people you meet, whether locals or fellow travellers. You can meet a set of complete strangers one morning from all corners of the globe and by that evening they are suddenly your best mates. You'll go out and have a few beers and chat about the places youve been and heading to. Back at the hostel, you'll play cards (nearly always '***head'!). You'll eat '5 minute super noodles' and drink a minging 4 litre cask of wine because it only cost a couple of bucks! You'll find that although you packed 10 t-shirts when you left home, you only wear 2 of them all week because you cant be bothered to wash them that regularly! You'll say you wont drink tonight as youve drunk every night for the past 3 weeks but know that by morning, you wont remember the night before! You'll end up getting a wrong bus at some point and find yourself asking someone who doesnt speak a word of your language where the hell you are and the only English that they will know will be 'Manchester Utd' or 'David Beckham'!....i could go on....but the big picture is...it an experience for which you'll have stories to tell for the rest of your life!
One day you can be on a deserted beach with crystal clear waters, the next in the middle of the bussle and noise of a big city. You are free to roam around at your own pace and make your own decisions about where and when you want to go. All you have to do is pick up the backpack and move onto the next place. You even forget which day of the week it is, who cares!

More recently, i've got into couch surfing (www.couchsurfing.com) and have found this such a great way to meet local people and to get to know the locla culture. Its a fantastic concept. My early years of travelling were about meeting other travellers, now I love to live like a local and really get into local life. In London i used to organise a weekly couch surf meet and have made some great friends through the site.

The worst part about the whole experience is coming home. Different people deal with it better than others, some are ready to see family and friends and settle back into their old routine happy with their adventurous memories. But some, have the Wanderlust,wishing they were still away and cant settle back into everyday life back in their homeland. After having so much freedom and living a completely different life, it can be very hard to adjust back into a 'routine'.....youve been warned!

A Few Tips for Backpackers

Tax Rebate (Maybe only UK) - This may seem like a bizarre tip but most people dont even realise it. If youre going away for some time and yout trip takes you from one tax year to the next (tax year end 5th April) then you will probably be due a rebate for the year you leave in. Get a form from your tax office and declare that you wont be working again in the current year and you should get a nice rebate. I left in September and got ?500, a real bonus when saving for a big trip!

Check Bank Card Details - Again, if youre going away for a while, check the expiry dates on your cards. If theyre going to run out whilst away, get a new one before you go. Its a lot easier than your new one trying to find you on the other side of the world!
Things to Take :
- A sarong, takes up hardly any room and can be used on the beach, as a towel, as a sheet in bed, or even wear it (for girls, or David Beckham).
- Sleeping pills. Go tell your doctor youre scared of flying and he'll dish out a few pills. Keep them for long train/bus journeys! very useful!
- 'The ***s' tablets and a good first aid kit. Its surprising how much you wil need it!
- Spare passport photos. You may need some for visas.
- Flexible tickets. When boking tickets,try to get as flexible tickets as possible, trust me, your plans 'WILL' change.
- Don't plan too much, as above, your plans 'WILL' change!
- A journal. Write down all your memories, its easy to forget little things that when you read it back a few years later, will bring a smile to your face(or maybe a tear to the eye).
- All the usual things you'd have heard of but definately worth taking - pack of cards, a good book(for swapping), insurance!

Facts about the World

Our Planet, Our Environment, Our Lives :

- The Worlds population is now over 7 billion people
- 4.9 billion people live in a developing country
- 2.5 billion people do not have electricity
- 3 billion people live on less than US$2 per day
- 1 in 4 adults in the World is illiterate
- 45% of the Worlds population live in cities
- The average New Yorker uses 680 litres of water a day, the average Kenyan, just 4 litres a day
- There are 700 million motor vehicles on earth(30n the USA)
- At the beginning of 2002, 50 million people were displaced from their homes due to war or disaster.
-10.7 million children every year do not live to see their 5th birthday
-1 fifth of humanity live in countries where many people think nothing of spending US$2 a day on a cappuccino. Another fifth of humanity survive on less than a dollar a day and live in countries where children die for want of a simple anti-mosquito net.

Largest Countries :

- Russia - 16,996 thousand km2
- Canada - 9,976 thousand km2
- China - 9,597 thousand km2
- USA - 9,373 thousand km2
- Brazil - 8,512 thousand km2

Largest Populations :

- China - 1,335 million
- India - 1,144 million
- USA - 306 million
- Indonesia - 229 million
- Brazil - 190 million

My top 10 favourite cities in the world are(not in any particular order) :

1 - New York City, USA
2 - Cape Town, South Africa
3 - Bangkok, Thailand
4 - Sydney, Australia
5 - Perth, Australia
6 - London, England (Home)
7 - Cairo, Egypt
8 - Barcelona, Spain
9 - Christchurch, New Zealand
10 - Tel Aviv, Israel

My most favourite places to chill out on earth :

- Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
- Ko Pha-ngan, Thailand
- Cape Range National Park, Australia
- Aitutaki, Cook Islands
- Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
- Benguerua Island, Mozambique
- Cintsa, South Africa
- Kande Beach, Lake Malawi
- Barra Beach, Tofu, Mozambique
- Kiwengwa Beach, Zanzibar
- Jinack Island, Gambia
- Dunsborough beach, Australia
- Nong Khiaw, Laos
- Rabbit Island, Cambodia
- Kong Rong Sanloem, Cambodia
- Koh Mak, Thailand

Best places for sun rise or sun set:
-Jinack Island, Gambia
-Key West, Florida
-Broome, WA, Australia
-Santorini, Italy
-Cafe Del Mar, Ibiza, Spain
-Mosada, Israel (although this is sunRISE)
-Halong Bay, Vietnam
-Bazaruto islands, Mozambique
-Mindil beach,Darwin,Australia
-Uluru, Australia (sunRISE)
-White lake, Mongolia
-Kep, Cambodia
-Lonely beach, Ko Chang, Thailand
-Koh Mak, Thailand

Trips are that are top of the to do list: (I would love to visit everywhere, but these are higher priority than others although new places pop into my head all the time):

- Trans Siberia in Winter
- Canada & Alaska
- Easter Island
- Cape Verde
- Dominica
- Japan
- Climb Mount Kili
- Climb Mount Toubkal
- African mountain gorillas
- Azores
- Madeira
- Scily isles
- Greenland
- Bora Bora
- Road trip across USA
- India
- Argentina, Chile, Bolivia
- Uzbekistan
- Mali
- Central America
- Oman
- Kamchatka, Russia
- Iran

Some of my best travel journeys:
- Perth to Darwin, Australia(Car)
- Flam Railway, Norway (Train)
- Corromandel Peninsula, New Zealand(Car)
- Milford Sound, New Zealand(Boat)
- Death Valley, USA (Car)
- Zagreb to Pula (Train)
- Belgrade to Sofia (Train)
- Girona to Andorra (Car)
- Fira to Oia, Santorini, Greece(by foot!)
- Cuzco to Machu Picchu (Train)
- Bishkek to Osh, Kyrgyzstan (Car)

Favourite hostels
(What makes a good hostel? - a good common area to be able to meet people, friendly helpful staff, a good crowd, good facilities, good location, obvious signs theyve gone that bit further to accomdoate you, sometimes a bar helps but just generally one that creates a feel good vibe)
- Bucaneers,Cintsa,South Africa
- Big Blue, Cape Town, South Africa
- Ozi Inn, Perth, Australia
- Beachouse lodge (formally Three Pines), Dunsborough, Australia
- Cokers, Christchurch, New Zealand
-Hanoi Backpackers hostel, Hanoi, Vietnam
-Fun Franks Friendly hostel, Riga, Latvia
-Hostel Mostel, Sofia, Bulgaria
-Malealea lodge, Malealea, Lesotho
-Abraham hostel, Jerusalem, Israel
-Wombats, Berlin, Germany
-Envoy, Yerevan, Armenia

Best cities for a beer:
- London (Or any Uk town)
- Cape Town
- Perth
- Sydney
- Darwin
- Stockholm
- Moscow
- Tel Aviv
- Madrid (but in a different kind of way to the others)

Stupid things I can claim I've done since travelling
- Been to the worlds tallest building (As was in 2000 - Malaysia)
- Been on the worlds steepest railway (Australia)
- Been on the worlds steepest road (NZ)
- Been on the worlds longest straight road (Australia)
- Been to the worlds most southern city (NZ)
- Been to the worlds oldest standing man made structure (Malta)
Asleep yet!?
- Been to Europes only continuously active volcano (Sicily)

I often get asked whats my favourite country. I find this impossible to answer as i have loved every single border ive crossed and got something from every single trip. Experiencing every country culture is part of the reason i do it. But if you pushed i'd have a few favourites for different reasons. New Zealand for its all round beauty, followed closely by Iceland. Mozambique for its rawness. Cook islands for desert island life. Israel for culture and sight seeing in a compact space. The Balkans for history and rural beauty. Armenia and Georgia for the people. But then there's just stand out places within countries that are so memorable, such as Lake Bled, Santorini, Sardinia, Lake Como, Lake Ohrid, just to name a few....

My most memorable moments whilst travelling :

- Sharing my packed lunch with a kangeroo in Cape Range NP, Western Australia.
- Seeing the Grand Canyon by helicopter.
- Skydiving the bay of Islands, New Zealand.
- Holding a chimpanzee at Singapore zoo.
- Scenic flight over Vic Falls in Zimbabwe.
- Walking with Lions in Zimbabwe.
- Chilling out in a hammock by the lagoons of the Cook Islands.
- Cruising the streets of Zanzibar on a 250cc motorbike.
- Watching the sunset at Key West, Florida.
- Standing at the rim of an active volcano on White Island, New Zealand.
- Attending the tumunu on Aitutaki in the Cook Islands.
- Gambling in Las Vegas casino's til 8am.
- Sunrise at Uluru (Ayres Rock).
- Seeing the great pyramid at Giza for the first time.
- Viewing Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain.
- Shark Diving in New Zealand.
- Viewing a pride of lions after a kill in Nakuru, Kenya.
- In the water with dolphins in Monkey Mia, Australia.
- Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef.
- Visiting Australia's first settlement from 1626, in the Abrolhos Islands.
- Walking on a glacier in Iceland
- Canyoning in Wanaka, NZ
- Hang Gliding in Queenstown, NZ
- River surfing in Queenstown , NZ
-Desert Safari in Dubai
-Trekking in the high atlas mountains, Morocco
-Experiencing minus 16 degrees on a night out in Brno, Czech.
-Watching the sun go down from a boat with a cold beer in Halong Bay,Vietnam.
-Touring Germany in a campervan whilst following the England Football team at the 2006 World Cup.
-Partying all night in Moscow, Russia
-Standing on the eerie World war battle fields near Ieper in Belgium
-Chillin' out at my newly purchased apartments in Bulgaria!
-Crossing from Europe into Asia across the Bosphorus sea in Istanbul
-Climbing a Via Ferrata in stunning scenery in Andorra
-Cruising the streets and bars, and drinking cheap beer in Soweto with some locals
-Walking across the old bridge in Mostar, Bosnia&Herzogovina
-Walking asround the ancient city of Petra, Jordan
-Sunrise at Masada, Israel
-Floating in the dead sea, Israel
-Walking the Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem, Israel
-Roaming the back steets of Havana, Cuba
-Walking a deserted beach for miles crossing the invisible border from Gambia into Senegal on Jinack Island, Gambia.
-Feeling like a local sitting in a cafe for several hours (minus cigarette) watching the world go by in Tirana.
-Cruising the quiet sleepy island of Kimolos by motorbike, Greece
-Watching the sun set over one of the most breath-taking views I've ever seen from our lovely suite balcony on Santorini, Greece
-Spending the weekend with some couch surfer locals on a weekend away trip in Tunisia
-Just being at the fairytale beauty of Lake Bled, Slovenia
-Drinking in the cool edgy bars of El Raval, Barcelona, Spain
-Enjoying the great food of Paris, France
-Enjoying the softest whitest sand of the beaches around Esperance, WA, Australia
-Walking around the crumbling buildings of Tbilisi's old town, Georgia
-Hiking in Kazbegi, Georgia
- Crossing the border by train into Armenia to complete my visit to very European country with the beautiful backdrop of Mt Ararat in the background
-Walking to the southern summit of mount Aragats in Armenia
-Beer and tapas crawling around Madrid, Spain
-Glimpsing Aurora Borealis, Kiruna, Sweden
-Dog Sleighing, Kiruna, Sweden
-Staying with a Sami family and snow mobiling & reindeer sleighing, Ovre Soppero, Sweden
-Watching the mist clear to reveal Machu Picchu, Peru
-Enjoying the view from the feet of Christ the Redeemer, Rio, Brazil
-Cycling around beautiful remote French villages, Dordogne, France
-Seeing the summit of Europes only continually active volcano explode, Sicily, Italy
-Staying in a yurt at Song Kol lake, Kyrgyzstan
-Horse riding in Mongolia
-Trekking China's Great Wall, Beijing, China
-Island hopping in Palawan, Philippines
-Kayaking on the Nam Ou river in Nong Khiaw, Laos
-Visiting the temples of Angkor, Cambodia
-Being far too chillaxed on Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia
-Being on Ko Mak, Thailand

-New Zealand's South Island again, NZ
-Chilling on a swing on Okupu beach in stunning Great Barrier island, NZ

Now, I love my sport and one of the reasons for loving sport is down to that moment when your team/individual wins. Here are some of the most memorable moments of live sport I've witnessed:

-Being ringside to witness Frank Bruno become world heavyweight champion - 1995
-Gulliano Grazzioli scoring Stevenage Boro's equaliser against Premiership giants, Newcastle Utd in the FA cup 4th round - 1998
-Steve Morrison scorer in the 89th minute to win the first ever final at the new Wembley stadium and winning the FA trophy for Stevenage - 2007
-Jonny Wilkinson scoring a last minute drop goal to beat Australia on their own turf to win the Rugby World cup final (I wasn't actually there for this one but the feeling when that ball when over was just as good!) - 2003
-Michael Owen scoring in the 92nd minute to beat Argentina 3-2 in a friendly match in Gevena (Although only a friendly, it felt like we'd won the world cup that night - true rivalry!) - 2005
-Joel Byroms goal for Stevenage against Kidderminster in April 2010 to seal the Championship and send us into the football league.
-John Mousinho's goal at Old Trafford to send Stevenage into league one in the play off final of 2011.

This is where my homepage gets its title from (I'm a Depeche Mode fan!)

"Let me take you on a trip
Around the world and back
And you won't have to move
You just sit still
Now let your mind do the walking
And let my body do the talking
Let me show you the world in my eyes
I'll take you to the highest mountain
To the depths of the deepest sea
We won't need a map, believe me
Now let my body do the moving
And let my hands do the soothing
Let me show you the world in my eyes
That's all there is
Nothing more than you can feel now
That's all there is
Let me put you on a ship
On a long, long trip
Your lips close to my lips
All the islands in the ocean
All the heaven's in the motion
Let me show you the world in my eyes
That's all there is
Nothing more than you can touch now
That's all there is
Let me show you the world in my eyes"
(Depeche Mode, Violator,1991

Below is a log of all my trips over the years:

-1990-1st ever trip abroad, aged 13 - school trip to Paris
-1993-La Tranche, France
-1994-Malgrat, Spain
-May 1995-Ibiza, Spain (first ever flight)
-July 1995-Ibiza, Spain
-June 1996-Ibiza, Spain
-August 1996, Gran Canaria, Spain
-June 1997, Majorca, Spain
-June 1998, Crete, Greece
-December 1998, Tenerife, Spain
-June 1999, Rhodes, Greece
-September 1999, San Fransisco, Yosemite, Death Valley, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, LA, NYC
-February 2000, Dublin, Ireland
-August 2000, Frankfurt, Germany
-August 2000, Lisbon, Cascais, Portugal
-September 2000-July 2001-RTW trip - NYC, East Coast of USA, Florida Keys, Hawaii, Cook Islands, New Zealand (all over), Australia (all over), Bali/Lombok (Indonesia), Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand
-August 2001, Glasgow/Edinburgh, Scotland
-February 2002, Venice, Italy
-March 2002, Barcelona, Spain
-Aprl 2002, Athens, Cairo, Luxor, Aswan
-May 2002, Rome, Italy, Vatican City
-June 2002, Brussells, Belgium
-September 2002, Sardinia, Italy
-October 2002, Salzburg, Vienna, Linz, Budapest, Bratislava, Graz (Austria, Hungary, Slovakia)
-November 2002, Glasgow/Edinburgh, Scotland
-November 2002, South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya
-April 2003, West coast of Ireland incl Cork, Galway
-May 2003-Oslo, Norway
-June 2003, Trieste, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Istria, Portoroz (Italy, Slovenia, Croatia)
-August 2003-Blackpool, UK
-August 2003, Malmo, Stockholm, Sweden
-September 2003-Amsterdam, Holland
-September 2003-Glasgow/Edinburgh, Scotland
-November 2003-Zurich, Vaduz (switzerland, Liechtenstein)
-December 2003-Milan, Italy
-December 2003-Edinburgh, Scotland
-January 2004-Pisa,Florence, Italy
-June 2004-Lisbon/Cascais, Coimbra,Portugal
-July 2004-Iceland (all over)
-September 2004-Katowice, Krakow, Poland
-October 2004-Baku, Azerbaijan
-March 2005-Auckland, Tauranga, Christchurch, Queensland, Wanaka, Dubai (New Zealand and UAE)
-May 2005-Varna, Bourgas, Bulgaria
-September-Phuket, Bangkok, Thailand
-June 2005-Stockholm, Sweden
-November 2005-Geneva, Switzerland
-December 2005-Glasgow/Edinburgh, Scotland
-December 2005-Marrakesh, Atlas Mountains, Essouira, Morocco
-January 2006-Oslo, Norway
-January 2006-Brno, Czech Republic
-February 2006-Stockholm, Sweden
-April 2006-Bangkok, Hanoi, Hoi An, Denang (Thailand and Vietnam)
-April 2006-Snowdonia, Wales
-June 2006-Germany (all over for World Cup)
-July 2006-Aberdeen
-August 2006-Aberdeen
-August 2006-Blackpool, UK
-September 2006-Aberdeen
-December 2006-Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Slovenia
-January 2007-Venice, Italy
-March 2007-Dublin, Ireland
-May 2007-Glasgow, Scotland
-June 2007-Blackpool
-July 2007-Bourgas, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
-August 2007-Dusseldorf, Germany
-September 2007-Stockholm, Sweden
-October 2007-Moscow, Russia
-November 2007-Malaga, Estepona, Gibralter, Spain, UK
-December 2007, Tallin, Riga, Vilnius, Warsaw, Moscow (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia)
-December 2007-Paris, France
-January 2008-Belfast, N.Ireland
-January 2008-Cologne, Germany
-February 2008-Berlin, Moscow (Gerrmany, Russia)
-June 2008-Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
-July 2008-Glasgow, Scotland
-August 2008-Glasgow/Edinburgh, Scotland
-September 2008-Barcelona, Spain
-September 2008-Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
-October 2008-Minsk, Moscow (Belarus, Russia)
-October 2008-Glasgow, Scotland
-November 2008-Brugges, Luxembourg, Rhine Valley, Treviso, Malta (all over) (Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Italy, Malta)
-December 2008-Lanzarote, Spain
-March 2009-Nice, Monaco, France
-March 2009-Ieper, Belgium

-April 2009-Helsinki, St Petersburg (Finland, Russia)
-July 2009-Sofia, Veleiko Turnavo, Sunny Beach, Istanbul (Bulgaria, Turkey)
-October 2009-Kiev, Ukraine
-July 2009-Malgrat, Andorra (Spain, Andorra)
-December 2009-Lake Como, Rimini, San Marino, Italy
-March 2010-Cyprus (Greek side)
-April 2010, Moscow, Suzdal, Russia
-May 2010-Moscow, Russia
-June 2010-Johannesburg, Blomfontein, Lesotho (south Africa and Lesotho)
-July 2010-Moscow, Russia
-September 2010-Dubrovnik, Kotor, Mostar, Podgorica, Phristina, Skopje, Sofia, Sunny Beach (Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bulgaria)
-November 2010-Moscow, Russia
-December 2010-Moscow, Russia
-April 2011-Belfast-Derry, N.Ireland
-August 2011-Northern Scotland, John O Groats, Scotland
-September 2011-Israel and Jordan
-November 2011-Havana, Cuba
-December 2011-Gambia
-February 2012-Berwick upon tweed
-March 2012-Pembrokeshire, Wales
-May 2012-Jersey, UK
-June 2012-Skopje, Lake Ohrid, Tirana (Macedonia, Albania)
-June 2012-Bucharest, Chisinau, Kiev (Romania, Moldova, Ukraine)
-August 2012-Kimolos, Santorini, Athens, Greece
-September 2012-Moscow, Russia
-November 2012-Tunisia
-December 2012 - Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Bratislava, Vienna, Slovenia
-January 2013 - Barcelona, Spain
-March 2013 - Paris, France
-March 2013 - Perth and south west WA, Australia
-May 2013 - Bruges, Belgium
-June 2013 - Moscow, Russia
- July 2013 - Siena, San Gimingnano, Pompeii, Sorrento, Visuvius, Italy
- August 2013 - Riga, Georgia and Armenia
- September 2013- Moscow, Russia
- September 2013- Edinburgh, Scotland
- October 2013 - Madrid, Spain
- November 2013 - Dortmund, Germany
- December 2013 - Cornwall, UK
- December 2013 - Moscow, Russia
- March 2014 - Stockholm & Swedish lapland
- April 2014 - Peru & Brazil
- May 2014 - Rural France
- June 2014 - Moscow, Russia
- July 2014 -Sicily, Ibiza
- August 2014 - Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, China, Philippines, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Australia, New Zealand
- January 2015 - Tongariro, NZ
- February 2015 - Waiheke island, NZ
- March 2015 - Great Barrier island, NZ
- April 2015 - Coromandel, NZ
- April 2015 - Whanganui River, NZ

My travel career in numbers (yes I see travelling as a career!):
(I'm quite sad in that being an accountant, I view my life in numbers and I'm always writing stuff down)

Countries visited-89
Countries most visited-Scotland x14, Spain x 14, Russia x 15, Italy x 11, Germany x 8
Longest time in one country - Australia 5 months
Number of flights-321
Estimated spend on travelling-£80,000
Average cost per flight-£63
Average spend per day-£55
No. hostels stayed in-133

Restaurants that have served memorable meals:
-DJanny, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
-One Elm, Stratford Upon Avon, UK
-Beaufort street Merchant, Perth, Australia
-Los Nardos, Havana, Cuba
-Noosh, Newcastle, UK
-Six, Gateshead, UK
-Lussmans, St Albans, UK
-Chej Mumtaj, St Albans, UK
-Kyma, Kimolos, Greece
-Kashka Fe, Cuzco, Peru
-Mari Vanna, London, UK
-Centro Galego De Londres, London, UK
-Coya, London, UK

Favourite cafes:
-Ware to eat, Ware, Herts, UK (perfect greesy spoon)
-Florence, Hendon, London, UK (great egg and bacon rolls)
-H+H, Crouch End, London, UK (great place for snacks and coffee)
-Olive, Hornsey, London, UK (so cheap and great food)
-Olive branch, Palmers Green, London, UK (great breakfasts)
-Breakfast Club, St Albans, UK (posh breakfasts)
-The Step, Bowes Park, London (perfection in every way)
- Gylly Beach cafe, Falmouth, UK (great vibe right on the beach)

Great bars around the world:
-Cafe Coco, Portoroz, Slovenia
-Fallen Angel, Cuzco, Peru
-Faltering Fullback, London, UK
-Dizzy Frishdon, Tel Aviv, Israel
-Palaphita Kitch, Rio, Brazil

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  • littlebush's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2015 at 12:10 AM

    Thanks everyone. Yep first of many in NZ. All good here, loving it!

  • davidjo's Profile Photo
    Mar 14, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    Happy birthday, first in NZ

  • henri123's Profile Photo
    Mar 14, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    Happy birthday, i hope the cyclone is not too strong and windy !

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    Mar 14, 2015 at 2:22 AM

    Happy birthday, Dave, greetings from Iceland.

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    Feb 27, 2015 at 1:16 AM

    All the best with your new life here, hope the weather is kind to you :-))

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    Feb 20, 2015 at 1:39 AM

    Do you support a sinking lid policy on pokies in Auckland? (Favorite memory of my trip there).

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      Feb 20, 2015 at 1:43 AM

      Only been here three months so unsure what that is! But am not a pokie fan so probably won't find out

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    Jan 27, 2015 at 12:58 AM

    Wow! You sure get around! Stunning opening photo!

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    Dec 31, 2014 at 6:08 AM

    Best wishes for 2015

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    Oct 8, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Fascinate travel experience! Inspiring!

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    Jul 8, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    lovely Atlas mountain pic! are you still aiming for China in Sept etc?

    • littlebush's Profile Photo
      Sep 14, 2014 at 1:52 AM

      Angie, very jealous, that's the route we wanted to do but visas restricted us. Good luck

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      Sep 14, 2014 at 10:11 AM

      so you mean you didnt go to Mongolia? Youd said you were off to MOngolia from Nyran/Kyrzg so was wondering if you got your visa back in Uk or from China or on arrival. Loving Kashgar at moment and feeling very reluctant to leave! though thats probably just indulgence and laziness lol!

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