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.