Who are we?
I was born in Auckland, New Zealand. Debbie was born in Vancouver, Canada. Debbie is a trained opera singer and actress and I worked in energy research for the last decade. We both love to travel and through a blind date met, fell in love and eventually married on the Greek Island of Zante in 2006. Over the years we have visited many countries and are now on a five month journey around North America which will be followed by New Zealand, Australia and Asia. This blog is a way of sharing our adventure and also has past, present and future adventures. I hope you enjoy reading our blog and perhaps might even find some of the posts of use in your adventures.
Where are we going?
Our first stop is a short visit to Holland to see my relatives in the south of Holland and eat herring and Limburg cake. We then return to the UK and fly in August to Vancouver. From there we travel for five months in Canada and the USA in an RV, the Dutch Flyer. Next stop Sydney for a few days before home to New Zealand. After seeing friends and family we return to Australia for a few weeks with a short visit to Tasmania. From there we go into backpacker or should it be glampacker mode and travel through South East Asia beginning in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and finally India and home.
I am accident prone!
I was voted most likely to die after completing an alpine climbing course. I have abseiled off a rope with a considerable drop, been swept down a couple of rivers while tramping, been in explosions from work related activities and that was before I even started to travel. In India I burnt the soles of my feet on the Taj Mahal marble floor one hot summer day in Agra had numerous cases of food poisoning in Egypt, India, Thailand, South Africa and Botswana to name a few. Eating pigs ears in the Philippines, chicken feet in China to fish stew and dodgy dairy products have all contributed to my stomach upsets. I expect on this trip more of the same but hopefully less accidents and food poisoning.
Why do it?
We both enjoy seeing new sights, meeting interesting people, eating different foods and just having an adventure. Travel has always been part of my life. At the age of 17 I left New Zealand for an 18 month trip to my father’s birthplace in Beringe, Holland. It was a massive culture shock and opened my eyes to a new world. On and off I have travelled since then for the last 35 years. The last few years we have lived in Hove, England which I love as a city. The South Downs and the sea create a micro climate that is brilliant. Living in Brighton there is also something new happening every day.
Why do you not live New Zealand or Canada?
New Zealand is a wonderful place but it is isolated in many ways. Culturally it is a bit of a desert aside from the rich Maori culture. Returning to New Zealand is like stepping back in time. Do not get me wrong, I love going back to visit and seeing family and friends as well as visiting old stomping grounds from my tramping days. However, career wise it is death. Meeting Debbie my Canadian wife opened up a new world with several visits to Canada and a love of British Columbia and the scenery, wonderful wildlife and people. The jury is still out on Canada and whether we may live there in the future. I do like Vancouver and work wise it would be interesting. Part of this trip is to make a decision on where we both want to live. We had made a decision in Australia last year that I would leave my job and when I got back and they announced voluntary redundancies, well it was a no brainer. The end of April saw me finish my job which had become very unsatisfying and unfulfilling over the last year. I realised what I was achieving very little and life is to short to waste hence this RTW trip.
Love to travel
I have been lucky with my work in travelling to Australia, Canada, Ireland, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Egypt, The Philippines, Greece, Japan, China, Pakistan, India, UAE, South Africa, Thailand, USA and many other places. This trip is different, I want to have an adventure and also share that with anyone who might be interested our experiences and hopefully some useful tips. I last backpacked 20 years ago without email, digital cameras, internet and lonely planet was in its infancy so it is going to be interesting to retrace places I have been to see the changes both good and bad.
This blog is a work in progress and thanks for reading this and I hope you get some form of interest, amusement or useful tips from our adventures.