August 10th 2012 – Home – Around the world in a year and a day

So here we are back home after circumnavigatiing the globe!! Fourteen countries, 9 planes, 2 trains, countless buses, 1 campervan, 4 hire cars and a lot of treking, it’s nice to be sitting on the couch with a glass of wine and a choc-ice πŸ™‚ Here… is a quick summary of the journey…

South Africa

Currency: Rand Language: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Zulu….and at least 7 others!

Best bits: The Cape of Good Hope and Gaansbi Great White Sharks
Worst Bits: The poverty and injustice of the Townships

Table Mountain, South Africa

View from Table Mountain, South Africa (click to enlarge)

Singapore

Currency: Singapore Dollar Language: English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil.

Best Bits: The Marina Bay
Worst Bits: The heat and humidity

Singapore

Marina Bay, Singapore

Malaysia

Currency: Ringgit Language: Malay, English and Tamil

Best Bits: The Cameron Highlands
Worst bits: Grubby Georgetown on the island of Penang

Malaysia, Tea Plantations

Malaysia, Tea Plantations

Thailand

Currency: Thai Baht Language:Thai

Best Bits: Chang Mai City, Pai, and Elephants
Worst Bits: Bangkok

Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Cambodia

Currency: Riel and US Dollar Language: khmer

Best Bits: Angkor Waat, The coast, and the People
Worst Bits: The history of brutality and the casualties of the wars

cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Vietnam

Currency: Dong Language: Vietnamese, French, English

Best Bits: Hoi An, Halong Bay and the reefs of Natrang
Worst Bits: City pollution and the buses

Vietnam

Hoi An, Vietnam

Laos

Currency: Kip Language: Loatian

Best Bits: Everything, especially the Elephants, Louang Prabang and the Mekong River
Worst Bits: None

Laos

Northern Laos

Australia

Currency: Aus Dollar Language: English

Best Bits: Wildlife and Landscape
Worst Bits: Too expensive, the campervan experience

Australia

Australia, Hot as hell… but no swimming for fear of death.

New Zealand

Currency: NZ Dollar Language: English

Best Bits: Everything, especially the diverse landscape and Hobbiton
Worst Bits: None, the place is beyond perfect.

Our favourite... New Zealand

Our favourite… New Zealand

USA LA and the CanyonLands

Currency: US Dollar Language: English

Best Bits: Moab and Kanab, Utah
Worst Bits: Los Angeles and Las Vegas

USA

Canyon Lands, USA

Guatemala

Currency: Quetzal Language: Spanish

Best Bits: Antigua and Rio Dulce
Worst Bits: Guatemala City and Guns

Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua, Guatemala

Honduras

Currency: Lempira Language: Spanish mainland, English and Spanish Bay Islands

Best Bits: Utila Island and the reefs
Worst Bits: San Pedro Sula and La Cieba

Utila, Bay Islands, Honduras

Belize

Currency: Belize Dollar Language: English, Creole, Spanish

Best Bits: The Belize Barrier reef
Worst Bits: The chaos of Belize City

Caye Caulker, Belize

Caye Caulker, Belize

Mexico

Currency: Peso Language: Spanish

Best Bits: Palenque and San Christobal, in fact all of the Chiapas and Oaxaca regions, and the music.
Worst bits: Getting ripped off in Acapulco and noisy night music.

Mexico

Colourful Mexico

USA Florida

Currency: US Dollar Language: English

Best Bits: The Keys drive and Key West itself
Worst Bits: Expensive diving and a bit crap (maybe thats just the weather that day though)

Florida Keys

Florida Keys

And as a final note… I just wanted to say that we visited all these countries safely (sensibly) and without fear (well, maybe a little in Honduras) and without ANY injections… we got bitten to bits but we’re alive and well with no ill effects or anything. The people in all (most) of the places we visited were very friendly and helpful and we learnt that manners and a good smile can get you everywhere.

If you decide to do a similar thing, do your research and keep your eyes and your mind open to all possibilities and you will have an amazing time. Thanks to all of you who followed our adventures and here’s to the next one! Safe travels… Cheers!!

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3 responses to “August 10th 2012 – Home – Around the world in a year and a day

  • Carol

    Just realised you have done this summary ! Its great love the best bits and worst bits !!

  • Sean (Kilkenny!)

    Morning marra! (That’s screwed with my spellchecker!) It was good to run into you last night. Hope to do so again soon. Take care. And, by the way – a cracking site. Great pictures.

    • dougieladd

      Hi Sean – it was nice catching up. Yeah pictures are great & there’s loads of ’em on my laptop too. Might even put more up. I will at some point have to change the name of the blog because we intend to travel to other places so the title will be irrelevant :). I hope you’re reading it all too. It’s a years worth of writing (and to be honest it was a pain in the arse πŸ™‚ ).

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