The Big Adventures

An Introduction

This blog is a kinda composite of the big adventures, tours and trips . . . and some smaller adventures too. So the really big adventures have been my world tour in 2010-2011 and a tour of the Northern UK in 2020. And I have a whole load more planned! There are some more details on those itineraries below!

2020 UK Tour

(You can find links to all these pages HERE)

13th Travel through Lincolnshire Wolds & North Yorkshire Moors to Whitby

14th Walks and Cycling around Whitby

15th Travel through North Yorkshire Moors, Yorkshire Dales, Pennines to Once Brewed

16th-18th Cycling and chilling in Northumberland & North Pennines

19th Travel through North Pennines, Yorkshire Dales, Peak District to Hartington

20th Back home via the Peaks

2011 A man and a van

(You can find links to all these pages HERE)

A few weeks on the road in my very own camper van, Bessie

2010-2011 World Tour

(You can find links to all these pages HERE)

Section 1 North America


Flight London to Kona (via Los Angeles) (11 July)


12-14th July stay Kona

14th – lift to Hilo

15th – 17th – Stay Hilo (15-17 July)

18th-23rd – Stay in Volcano, Hawaii

(19-23rd Hawai’ian Shamanism class with Serge Kahili King)

23rd – Lift to Hilo

23rd – Stay Hilo

24th – Flight to Maui

24th July – 7th Aug – Stay in Maui (Banana Bungalow)

8th Aug – Flight Maui to Medford Oregon (via San Francisco)


28th Jul – 1st Aug – Stay Medford (Motel 8)

(29th-1st Workshop with Neale Donald Walsch)

2nd – Bus to San Francisco

Touring USA

2nd – 12th – Stay San Francisco

13th – 28th – Green Tortoise Tour American National Parks

29th – 30th – Stay San Francisco

31st Aug – 2nd Sep – Overland to Mexico City (Greyhound)


4th – 17th Sep Mexico tour (Mexico City to Cancun) – visit Mayan sites (4-17 Sep)

(Puebla, San Cristobel, Palenque, Oaxaca, Merida, Cancun)

18 – 20 – Stay Playa del Carmen

20th – 21st – Stay Cancun

22nd – Flight to Havana


22nd – 26th – Stay Havana

27th – Bus to Trinidad

27th – 1st Oct – Stay Trinidad

2nd – Bus to Cienfuegos

2nd – 3rd – Stay Cienguegos

5th – Train to Havana (Airport)

5th – Flight to Cancun (Airport)


6th – Flight return to London (Plane)


7th – Stay Steph

8th – Joel Osteen at O2 (London Hostel)

9th – Back home (Heather/Jonny/David/Sue/Chris)

15th – 17th – Southport

23rd – 25th – Manchester – Stay with David

Section 2 Asia & Australasia


30th Oct – Flight to Fiji (Plane)


1st – Arrive Nadi

1st – 4th – Stay Nadi (Stoney Creek)

5th – bus to Suva

5th – 6th Stay Suva (Colonial Lodge)

7th – bus/boat to Levuka

7th – 10th Stay Levuka (Mary’s Lodge)

11th – boat/bus to RakiRaki

12th – 14th Dive course (Volivoli Beach)

15th – boat to Nananu-i-Ra

15th – 16th – Stay Nananu-i-Ra (McDonalds Beach Resort)

17th – boat to RakiRaki (Volivoli Beach)

18th – Dive then bus to airport (stay Airport)

19th – Flight to Auckland

New Zealand

19th – arrive Auckland

19th – 21st Stay Auckland (Oakland Lodge)

21st – Church

22nd – bus to Taupo

22nd – 23rd Stay Taupo (Blackcurrant Backpackers)

23rd – Walk to Huka Falls/Aratiatia Rapids

24th – Bus to Turangi & Walk Tongariro River

24th – Stay Turangi (Extreme Backpackers)

25th/26th – Walk Northern Circuit (stay in hut)

26th – Stay Turangi (Extreme Backpackers)

27th – bus to Wellington

27th – 28th – Stay Wellington (YHA)

28th – Museum

29th – Ferry to Picton & walk Queen Charlotte View

29th – Stay Picton (The Villa)

30th – Bus to Christchurch

30th – 1st Stay Christchurch (Jailhouse)

2nd Dec – Bus to Queenstown

2nd – 3rd Dec Stay Queenstown (Bumbles)

4th – Bus to Te Anau & glow worm caves

5th – Stay Te Anau (YHA)

6th – 7th – Milford Sound (cruise & overnight)

7th – 8th – Stay Te Anau (YHA)

8th – Doubtful Sound (cruise)

9th – travel to Christchurch (stay with Peter & Linda)

10th – Flight to Hobart


10th – 11th – Stay Hobart (Hobart Hostel)

12th – Tour Wineglass bay/Port Arthur (Launceston)

13th – Tour Cradle Mountain (Queenstown)

14th – Tour Lake Clair (Hobart Hostel)

15th – Tour Mount Field (Hobart Hostel)

16th to 21st – Stay Hobart (Hobart Hostel)

22nd – Flight to Melbourne


22nd to 25th Melbourne (The Nunnery)

26th to 27th Melbourne (Collingwood Accommodation)

28th to 30th Tour Gt Ocean Road & Grampians to Adelaide (Camping)

30th Overnight Bus to Adelaide

31st Dec – Jan 1st New Year in Adelaide (My Place)

2nd Flight to Alice Springs (Annie’s Place)

3rd – 5th – Tour Uluru/Watarrka (Camp)

5th – 9th Stay Alice Springs (Annie’s Place)

10th – 11th – Ghan to Darwin (overnight train & stay airport)

12th – Flight to Cairns (06:30 arr 10:45)

12th – 14th – Stay Cairns(Traveller’s Oasis)

15th – 18th – Dive Great Barrier (liveaboard ProDive)

18th – 19th – Stay Cairns (Traveller’s Oasis)

20th – 21st – Travel to Brisbane (Overnight Train)

21st – 22nd – Stay Brisbane (Brisbane Backpackers)

23rd – Travel to Sydney

23rd – 27th – Stay Sydney (Mitch)

28th Jan – Flight Sydney to Singapore (16:55 arr 21:45) (Stay airport)

29th Jan – Train to Kuala Lumpur

29th – 31st Jan – Kuala Lumpur (Stay Equator)

1st Feb – Overnight train to Penang

2nd – 3rd Feb – Stay Penang (Diwali celebrations)

4th Feb – Bus to Hat Yai and overnight bus to Bangkok


5th – 7th – Stay Bangkok Hilton

8th – 26th – Tour Thailand with Lisa

8th – Train to Ayuthaya

8th – 9th – Stay Ayuthaya (Baan Eve) & tour

10th – Bus to Sukhotai

10th – 11th – Stay Sukhotai (Sila Resort) & tour

12th – Bus to Chiang Mai

12th – 14th – Stay Chiang Mai (Holiday Garden View)

13th trekking

15th – Overland to Chiang Kung (Boom House)

16th – 17th – Slow boat to Lung Pra Bang (overnight in Pak Beng)

17th – Stay Luang Pra Bang

18th – Bus return to Bangkok (overnight)

19th – Bus to Krabi (Overnight)

20th -24th – Ao Nang, Krabi (Orange Mansion)

22nd James Bond Island

24th Tour

25th – Travel to Phuket

25th – Fly to Bangkok

26th Feb – Lisa leaves

25th – 26th – Stay Bangkok (Vorapuni hotel)

27th Feb – 3rd March – Stay Bangkok (RoofView Hotel) (Visa Apply)


4th March – Overland to Vientiane (overnight bus)

5-6th – Stay Vientiane (Youth Hotel 2)

7th – 11th Stay Vientiane ecolodge (RiverTime)

12th – Overnight bus to Pakse

13th – Stay Pakse (Sabaydy 2)

14th – Bus to Tat Lo

14th – 15th Stay Tat Lo (Tim Guest House)

16th – Bus to Champrasak

16th – 17th – Stay Champrasak (Vongpraseud Guest House)

18h – Bus to Si Phon Don

18th – 19th March Stay Si Phon Don (Thondon Guest House)

20th – Overland to Phnom Penh


20th – 21st Stay Ban Lung (Lake View Lodge)

22nd – 24th trek

24th – 30th Stay Ban Lung (Lake View Lodge) (awaiting bank card)

31st March – Travel to Phnom Penh

31st March – 8th April – Stay Phnom Penh & sort passport (Lazy Gecko)

9th – Travel to Siem Reap

9th – 14th Stay Siem Reap (Berlin Angkor)

11th – 14th Tour Angkor Wat

15th – Bus to Battambang

15th – 18th Stay Battambang (Royal Hotel)

16th Tour Battambang province

19th – Bus to Sihanoukville

19th – 21st – Stay Sihanoukville (GST)

Await passport

26th April Travel to Phnom Penh

28th April Pick up passport

1st May Boat to Chau Doc


1st – 2nd May Stay Chau Doc (Floating Guest House)

3rd May Bus to Ho Chi Minh

3rd – 5th May Stay Ho Chi Minh (Thanh Guest House)

5th May Bus to Hoi An (overnight)

6th May Stay Hoi An (My Chau Hotel)

7th May Bus to Hué (afternoon stop in Hué)

7th May Bus to Hanoi (overnight)

8th – 9th May Stay Hanoi (Friendly Hotel)

10th – 11th May Halong Bay (10th on boat)

11th – 12th May Stay Hanoi (Friendly Hotel)

13th May Bus to Nanning


13th May Stay Nanning

14th May Train to Guangzhou then Hong Kong (overnight)

14th – 21st May Stay Hong Kong (New China Guest House – Chungking Mansions)

22nd May Train to Shanghai

22nd – 27th Stay Shanghai (Blue Mountain Bund Hostel)

28th May Train to Beijing (overnight)

29th – 2nd June Stay Beijing (9 Dragons)

3rd June Train to Lhasa (3rd & 4th on train)

5th June Tour to Tibet/Nepal

5th – 7th Lhasa – Potala – Jokharg – Sera – Drepung (Hostel)

8th Yamdrotso Lake – Overnight Gyantse

9th Kubum & Tashilunpo – overnight Shigatse

10th Sakye/Gyatso Pass – overnight Tingri

11th Everest Base Camp (See Happiness Hotel (tent))

12th To the border – Overnight Zanghmu (yha)

13th June Cross to Kathmandu


13th – 17th June Stay Kathmandu

18th June bus to Pokhara

18th – 25th June Stay Pokhara (Karma Guest House)

25th June – bus to Kathmandu

26th – 27th June Stay Kathmandu (Himalaya Yoga)

28th June – fly to Delhi then Mumbai

29th July Flight to UK (depart 13:20 arr 18:15)

And on a map….


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