Trip Start Jan 16, 2013
Trip End Aug 18, 2013

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Monday, August 19, 2013

So after a full 24 hours of travelling, 3 separate flights and four different airports I arrived in Madrid. Wasn't planning on going there but when I booked my round the world ticket there was no available flight to London. Thought I'd relax for a few days and soak up the August sun before heading home. The weather in Madrid is absolutely perfect: 35 degrees, blue skies and above all, not humid. I've missed European weather.

Didn't really do any exploring in Madrid. I was pretty tired and just felt like chilling out before heading home. I was lucky enough to stay in a four star hotel, a late birthday present, so had a great time relaxing at the rooftop pool. It was a very lazy couple of days before I headed back to England. I'll have to come back sometime and actually do things.

I'm finally back home now. 7 months away, one day back and it already feels like I've been home for ages. Everything is just how I left it; very odd feeling. Still, I'm enjoying home comforts and have got some epic meals planned which I haven't had since I left. Good to be back.

This really has been the trip of a lifetime. I've seen and done so many amazing things and feel very lucky to be able to have done that. Also met some awesome people and now I can't wait to go travelling again. It really does broaden the mind. I've been making a few lists of the places I've been and the people I've met. Thought it would be cool to share them with you.


Nick, England - Mount Lavinia
Francis, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka

India tour group -
Dushyant, India
James, Australia
Carl, Sweden
Marcus, Sweden
Ditte, Denmark
Sophie, Denmark
Millie, USA
Maren, Norway
Sherry, Canada
Alex, England
Hilary, England
Frank, England

Ben, England - Kochi
Tik, Thailand - Ko Tao
George, Germany - Ko Tao
Heidi, Estonia - Ko Tao
Marty, Australia - Ko Tao
Laura, England - Ko Tao

Cambodia tour group -
Apple, Thailand
Ross, England
Lauren, England
Harriet, England
Chris, Australia
Moe, Germany
Ann-Christin, Germany
Daniel, Germany
Diep, USA/Vietnam
Rama, England
Kathryn, England
Anne, France

Daryl, England - Nha Trang
Pete, England - Hoi An
Saskia, England - Hoi An
Carole, England - Hoi An
Sylvia, Germany - Hoi An
Jesse, Australia - Hoi An
Mike, USA - Hanoi
Steph, England - Halong Bay
Hollie, England - Halong Bay
Dev, India - Halong Bay
Thomas, Denmark - Hanoi

Laos tour group -
Lap, Vietnam
Gordie, Australia
Claudia, Austria
Ana, Colombia
Yalid, Colombia

Lucy, England - Vang Vieng
Sarah, England - Vang Vieng
Fap, Laos - Pak Bang
Vicky, England - Chiang Mai
Sam, England - Chiang Mai
Rupert, England - Chiang Mai
Lloyd, Wales - Bangkok
Winston, Singapore - Singapore
Alice, England - Auckland
Tom, Wales - Auckland
Jenn, England - Auckland
Laura, England - Auckland
Jarrad, New Zealand - Auckland
Anna, England - Auckland
Lucy, England - Auckland
Lucy, England - Auckland
Damien, England - Auckland
Tom, England - Paihia
Mike, England - Auckland
Craig, England - Auckland
Vaughan, New Zealand - Auckland
Joe, England - Waitomo
Anna, England - Rotorua
Ed, England - Rotorua
Steve, New Zealand - Hobbiton
Sam, England - Rotorua
Bryony, England - Rotorua
Jack, England - Rotorua
Kat, England - Rotorua
Kitty, England - River Valley
Holly, England - River Valley
Lizzie, England - River Valley
Timo, Germany - River Valley
Martin, England - Wellington
Ingrid, New Zealand - Wellington
Jacob, New Zealand - Wellington
Kelly, England - Wellington
Elrond, South Africa - Wellington
Wazza, New Zealand - Wellington
Motors, New Zealand - Wellington
Holly, England - Kaiteriteri
Ashleigh, England - Kaiteriteri
Alice, England - Kaiteriteri
Alex, Wales - Westport
Mike, England - Westport
Will, England - Westport
Amy, England - Queenstown
Georgie, England - Queenstown
Emily, England - Queenstown
Louisa, England - Queenstown
Libby, England - Queenstown
Liz, England - Queenstown
Dom, England - Queenstown
Tom, England - Queenstown
Saskia, England - Queenstown
Will, England - Queenstown
Ellie, England - Queenstown
Shirley, England - Auckland
Simon, England - Auckland
Frankie, New Zealand - Auckland
Jonah, New Zealand - Auckland
Evie, New Zealand - Auckland
Roxy, New Zealand - Auckland
Lily, New Zealand - Auckland
Caitlin, Australia - Los Angeles
Ryan, Australia - Los Angeles
Rebecca, Australia - Los Angeles
Leigh, England - Los Angeles
J, Korea - Los Angeles
Doug, Australia - Los Angeles
Joe, Australia - Los Angeles
James, Australia - Los Angeles
Aaron, Australia - Los Angeles
Jason, Australia - Los Angeles
Adam, USA - Los Angeles
Marco, Peru - Lima
Marco, Peru - Lima
Alberto, Peru - Paracas
Mario, USA - Paracas
Kristin, USA - Paracas
Kevin, USA - Paracas
Maria, Canada - Huacachina
Darcy, Canada - Huacachina
Emily, England - Cusco
Valerie, Canada - Cusco
Peter, Canada - Cusco
Ryan, USA - Cusco
Michael, Australia - Cusco
Monica, Australia - Cusco
Nicola, England - Cusco
Isabel, Switzerland - Cusco
Tanya, Switzerland - Cusco
Wilian, Peru - Cusco
Liz, Peru - Cusco
Michael, USA - Cusco
Luke, USA - Cusco
Christophe, France - Cusco
Mark, Australia - Arequipa
Christophe, Germany - Arequipa
Richard, Scotland - Arequipa
Caroline, Scotland - Arequipa
Kim, South Africa - Arequipa
James, Australia - Arequipa
Hannah, Australia - Arequipa
Martin, Germany - Arequipa
Seraina, Switzerland - Arequipa
Geoff, USA - Arequipa
Amelia, USA - Arequipa
Pepe, Peru - Arequipa
Buck the dog, Peru - Arequipa
John, England - Arequipa
Christophe, Canada - Arequipa
Kat, Germany - Copacabana
James, England - La Paz
Eduardo, Chile - Sucre
Pedro, Bolivia - Potosi

Bolivia tour group -
Joy, Argentina
Jess, Australia
Meghan, Australia
Andrew, Australia
Alan, Ireland
Sarah, Scotland
Laura, England
Megan, Wales
Christina, Italy
Chantelle, USA
Jane, England
Franzisca, Switzerland
Mariam, Pakistan
Kasha, Poland
Kelly, England
Franzisca, Germany

Daniel, England - Buenos Aires
Louise, Scotland - Buenos Aires
Jake, Australia - Buenos Aires
Sarah, Australia - Buenos Aires
Katrina, Ireland - Buenos Aires
Livia, Brazil - Rio de Janeiro
Chris, Germany - Rio de Janerio
Aiden, England - Rio de Janeiro
Kim, Australia - Paraty
Angus, Canada - Paraty
Amanda, Australia - Paraty
Paul, Ireland - Paraty


Mount Lavinia
Nuwara eliya
Tordi Sagar
Koh Tao
Haad Yao
Baan Chaloklum
Thong Nai Pan Yai
Siem Reap
Phnom Penh
Chau Doc
Ho Chi Min/Saigon
Nha Trang
Hoi An
Halong Bay
Vang Vieng
Luang Prabang
Pak Bang
Chiang Kong
Chiang Mai
Hot Water Beach
River Valley
Lake Mahinapua
Franz Josef
Los Angeles
Santa Maria
Santa Teresa
Aguas Calientes
Machu Picchu
Colca Canyon
La Paz
Salt Flats
Buenos Aires
Puerto Iguazu
Rio de Janeiro

Thanks for reading! Until next time...
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autour-de-monde on

When I saw you travelled the world for 7 months and you were the same age as me I was instantly jealous!! Especially seeing this long list of people you met from all around the world! I can only wish to be a part of something like that. Did you travel through an organization of some sort? Great blog though!! Keep it up:)

jamie083 on

Hey thanks for the comment! Yeah I'm very lucky to be able to have done what I did. Meeting new people was probably the best bit about it all, most of my favourite memories are from places where I made the best friends.
I booked flights through STA travel but other than that planned it all myself, pretty much as I went. Didn't really have much of a plan when I first left. I did do a few tours with a company called G Adventures and they were incredible so I'd definitley reccommend them.
Happy travelling!

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