Home!! No No No!!!
Trip Start Apr 17, 2006
52Trip End Apr 16, 2007
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It was a little bit nerve racking, when the day came we left for the USA and normality behind us. For a year thereafter, nothing was really planned, especially in regards to places and times to be somewhere! What was ahead of us was down to us decide on and what we felt like doing. The freedom to get up on any given day and point at a map and say, 'let's go there today' was something that really took a while to sink in. But soon enough, this privilege itself, was what made the trip so amazing. Going form the routine of home, to the unknown and unplanned, is a strange but great thing.
Even the flight tickets themselves, allowed us so much freedom to change the dates. This meant that we didn't have to leave a place prematurely, if we found we liked it. Neither did we have to stay in a country, any longer than we wanted to.
So just to re-cap, it was: London to Boston - LA to Rarotonga - Rarotonga to Fiji - Fiji to Auckland (NZ) - Christchurch to Sydney - Sydney to Singapore - Bangkok to Singapore - Singapore to Trivandrum (India) - Delhi to London! Phew! Well... All that for the bargain price of £1000 each. Those flight destinations had to be more or less stuck to (unless you paid a fee), but dates could be changed as many times as we wanted to. These entry and exit cities were merely points to start, or finish from/to. In between these flights, we could go and explore the country, or neighbouring countries, either overland, or by way of internal flights. So basically, as long as we made it to the required city (by however means) for the flight out, what we did in-between, was down to us. Going overland is the greatest thing we found to do. Covering so much distance and seeing the things we would have missed by flying, felt like real travelling. Admittedly we were guilty of getting got caught up in a few internal flights ourselves. It was just so hard not to. The sheer distances to cover, was sometimes just not practical and with air travel being so cheap, it made it a lot more favourable to take to the skies, mainly for the sake of our all important budget!!
As expected; there were a few regrets of the trip, caused by not going to/seeing places which we later realised we should have. The main ones we think about most were; not going to New York and not visiting the Grand Canyon, whilst being so close from Vegas (but we were ill for 3 days out of the 5 so we feel better for that). Then not going to Laos and Cambodia and a few other places in India and Thailand, are a little regretted. Why we missed these places, all mostly have a good reason behind it. Besides, we realised that we have been so lucky with what we did do and see. Plus we had to admit the fact that you just can't do everything.
We could have made the mistake of really going for it and seeing far more than we did do. But these places would have only been in small doses and we wouldn't have really seen the 'real' place, being in such a rush. We have to admit, we were certainly playing on the lazy side on occasions and stayed in some places far longer than what we needed!! But things happen for a reason and the things we did and the people we met instead, all makes up for missing some things out.
In just a year, we have achieved and done so much, that it's hard to know what normal life will be like. No matter what anyone says, it's the best thing anyone can do and certainly is the best thing we have done. The things we have fitted into a year has been incredible. We have seen Niagara Falls, Driven thorough the Rockies, seeing wild bears, to then seeing the bright lights of Vegas. We have hiked on a glacier, to Rafting off a 7 metre waterfall! We have driven 4500km from the Sydney Opera House, through the Australian Outback, up to Darwin, to seeing Wild Humpback whales. Then the experience of seeing Wild Rhinos from the top of an Elephant was just amazing. We've hiked in the Himalayas, got a headache in cities such a Delhi and Bangkok, to spending many a lazy day on the beaches of Goa and Thailand! Course we can't forget checking out Alcatraz. These things are merely absolute highlights. There is much, much more. But we won't go on too much, as depression will likely set in if we remind ourselves further! Ha ha!
We don't mean to sound boasting with all this. We just want to try and put across, how it's been and somehow describe it all into words. The people we have met, the cultures we have experienced and the things we have learnt, as well as the above, are unforgettable. It's great though, knowing this has been done for the same price of a reasonably decent new car. This is what we call a good deal, even if others don't. We know what we would choose again!
On the trip, we've argued, laughed and got plenty drunk. Louise's sleep walking certainly won't be missed, not to mention Indian Gin and Tonic! Along with this, even the unpleasant places we have visited and not so pleasant people we have battled with, all make up part of the experience. We have stayed in some pretty horrible rooms and had some pretty stressful and long journeys, not forgetting the bouts of sickness and hurried visits to the toilet!! But we've loved every minute of it. There are however slight problems and downsides with having done all this!! How are we ever going to get back to normal??? And to work again!????! Well what a thought!!!!!........ Having had this long off, seeing our great world, certainly makes it hard to shed the feeling of how uninteresting life can be back home. On the other hand it makes us realise that we have it good compared to some people's life's we have seen. Then again, saying this; one thing seemed to ring true with the vast majority of the poorer people we met. They always portrayed happiness (weather meant or not), no matter how little material things they had. It seems the values that many have lost nowadays are mostly retained within the least well off of people. We have met some amazingly generous people, not to mention witnessing the kindness and friendly attitude toward others and us. Don't worry we are not going all religious or hippy etc. We now just appreciate what is out there to experience and have got the taste for it..
Who knows if/how we'll settle now? People have said to us, that it must be it for us now and that we'll stay to settle and get jobs......hmmmm......Naaaaahhhhh NOT LIKELY. Live life like it's the last day of your life, cuz one day, it bloody will be!!! Ha ha.... Woo woo.
There are far more places to see. Heck we've only covered 5% of the world!! There are great things to do and more travel pods to write yet, before we start to consider festering away!! You don't get away with our probably boring stories that easily!! Watch this space... Thanks for following us on our trip!!!!!!.....