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Trip Start Jul 26, 2007
Trip End May 10, 2008

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Taking a break from (re)listing the things I need to do - the old habit of drawing up a revision timetable to avoid the main task!! I thought I'd write an introduction to our travels. Virg and I have been talking about travelling for the last 2 years and finally it is coming to fruition. So how do we feel? I'm pretty relaxed at the moment as I'm procrastinating, via this blog, from doing the dull house-related packing and administration for whilst we are away. Virg is a little uncertain about leaping into the unknown and is avoiding any "packing anxiety" by sloping off to Spain for a few weeks to spend time on a beach, eat sardinas and dry out after the torrential downpour that bade her farewell at the airport yesterday. So all in all we're fine.

As for the trip itself, there's only so much planning that can be done. Following to the letter all the advice about not trying to cram too much in, we are looking at about 12 months of trip into an 8 month timeframe. Something has got to give! Unfortunately, we are heading the same way with the packing and will probably be forced to 'uncram' soon.

The plan (v.21) is as follows. I'm sure it will change again (and some dates are very much approximate)but it gives you an idea of the timings (especially useful for those of you we expect to meet / stay with).

July 30th 2007 - Leave the UK for Tallinn from Stansted Airport

Eastern Europe

1st August - 30th September - Working our way through Eastern Europe (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey)


1st October - Beijing, China
Working our way down through China by train, raft, camel and more train.
25th October - Kunming, China
26th October - Thailand Bangkok
28th October Thailand Ko Samui
8th November - 15th November Cambodia
15th  November  -  26th  November  Vietnam
26th November - 4th December Laos
5th December - 23rd December - Northern Thailand


23rd December -30th December Perth
30th December - 1 Feb - East Coast Australia
1st Feb - Christchurch, New Zealand
14th March - Seattle

US and Canada

Fly  back to  Europe   28th March
Tour Spain for 1 month
Return to the UK  Early May 2008

That's all for now. The next entries will be leaving do reviews (where we figure out how to upload photos to this bloggy thing).

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romube71 on

The first to post a comment
Hi travellers,

I wanted to be the first one :) I hope you have a veeeeery nice experience and share with us everything you live.

Keep in contact (specially Virg..., we know what she's like ;) ), send post cards (not from England, she knows what I mean...) and enjoy as much as you can.

Look after each other and take care.



neilinperth on

good luck
Andy and Virg

Im sat here on an early shift here in Oz, along way from the home country !! were having a fantasic time and its a brilliant adveture, good luck to both of you in your travels you are about to start the best adventure you have ever had. Were all looking forward to seeing you both when you rock up here in december. Good luck and enjoy

(on behalf of the Rigbys Oz branch)

nachos_33 on

Niņos pasarlo bien.
Que lo paséis mu bien, tengáis cuidadin, decirle a los chóferes que no corran, etc. Intentaré mandar algo en inglés a ver que sale.

Besitos, abrazos, y sed buenos.

emmandelle on

Hasta la vista
Guess by the time you log in you will both have forgotten the packing, the frustration and the general mayhem of the last couple of weeks. Now get on with it and have a brilliant trip!

roci on

Adios Churry
Bueno Churry empieza la gran experiencia. Ten mucho cuidado y sobre todo disfruta. Andy! Take care of her... we know she is just a baby and enjoy yourself!!! Muchos besos

awarms on

god, so sorry am such a luddite!
Hi you two.

Have sent an email but then looked at the blog and thought the posted comments might be something different, especially when my mail didn;t show up. Hope you two have slipped into more relaxed mode. Hhopefully you stopped planning (at least temporarily)and started to enjoy the doing bit.

Will try my best to keep in touch. keep us posted.

Lucy says 'what is it like? is it sunny? miss you' arrgh!

kirbs on

Job's Done
Now then... hope you got there safely.. your washing is done, ironed and packed away! The booze is slowly disapearing and I'm picking my way through this music collection! Adios! take care and have a great time.. Mr K...

hazian on

How very dare you?!
Now then chaps - where is the blog.
Sorry I missed your leaving party. Trust me, I would have rather been there than at the christening!!
Bon Voyage and hope to read of your adventures soon xx

bendy on

Hope you're both having a fabtastic time, keep the blog up to date won't you? Spare a thought for those of us in drizzly leeds!

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