This particular trip of mine is finished… but I’m still posting stuff as my blog is in chronological order. I may be physically in the UK, but mentally, I’m trying to put myself back a couple months to the end of my Australian travels and getting to New Zealand.
My Minion and I left London on the evening of 30th December 2015 and headed to Bangkok, to start a G Adventures tour called “Indochina Discovery” on New Years Eve. From here, and within 30 days (31st December 2015 – 29th January 2016), we’d travelled through Cambodia, northwards through Vietnam, across Laos, into Thaiand via the Mekong Delta and then back down to Bangkok.
From Bangkok, I spent a few chill out days in Phuket with some awesome new travel buddies at the end of Jan/beginning of Feb. It was a bit of a splurge, but after the madness of the first month of travelling, it was well deserved!
On 3rd February 2016, I returned to Siem Reap, Cambodia to look for a place to live and a school to teach at. One month in, I secured some great accommodation and I visited a few schools in the area, but they weren’t a great fit for me. Then I hit gold with a wonderful little International School that I taught at in the mornings, I was a private tutor for a few students and I had a class at another school in the evening time too. It was the most incredible 7 months experience, but it has taught me many things, like the fact that I do not want to be a teacher when I get home! Every weekend I did exciting things with my new friends, like making my own jewellery, taking up archery, and visiting nearby temples with new friends.
I planned to stay in Siem Reap until late June/early July 2016 when I was due to start the next leg of my round-the-world-trip to Australia. The plan there was to work for a few months in Melbourne, meet up with a friend from home sometime around Christmas, and then travel up the East Coast with them, until we both have to fly home for a mutual friend’s wedding in July.
Which is exactly what happened. I stayed in Siem Reap a little longer that originally anticipated, but there were a few good reasons for me to stay in that beautiful town for an extra month or so. Once I got to Melbourne, I found a lovely couple who were looking for a house-sitter for a few months whilst they went off on their own travels and on 22nd December 2016, I flew to Sydney to meet Helen so we could have New Years watching the fireworks over the Harbour Bridge and then go do all the tourist/backpacker stuff we wanted to go do – Byron Bay and Noosa, driving on Fraser Island, sailing around the Whitsundays, we even made it to Uluṟu and had a fantastic tour through the outback.
We flew to New Zealand and spent the most incredible 5 and a half weeks experiencing the land of the long white cloud, North and South Island and then eventually, on 4th April 2017, we finally made it home. I’m still writing up my Kiwi adventures, so bear with me.
I’ve moved back into my parents’ house and I’m looking at working for a while until I can make a plan. I’m making my way around the UK, meeting up with friends and family that I haven’t seen in a very long time, and I’m really enjoying a bit of normalcy for a while. Not too long though.