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The blog of my 2002 Namibia trip is back online

August 22nd, 2016 No comments

I am pleased to report that the blog for my month-long trip trip to Namibia with World Challenge Expeditions in 2002 is back online after being taken down temporarily since May. If you read the blog you will notice that there are some references to an anonymous group member, as opposed to naming the group member being talked about like I do most of the time, and that some photos have black boxes on them or are cropped to non-standard dimensions. Let me explain.

Some of you will know the details by now, especially with the worldwide media interest generated by his story, but a member of the group who travelled with us to Namibia was recently convicted of some serious crimes that he committed while living abroad. I won’t go into details, or mention him by name in this post, as I would prefer not to receive web traffic from the sort of people who might search for his name online. However due to the media interest over the summer I found it necessary to take the blog down to protect my own privacy.

I now feel that sufficient time has passed since his conviction and so, 14 years to the day from our final full day in Namibia on this trip, I have returned the blog to my site. Where possible I have found new photos to replace ones that he was featured in but where this was not possible I either cropped the photo or added a black box to cover him in photos where he was recognisable. I have also removed his name from the blog itself.

Our group

(Most of) our group

In the school hall

In the school hall of Oaseb Senior Secondary school in Gibeon

For the purposes of any media that may find their way to this blog, in the event of any future interest in his case, I have no information to give and will not be making any statement or providing any further information. However I will point out that the fact I have edited a 14 year old blog in ways described above should make my feelings about this issue perfectly clear.

The original text of my blog has been archived to my computer should it be needed by anybody, for a valid reason, although the changes to the content itself were fairly minor other than removing references to the one group member.

I am glad that I have finally been able to put my blog back online as this was an amazing trip, one which probably started my love of getting off of the beaten path and delving deeper into the culture of places I visit. Without this trip I would probably never have visited many of the places I have seen since, had some of great experiences that I have had or met most of the amazing travel buddies that I have met. Plus the people and scenery of Namibia are great as you can see from the selection of photos below.

Four Fingered Rock

Four Fingered Rock

Amazing views on the Waterkloof Trail

Amazing views on the Waterkloof Trail

Tallest sand dune in the world

Tallest sand dune in the world

Leaving Gibeon

Leaving Gibeon

If you have not read my blog from this trip then feel free to have a browse as I really enjoyed it. It contains details of our time improving the sports facilities of a school before travelling around the country seeing the sights and having fun. Sights and experiences from the trip include visiting Gibeon, Mariental, Hardap, Sesreim, Namib-Naukluft, and Windhoek in addition to trekking through Fish River Canyon and Dune Boarding in Swakopmund. It is a trip that I will remember for the rest of my life.


Next stop Chile!

October 10th, 2015 No comments

For years people have been asking me why I haven’t visited South America yet, to which I have always replied “I’ll get there one day. There are so many places in the world I want to see” or something similar.

It seems that the time has finally come as I will be jetting off to Chile for 11 days in January 2016. I booked at the end of June, only a few weeks after coming back from Central Asia, but didn’t want to post anything here until my blog from that previous trip was online. It’s a shame I can’t stay longer, due to work commitments, otherwise I would have travelled extensively around Chile or seen other countries in the area, but I know I’ll have a good time regardless.

Route to Chile

The route I will be taking to Chile

I’m not sure what I’ll be seeing when I’m in Chile. Obviously I’ll be seeing Santiago, as that is where my flight goes, but beyond that nothing is definite. There have been suggestions of visiting Valparaíso, Viña del Mar, La Serena and the wineries in the valleys near Santiago but it’ll probably be a little while before anything is set in stone. I will also have to wait until nearer the time to see how the recovery from the recent magnitude 8.4 earthquake and Tsunami progresses before making any commitments to visit the coast.

There will be a lot of flexibility on this trip as I’m travelling on my own to visit a friend, rather than being part of an organised group, so I can see what I want and won’t have to deal with problematic group members. Maybe I’ll visit Punta Arenas or fly up to the Atacama for a few days but maybe I’ll stay close to Santiago, we will see when I get there.

South America is a region of the world that always comes highly recommended by people who like to travel so I’m glad I will finally be able to see part of it for myself. It’ll be very hot in January, but I’ll be fine. I prefer colder weather but after my nights shivering in sub-zero temperatures at Song-Kul Lake in Kyrgyzstan it’ll be nice to go somewhere hot!

I’m in the process of improving upon the Spanish which I learned in school in order to be able to communicate with the Chilean people without having to rely on my friend to translate. In Chile they speak a complicated variety of Spanish so it may not be too easy but I’ll do my best. I’m planning to visit Madrid for a few nights some time before Christmas in order to get some hands-on experience with the language before Chile.


My Uzbekistan & Kyrgyzstan blog is online!

October 10th, 2015 No comments

I’m pleased to announce that my blog from this year’s trip to Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan is finally online. As I’ve mentioned a few times before I wrote my blog in note format when I travel, in order to maximise the time in which I’m able to get under the skin of a destination, before typing it up properly and sorting through photos when I get home.

As I’m sure you can imagine this takes longer than if I was to post from the road, or to write in full on the road then type up when I get home, but it works better for me. Normally I’m able to type up my blog within a few weeks, or at most a couple of months, of returning but this time due to various personal reasons it has been 4 months since I returned from my trip.

It’s now too late for anybody to travel to that part of the world this year, as it’ll soon be winter and the area will be blanketed with snow, but hopefully somebody will find this blog useful when trying to decide whether or not they should visit the area in the future.

I have just one word to say in response to people wondering whether they should visit Central Asia – YES!. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The people, the scenery, the fresh air, the culture, the memories are all so amazing. Kyrgyzstan isn’t a place for people who don’t like nature and want to look at sights or get involved with activities, although it does have a couple of ski resorts. Uzbekistan on the other hand isn’t quite so magnificent but has a large number of sights that you could visit. My trip focused on Kyrgyzstan but the entire region is worth a visit.

Here are some photos of highlights of the trip. For many more photos, and full information about the trip, please read my blog entries.

Helena rests

Me and Kyrgyz kids

Lake Issyk-Kul

Yurt camp

Chaek drinks

Walking around Tashkent

Blue Mosque

I’m happy to answer any questions you may have about the trip, the area, the culture, the public transport I somehow survived or indeed anything else related to this and other trips featured on the blog. Just click the “Contact Scott” link in the menu and send me a message. I’m always happy to answer questions or just hear from people who have found the blog useful.

For the benefit of search engines and rankings, since this blog was posted late and in one go, some of the places and sights that we saw were:

  • Uzbekistan
  • Tashkent
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Silk Route
  • Osh
  • Song-Kul Lake
  • Kockhor
  • Home Stay
  • Yurt Camp
  • Karakol
  • Jeti-Oguz
  • Lake Issyk-Kul
  • Bishkek
  • Fergana Valley
  • Mountains and Lakes
  • Turkey
  • Istanbul
  • Dragoman
  • Central Asia
  • Overland Truck

I hate having to do that list in these posts, but due to the nature of how my blog is posted I have to. However so that I don’t finish the post with a boring list here is a photo of some lovely scenery in Kyrgyzstan.

Fairy Tales do come true :)


Central Asia is booked!

August 9th, 2014 No comments

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve booked my next trip. In May 2015 I’ll be jetting off to Central Asia to overland with Dragoman through Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, via Istanbul.

This is a region that I’ve had my eye on for a while, ever since I travelled with Dragoman in 2009. After returning from Africa I decided to research other trips that Dragoman offered and a photo of one of their trucks next to a mountain lake got my attention. After some research I discovered that it was a photo of a trip through Kyrgyzstan and it looked so beautiful I decided to add it to my to-do list. I kept getting distracted by other destinations, such as North Korea and Myanmar, but the time has come to go!

Central Asia is best known for being the region through which the Silk Road sliced on its way from Turkey to China, and we will be visiting some of the old Silk Road cities, but the main focus will be the beautiful scenery we’ll see on the way.

The route will be as shown below.

The route of the land portion of my trip

The route of the land portion of my trip

The entire route I'll be taking, including the flights.

The entire route I’ll be taking, including the flights.

I recently stated that I didn’t expect to be doing any more camping trips but once you’ve tasted overland travel you can’t stay away for too long. The way of life on the road, the sights you see and the experiences you have just trump any other form of trip and help you grow as a person.

I’m really looking forward to the trip. It’ll be the best part of a year before my blog is online but expect tales of pristine landscapes, new cultures and great experiences from a land that’s off of the main tourist trail.

To see a Google image search of images from Kyrgyzstan, to see some of the sights I’ll encounter, click here.


My Myanmar Travel Blog is online!

May 14th, 2014 No comments

I’m happy to announce that my blog from my recent trip to Myanmar (aka Burma) with short stops either side in Thailand and Hong Kong is finally online after some delays.

As explained on this site I write up my blog in note format and then take time to write it up in detail, and to sort through my photos properly, rather than typing it up on the move or rushing through it as soon as I get home. This is the method I’ve found works best for me.

I really enjoyed this trip. Myanmar is a country I have wanted to visit for some time and while I didn’t get to visit the mainland, other than 20 minutes at the end of the trip while our passports were being processed, I found the trip to be very worthwhile and enjoyable. The Myeik Archipelago is a beautiful location and I feel privileged and honoured to have visited it while it is still deserted and has not been ruined by being opened up to tourism too much.

There were a few highlights for me. The first highlight was the beautiful scenery which is unlike anything I’ve ever seen while travelling before as I usually go places where there’s lots to see, do and experience rather than wildernesses where I want to relax. The second highlight was visiting the Moken Sea Gypsy village and interacting with the people – we didn’t spend much time there but I really enjoyed it.

I’m having a few issues on this site and have noticed that visitors are unable to browse to older posts from the main page, however if you click “2014 Myanmar Sailing” in the main menu you should be able to browse through the posts from this trip in date order without any problems. Enjoy.


Sunrise from the boat

Moken village

Arriving at the Moken Village

For the benefit of search engines and ranking here’s a list of the things we saw and did:
Myanmar, Burma, Myeik Archipelago, Mergui, Sailing, Boat, Intrepid, Gecko’s, Trek, Thailand, Phuket, Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific, Dragonair, Moken, Sea Gypsies, Andaman Sea, MacLeod Island, Lampi Island, Bo Cho Island, Myauk Ni Island, Kawthoung, Ranong, Fishing, Snorkeling, Temple, Kayaking, Swimming, Asia.

Just so that I finish my blog with something better than a list, here’s an adorable photo of some kids from the Moken Sea Gypsie village…

Moken Kids

Moken Kids posing for photos


This is adventure travel

January 14th, 2014 1 comment

The title of this post is s bit of a play on the phrase “This is Africa” but I’ve done a lot of travel in Africa, and there has been plenty to fix with this trip already, so I feel that it’s appropriate.

When you take part in adventure travel, be that as a solo traveller or on a group trip of what I like to call “organised adventure travel” inevitably something will go wrong. Indeed I have had plenty of examples of that. To name but a few of the memorable ones.

  • In Namibia in 2002 we had to leave our school project a week early due to how uncomfortable we were being made to feel by the officials at the school.
  • Again in Namibia we had to cut our evening plans short one night due to the police getting into a shootout with some people fighting outside the bar we were in.
  • In East Africa in 2009 we missed the final admission to a National Park after a border crossing took longer than expected.
  • Again in East Africa in 2009 our truck broke down half way up a hill meaning we didn’t get to our campsite until after dark and couldn’t take part in our planned canoeing on a lake.
  • In Central America one of our buses took too long to get to its destination and we had to have one of the fastest and scariest taxi rides I’ve ever been on, after a quick bag swap between vehicles, to get to the ferry we had tickets for.
  • While touring the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone we ran out of time to meet the resettled residents as we spent so long exploring inside the abandoned buildings which, according to policy within the zone, we weren’t due to go inside anyway.
Fixing Oscar

Our truck being fixed in East Africa – taken from my East Africa blog

Whether you will enjoy adventure travel or not depends on how you take to little mishaps like this. On every trip there tends to be one person who stands out for moaning about everything as they weren’t expecting it, and on some trips there may be more than one. For example.

  • In East Africa in 2009 we had one person who moaned bitterly about the previously mentioned delays even though there was nothing anybody could have done about them. We also had one person who moaned that we didn’t have hot dogs all trip despite the fact we were in Africa and had a beautiful, and large, selection of freshly cooked tasty food each day.
  • In Central America there was one person who every time the smallest thing went wrong felt the need to complain. Apparently the bus ride taking too long was the tour leader’s fault, as was a previous bus getting stuck in traffic in Guatemala City. This person even moaned that our leader was a few minutes late arriving back to the hotel on our last transfer morning despite the fact the leader was grabbing food for the first time in days after feeling ill – during which time all duties were performed to a much higher standard than I could ever hope to achieve. This person even made a point on the last few days of telling everybody she was going to complain which did nothing other than persuade some of us to send compliment to Intrepid about the tour leader in addition to completing the survey form.
  • In Chernobyl there was one member of the group who moaned for 24 hours continuously about missing the resettlers to the point that we all had an argument while out for a group meal as we couldn’t take any more.

However if you are willing to accept that things happen on adventure travel you can have the most amazing time. In Namibia sure the sound of a bunch of gunshots outside were scary but we had just spent a few great hours in a local bar in a town that hardly any westerners had visited in decades so it allowed us to get under the skin of the country in a way we wouldn’t have if we had stayed in our sterile camp within a walled school. In East Africa our food was the best I’ve ever had while travelling, and the delays crossing the border meant that we stopped in a town that wasn’t on our itinerary and ended up playing pool, playing darts and drinking with the locals at a local bar. Some of us also had a chance to hang out with some Park Rangers at the entrance to a National Park for a few hours while the others insisted on going on our pre-planned nature drive even though it meant delays in getting to our next destination.

Then more recently in Central America we got a true taste of the region and if it wasn’t for using public transport we would have been disconnected from the surroundings and missed so much. Central America is a chaotic but vibrant and friendly place which you won’t see as much with private transport. In Chernobyl if we had left Pripyat early to ensure we saw the resettlers we would have had to cut out the last few buildings which we were allowed to explore – and these for me were the most amazing and memorable.

Science Lab

We were allowed to wander around the abandoned buildings in Pripyat, against policy, which allowed us to see and experience so many memorable things. This was far better than a staged meeting with resettled residents.

None of the things that have happened in the past while travelling have put me off the idea of going to weird and wonderful destinations – in fact they have probably persuaded me even more that this is the style of travel that I enjoy. While camping may not be the top of my list of things I want to do right now, and while after Central America I’ll make sure ear plugs are at the top of my packing list, what I want to do with my life is get out there and see the world. I want to get under the skin of the countries I visit and see what they have to offer and I want to discover and experience things that most people I know could even dream of. I also want to do this on the terms of the country I visit rather than acting like a stereotypican western tourist who wants everything the same as back home.

That’s why when I saw a photo of the Myeik Archipelago in Myanmar in an advert on Facebook advertising new trips for 2014 with Intrepid I knew it was something I had to do. Myanmar is a place I’ve wanted to visit for some time and the idea of experiencing a side of the country that nobody else gets to see really appealed to me even though I had never really considered a sailing holiday before. However being an adventure holiday, and a brand new one at that, inevitably things were to go wrong. On this occasion, however, things started going wrong and needing fixing a few months before the start of the trip instead of during it.

The Myanmar sailing trip, when I booked, had two options available. I could either start in Phuket in Thailand and be driven up to the Myanmar border or could start in Yangon and fly to the starting point. Phuket has never really appealed to me, and I wanted to see as much of Myanmar as I could, so I chose the version starting in Yangon. However a few weeks after booking I noticed that it had disappeared from both the Intrepid and Gecko’s website. After contacting them I discovered that this version had been temporarily suspended as a temporary travel warning had been put in force by the Australian government for the town that we would fly to in the south of Myanmar. Being an Australian operation they had to put a hold on the trip following this advice for legal reasons but they recommended I didn’t change my flights yet as there was the possibility that it would be reinstated.

A couple of tense months followed where there was still no news so Gecko’s advised me to change my flights and transferred me onto the trip starting in Phuket. A week or so of heated three-way negotiaton between Gecko’s, myself and STA Travel and I managed to change my flights and managed to persuade Gecko’s that they should pay for the £350 upgrade to my flights needed to make the changes as my original trip was a guaranteed departure but was no longer operating. While I’m upset at how long it took them to make that decision they didn’t have to agree with me so I’m thankful for that. I’m also upset with the service I got from STA when trying to change my flights but that’s the matter of a complaint that’s still pending with their customer relations department so I won’t go into detail about that here – even more so as the complaint was twice as long as this post.

However despite all of these setbacks there was no point getting too stressed about it as there was nothing that could have been done either way. It’s sad that I’ll no longer see Yangon and won’t get to travel on the Circle Train, visit the many beautiful golden temples or see Aung San Suu Kyi’s house, among other things, and it’s sad that my new flights only give me one evening stopover in Hong Kong instead of two full-day ones. However there are benefits to these changes including visiting Thailand as well, the trip being considerably cheaper and now being able to see the Hong Kong skyline at night. I’m sure there will be numerous other mishaps and corresponding benefits by the time I return home but this will still be an amazing trip which I’m really looking forward to.

I still need to receive my reissued flight tickets from STA and need to book some extra hotel nights in Thailand and Hong Kong but I’ll get to these. If I can get through the chaos that the original person at Gecko’s left me in before leaving the company and if I can weave my way through the web of illogical staff and unacceptable customer service to find the one helpful person at STA Travel then I can wait a few more days until I receive my new flight tickets and can book some hotels without any problems.

Route of new trip

This is the route of the new trip I’m doing to Thailand and Myanmar.

Even though this has been a long post I guess what I’m trying to get at is, for those of you that are reading my blog to try to decide whether adventure travel is the right thing for you or not, I would say that by the time you get this far in the post you’ll already know. You’ll already know whether you’re the sort of person that thinks it’s the end of the world when your bus stops for traffic lights or whether you can’t go 24 hours without hot dogs for example. You’ll also already know whether the things I have mentioned in this post would make you panic, feel scared and never want to leave the house again or whether you see them as getting under the skin of a country and all part of the fun of travel.

Adventure travel, be it solo or in organised groups like the ones I go on, can be incredibly rewarding if you are ready for it. You get to see so much more of the world than most people and have some of the most amazing experiences and memories that will stay with you for the rest of your life. I would say if it’s something you want to do, and don’t think you’ll be that one person on the trip that moans about every small detail with the aim of ruining everybody elses’s trip, then go for it. Otherwise you may as well just lay by the pool in an all-inclusive gated community in the Benidorm for a week and never experience anything that this amazing planet and it’s people have to offer.

Sunset over the Kazinga Channel

Without adventure travel you wouldn’t see amazing scenes like this…

Playing Football

…or have great memories like our own England vs Namibia football match in a town that only a handful of westerners have visited in the last few decades….

Team Breakaway

…or meet amazing people like this who you keep in contact with for years and still consider to be friends even though you live on opposite sides of the world and only rarely see them, if at all, after the trip ends.

It has been a tubulent few months since booking the sailing trip to Myanmar but I’m confident that I’ll see some amazing scenes, have life-long experiences and make new friends. In 2-3 months expect some great photos and a new blog of my experiences. I fly out on February 27th and return on March 12th.


My North Korea blog is now public

December 28th, 2012 No comments

A couple of years ago I went on a trip to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (aka DPRK / North Korea). It was probably one of the most unique trips I have ever been on due to the nature of travel in the country – only a select number of people can visit each year and visitors follow an itinerary that has been authorised in advance, must stay with their guides and are not allowed to leave their hotel unescorted.

This may not seem like the type of trip I would enjoy, due to my love of getting off of the tourist trail and getting under the skin of a country on adventure tours, but I found it a very worthwhile trip. When I travel I like to learn as much as I can and open myself up to new ideas and I thought it was very important to see the country for myself instead of just read and accept what the media  tell us. I also like to visit unique destinations that nobody else I know has visited, that are off of the usual tourist trail, and the DPRK definitely fits that. I am glad I went on the trip and feel that I was able to learn a lot.

Until now my travel blog has been kept private on here to respect the privacy of my guides. I was given permission by my tour company to post information about the trip on my blog as long as I did not talk about the guides or show them in my photos to respect their privacy. I decided, on my own, to initially keep the blog password protected to add an additional level of privacy for my guides. However now that two years have passed, and the country is now under the guidance of Kim Jong-Un after the death of his father Kim Jong-Il who was the leader during my visit, I feel that it is important to share my experiences with others so they can make an informed decision if they are thinking about travelling to this unique destination.

I highly recommend a trip to the DPRK if you are looking for a unique, cultural trip to a country with a lot of history as long as you are willing to respect the culture of Korea and the rules of the trip. If you book a trip to the country you will be told a little about the DPRK and given a few rules about conduct during your visit and please follow these not only to respect the culture of the country but also to respect your guides.

The blog can be found by clicking here, or by clicking the “2010 China & North Korea” link in the menu, but to get you started here is a photo from my trip.

The Kim il-Sung Statue

The Kim il-Sung Statue

Some of the things that I saw on my trip (for the benefit of search engines) were:

  • Pyongyang
  • Kim il-Sung Statue
  • Juche Tower
  • Taedong River
  • USS Pueblo
  • Yanggakdo Hotel
  • Arirang Mass Games
  • West Sea Barrage at Nampo
  • International Friendship Exhibition at Mount Myohyang
  • Sariwon
  • Kaesong
  • DMZ (De-Militarized Zone) at Panmunjeon
  • South Korea
  • Train to Beijing

(Please note – I have been given permission to include details of my trip on my blog by the tour company but the names of my guides as well as photos of them have left out to respect their privacy. It is forbidden for journalists to visit The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on a tourist visa and it is forbidden for us to publish information about our trip in any capacity without permission. As a result I do NOT give permission for anything I write about North Korea in this blog, or any photos I upload of North Korea, to be used anywhere for any purpose other than reading directly on my blog if you are considering travelling to North Korea as a tourist. In addition I do NOT give permission for my name, my blog’s address, or any photos of me to be used or quoted anywhere for any purpose related to The DPRK. If you breach this notice you will be subject to legal action from the tour company. Thank you for your understanding.

If you feel that the post / page containing this notice breaches any regulations or if it contains any information or photos which should be changed or removed to respect the rules of the tour company or the traditions of The DPRK please let me know ASAP so I can fix the problem.)


My Central America travel blog is online

May 17th, 2012 No comments

My travel blog from my trip to Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica is finally online after much typing up over the past week. The blog is posted with each post on the corresponding day as I wrote the blog on paper while I was out there, or at least in detailed daily note form, with how I was feeling, what we did, what our plans were etc and so it’s exactly the same blog as if I had typed it on the road.

I had so many good experiences over there, saw many amazing things and made a few good friends too and the memories from that trip will stay with me for a long time. I guess the highlights would be swimming with dolphins in Honduras, seeing the glow of lava from the crater of a volcano in Nicaragua and the awesome night out in San Jose Costa Rica but that’s just a handful of things I did so if you’re interested then feel free to flick through the travel blog or just look at the photos or something.

Over time I’ll be adding my TripAdvisor reviews and comments about each country and town we visited to the “countries” section on this blog when I get around to it but for now I hope you enjoy my Central America blog and if you’re thinking about visiting the area then I hope it helps you make some decisions – that’s why I write this blog as I like to record my experiences for the future so they can help other people in the way that blogs have helped me.

To get you started here’s a photo I really like that I took in Honduras.

A Toucan

To read the entire blog click “2012 Central America” in the info at the bottom of this post, in the menu to the right, or select it from the “Full Updates” drop down menu at the top.

PS: Go Team Breakaway!

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I’m off to Uganda again!

February 25th, 2012 No comments

When I heard that my friend was going to be spending a year volunteering at an orphanage in the town of Jinja, Uganda, I was very excited. I spent a few days in the town a few years ago and loved it just as I did the rest of Uganda. So when it was suggested that I flew out to visit as I would be allowed to stay at the orphanage for free I jumped at the idea.

I needed to get a break away from things so after a few days of searching I managed to find some flights for a very cheap £370 with Gulf Air via Bahrain – even my direct sale flights to Nairobi a few years ago cost more than this so I couldn’t believe my luck. The only downside is the flight arrives into Uganda at 230am but for the price I couldn’t say no. Plus it would fit a trip to my favourite country in the middle of a very busy few months of travelling – less than 2 weeks after getting back home from my Central America trip and a month before visiting Amsterdam to see my favourite band.

Luckily I’m the sort of person that when I travel I check everything twice. After arriving back from Central America I logged onto Expedia to print everything off and then since there was a Gulf Air confirmation code listed I decided to log onto the Gulf Air website to see if I was able to reserve my seat. However upon loading up the Gulf Air site the legs of my trip between Manama and Entebbe were missing – I called Gulf Air and found out that they had cancelled the route due to lack of sales and that I would need to go through Expedia to get a refund. Unfortunately they were unable to help as I called at the weekend and the department I needed to talk to were only open Monday – Friday so it was a tense couple of days waiting to get my refund. I passed the time by looking for new flights but couldn’t find anything for less than £500 although this was via a very interesting route. The route offered would take me to Ethiopia and Rwanda before arriving in Uganda – on the way back I would connect through Ethiopia and Rome and this sounded like a load of fun but I decided to wait for my refund before booking anything.

I’m glad I waited as I managed to find flights for £100 less in a last minute sale with Brussels Airlines that would have be transit in Belgium and Rwanda which I booked without hesitation. I’m all packed, am leaving in a few days, and am really excited!


Central America is booked

November 7th, 2011 No comments

For several years I’ve been putting off visiting Central America which, for some unknown reason, has been a place I’ve wanted to visit for many years. My problem was I kept getting distracted by other destinations – in 2009 I saw a photo of somebody sitting next to a Mountain Gorilla and thought “I want to do that”. Then in 2010 I found a trip to North Korea I liked the look of and decided it was the right time to go.

I always believe everything happens for a reason and I’ve had some incredible experiences. In Rwanda I was grabbed on the leg by a Gorilla and I had an amazing time in Korea and met some awesome people.

However now the time is right to finally visit Central America. So in less than 90 days time I shall be jetting off to the region!

I’ll be staying in Atlanta USA for one night before flying down to Guatemala and spending just over 2 weeks travelling through Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica with a Dragoman / Intrepid group. Then I’ll be flying back to London (with layovers in Panama and Holland).

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I almost didn’t book it-I found a trip that I really want to do in central Asia but the timing was right and I got some really good deals on flights :). However after researching it some more I’ve decided the overland trip with Dragoman through Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan is definitely top of my list for my trip after this! It just looks so amazing!

I’ll give you more details about Central America nearer the time, and also try to upload my blog from Korea before I go :).

The Overland portion of my Central America Trip

This is the full route I'll be taking

This is the full route I’ll be taking