“Del, do you wanna spend 8 months on a truck with 40 strangers driving from London to Sydney?”
“Sure,” says he, “But how much will it cost?” “£5000 each,” says I. “OK, so when can we do it?”
And so began the planning for our biggest adventure to date. We settled on the April 5th 2010 departure date, giving us about 18 months to save the five grand for the trip and an extra £7000 or so spending money. We would spend time in Australia at the end of the overland trip and then move to New Zealand and work there for a year or so, getting in just before Del reached the cut off age for the working holiday visa.
After NZ we were homeward bound, but not without a few months travelling on the way.
We island hopped around the Philippines, returned to Vietnam to explore the north, met up with three friends from our Big Orange Truck to travel around Myanmar, FINALLY made it back to Sri Lanka, returned to Nepal to tackle the Annapurna Base Camp trek for a second time (this time without the altitude sickness or monsoon) and road tripped around Jordan.
Sunset hike in Wadi Rum
– Jordan 2012
In June we road tripped around Andalucia in southern Spain, nibbling on manchego, hitting up flamenco clubs at every opportunity and soaking up the glorious moorish architecture.
Still no proposal.
Sailing on a Dhoni (a converted fishing boat)
– The Maldives 2014