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Country Summary: One Month in Madagascar

Country Summary: One Month in Madagascar

13th May – 10th June 2018 Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world and sits off the south-easterly coast of mainland Africa across the Mozambique Channel. Despite it being an island it is surprisingly large and transportation is very slow, the worst we have seen during our year of travel. It is very poor with 93% of people living on less than US$2.00 a day and majorly lacks any good modern infrastructure. What I enjoyed about our one…

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Country Summary: One Month in Ethiopia

Country Summary: One Month in Ethiopia

15th April – 13th May 2018 Ethiopia was a bit of a shock after four months travelling around South East Asia. For the first few days in Addis Ababa, the capital, we felt slightly out of our depth and were nervous for our next month of travel. Africa is less travelled by the budget backpacker than well known destinations such as Bangkok or Bali. This doesn’t mean it’s not possible it just means you need a little more time and…

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Country Summary: Three Weeks in Oman

Country Summary: Three Weeks in Oman

22nd March – 12th April 2018 We spent three weeks in Oman exploring its diverse landscape in a rented 4×4 Suzuki. This was our first country in the Middle East and we both really loved what we experienced here. Winding dirt tracks took us high up into the dry and dusty Hajar mountains where we saw scenery which conjured up images of moonscapes. We also ventured into Wahiba Sands, the red sand dunes of Oman’s northern desert, and explored the…

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Country Summary: Three Weeks in Sri Lanka

Country Summary: Three Weeks in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka 27th February – 22nd March 2018 We spent just over three weeks in Sri Lanka; an island the size of Ireland. It’s just off the southern coast of India and yet feels infinitely calmer than its larger neighbour. Some people may still know it as Ceylon, a name used by the British during its period of colonisation from 1815 to 1948. The British weren’t however the first to colonise this little country and there are signs of both…

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Country Summary: One Month in Cambodia

Country Summary: One Month in Cambodia

23rd January – 18th February 2018 Our one month in Cambodia has been clearly split into two parts. For the first two weeks we sampled the life of a cycle tourer. We bought bikes in Kratie and cycled south 435km to Kampot via Phnom Penh. You can read more about this in my blog ‘A budget cycle trip across Cambodia’. The second part followed our more traditional backpacker style. We learnt about Cambodia’s traumatic and yet recent past at the…

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Country Summary: One Month in Laos

Country Summary: One Month in Laos

Laos 29th December 2017 – 23rd January 2018 It is often skipped during many people’s Southeast Asia travels however we still felt one month in Laos was only just enough to see this adventurous country. Laos is not known for its big temples, large bustling cities or beautiful coastline. However this landlocked country in the heart of Asia has some stunning scenery and some of the most friendly people. If you enjoy the outdoors this is the country for you…

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Country Summary: One Month in Thailand (excl. Bangkok)

Country Summary: One Month in Thailand (excl. Bangkok)

Thailand (excl. Bangkok) 4th – 29th December 2017 Rich and I both agree that this one month in Thailand has been clearly split into two parts. We spent two weeks in the South islands in the Trang and Krabi provinces soaking up some sun and enjoying the sand and sea for the first time in a long while. We then spent two weeks in Northern Thailand visiting Chiang Mai and the surrounding area. We soon realised Thailand is a big…

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Country Summary: Four and a Half Weeks in Myanmar

Country Summary: Four and a Half Weeks in Myanmar

Myanmar 2nd November – 4th December 2017 When we told people at home we were planning to visit Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, they asked us why? They wanted to know if it was safe and what there would be to see here. Within the travelling world however this is the perfect place to travel right now. Travellers kept saying it was one of their favourite countries and that it had a kind of magic. This country only properly opened…

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Country Summary: One Month in Nepal

Country Summary: One Month in Nepal

Nepal and the Manaslu Trek 3rd October – 1st November 2017 Nepal was a bit out of the way when we were planning our route round South East Asia however we both confidently agreed straight away that this was a country we had to visit. We spent one month in Nepal which we split into three parts. The first stage was planning the trek. After short listing some companies from online reviews we visited them all in person in Kathmandu….

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Country Summary: Three Weeks in Japan

Country Summary: Three Weeks in Japan

Japan 9th September – 2nd October 2017 We spent three weeks in Japan. It is a beautiful country which surprisingly reminded me slightly of England because of its seasonal nature. We visited in early Autumn and in some places the leaves were already turning. Japanese culture however is something I have never experienced before and is so different to every other country I have visited. The country has a mix of a strong traditional history combined with modern technology. We…

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