RTW Europe preview

Do I look forward to returning to Europe? Yes and no. Yes, because it’s where I feel at home, where my friends and family are, and because it means I can pick up my normal life again. Except everything will be different: a new flat, a new home town, a new job. Well, to me…

RTW the voyage home, part 2

So, as I explained in part 1, after a lot of effort and high drama, I finally had my Chinese visa and I had the ship. But the preparations didn’t end there. Booking a few additional weeks in Japan While much of this was going on, I was in Japan, with my travel booked until Hiroshima. As…

RTW the voyage home, part 1

As I wrote in the blog post about planning my way home, I was going to board another container ship, the time from China to Europe via the Suez canal. Now doesn’t that sound like a proper adventure! The ship is sailing with CMA CGM and is called CC Kerguelen. It’s the biggest of the…

RTW planning the way home

So there I was, in Japan, after almost 13 months on the road and over six months in Asia, with my plans to take the Trans Siberian scuppered. I had called the Russian Embassy in Tokyo and they told me that they would not be able to grant me a visa as I would need…

RTW Japan preview

This is a scheduled post as I’m finally on my way to Japan, after having timed my entire round the world journey to catch the cherry blossom season there. If you recall my rough travel plan blog, the blossoms feature heavily in the photos and plans of the post. And now I’m actually almost there,…

RTW China preview

Well, it’s been a while since I last wrote a preview. The latest one was about South East Asia as a whole, and I ended up doing pretty much everything I had dreamt of. What amazing adventures I have had! Now it’s time to leave SE Asia behind and venture into China. At the beginning…

RTW how to get a Chinese visa in Hanoi

I was quite nervous about this.You see, last I heard was that officially you can only apply for a Chinese visa in your country of residence. As I had been traveling non-stop for almost a year by the time I arrived in Hanoi, that wasn’t possible for me. If I didn’t get a Chinese visa,…

RTW South East Asia preview

This is a scheduled post, while I am my way from Adelaide to Malaysia on a cargo ship. But what will I do when I land in Malaysia? No idea! You see, I had booked my three cargo ship legs months ago, mainly in December 2015, and the last of the legs takes me to…

RTW Australia preview

This is a scheduled post, while I enjoy the sun and the sea aboard Cap Capricorn, a cargo ship from USA to Australia. We are due to arrive in Melbourne, Australia on about July 24th, three weeks after departing Long Beach, California. I will have almost two months to explore Down Under before departing on…

RTW USA preview

I am currently at sea, somewhere on the Atlantic, on my way on a cargo ship from Bremerhaven to Charleston, USA. I will arrive in Charleston on about the 2nd of May. What then? I still don’t know. I have booked the first night in a hostel in Charleston and I will spend the day planning…