RTW the dollars, dongs and yuan of it all

The value of my Grand Adventure cannot be measured in money. It is measured in memories, in the sights, smells, tastes and sounds: in the furry and scaled animals: the people I met and the places I explored. However, you may wonder how much it cost. The honest answer is that I don’t know exactly.…

RTW journey of a lifetime

After fifteen months and two days it was over. If I only count days when I was not on UK soil, it’s fifteen months exactly. I’ve already written about the emotional fallout further down, but this is the last update on my travel numbers and best-of lists. It was a journey of a lifetime in…

RTW journey’s end and coming home

Returning home after fifteen months of continuous travelling was quite surreal. There I was, onboard one of the biggest container ships in the world, arriving to Southampton in style. I had expected to travel in Europe first and to return home like I always do, by getting off the Eurostar in St Pancras International station.…

RTW review – month 15

Almost home. As I write this, it’s two days until I disembark in Southampton and finish my Grand Adventure. Most of the last month was spent onboard my last (for now) container ship, which I will have more to write about later. This post is thus shorter than usual, but there will be some sort of…

RTW review – month 14

What a roller coaster month! With all the planning and prepping my voyage home, it may feel a bit like the last weeks in Japan were an afterthought. But not so! It has been an incredible month with kimonos and castles, hells and heavenly gardens, memories of war and soothing dunes and colorful wisteria. This post ends a…

RTW review – month 13

What an incredible month! It feels like it’s been at least two months since my one-year review as this month has been packed with amazing places! I’m not kidding. I have to keep checking that I haven’t skipped a monthly review somehow. The one-year review was a super sized version of the monthly reviews, and now we’re…

RTW review – a year on the road

Wow, a year of continuous travel! And not a single mile flown. That’s quite an achievement. For my month 12 review I am going to do something different, especially since I just recently posted a lengthy review of South East Asia and also updated the post on the travel worries I had before I left. So that’s 12…

RTW the best and worst of SE Asia

Five months in South East Asia, what a ride! Now that I’m moving onward and northward to China, it’s time for final review of the very best and the few worst things of South East Asia. There will also be a souped up monthly review later, as the next one will mark one year of…

RTW review – month 11

After the most amazing travel month so far, month 10 (Angkor! Chiang Mai! Ayutthaya!), anything was bound to be a disappointment. Yet, I have had mainly a very lovely time. This month will be the last in South East Asia, and I must admit, I am ready to move on. As ever, you find the…