Posts Tagged ‘travel’


One year since we left the UK to go bikeabout

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

One year ago today we flew to NZ to cycle back home, we are still quite far away and our original 15 month trip looks like it is going to be a little longer.
We have been busy in the Tomato village teaching, helping with the school and have been working on something else too (will announce this later).
So we have decided to stay here for a bit longer, another two weeks we reckon.  Hope to get a few blogs out next week about our time here.
When we finish here its back to Chiang Mai, get visa for China. Cycle to Loas boarder, cycle a little bit in Laos whilst making mental note to come back and do properly one day.  Cycle north for  six(ish) months through China across the Gobi Desert into Mongolia. Then turn left until we hit the Black Sea. Find the Danube River cycle up it, not literally of cause, then a short hope into France over the channel and tadaa home.
That’s the latest plan anyway but travel plan are ‘more like guide lines’ so you will have to keep following to find out what we get up to.
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Happy Cycling!

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Sailing around the world with kids

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Anne and Rea - Sailing familyFollowing on from our interview with the Parker family, we have the second of our travelling family interviews, with Caroline Leakey, who is currently sailing round the world with her husband Nigel and 2 children, Anne and Rea.

So far they have visited Tonga, Fiji, New Caledonia, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand on their catamaran Murungaru, after leaving New Zealand in April 2008. Caroline tells us what life on board is like…

“It can be quite intense, but I think we have learnt to sense each others’ moods and know when we each need our own space.”

Caroline is homeschooling and we can safely say that they are getting a full and rounded education – how many 4 and 5 year olds do you know, who can tell you what Mangroves are, can swim, snorkel and scramble competently, oh and drop the word ‘erosion’ meaningfully in a sentence?

Caroline on homeschooling…

“What they want more than anything else is to succeed in what they are doing – so being able to help as much or as little as possible so that this is achieved is important.”

Read the full interview here.

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Bangkok buses

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Riding buses in Bangkok is a bit like a ride at Alton Towers without actually going upside down. We tried out the No 47 , No 52 and No 15…

Cheap, spacious, clean, with built in air-con (windows) and they go as fast as they can at any and every opportunity!

A great way to see, hear and smell the city!

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Compromise

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Taking the train from Yogyakarta to Jakarta.

It was a strange for me to actually accept this would be the first substantial non bike part of the journey, apart from the planes over the sea.  I knew that it was inevitable but I had hoped that it would never come. In life there is always compromise and this was one of them.  When I had come up with the idea of cycling around the world I was looking to do it with someone, rather than do a solo trip.  After Liz and I got together she was willing to come with me, but was less concerned with a purist bike-only trip and not willing to spend years in the saddle.  So Bikeabout – New Zealand to England was born and we agreed we had the option to take buses, boats, trains, planes and camels if needed, and be back in time to have babies before old age creeps in.  I often worried that some people might see this as cheating and would be less willing to support us and the charity, and I also wanted to prove to myself that I could cycle all the way.

Contemplation on the matter has eased my conscience.  Firstly we never said it would be bike only. Secondly given the choice between leaving Liz and cycling alone or doing a slower, shorter trip with Liz there was little thinking time needed.

Anyone who thinks this is a cop out then spend 3 years saving enough money to put a deposit on a small house or flat, then instead of buying a house, buy a bike and use the rest of the money to cycle most of the way around the world.  At the same time try to run a marketing campaign that will raise £20,000 to build a school.  If you think this sounds a little hard or you’ve not got the time or money, then it might be easier to donate here!

Sorry for the rant, but I wanted to get it of my chest and I feel a lot better now.  Love to all those that support us!

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