Big Bad Daily Travel Diary of the World – One Year Itinerary Blow by Blow!

Leaving the UK!

Leaving the UK!21-May-2009 11:12, Panasonic DMC-FX3, 2.8, 5.8mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 100

“I couldn’t possibly go travelling, I’d get bored!”

When a friend said this to us recently, we were more than a bit shocked. We’d had a cracking time. But thinking about it… maybe others would also think it was boring? Maybe some would find it one big world of pain? Others perhaps others would find our journey the best thing since sliced bread? For us, careering from one hostel to the next, taking night buses to the middle of nowhere and never knowing what insect or animal is going to cause the most problems for that day had both its ups and downs – but overall it was one of the greatest experiences we’ve had to date.

Anyway, to help you make up your own mind, we kept a one liner daily diary of our year away. Hopefully this is useful for anybody planning a similar route and will set some expectations or give some ideas on your own travel route!

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Country Overview: Travelling in Peru

One of the last and best shots of Machu Picchu, as the sun goes down it gets ready for another day.

One of the last and best shots of Machu Picchu, as the sun goes down it gets ready for another day.19-Aug-2009 22:13, Canon Canon EOS 400D DIGIT, 7.1, 28.0mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 400

Introduction: Peru is a vast country, the 28th largest in the world, with desert on its coast, the andes for its backbone and vast jungle inland to the East. Famous for its Incan ruins, we also visited the less travelled archeological North for evidence of pre-Incan cultures including the Chimu and Moche. A fascinating country that kept us occupied and entertained, we loved every minute.

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Country Overview: Travelling in Ecuador

On the basis that every time we ventured a bit further away we made the wrong fork decision, Señora Wayne was a worthwhile investment.

On the basis that every time we ventured a bit further away we made the wrong fork decision, Señora Wayne was a worthwhile investment.11-Jul-2009 18:55, Canon Canon EOS 400D DIGIT, 11.0, 28.0mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 400

Introduction: Ecuador is one of only two countries in South America that doesn’t border Brazil, and thankfully is fairly easy to traverse due to its small size (80th in the world) – a welcome break after the marathon bus journeys of Columbia! Ecuador is famous for its geographical diversity with a huge variety of flora and fauna. We were on catch up after enjoying ourselves far too much in the previous countries and becoming a little behind schedule. Doesn’t sound like us. In total we spent sixteen days here, and it was yet another whirlwind tour with some amazing moments.

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Country Overview: Travelling in Colombia

Also available for private parties and evening functions, but we're booked up for a while.

Also available for private parties and evening functions, but we're booked up for a while.23-Jun-2009 04:51, Panasonic DMC-FX3, 2.8, 5.8mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200

Introduction: Colombia is the 26th largest country in the world and bigger than France and Spain put together. Its history of drugs and violence has also put off many travellers (and nearly us), but on travelling through this amazing country it has become our favourite so far in South America. Named after Christopher Colombus, even though he’s never set a foot there, in the last few years it has increasingly opened to tourism and allowed backpackers to fully appreciate this great country.

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Country Overview: Travelling in Brazil

They are used to being fed - they'd never be this tame otherwise!

They are used to being fed – they'd never be this tame otherwise!25-May-2009 14:21, Panasonic DMC-FX3, 2.8, 5.8mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100

Introduction: Brazil is the 5th largest country in both geographical and population size in the world. Its also the only one in the whole of South America that has to be that little different and speak Portuguese as opposed to Spanish. As its also the most expensive, we’d planned to use it almost purely as a landing stop and speed on up to check out the Amazon. As it turned out, neither of these things happened and we still managed to have a great time!

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Country Overview: The Gambia

IMG_1980.jpgIntroduction: Situated on the Atlantic coast in westernmost Africa and surrounded on three sides by Senegal, Gambia is twice the size of Delaware. The Gambia River flows for 200 mi (322 km) through Gambia on its way to the Atlantic. The country, the smallest on the continent, averages only 20 mi (32 km) in width.

We visited here for just a week on our honeymoon, and spent a whole three days by the hotel pool – it would have been great to relax but there’s just so much to see! The Gambia has on one side some beautiful beaches, absolute luxury, wonderful wildlife and amazing food. On the other, there is a high mortality rate, very low pay, low education, and everything else you might link to an poor African nation. However, the vast majority appreciate that tourism is one of their major incomes, and as a result are incredibly polite and friendly, and genuinely interested in you and what you do.

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