A to Z of Destinations
Australia, NZ and South Pacific
A to Z of Experiences
Walking and trekking
Diving and snorkelling
Wildlife and safaris
Meet the locals
Frontier and expedition
Cycling and Mountain Biking
Visiting the Poles
Career breaks and BIG trips
Body and soul
Volunteer and conservation
Australia, East Coast
Everest Base Camp
Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian railway
About me: I am never satisfied, I will visit one country only to think there is a border over there , I wonder whats on the other side.
I often resent changes,even improvements, to places I have been before, sometimes even avoiding going back when I know the changes are substantial.
I am at an age when I have seen and done it all ,But I havn't and with such a wide diverse world I never will. I often reflect how lucky I am to have been able to travel to so many parts of this planet of ours,I have seen so much but regret there is so much that I will fail to see.
Location: hertfordshire england
Member since: 1st April 2008
Last trip: Vanuatu, Solomon Islands PNG
Next trip: The Stans
Destinations visited: 130
Mountain/Desert/Ocean/Jungle... which one are you?Desert the tranquillity, wierd landscapes & the unexpected visitor (human or animal) that appears from nowhere
What was your first great travel experience?India in 1977, went for 2 mths took 6mths got as far as lombok,no guide book so many things were unknown so were welcome surprises. There were much fewer travellers then so virtually all of them spoke to each other,and they all seemed to converge on the same hotels where experiences, sights and advice were exchanged.I finally got home with 20pence in my pocket
What has been your favourite journey?Treking through the wilds of Papua, staying in the small family comunities of the korowa tribe , seeing how they set traps for wild pigs and cassowaries, watching them harvest the sago palms and sago worms.It was like being back in the stone age
What are your Top 5 places worldwide?Papua a return to the stone age with the Korowa tribe, Tamil nadu temples beaches the smell of India ,Danakil depression the hottest place on earth with its lunar landscapes,camels, salt flats and lava lake, Parc de volcanoes for the hills poking out of the thick mist and of course the gorillas,Petito moreno glacier I never thought I could sit and watch a massive chunk of ice for so long, waiting for lumps to break off and float away as icebergs.
Recommend a special place to staylapland either in the ice hotel or in a self built igloo
Which three items do you always pack?screwdriver,cableties&insulation tape for temporary repairs
Which passport stamp are you proudest of?Jan Mayen, landed in june the first visitors of the year
Which passport stamp would you most like to have?pitcairn island
Where or what is your guilty travel pleasure?a strong cup of tea
Window or aisle?Up front with the pilot on small planes
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