Our RTW Packing List

So what do  you pack for an Indefinite Travel Adventure? I have no idea, I’ve never been on one before. So why read on? Because I’ve made plenty of packing mistakes in my ten or more years of traveling on shorter journeys, and I am hell-bent on not repeating them this time. I have a rule, or rather a phrase that sets my mind at ease: They do have shops in other countries! That means if we forget something we … Keep reading…

Our RTW Travel (Un) Plans

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It’s nearly here. I can almost feel it. Warm, tropical air, spicy curries and exotic spiky fruits with strange names. Lychee. Jackfruit. Rambutan. Okay, maybe it’s just that last one that’s weird. Our Indefinite Travel Adventure (read, this is not a holiday) is just around the corner, starting in Southeast Asia, a part of the world that is so close, yet so far away. Close in distance, but a world away culturally. And I can’t wait. I’ve always loved Asia. From my first … Keep reading…

Self Indulgence 101

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As I exited a cinema last night, I over-heard someone describe the film we had seen as ‘self-indulgent.’ This phrase doesn’t sit well with me, though I’m not sure exactly why. Maybe I’m too self-indulgent to see it… The film was The Descendants, starring George Clooney. I liked it. Good story, great location (Hawaii), strong acting by the lead characters, particularly the two young girls that play his daughters, and an irreverent, off-beat script. It was long, and there were some weak spots, … Keep reading…

We Have A Date For Our RTW Adventure!

Today was a very special day. Yesterday, after conducting a monumental clean out of all our junk, paper work and other stuff not able to fit into a 40L backpack, we were mentally, emotionally and physically exhausted. The thing about chucking out stuff is, you have to sort through it in order to decide what needs to be kept and what needs to get chucked. And then there’s this annoying category entitled, “I know I don’t need it or have … Keep reading…

An Interesting Encounter in Alappuzha

We had arrived in Alappuzah well after night-fall, fireflies leading the way down the dimly lit dirt path that ran alongside the narrow canal. The gentleman from our resort strode on ahead, wheeling the baggage trolley along behind him, whilst we dilly-dallied in the dark. Old wooden canoes creaked atop the black water that shimmered like oil, whilst their owners relaxed inside small homes along the riverbank, exhausted from another day’s fishing. We ate a simple meal at our resort, then escaped … Keep reading…

Sold! We Sold Our Home

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We sold our home today. It came as quite a shock. Let me explain… Just before Christmas, someone made an offer, a very low one. We made a counter offer, then they ‘upped’ theirs. Still too low. So we resolved to take the Christmas/ New Year period off from home-opens (i.e cleaning), and start again in the New Year when the buyers would surely come-a-lookin’. … Keep reading…