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On my dream trip to travel the world, taste its foods, see its wonders, and meet all the strange and beautiful people who reside here.

Day: 284

Towns / Cities Visited: 187

Countries Visited: 31

Steps Taken Today: 22,859

Steps Taken Around the World: 4,513,072

Surprise, surprise, we awoke to another sunny day on Cradle Mountain, and by sunny I mean it was pelting down with rain once again. To be honest, I’m not sure why I even turned my thunderstorm soundtrack on overnight because by the looks of outside it hadn’t let up at all: everything was drenched and dripping as far as the eye could see. This wasn’t great news for a pair of travellers planning on going on a three-hour hike, but…


Day: 283

Towns / Cities Visited: 186

Countries Visited: 31

Steps Taken Today: 23,623

Steps Taken Around the World: 4,490,213

Weather is a fickle mistress, and seemingly aware that the day’s plan involved extensive amounts of hiking, we were met with a downpour as we pushed back the curtains to greet the day. Determined not to be deterred from our plans, I cooked up some eggs and bacon for breakfast from the hamper of goodies we had purchased the previous evening, packed us a solid lunch from the groceries we had picked up in Burnie, and clad myself in as…


Day: 282

Towns / Cities Visited: 186

Countries Visited: 31

Steps Taken Today: 11,460

Steps Taken Around the World: 4,466,590

By the time I stirred on our anniversary, my partner was already up and pottering around in the other room. Rising from bed and wandering myopically to the bathroom to put in my contact lenses, I came out to find that he had written me a letter. Mildly annoyed, only because we had said no presents and I hadn’t done anything for him, I read it with a smile. It is important to note at this point that we don’t…


Day: 281

Towns / Cities Visited: 185

Countries Visited: 31

Steps Taken Today: 9,891

Steps Taken Around the World: 4,455,130

Today was the day, one of those days when we would have the pleasure of ticking something off of our bucket list. Now, there isn’t many things that inspire me to leave the warmth and comfort of sleeps arms at 4:30am, but sometimes sacrifices must be made. So, what was the big event? We were going to take a trip in a hot air balloon. …


Day: 280

Towns / Cities Visited: 183

Countries Visited: 31

Steps Taken Today: 14,984

Steps Taken Around the World: 4,445,239

Welcome back everyone. Look, I know I only just finished posting my Europe blogs, but in truth it has been over two years since we arrived back. Unless you have been living under a rock, you’ll be aware that a lot has happened since then. Mainly, of course, COVID 19 rocking up and seemingly turning the world into what can only be described as a dumpster fire. But hey, at least Donald Trump isn’t in charge of the US anymore…


Travelled this trip:

Days: 279

Towns / Cities Visited: 182

Countries Visited: 30

Steps Taken Around the World: 4,430,255

This shan’t be a standard blog, I’m afraid. I do not have grand tales of traversing foreign lands and seeing wild and wonderful things to share. Alas, I am here to share some final thoughts. The remaining five weeks of our trip were spent rather routinely, our days filled largely with trying to shift some of the backlog of blogs we still had to write, editing our 400+ page novel, arguing over said novel, and trying to shed some of the…


Day: 278

Towns / Cities Visited: 182

Countries Visited: 30

Steps Taken Today: 16,362

Steps Taken Around the World: 4,430,255

More than nine months had passed, and the day had finally come, the last day of adventure on our Europe trip. That’s not to say we would be heading back to Australia tomorrow, we would yet be in England for another five weeks, living with my cousin Tony and his wife Lisa in Surrey while we experience our first cold Christmas, and scramble to try and complete the editing on the second draft of our novel. Still, today marked our…


Day: 276 & 277

Towns / Cities Visited: 181

Countries Visited: 30

Steps Taken Today: 16,540

Steps Taken Around the World: 4,413,893

Coming off of an emotionally intense day, we took the opportunity to sleep in, waking slowly before heading downstairs to share breakfast with Rose and Jim. Today would be a laid back one all around, the only plan being a visit to their son Pete’s house. All set, we gathered ourselves and made the leisurely stroll across town to their house. As someone who has spent the majority of my life a substantial distance from any of my…


Day: 275

Towns / Cities Visited: 181

Countries Visited: 30

Steps Taken Today: 6,568

Steps Taken Around the World: 4,397,353

The sun rose, and I with it, my emotions swirling around me unrestrained. I have often found it difficult to recognise within myself the subtle differences between excitement and anxiety, and in as I lay in bed, I found myself in a familiar uncategorisable mood. To meet my grandfather’s sister Rose was one hurdle, easily met and dealt with. To meet my late grandmother’s Rose though, even the thought of it made my eyes well with tears. Most who know…


Day: 273 & 274

Towns / Cities Visited: 181

Countries Visited: 30

Steps Taken Today: 11,362

Steps Taken Around the World: 4,390,785

The day had finally come, the day we would make the journey down to visit family members I had never seen in person; kin I had spoken to online but had never heard the voice of. As such, with a sense of both excitement and nervous anticipation, we packed out things and jumped into the car. Of course, meeting them would be the pinnacle of the day, but like all pinnacles, there was a fairly extensive journey to…

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