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You may want to bookmark this site before you set off,
there's nothing worse than getting lost in a foreign country!
Serious travellers will be patient enough to wait for the sites to load,
a couple of them are almost as slow as buying a train ticket in India!
.........please, let me know of any closed borders due to broken links.

  

.......Bon Voyage

  

I seem to have spent most of my life either travelling
or planning to and as a result, have managed to visit a great
number of countries both as a tourist and a resident.

I began in 1963, when I left home for the first time and embarked
on a years' working holiday in New Zealand.
The country was even less populated back then;
there are a few more people now but the scenery is still hard to beat!
See how it looks these days.

  

I sailed off to Canada next in 1967 and lived in that beautiful
country for the next five years, both 'out west' in Vancouver and
'back east', both in the small town of Belleville and in Toronto.
While living there I visited many of the states of the U.S. as well.
I toured the northern states by car from east to west in 1967, and
in 1969, I sailed up through the Inside Passage to Alaska,
travelled on the White Pass and Yukon Railway and hitchhiked back
down the 'Alcan'.
I then spent the next few months seeing the remainder of the country
while living and travelling in a Volkwagen van.
Check out this page for a modern tour of the U.S.

 

In 1971, I visited the U.K. and Europe for the first time.
I spent some time in London, after which,a few months hitchhiking
around Europe took me through many of the countries there.
Thanks to the wonderful kindness of so many of the local population,
I managed to travel around Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Germany,
Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Luxembourg and France.....
and all on the proverbial shoestring!
With free transportation in vehicles that ranged from long distance
trucks to the latest in luxury cars and nights spent in youth hostels,
the trip cost very little and was a great experience.
Next stop was Israel.
After spending a couple of gloriously stress-free weeks on the island of
Corfu and then travelling through Greece,
I flew into Tel Aviv and became a volunteer at Kibbutz Hama'apil near Netanya.
After a two-day break to spend Christmas 1971 in Bethlehem I then
went back to work on the kibbutz picking oranges by the thousands!
I hitched around the whole country, met some great people and it was a wonderful experience.
For an updated guide to becoming a temporary kibbutznik,
click here.

  

I got to indulge my passion for trains on my next trip.
In 1967, I had done the Trans-Canada trip, a three day journey
across Canada and in 1975, I left Australia once again to travel
through Asia to Japan, where I rode on the famous bullet train
from Kobe to Tokyo.
From there I embarked on the incredible eight day experience
that is the Trans-Siberian Railway.
It was an amazing journey and still operates today.
Also on this trip, I saw more of England, Ireland and Wales,
where I tried out a couple of the 'great little trains of Wales',
and visited the countries in Europe that I had missed the first time,
namely Spain and Morocco.
In 1976, I crossed Europe, from Paris to Bucharest on the
Direct Orient Express, then returned to Australia
and finished the trip, with yet another long train journey,
the Indian Pacific from Perth to Sydney.

 


 

Two years later, I travelled again to the U.K., this time overland.
The journey took over three months and would probably not be possible today.
It involved catching a passenger liner to Bali, then local trains
through Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia and an Indian
passenger ship called the 'Chidambarum' across the Bay of Bengal.
I travelled through India on their marvellous rail system and then took
local buses through Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey.
The next year was spent living and working in the mid-Wales town of
Aberystwyth, then three months living in a tent and touring the U.K. by car.
After seeing most of the country between John O'Groats and
Land's End, the one spot in the whole of the British Isles
that would have to be my personal favourite, is the spectacularly
beautiful Wye Valley,.
The trip back to Australia this time was by way of a Russian
passenger liner, via the Panama Canal and Tahiti.


Ten years went by before the next trip.
This one again began with a voyage by passenger liner,
the Canberra, to the U.K.
For six months we lived and travelled the country in our own
campervan, like gypsies and that was a great experience.
A further six months was spent living in a picturesque part of the
county of Dorset, between the delightful little villages of Thornford and Yetminster where the children experienced education
at a little village school.
We returned to Australia by air, via the U.S. and New Zealand.
Clean, green New Zealand seemed the perfect place to bring up two
young children, so we settled there and lived in Auckland
for the next seven years.


After spending two years back in Sydney, looking after my aging Mum, we once again returned to Auckland, but after a further two years there, finally decided that it wasn't the place we wanted to be permanently.
It didn't take September 11th to discourage me from flying, I've always
hated it, so for that reason as well as the desire to do something
a little different, we crossed the short distance across the Tasman
back to Sydney by freighter.
The ship was called the Direct Kiwi, with a Russian crew and Sri
Lankan kitchen staff, and although the trip was not what could be
called exciting, the voyage was calm, uneventful and restful.
So, once again I'm back in the land of my birth,
... but who knows for how long.
There are still places I yearn to visit, Tibet and Easter Island
being top of my list.
Perhaps I'll still get there but one thing is for certain, I'll be off
somewhere again someday soon!

  


if you'd like to know more about my life
click here to find out about my family,

and here to share my other interests.

and of course, if you've known me in any of these previous lives,
do please get in touch. I'd love to hear from any old friends
or travelling companions out there!