My route

It took a long time to get the guts to go traveling (almost a decade), but once the decision was made, I drafted a rough route and with the help of a couple of friends managed to organise a fairly solid plan. I stuck to my plan reasonably well at the start but I purposely left it open ended to allow for improvisation…

Be sure to check out the route map as well.

My route in detail

I’ve broken it into “stages” – these reflect the flights I had booked when I left the UK rather than any sort of ordering.

Stage 1, May to August

Stage 2, August to late September

  • Flew from Quito to Panama City (via Bogota) and had to deal with lost luggage. In Panama City visited the various districts and the lock gates
  • Took the buses to Bocas Del Toro staying overnight in The Purple House, David enroute.
  • Travelled through Costa Rica staying in San Jose for a night to San Juan Del Sur in Nicaragua
  • Took local chicken buses and ferries to Isla De Omtepe and stayed in Little Morgans. Hiked a volcano and saw the “natural” swimming pool.
  • Took local transport to Granada and visted a local artisan market in Masaya
  • Continued to Leon and tried my hand at Volcano boarding.
  • Stayed in Estelli for a night and went canyoning in Somoto
  • Travelled through Honduras to Utila and learned how to Scuba Dive
  • Moved on to Rio Dulce in Guatemala and then to Copan in Honduras
  • Moved to Antigua and then out to Lago Atilan to hike Volcán San Pedro at 3am and paddled a kayak across the lake.
  • Back to Antigua, hiked Pacaya Volcano
  • Went caving and swimming in Lanquin and Summuc Champey
  • Moved on to Flores and Tikal
  • Travelled out to Caye Caulker, celebrated Belize Independence day and dived the Blue Hole.
  • Moved on to Cancun and ended my time in Central America by partying in Coco Bongo’s with many of the people I’d met on my travels.
  • Travel overland to Mexico City

Stage 3, Late September, Early November

Stage 4, November and beyond

  • Flew from Los Angels to Singapore. Stayed in Singapore for two weeks visiting Sentosa, Asian and National Museums, Little India and Chinatown. Ate in many different hawker centres and tried food of pretty much every nationality.
  • Popped into Phuket for Nick and Lynnes wedding
  • Travelled into Malaysia visiting Batu Pahat, Melaka and Kuala Lumpur
  • Moved back to Singapore for 2 more weeks for a job interview
  • Hanoi in Vietnam for Christmas and Halong Bay
  • Moved on to Ninh Binh and Tam Coc
  • Visited Phong Nha National Park and celebrated New Years
  • Stayed a night in Hue
  • Enjoyed Cakes and coffee in Hoi An
  • Partied it up in Nha Trang Booze cruise and the mud baths
  • Tried to relax in Mui Ne
  • Walked around Ho Chi Minh City and visited the Cu Chi Tunnels.
  • Visited the Vietnamese tourist town of Vung Tau.
  • Left for Cambodia arriving in Phnom Penh for an evening before hitting Sihanoukville
  • Stayed a few days in Phnom Penh visiting S21 and the Killing Fields
  • Took the minibus to Siem Reap and chilled for a few days visiting Angkor
  • Popped to Battambang for the bamboo train and circus
  • Took the bus back to Siem Reap and the onwards to Bangkok for a night.
  • Flew from Bangkok to Phuket and then island hopped through Kho Phi Phi and Koh Lipe
  • Flew from Hat Yai to Singapore for my medical

“Finale” – Australia

On the 29th February I flew from Singapore to Melbourne and started the search for work.