Our Travels BC (Before Camping-Car) – A list of events & notable adventures

Lately we’ve been thinking about the nature of travel and what it means to us, and as part of this introspective we’ve been looking at where we’ve been, separately and together, and special times that have inspired us and led us to where we are now. 

The below is a list of our previous (pre-Benny) travels and some experiences and highlights of these trips or adventures that remain particularly memorable to us.


Aaron (select highlights)

Botswana / Zambia / Zimbabwe / South Africa – Francistown / Okavango Delta by mokoro / Victoria Falls / Bulawayo / Rafting the Zambezi River / Chased by bull elephant in Chobe Nat. Park / Matobo Nat. Park / Wildlife tours in Kruger Nat. Park
USA – By train from Seattle to Boston – Pier 51 / Space Needle / Santa Monica beach / Hollywood boulevard / Train ride through the Rockies / Chicago Blues clubs / Boulder / Sears Tower / Niagara Falls / New York City / Boston /  Playing guitar on Hampton beach
Australia – French Opera in Sydney Opera House / Kuarada rainforest treks / Diving Great Barrier Reef / 2000 Olympics events/ Penrith / Running trails in the Blue Mountains
Fiji – Nadi / Suva / Mana Island / Nights sleeping under the stars on Beachcomber Island
Czech Republic – Prague / Charles Bridge / Kutná Hora Chapel of Bones
Malaysia (peninsular) – Kuala Lumpur / Petronas Towers / Cameron Highlands / Penang
Hungary – Budapest Castle / Parliament Building / Memento Park / Gellert baths & Spa
Italy – Florence Duomo / Uffizi Gallery / Ponte Vecchio / Leaning Tower of Pisa
Cuba – Cigar factory / Havana / Maria la Gorda / Horse riding in banana plantations
Mexico – Teotihuacan pyramids / Taxco / Acapulco / Puerto Escondido / Oaxaca / Puebla


Nicky (select highlights)

Events – London to Paris cycle / Whitehaven to Sunderland C2C / C2C North to South Devon / South Downs cycle / Polaris Cycle / Race the Train 14 mile cross-country run
Germany –
Cultural exchange – Berlin Wall / Concentration camps / Skulling & rowing
Namibia
/ South Africa –  Johannesburg / East London / Windhoek / Swakopmund
Lanzarote – Club La Santa – won first triathlon, finished second in aquathlon
China cycle tour – Bejing circular – Great wall / Forbidden City / Tiananmen Square
Brazil cycle tour – Bela Horizonte to Rio – Sugar Loaf Mountain / Ipanema & Copacabana
Nepal cycle – South & Chitwan National Park / saw white rhino whilst riding elephant
Peru – cycle tour and 5-day Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu
Cuba – cycle tour via Santiago de Cuba to Havana
Thailand / Cambodia / Vietnam – Indochina cycle tour –  Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City
Kenya / Tanzania / Zanzibar – Kilimanjaro / Ngoro Ngoro Crater / Serengeti / diving
Greece –  Sailing flotilla / Swim round island event
Mexico / Belize / Guatemala / Honduras / Costa Rica / Nicaragua – volunteer marine conservation projects, scuba diving / teaching English to local children / learning Spanish / zip lining through rain forest / diving the Blue Hole at Belize / 100+ dives
Seychelles –  13 week marine conservation project based on remote island with giant tortoises / diving and swimming with turtles & whale sharks / scientific research


Trips and Adventures Together –  from October 2008 (not in any order)

UK – Cycled the Purbeck Hills, the South Downs and the Ridgeway / Forest of Dean / New Forest / Peak District / Manchester velodrome / Suffolk coast / Yorkshire for Grand Depart of Tour de France / Glasgow Commonwealth games 2014 / Walked Hadrian’s Wall from Carlisle to Newcastle / Cotswolds / Cornwall / Skye / Isle of Harris / Arran Island / Oxford

UK – Pembrokeshire coast / Oxford / Cambridge / Bath / Bristol / Microlight flights / Hot-air Ballooning over Peak District / Lake District Swims / Charity row on Windermere / Buttermere 5km swim / Belfast / Antrim Coast road / Giant’s Causeway / Mourne Mountains / Brecon Beacons / Five highest peaks in the home countries in one year
Micro-Adventure – Bivvy night sleeping under the stars in a field, Northamptonshire

Ireland –  Dublin / Waterford / Killarney / Ring of Kerry / Dingle pubs / Cliffs of Moher / Connemara / Galway / Westport / Carrantuohill / Croagh Patrick / Donegal beaches
Italy – Sorrento & Amalfi Coast  -rooftop hot tub / Vesuvius / Capri / Pompeii / Venice
Russia –  Cycle St. Petersburg to Moscow / Nevky Prospect & Hermitage / Red Square
Iceland – Reykjavik / Blue Lagoon hot springs / glacier hikes / walks and waterfalls
France – Paris / Skiing in the Alps – Les Deux Alpes /Alp d’Huez / Three Valleys

Jordan – Cycled north to South – Jerash / Dead Sea / Petra / Wadi Rum desert / Red Sea
India – Cycled Rajasthan – New Delhi  / Jodhpur / Jaipur / Bharatpur / Funeral pyres / Palaces, forts & temples / Cows and monkeys on crazy roads / Agra – Taj Mahal
Morocco – Marrakech souks / Atlas Mountains / 3-day trekking to summit Mt Toubkal
Malta / Gozo – Valletta / Coastline runs / Blue Hole scuba dive / kayaking to Comino

Greenland – Rib boat Narsarsuaq to Narsaq / 5-day kayaking trip / glaciers and icebergs
Singapore – Singapore Slings at Raffles / Gardens by the Bay / Sentosa / Merlion Park
Australia
– Darwin Nat.Parks / King’s Canyon / sunset helicopter flight over Uluru / Perth
Croatia  – Cycled Dalmatian coast Split to Dubrovnik via islands Korčula, Mijet and Hvar.
Malaysia – Hammocks in jungle / Mount Kinabalu / orangutan sanctuary / wind-surfing

Nepal – Kathmandu / Lukla – Trekking to Everest Base Camp and summiting Kala Patthar
Chile – Santiago /Atacama Desert – El Tatio geysers at sunrise / 5 day W-trek hike
Easter Island
– Hiking, cycling / Pacific sea dive / Moai statues at sunrise and sunset
Argentina – Tango in Buenos Aires / Perito Moreno glacier  / Ushuaia / Tierra del Fuego
Finland – Wilderness week at Basecamp Oulanka – snow-shoeing / ice-climbing / husky-dog sledging / cross-country skiing /  night in a self-built quinzee / beers in a hot tub


The above wall-of-text is a truncated list of some of our previous travels and yet now seeing it listed out so succinctly it is slightly freaking us out.  The simple process of writing down this list of places visited has re-fired so many wonderful memories and travel adventures that we are finding it rather difficult to comprehend all that we have done together in the eight short years we’ve had, before Benny came along.  And this list of incredible experiences has just continued to grow as we have driven around Europe.

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