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VIETNAM: Halong Bay and Sapa – TIPS! Ask anyone who has been to Vietnam for recommendations of where to visit and guaranteed they will mention Hanoi, Hoi-Ann, Halong Bay and Sapa. The latter two top tourist spots are usually booked as trips out and back from one of the many many travel agents in Hanoi, which is exactly what I did once I arrived Hanoi. Starting with early morning pick-ups, you are invariably transported to a bus station to catch the bus to your final destination where you often end up hanging around waiting for your tour to commence. In Halong […]

Touring boring?


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VIETNAM: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa, Ninh Binh, Phong Nha and Hue – 3 weeks, November and December 2016 *plan was to visit Hoi An for final week however for personal reasons I had to head back to the UK I had always held off visiting Vietnam… I’m not even sure why now but I’m definitely glad I finally made the effort. Ok I hadn’t picked the best time to be there – weather wise – and the locals aren’t as openly friendly as they are in other parts of Asia. But the variety of tours to take, stuff to do, […]

Noodles, caves and cliffs


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NEPAL: Pokhara Lakeside – 5 days, November 2016 Pokhara lies 210km north west of Kathmandu and is a trekking-orientated tourist town. The lakeside area is totally geared up for people wanting to explore the Annapurnas range, with shops offering every kind of tour and selling every kind of trekking clothing and accessory. Although I recently walked 1080 miles across the UK, I certainly would not class myself as a “trekker”. I’m probably only a fair-weathered “hiker” at best so I didn’t visit Pokhara with any great desire to get any closer to the stunning snow caps, which were a constant backdrop during […]

Perfect Pokhara



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NEPAL: Volunteering, All Hands Nuwakot – One Week, November 2016 I really didn’t know what to expect when I inadvertently signed up to “volunteer” for All Hands Volunteers in Nepal. Originally I only intended to go visit the site; to check out where all the sponsorship money I had raised was being spent and then report back home. However from experiencing the earthquake – to walking 1080 miles this summer in the UK – to returning to Kathmandu and revisiting all the sites I been to just before and during the quake – to finally visiting Nuwakot where all the […]

My week in Nuwakot


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NEPAL: Kathmandu – 3 days Landing back in Kathmandu was a surreal experience. I was greeted with the most fantastic weather, way hotter than I was expecting with clear blue skies and hardly any humidity. I have since discovered that November is the best time to visit Nepal. Also I was amazed to see the white snow caps of the Himalayas fringing the city’s horizon throughout my stay; apparently its unusual to have such a clear view of them from Kathmandu so again my timing could not have been more perfect. I stayed at a friends apartment the first two […]

Namaste Nepal


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BALI: 2 weeks So my epic 10 week adventure was over… I arrived back in Surrey, put my feet up and literally didn’t move for 3 days! Then I flew over to Ibiza for 3 days to meet some friends, catch the last of the European summer rays and dance for 14 hours straight at the SPACE closing (forever) party. Honestly my feet hurt more after that night than during any point of my 10 week walk!  Then just two more weeks at home unpacking and repacking, I jetted off again on my next 6 month adventure. First stop Bali, […]

Same same but different



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I always hoped to make it back to Nepal… to visit #projectnuwakot and of course to see a little more of the country, as last time I never even made it out of Kathmandu.  My original intention however was not to “volunteer” when I visited All Hands as I mainly wanted to see where the donations raised from my charity walk this summer were being used. But when I emailed the team confirming my arrival date, adding as a footnote “I don’t want to get in the way so am more than happy to help out”, this must have been taken as […]

Joining Hands


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DAY 71: St Ives to Lands End – 19.80 miles  So this is it… the final push. It honestly feels like I’ve been waking up and walking forever, and I can’t quite imagine not doing it anymore. For the first time this trip, I had decided to set my alarm this morning, just in case on this most important of days I suddenly overslept! I also wanted to wash my hair, write out a new backpack notice, finish off my emergency porridge rations for breakfast and ideally get going by 9am. The weather was neither this nor that as I […]

LE END


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DAY 70: Portreath to St Ives – 18.70 Ok it’s back to business, and with some distance to walk I was determined to get up and out early. By 9am I’d finished my breakfast of cereal from my host, followed by a tin of beans and eggs left over from the campsite, and I was ready to head out into the drizzle. Today I could walk on the road or on the path, but as they run close to each other all day I could pretty much cherry pick whichever I fancied at the time. Starting with the steep road out […]

Ives nearly there