I've made staying away an art. On lock down in Kenya, waiting for the go ahead to continue. It could be a long wait.
Map of Countries Visited
Last updated: March 2020
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Alphabetical List of Countries and Territories Visited (shows year of first visit):
Last updated: March 2020
Bosnia & Herzegovina 2011
Czech Republic 2008
The Gambia 2013
Hong Kong 2011
Ivory Coast 2020
The Netherlands 1990
New Zealand 1998
Russian Federation 2014
Sierra Leone 2013
South Africa 2016
South Korea 2014
Sri Lanka 2016
United Arab Emirates 2016
United States 1992
Western Sahara 2013
Last updated: March 2020
2020 - The year starts with a bang. London to Paris to Marseille and onto Tunis, Senegal, Mali and Cote d'Ivoire. Lock down in Kenya.
2019 - Working as much as I can in the UK. A quiet year on the travel front. Work aside, pretty much a recluse. But squeezed in a trip to Lisbon, Portugal and Moldova/Transnistria + Albania, Montenegro, Croatia but ended the year by quitting my job thus preparing the way to be back on the road.
2018 - Working in the UK as a postman. Travels to Belarus, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, Denmark.
2017 - Malaysia, Philippines, Turkey, Georgia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan - hostel volunteer, Romania. Back to UK ending a 1423 days on a single journey. Working in UK.
2016 - Cairo to Cape Town - Overland: Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Lesotho, ending 7 months Cairo to Cape Town. Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan - hostel volunteer, UAE, Malaysia.
2015 - China, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Armenia, Nagorno Karabakh, Abkhazia. Began Cairo to Cape Town - Overland: Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia.
2014 - New Years Eve at the revolution in Kiev, Ukraine. Trans-Siberian from Moscow to Vladivostok, South Korea - travelling + hostel volunteer 2 months, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Sumatra, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, China, Hong Kong
2013 - London to Monrovia - West Africa - Overland: Marrakesh, Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Paris, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan. Living and working in Switzerland Summer 6 months. Began a trip which lasted 1423 days. Belgium, Holland, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Moldova
2012 - Down and out in UK. desperate times. Working in County Clare, Ireland as a waiter, 6 weeks. Living and working in Switzerland, 6 months. Began London to Monrovia - West Africa - Overland: France, Spain, Morocco.
2011 - India, Nepal, SE Asia - Singapore to Islamabad, Pakistan w/o flying. Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Czech, German, to UK after 18 months 549 day on a single trip.
2010 - Working in Switzerland, Winter. Began a 549 day trip. Holland, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, India.
2009 - Working in Switzerland, Winter + Summer. Travels in Spain, Morocco.
2008 - Working in Switzerland, Winter and Summer. Travels in Spain, Morocco, Germany, Czech, Hungary and India
2007 - Working in Switzerland. Travels in France, Spain, Corsica.
2006 - Working in Switzerland. Travels in Philippines, Borneo and Indonesia
2005 - Working in Switzerland. Travels in Borneo and Philippines
2004 - Working in Switzerland. Travels in Borneo and Burma
2003 - Working in Switzerland. Travels in Borneo, Brunei and Laos
2002 - Working in Switzerland, travels in Greece and Germany. Living in UK.
2001 - Travels in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, East Coast Australia, Working in Switzerland
2000 - Working in UK, Living 2 months in Switzerland. Travels in Vietnam
1999 - Working in UK, Travels in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Luxembourg, Switzerland. Hiking in the Alps. Germany, Austria, Italy
1998 - Travels in New Zealand and Switzerland. Working in UK.
1997 - Working in UK. Travels in Australia. 2nd trip as a backpacker.
1992/1993 - 1st trip as a backpacker, Australia and Canada.
1990 - Walked Lands End to John O'Groats. 1700 km. Trip to Holland.
1983 - First trip out of UK. School trip to Boulogne, France.
About the blog
November 7 2019
This blog now concentrates on the new journey but you can still find the earlier posts on the SITEMAP. All posts will be previewed on the HOME page and linked to the said post.
Pages are now standard style pages as opposed to blog style pages.
When I use blog style pages, Weebly limits the maximum number of posts to be previewed on the first page to 25. Older posts then get shunted to page 2 as you produce newer posts.
This plays havoc with the post's SEO (I have no hard evidence on this but it sounds good) as what was once on /blog/ will suddenly be on /blog/page-2/ .
When Jack Kerouac wrote On The Road in the 50's, he typed the first draft on 8 rolls of tracing paper as one long, single spaced paragraph and taped them all together.
This became known as 'the original scroll'.
New posts will be added to the top of the feed. To find earlier posts, all you have to do is scroll down.
Scrolling is what people do on Social Media. You get thousands of posts and tweets and you scroll down to find the posts you are interested in.
The whole blog has been designed to look it's best on an Android smartphone, so sorry to those who are viewing from other devices and you think that the layout looks shit.
Here are a series of screenshots to tell you how I built the pages:
Just click on the images to enlarge and hold your phone in landscape, so you can read the text more easily.
All fonts have been extensively modified within the html/css coding part of the Weebly Editor. The size, colour, letter-spacing, line-spacing, margins. All edited in someway. The only thing I have to do at page level is to make the Title text Bold.
I learned how to tweak the coding from studying EditorTricks (formerly WeeblyTricks) and then a whole load of trial and error. Thanks to Bernadette and Adam on the Weebly Community for the tips too, 'specially the column lock app!!