Highlights by Continent

In this post, I will list our favourite places / experiences by continent, followed by each family member’s personal highlight. There’s now quite a substantial amount of content on our site, so if you want to filter the posts by continent, you can use the handy image links on the right side-bar, our use the Category drop-down menu, also on the right side-bar, to get to the stuff you are looking for. I will also try to put links to the relevant posts directly into the content below, or even make this post sticky. I hope you find it useful and fun to read.

highlights of europe

  • Exploring the villages of the English countryside (Lincs., Notts., Cambs.)
  • Wandering the narrow cobbled streets of St-Paul-de-Vence, near Nice, France
  • Going on a day-long boat ride on Lake Como, Italy
  • Getting totally lost among the canals and alleyways of Venice, Italy
  • Of course, spending time with friends & family in the U.K.
Family time with Graeme & Lisa in Bourne
  • Walking the windy cliffside of Howth on the Emerald Isle 
  • Taking the TGV train from Italy into Switzerland via the Gotthard Base Tunnel (world’s longest train tunnel as of 2016 at 57 km)
Doing homework while going through the Gotthard Base Tunnel on TGV

highlights of africa

  • The wonderful beaches of False Bay, Cape Town
  • Hiking in the Table Mountain National Park, around Kalk Bay

  • Christmas at the beach with friends from home
  • Playing in the giant red sand dunes of Sossusvlei, Namibia
  • Glamping in Tsumeb, Namibia (with olympic size pool!)
  • Swimming in the Orange river, on the border with South Africa
  • The spectacular desert scenery on the lonely road to Luderitz, Namibia

  • Camping in the desert, far far from civilization (Rostock Ritz, Namibia)
  • An impromptu safari at Mount Otjo Wildlife Lodge, Namibia

highlights of asia

  • Spending quality time with old friends in Bharatpur, India
  • Riding the rickety rails through the mountains from Ella to Kandy, Sri Lanka
  • Listening to the sounds of the jungle high above the city, Kandy, Sri Lanka
  • Savouring the wonderful Thai cuisine at the Lemongrass restaurant, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Cycling together around the little lake in Chon Lada Village, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Spending a day looking after elephants near Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Exploring the Japanese countryside around Kyoto by rail (Ninja museum near Iga, and around Lake Biwa)
  • Riding the Shinkansen bullet train to Hiroshima, Japan

 

highlights of oceania

  • Making the spoof version of The Lord of the Rings with friends near Hobbiton, New Zealand
  • Swimming with friends in the hot, smelly thermal waters of Kerosene Creek, near Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Australia
  • Interacting with the kangaroos, wallabies and koalas on the Sunshine Coast, Australia

  • Walking the coastal path along the Pacific Ocean around Coolum Beach, Australia
  • Watching the incredible sunset at Ohope Beach, New Zealand

 

highlights of the americas

  • Observing the professional dog walkers at work in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Making the pilgrimage to Machu Picchu, Peru

  • Stargazing in the pollution-free air of Samaipata, Bolivia
  • Chilling out with the llamas at the funky Las Ojas hotel at Copacabana on the shores of beautiful Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

  • Sampling the delicious alfajores (dulce de leche cookies) in Salta, Argentina
  • Watching city life unfolding from above on the cable cars around La Paz, Bolivia

 

personal highlights

  • Greg: Our regular visits to Danger Beach, near Kalk Bay, Cape Town, where we would play in the surf, boogie board, or go beachcombing in the tidal pools

  • Nina: Spending two weeks in Chon Lada Village near Chiang Mai, Thailand, in our lovely big rented house that had four bicycles we could use to cycle around the quiet streets of the gated community

  • Sophie: The five nights we spent at Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast of Australia, in a nice comfortable holiday apartment near the sea. By day, we would be out and about exploring on the magnificent beaches, and by night we had a nice big kitchen but no Internet, so we would cook nice meals and borrow films from the owner for entertainment.

  • Gary: Driving around Namibia in a campervan was oftentimes hard work given the state of the roads, but also a wonderful experience, and very rewarding when you get really, really far from civilization, with nothing around for hundreds of miles, I just love that feeling of remoteness! Exhilarating would be a good word to describe it.
Desert campsite in Namibia. I love this image!

In conclusion, one thing I forgot to mention in my previous post was about worrying and our fear of the unknown, which most likely stops a lot of people from pursuing their dreams. By nature, I am quite a worrier (as opposed to warrior!), and so before our departure I spent many sleepless nights worrying about all the things that could go wrong. Now at the end of the trip I realise that all of that worrying was for naught. I’m not saying throw caution to the wind – you need to be prepared for the worst, but also hope for the best, and there is a very good chance that everything will work out just fine, like it did for us (hope I’m not tempting fate here, since we still have one flight and a few days to go..). Also, when we compare our trip to other travelers we know or have met, we realise that on the spectrum from mild to wild, our trip was perhaps closer to the mild side. No crossing the Pacific in a tiny sailboat, or heading out into the Kalahari desert for months in a 4WD for us. But each family has it’s own comfort level, and we found ours there. I hope our journey will inspire at least a few of you to take the plunge into the unknown…. a world full of discoveries awaits!

1 thought on “Highlights by Continent”

  1. Yes yes yes! Lots of adventures are out there waiting for us. Perhaps also a call to make the most of what is around you at home.

    Good point on the less worrying front. I read an article in the Sunday papers a few years ago on the secret of happiness- there were 5 things:
    – lessen your worries
    – lessen your anger
    – giver more
    – expect less
    – live simply

    Who can argue with that…

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