On 1st Oct, 2015, we headed off on a journey, hoping to travel around the world. 


We have sailed across the Atlantic and up through the Caribbean, toured North, Central and South America  in our VW van and are now enjoying our trip through New Zealand. 


Enjoy our blog - older posts are found at the very bottom of the blog page.

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October 16, 2019

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June 21, 2020

We have visited New Zealand previously a number of times: Rachel and her thumb in the 1980's; and both of us in a car in 1994, just after Rachel had finished a 6-month secondment in Auckland.  Neither of us had ever visited the Coromandel Peninsular, a must do on most...

June 18, 2020

From Tapotopu Bay, we completed our journey to almost the most northerly point - Cape Reinga.  An amazing spot with beautiful views.  A place where the Tasman sea meets the Pacific ocean.  Cape Reinga is the end of the road, and in Maori tradition the spirits of the de...

June 18, 2020

It was early February and we were finally off in the van to explore New Zealand.  Since arriving in late November the weather had been hot and sunny.  Parts of the North Island were suffering a drought. 

What better start to travels, than an invitation to join...

May 2, 2020

On 27th November, 2019 we landed in Auckland, New Zealand with a nine-month visa (extendable by three months) and we were looking forward to Christmas with Rachel's family followed by a tour of the North and South Islands.  All we had to do was relax and await the arri...

March 21, 2020

We left Rio de Janeiro, heading south.  We had a long drive ahead of us, 4,000 kilometres, on a mixed bag of roads.  Our final destination the container port in San Antonio, Chile. 

En route we needed to find a new windscreen for the van.  The screen had...

March 13, 2020

A jaunt around Brazil wouldn’t be complete without a wander through Rio.

Rio de Janeiro – Brazil’s 2nd largest city with part of the city designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Mis-named because it is not by a Rio (river), but at the mouth of a huge bay – Guanaba...

March 1, 2020

Salvador, also known as Saõ Salvador da Bahia de Todos os Santos, was one of the two places we wanted to stop at on our way towards Chile and ultimately New Zealand.  With limited time, we didn't do this city full justice - it is after all the capital of the state of B...

February 26, 2020

It was finally time to head for the coast, for dunes and kitesurfing.

We drove to Santo Amaro to check out the Lençóis Maranhenses, a vast area of rolling sand dunes and lagoons on the north coast.  We parked-up short of the town, as access to the town and the dunes bey...

November 21, 2019

Unable to reach Guyana and continue west to Manaus, we retraced our steps to re-enter Brazil at Oiapoque.  We then charged back along the rollercoaster road to Macapá.

We were not going to make it to Manaus, but Rachel wasn't about to give up on our Amazon adventure.  A...

October 16, 2019

We left French Guiana, crossing the Maroni river to arrive in Suriname.  The ferry, which takes about eight cars, only runs a couple of times a day, so we made sure we arrived in good time. 

The entry into Suriname was simple enough, but being the only country...

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