Exciting tales of adventures!

Last night I visited the Royal Geographical Society in London to hear a series of Microlectures given by 6 or 7 young people who had been on an ‘adventure’ in the last couple of years. Even though each speaker only had 10 minutes, their stories were inspiring. I particularly enjoyed the ones about India and Bolivia as they illustrated that anything is possible if somethings don’t exactly go to plan, or you don’t have a specific plan in the first place – this filled me with some confidence. I wished I had heard them speak more or had the opportunity to ask more questions. But I guess that’s what Twitter can be for if you can hunt them down!

One of the answers given by the Bolivia trip speaker to a question about getting lost was “If you don’t have a map, how can you get lost?”. Too true! All he knew was that he was walking from East to West India and had 2 months to do it. He lived on £1.50 a day and had great stories about things like sleeping on top of a bus shelter to avoid the big animals that had been in the area the night before.

Maybe I’ll have a go at speaking at the same lecture when I return from my travels….? They mentioned auditions last night for the same event next year I’ve never been good at public speaking, but things could change? Who knows!

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Lost in Japan….already!

Japan is a country I know very little about. I am hoping to spend around two weeks in the country during my year away and I was thinking about maybe travelling around e.g. Kyoto and Koyasan, but travelling by train has appeared to be expensive! The Bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto costs somewhere in the region of £80 one way! However, some of the places look and sound amazing, and Hiroshima has to be seen!


I stumbled upon a travel blog which illustrates that it is indeed possible to travel around Japan in two weeks but there is no mention of how much they spent on travelling etc. I’ve heard Japan can be expensive, but it’ll be worth it I’m sure?

I’m definitely looking forward to sleeping in a ‘capsule’!

sleeping capsules
bedroom pods in a Japanese capsule hotel interior

North America planning development

So I’ll be flying into LA from Mexico in early June next year and potentially spending the whole month in the States. I want to do LA, San Francisco, Las Vegas (maybe only for a day or two), Seattle and end up in Vancouver to fly from there to Tokyo. A week or two doing LA, SF, Vegas should be plenty? Then another week/ten days travelling and doing the rest? I’m not totally sure. Maybe three weeks would do it?

I’ve just realised I can probably go and see the Grand Canyon while in Vegas – You can get a bus there and back in a couple of hours. It seems silly to travel all that way and not do some sort of day trip.

I think I can travel to most places by train up the coast – if you book it in advance, it doesn’t look too expensive either. I think I definitely will have to invest in a Kindle as I doubt I’d be able to take my hundreds of books with me and will need something to keep me occupied during the apparent 24hr train journey between San Francisco and Seattle! The iPad will have to be saved for photos and other things I reckon.

It’s a part of the world that I know nothing about! Los Angeles screams Hollywood, fame, money and movies whereas San Francisco shouts more of a trendy vibe. I get the impression that there’s a lot of money in Vegas which is why I don’t intend on staying there too long….!!

There is a lot more researching to do for this bit! But there are a couple of things that definitely have to be seen: