All good things have to come to an end.
After 13 countries and countless number of cities, it was time to return home to Glasgow, Scotland. We started our journey on 5th September 2016 and it's now already almost the end of August 2017. It has been a whirlwind full-on 11 months of travelling, however it's now back to reality and I'll be back to work in a week or so. Below is a depiction of our journey- we cover almost 50,000 miles!
Many might ask which is our favourite place that we have visited. That is such a difficult questions as we've been to so many amazing places and experienced a variety of different cultures. I don't think I can ever just pin point one place; however I could provide you some of the highlights of the trip.
- To be part of the 9/11 15th Anniversary in New York and to witness how much the city has changed since 2001 was an unforgettable experience.
- Washington DC with all it historic monuments and the endless stimulating free museums all over the city. I think Washington DC was the place that we've probably walked the most to take in all the sights and visit all its landmarks. You're never short of something to do or see while you're in Washington DC.
- New Orleans: the people; the place and the food. Everyone in New Orleans is a musician first and foremost which in turn creates such a brilliant, exciting atmosphere for live music.
- Fiji allows one to be removed from the fast paced world that we live in and the locals provide a laid back attitude to life. Everything on Fiji runs on island time and it is a place to chill and relax on the fantastic white sand beaches. You will be in need of rest and relaxation if you are flying into Fiji from the West Coast of USA. Due to the International Date Line, we lost 2 days in the air while travelling to Fiji and we were like zombies when we arrived! It took more than a day to adjust back to normality.
- The only country that we would ever consider moving to is New Zealand. It's landscape is as equally breath taking as what you find in Scotland. Hobbiton on the North Island is a place that I recommend you visit. The set has been cleverly designed and developed with a very insightful tour. While on the South Island we rented a camper van and went round the island. This was where we caught the camper van bug.
- There is no place like Japan: the culture; the history; the people and the food is like no other that you can experience anywhere around the world. It was a brilliant 3 weeks spent in Japan. One of the greatest highlight from the trip to Japan was the visit to Hiroshima. It was bone chilling to see how the atomic bomb has destroyed and affected the city and country as a whole. What I took from the visit to Hiroshima is that such a tragedy cannot ever be repeated and world needs to disarm it nuclear capabilities. It was peak season while we were in Japan due to it being the cherry blossom season. It was the most expensive time to visit Japan but experiencing Sakuras season is something that you cannot put a price on!
- Borobudur, Indonesia offered some of the most beautiful Buddhist and Hindu temples that we had ever been to. There were other places that we been to such as Thailand and Myanmar that have many temples but nothing holds up to Borobudur. If you ever decided to visit I would suggest that you go there before sun rise and just take in the wonderful views and the grandness of this temple.
- Singapore is the place I grew up in and spent 22 years of my life. Every time when we go back to Singapore there is always something new, whether a buildings or some sort of attraction. However, one thing that has never change is how easily it was to slot back into life where family and close friends are able to catch up where we left off from the last visit. To my close friends- and you all know who you are- thank you for always welcoming us back with open arms and always making it harder to leave Singapore each time. This is something that we will always be ever thankful for. It always good to spend time with family especially my Nan who is 105 years old. I'm forever grateful to her for bringing me up to be the person I am today. Besides catching up with friends and family it was nice to spend Christmas and Chinese New Year in Singapore after 15 years away. Also, being in Singapore is all about the food! The food scene in Singapore is just amazing and you will find all sorts of food from around the world.
It's back to real world for us for now but we don't think we will ever lose our passion for travelling and have already put plans into motion for our future travels. We aim to travel closer to home and explore more of Scotland and Europe in the near future.
...As for my next photography project... it will be entitled Homecoming and I will be looking forward to documenting the beautiful country that is Scotland- starting with my hometown, the city of Glasgow, also known as the "dear green place". So do keep an eye out for my new project.