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The end…

August 12th, 2009 | Posted by Davey in 21-United States

Somebody recently wrote the lyrics to the famous Frank Sinatra song as a comment on our site “the end is near”, well folks for us the end is here…

We have lived a year that most people only ever dream of.  It’s been hard at times but mostly it’s been truly amazing.  The world is, as we expected, a beautiful place and its mostly the people that make it so.

We have now finished our trip and are living in Ireland.  It’s a bit strange being back and having to deal with the rain on a daily basis, even in the summer.

A quick round up:

  • No. of days travelling: 382
  • No. of continents: 5
  • No. of countries: 23
  • No. of flights: 19
  • No. of bus journeys: 55
  • Longest bus journey: 33 hours (Laos to China)
  • Worst train journey: Pingyoa to Beijing in China (the smell of piss, shit and tobacco for 12 hours)
  • Countries we enjoyed the most (in order): Nepal, New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand and Cambodia
  • Country we liked the least: China
  • No of photos taken: approx. 30,000
  • No. short videos: approx. 250
  • No. of gigabites: 160
  • Favourite photos: Ankor Wat, Cambodia

Website stats:

  • No. of posts uploaded: 264
  • Total views: 17,003 (avg. 45 per day)
  • Busiest day: 154 (when we got engaged)
  • Busiest month: August 2008 (1,720 hits)
  • No. of comments: 540
  • Most avid followers: Tim Knight and Delboy May (thanks guys!)

Some highlights of our trip:

  • Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp in the Himalayas
  • Cycling the world’s most dangerous road in Bolivia
  • Getting engaged on a Thailand beach
  • Trekking in the Andes
  • Tubing in Vang Veing
  • Canoeing down the Amazon
  • Solar de Uyuni tour in Bolivia
  • Visiting family in Australia and New Zealand
  • Diving in Amed in Bali
  • Campervaning in Australia and New Zealand
  • Three months surfing in Australia
  • Skydiving in Taupo New Zealand
  • Camping with the Orangutans in Bucket Luang Indonesia
  • Ice walking and climbing Franz Joseph Glacier in New Zealand
  • Certifying as an open water and advanced scuba diver
  • Scuba Diving in Egypt, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and Honduras
  • Visiting 36 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and
  • 5 New Wonders of the World:
    • Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu (Peru)
    • Christ the Redeemer (Brazil)
    • The Great Wall of China (China)
    • The Taj Mahal (India)
    • Pyramids of Giza (Egypt)

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody that followed us through our epic journey and left comments which kept us motivated to keep this site updated.

We will be collating a personal book of our journey which will include our posts and a selection of our 30,000 photos.  You will be able to download a hard copy for only a few dollars via blurb.com. This will take some time to collate so you’ll have to bear with us.  I will keep you posted on such developments. It will keep us occupied while we seek employment.

Thank you for everything, it’s been amazing.

All our love,

Davey and Sam



“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

This will be the cover of our book:

A life long experience

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10 Responses

  • kev owens says:

    well life is too short,well done!!!!!

  • Kim says:

    Well done you guys. Truly great stuff and I’m looking forward to the book – cover and title really good.

    Love, Kim xxx

  • Gero Mulhern says:

    Its been great watching you guys. I feel a little sad its over, I used to look at the emails in my lunch breaks, and all the girls in the office would say “where are they now?”.

    Well done to you both, an achievement most people dont even think about, never mind dream of it, and you did it!


  • Tim K says:

    Oh my God ! You guys are back ?

    You should pop round for a drink or two !

  • Del says:

    Guys! Well done (THE END)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!x

  • Greta says:

    Wow, what a journey – thank you for letting us join you, albeit from our computers. I really will miss following your adventures. I wish you both lots of love, happy days and babies (now that is an adventure of an entirely different kind!!)

    Greta, Jim and Jodie xxx

  • Clive says:

    Hey Guys!

    Like Geraldine says, its an achievement that most dont even think of, the fact that you went out and doone it, amazing!

    It used to be part of my moring routine at work, cereal, coffee, blog check – some of the stories would put a smile on your face for the day!!

    All the very best to you both as you conquer new challenges!


  • Steve K says:

    Welcome back Davey-Sam, what a journey – thank you for sharing it with us, as a married 39 year old with 3 kids i can only dream of what you have both achived, until your next adventure (maybe a trip back to England) take care and all the best.

    Best regards,

    Steve, Becca, Jared, Jamie and Erin Kerrisk. :)

  • Amit says:

    Hallo, My Name is Amit from San Jose CA, I follow your site many time in one year gone and I am in person very sad to see your travel done. I share with my friends your journey and one day I will build up courage to make trip only small portion of this trip. I look forward to see and buy book from blurb.com.


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