Lake Bled – Don’t let the Bled Blogs bite!

If you need to catch up on our final days in Hungary, you can still do so here.

And so, having taken in all that Hungary had to offer, we set off for the marathon journey to Bled in Slovenia. It’s not that Bled is particularly far from Hévíz, it’s just that it’s amazingly difficult to get to. Hungarians, apparently, really do not want you to leave and if you do leave, they really, really don’t want you going to Slovenia. Continue reading “Lake Bled – Don’t let the Bled Blogs bite!”

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Hévíz, Keszthely and The Fountain of Youth

Heviz

If you missed out on our last post and want to properly understand the start of the next sentence, you can get up to date here.

Labia dried, we set off on the train for the small town of Keszthely before a short bus ride into the centre of our next destination, Hévíz.
Hévíz is a spa town which centres around it’s geothermal lake, in which groundwater that has been heated by the earths mantle, bubbles up to form a large pool of warm and mineral-rich water. Continue reading “Hévíz, Keszthely and The Fountain of Youth”

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Siófok – Not as bad as it seemed

Siofok

If you missed the details of our painful journey to get to Siófok, you can read all about it here.

Day 5 Cont’d (plus Days 6, 7 and 8 too)

If you’ve been following along up to this point, you’ll know that by now we had travelled all day, been on the same bus several times and were now ravenously hungry. We needed to get straight on to the task of tracking down some food. Continue reading “Siófok – Not as bad as it seemed”

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Stop 1- Budapest – Part 2

Heroes Square

See what we got up to on our first few days of travel here, otherwise read on…

-day 3

We awoke on our second full day in Budapest, still slightly sore and tired from the day before. This was in no small part due to two factors: one, the paper thin walls that surround the rooms of our hostel and two, that they had chosen to house a walrus with sleep apnoea there alongside side us. Continue reading “Stop 1- Budapest – Part 2”

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Top 10 Tips for Budapest

Budapest

With this trip being both Pete and I’s first ever visit to Budapest, neither of us knew quite what to expect from the city other than lots of baths and the possibility of cheap booze. Having just left Budapest after 5 days, we are a little wiser about this amazing city and thought we would share some of our learnings which may come in useful for other first time visitors; Continue reading “Top 10 Tips for Budapest”

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Travel Planning: Where to Start

While the thought of going travelling fills me with so much excitement I could spontaneously combust into a million of pieces of globe-shaped rainbow confetti, I did find the prospect of actually planning the trip quite daunting. It seemed an impossible task, and I had no idea where to even start. Luckily for me, with Pete having done 6 months solo travelling before, he was a dab hand at the planning side and was able to guide me through it and together I think we’ve found a good balance to our plan; enough structure that we will get the most of our time, but not too much that it restricts us from any spur-of-the-moment fun to be had. Continue reading “Travel Planning: Where to Start”

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And so, it begins…

gap year travel

After all the planning, all the saving, all the frantic preparations – Cath and I are finally departing for our year of travelling the world.
Four continents, thirteen countries, innumerable bouts of diarrhoea all begins now with a short drive to Heathrow Airport and a final farewell to our families.

The last few weeks have been fairly hectic. In the 14 days preceding our departure we have; both quit our jobs, moved out of our rented home, given 80% of our worldly possessions to charity, poured everything we have left into two rucksacks, had six leaving do’s, said goodbye to countless friends and loved-ones, drunk 10,000 alcoholic beverages, spent 72 hours repeatedly checking the whereabouts of our passports and had zero restful nights sleep… and that was the calm before the storm.

For so long it felt as though this was some distant event, barely visible on the horizon, certainly nothing to worry about, I mean it was forever away. But every time we turned our backs, it crept a little closer. Every time we made some tiny step towards readying for it, it got a little more real and before we knew it here we were – no home, no jobs and no idea how this all happened.

Our families have helped immeasurably in getting us to this point. They’ve encouraged us when others might have tried to swing us round to a more conventional or “sensible” way to spend 18 months worth of savings. Instead of that, we’re off to chase our dreams – something that I believe, if possible, everyone should have the opportunity to do.
So a big thanks to you, Reilly’s and McCartney’s, without you we wouldn’t be here… wherever the fuck that is…

So all that remains is for us to get going, first stop Budapest on a five week tour of Europe that is sure to be fine preparation for the 11 months of continent-hopping that’s to follow.

Thanks for reading and we hope that you’ll follow us and our adventures here on the blog.

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