After struggling through such an arid and hot red centre, we we're blessed by a fantastic lady - Pam from the Dangi Pub. For a time the pub in Urandangi was our home where we could recharge our worn batteries. She took great care of us and showed us the best central Queensland had to offer - Cowboys, Kangaroos and the aboriginal life. Thank you so much Pam, you we're really a gift to us!
Crossing straight through Australia feels like a big achievement - And it really is! We went in an almost straight line from Perth in Western Australia to Cairns in Queensland. Going through empty deserts, outback towns and of course to Australia's number one attraction, Uluru aka. Ayers Rock. This gallery is dedicated to rocks, red sand, rusty signs and our most beloved car - The Troopy.
We returned to Perth after doing a big loop through Western Australia's wast and empty outback. We found some mates in Perth that invited us in to their home, where we updated the car a bit - Thanks Mat and Amanda! We then drove down to the green and beautiful south. The south is full of wineyards, big forests and fantastic beaches. And we tried as much as we could of all of it!
It was a big contrast coming from the desert and out to the coastline. We followed the coast from Broome to Albany south of Perth. A journey from sunny beaches and water activities to huge trees and wineyards.
Western Australia is maybe the most empty place we've ever been. Ghost towns, mining operations and an endless number of cows and kangaroos - welcome to the cowboy country!
Welcome to Dili! Dili is the capitol of the youngest country in asia - Timor Leste or East Timor. Timor Leste got independent from Indonesia in 2002 after struggling for freedom for 24 years. Timors small resistance force fighted against the Indonesian military for 24 years and withstood a whole country and won because of their preserverance to become their own country. They got their freedom but the country was in ruin and thousands have died. There have the last 15 years been a focus by aid programmes and volunteers from overseas to get Timor back on its feet. This crazy story made us very curious and we wanted to know more. So we set up a mission - lets go to timor!
Atauro is a small island situated a few hours from Dili by boat. Atauro is Timor Leste's paradise island with some of the world best diving and beautiful unspoiled nature. This is where all the expats in Timor would go on a weekend getaway, and one day when tourist gets their eyes on Timor this will be the prime tourist destination. We enjoyed that Atauro is still unspoiled and that we could have our own little adventure and explore this remote island.
As soon as you travel just a little bit out of the capitol Dili everything changes. You'll see how the country is still very much affected by the long history of war. Roads are destroyed and it can be difficult to get around even on a dirt bike. So it was a big challenge for us to explore the districts of Timor Leste. Timor is working hard on building new roads so the whole country can function again.
Our Experience Living with a Local Family on Flores in Indonesia
Welcome to the island of Flores in the region of Nusa Tengara in Indonesia! Flores consist of one long mountain range through the whole island. We travelled mostly through the mountains from west to east with public transport. Flores is a very lush and green island and have some of the most amazing volcanoes we've ever seen - this is one of our favourite islands of Indonesia!
We stayed with a local family in a small village Bonewaru in the mountains of Flores. They invited us into their home and we ended up staying for 7 days. They showed us the simple life and how it is to live in a local village on Flores. We helped gathering food and firewood in the jungle, and learnt about their traditions and how they make their life go around. We will here give you an idea of how it is to live the simple life. Remember to read our article relating to this gallery! Thank you Sebastian for inviting us into your familys home.
Our Travel Through Flores
How we climbed the javanese volcano Arjuno without a guide
Welcome to Komodo National Park. We arrived together with Mikkels brother and girlfriend in Labuan Bajo after a hardcore 30hour delayed bus and ferry ride from Lombok. Labuan Bajo is the town to go to if you want to enter the Komodo National Park. The National park consists of 3 main islands: Komodo, Padar and Rinca island where the dragons are to be found on Komodo and Rinca. The dragons are a respectful and amazing sight and it will struck you how big and strong they actually are. The special thing about Padar is that you will be able to experience the view of 3 different colored beaches at once - black, white and pink. You're right in the middle of the national park on an amazing viewpoint with not a single house in sight! So Lets Find The Dragons!
Mikkels family came for a one month visit on the island of Bali. We tried to make a mix of travelling the way we do to give them an idea of a backpacker lifestyle and combining it with a "normal charter" trip. We had an amazing time together and it was so awesome to see some familiar faces and share our stories. We first visited Bali, went with a ferry to the Gili islands and then on to Lombok. We also opened the world of diving to Mikkels father, brother and sister. We already love diving so much so of course they should experience it with us as well! We chose not to write an article for this part of the journey due to heaps of articles already floating around on the internet about these places. Lets give you a visual treat instead!
We stayed almost one month on Java. We haven't thought about coming to Java, but a very specific reason brought us on this path. It was to attend the International Rainbow Gathering which took place south of the city of Tulungagung. It was a very special and spiritual experience and something we have never thought of finding on our adventure. It is also a very secluded event so we don't have a lot of pictures from the event. When we left this gathering we had one more goal. Mikkel wanted to climb a volcano, and on he went with our new lovely brothers to the volcano of Gunung Arjuno.
Welcome to misty rainforests, strange animals and superb diving!
Come with us on a trip underwater in one of the worlds best diving areas of Sipadan with its amazing diversity of big game fish and Mabul island which is one of the best places in the world for macro diving, and also an incredibly cheap place for diving. A perfect combination when you can sail straight to Sipadan from Mabul! 1 weeks diving vacation became quickly 3 weeks in this amazing paradise for us. We ended up taking our advanced diver certificate so we could dive down to 30 meters.
Mabul Island is a small island north-east of Borneo. The Island is around 200 meters wide and 500 meters long and is through the years been built out with houses on stilts. 90% of the citizens on Mabul is originally from the Philippines and came here to start a new life. There’s a lot of children on the island, one school, many small locals shops, a few restaurants and a dozen dive schools along the shore. The waters around Mabul is home to a sea gypsy village, who live on their small boats and only goes on land in emergency situations. The seagypsies doesn't own passports and is neither Malaysian or Philippine citizens, but they are protected by the law and UNESCO. We ended up staying 3 weeks at the Spheredivers dive school and homestay, where we lived, ate and dived everyday. This was an amazing and unforgettable time on our travel and we can highly recommend to visit this part of the world sometime in your life.
We went to the Malaysian part of Borneo in the region of Sabah where we stayed for one month. This region is full of huge and green rainforests and is home to the Orangutans, Proboscis monkeys, Sunbears and very big birds like Hornbills and eagles. We really loved the wildlife and especially the monkeys we met in Borneo and thats why we called this gallery - Cause We Love Monkeys! Hope you're in to monkeys as well, if so then you'll love this gallery!
The Futuristic City of Singapore Within Singapore
We took a two day trip to the country of Singapore from Malaysia by train. It is a very interesting and cultural city in a country, though the prices exceeded our budget. In Singapore you will have the chance to see a little bit from every corner of the world, from Little India and Arab Street to Chinatown and the general western influence. Their transport is by the way some of the most effective we've ever seen! In terms of food we will highly recommend a visit to the two Michelin hawker stalls in Singapore which is the cheapest Michelin experience you will have in the world! Some of the problems with Singapore though is that it is very expensive to travel, eat and sleep and their surveillance and rules are very aggressive. But if your wallet accept it you will be blown away by this interesting city.
We where so lucky to borrow a car from our friend Fara. A Proton Gen-2 with the nickname Genny! We drove from Seremban southeast of Kuala Lumpur to the island of Penang with some lovely stops on the way, including things like sleeping in the car and visiting Cameron Highlands. Thank you for borrowing your car Fara!
The Space Age City Of Malaysia
After Sri Lanka we where looking for a little luxury. We then stayed 7 nights in Kuala Lumpur in a luxury apartment. After the 7 days we went on a road trip with our new friend Fara to see the historical city of Melaka.
A beautiful country trying to get back on it's feet
Plastic pollution is a general issue on Sri Lanka. We have tried to visualize the issue in this gallery. Remember to check out the article under the same name that describes this problem.
Ancient cities is spread out across the northern part of Sri Lanka, including cities like Polonnaruwa and Mihintale. The north also hides a violent history in the city Jaffna where the civil war ended as the last area. You'll still find bullet holes in the walls and the military still roams the streets. In the east you will find amazing beaches and great diving upportunities in the old fisher town of Trincomalee.
From the Fields to the Tea Cup
When you had enough of government laws and then try to find your own way
We travelled from Sri Lanka's most holy temple in the town of Katharagama, up through the tea covered mountains. We hiked in the tea plantations and learned where Ceylon tea comes from and how it's made.
Beaches – The calm and the crowded
The beach life from Kalutara to Tangalle.
Everytime we had to take the train, there’s people ready to help us. Sometimes we can talk for the whole train ride and get some new local friends. We met this guy Erick on the train station in Mount Lavina, where he helped us finding the right train. Erick told that he was working as a security guard for the president, and showed us pictures where he protects the president. He invited us to come and see the parade, at the independence day in Colombo. Sri Lanka was under the british colonization from 1815 and gained independence the 4th of February 1948, and this year celebrating the 69 year of independence. The parade was for us one huge power demonstration, to show their military. Sri Lanka ended a 30 years long civil war between the tamils and singalese, 9 years ago, so it is understandible why their military still is so important for them.
What to bring and how to get different visas for Sri Lanka
The local life along the train route of the west coast of Sri Lanka south of Colombo.
Our first thoughts
Our last summary of South Africa
Our last time in South Africa was mostly spent in the bush far away form everything.
When The Bush Shows Its Teeth
Royalty, cannabis and a whole lot of friendly people
The sanctuary of Africa
The Highest Country In The World
The Kingdom In The Sky - Locals, Rock Paintings and Beautiful Views
Where you get a feeling of being back 100's of years ago.
From Port Elizabeth To Hoedspruit - 10th Of December To The 8th Of January
A part of Road Trip Part 1
A journey through South Africa's excellent winefarms in the areas of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch
Feel local, live local
From Cape Town To Port Elizabeth – 27th. Of November To The 9th. Of December
The "Mother city"
The whole diversity of South Africa in one place
The beautiful animals of Kruger National Park! Remember to check out our article about Kruger too.
And then Zoo's where just boring
South Africas biggest city
When time stands still and you're in one with nature.
Romance doesnt get any bigger than here