It's time to say goodbye, so thanks to everyone who followed our adventures especially those who commented, it's really nice to know that people at home are following along - it made us feel less isolated from home.
I'll leave you with a few random thoughts:
Would I do it again? Most definitely yes
What would I do differently next time?
- Stick as closely as possible to one season - coping with a temp range of 0 to 42 was hard on the packing
- Take less clothes (it's better to hand-wash or visit the laundry then lug heavy cases around)
- Book more apartments rather than hotels (you get more room and can do your own breakfast)
- Don't count flying days as days when you can sightsee regardless of how short the flight is
What were my highlights?
- Sanbona - getting very close to the white lions and the cheetahs
- Vladivostock - walking on the ice over the sea
A few people have expressed an interest in doing a trip themselves and/or shown an interest in the sort of costs involved.
One very important thing to bear in mind is your own trip could be a lot less or a lot more depending on the route you choose and the sort of hotels you pick - ours were mostly mid-range 3-4 star and we aimed for roughly £100 a night.
So roughly speaking (for both of us):
- Flights 7000 (the Round the World ticket was about 1500 for two people)
- Cruise 2800
- 51 nights in hotels 4900
- Car Hire (SA, Ayers Rock, Cairns) 440 (includes an annual car hire excess policy)
- Campervan (5 nights) 300
- Spending money 4200 (includes food, trips, campsites, petrol, rob's new polo shirts etc)
- Special trips 1000 (includes Sanbona Wildlife reserve, the Fox Glacier and Grand Canyon)
Grand total - just under £21,000