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Galavantie's 10 Top 10's for 10 months!

Where did it go?! I think we're still in denial about it being over... but WOW! what a blast we had.

13 countries, 305 days and more amazing memories than we could ever have hoped for. Travelling is the best thing ever. The question is, when do we get to do it again?!

We just want to say a huge thank you if you've been following our adventure via GlobalGalavantie. We have really appreciated all the comments on the blog, so special thanks must go to Nicki, Linzi, Danny, Ann and Diane who have commented the most along the way! We've been astounded that some blogs have had 2,000+ views, we've had some subscribers who we don't know (thank you) and we've had many photos and blogs featured on this site which never failed to make me child-like happy :)

Thanks for being part of our journey.

Here's 10 Top 10's for our 10 months away...

Our top 10... places

1. Galapagos Islands
2. New Zealand
3. Adelaide
4. Peru
5. Western Australia
6. Georgetown, Penang
7. Buenos Aires, Argentina
8. Cuenca, Ecuador
9. Hong Kong
10. Koh Tao, Thailand

Our top 10... least favourite places

Lago Agrio (Ecuador)
Kuranda (Queensland)
La Mariscal (Quito)
Alice Springs (Australia)
Kalgoorlie (Australia)
Bangkok (Thailand)
Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam)
Queenstown (New Zealand)
Langkawi (Malaysia)... we don't think it's geared up for backpackers

Our top 10... days

Wine tasting in the McLaren Vale (Australia)
Hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing (New Zealand)
Day 2 trekking in the Andes to Huchuy Qosqo (Peru)
Otavalo market day (Ecuador)
Zipping around Hue's sights on motorbikes (Vietnam)
The day we became certified divers (Thailand)
Pootling around Koh Lanta on a pink scooter (Thailand)
Fraser Island (Australia)
Nasca with the flight over the lines, pyramid and sunset (Peru)
Christmas Day on Marcoola beach (Australia)

Worst day: 18 December, which is such a shame being Anthony's birthday. It started in the early hours being eaten by bed bugs in our cramped, smelly and ridiculously hot cabin, and then spending the whole day on a crowded sailing boat feeling deadbeat. The ironic thing... we were in the Whitsunday's paradise at the time.

Our top 10... experiences

Diving in warm and wonderfully clear waters (Thailand)
Trekking & camping in the Andes culminating in Machu Picchu (Peru)
Heli-hiking a glacier (New Zealand)
Seeing blue-footed boobies dance! (Galapagos)
Sunrise at Angkor Wat, and Tomb Raider (Cambodia)
Waitomo caves (New Zealand)
Skinny dipping in broad daylight (Western Australia)
Rescuing Anthony's bag with our adopted Ecuadorian family
Cycling around Marlborough's vineyards (New Zealand)

Most disappointing experience: Diving the Great Barrier Reef. We weren't happy with the diving operator we went with, and thought the diving in Thailand surpassed the GBR.

Our top 10... journeys

The drive along the west coast of New Zealand's South Island
Cruising along the Mekong River from the Laos border to Luang Prabang
The crazy long straight drive from Perth to Kalgoorlie
The stretch from Adelaide to Cape Otway on the Great Ocean Road
The scenic bus trip from Baños to Cuenca, Ecuador
The drive from Taurangi to New Plymouth, New Zealand
The nerve-wracking wiggly-woggly wiggly-woggly road from Haverlock North to Whakatane, New Zealand
The bus tour from Puno to Cusco (despite my miserable hangover)
The drive from New Plymouth to Te Kuiti, New Zealand
The drive from Blenheim to Kaikoura, New Zealand

Worst journey: the bone-crunching speedboat transfer from Santa Cruz to Isabela (Galapagos)

Our top 10... cities

1. Adelaide (yes really, we loved it)
2. Georgetown, Malaysia
3. Buenos Aires, Argentina
4. Cuenca, Ecuador
5. Hong Kong
6. Arequipa, Peru
7. Luang Prabang, Laos
8. Hanoi, Vietnam
9. Melbourne, Australia
10. Malacca, Malaysia

Least favourite city: Bangkok

Our top 10... most unusual/interesting places we've slept

In a swag bag in a laundry room (Australia's outback)
A public car park (New Zealand)
Sleeper train aka 'the cockroach express' (Vietnam)
A tent in the Andes below freezing (Peru)
Someone's campervan in their back garden (Western Australia)
Village homestay (Laos)
Halong Bay junk (Vietnam)
Lake Titicaca homestay (Peru)
3 x night buses (South America)
A hut in Amazonia (Ecuador)

Most luxurious accomodation: Forum Hotel, Cuenca

Our top 10... new foods

Roti canai (Malaysia)
Lomo saltado (Peru)
Chicken parathas (thanks to my cousin Lynn in Australia)
Quinoa soup (Peru)
Pai Tee (Nyonya - Malaysia)
Whittakers milk chocolate! (New Zealand)
Alpaca meat (Peru)
Arroz verde - green rice (Ecuador)
Creamed quinoa with cheese (Peru)
Llapingachos - a cheesy potato pattie (Ecuador)

Least favourite food: beef tendon, it was basically 'meat jelly' (Hong Kong)

Our top 10... tunes which have defined the trip

David Bowie - Space Oddity
Lourde - Team
Pharrell Williams - Happy
Bryan Ferry - Slave to Love
Frank Sinatra - My Way
Coldplay - Magic
Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know
Lourde - Royals
The World Cup theme!
Goyte - Somebody I Used To Know

Most annoying tune: Copacabana... only because we couldn't stop singing/humming it for 6 days in Rio!

Our top 10... bores (or... the small prices to pay for long term travel)

Going out for dinner every night
Packing the bags!
Crappy or non-existent wifi (Australia was sooo bad!)
Our limited choice of clothes
Googling for the next accommodation
Putting photos onto memory sticks
Waiting in airports
Tourist touts
Having to wear clothes with holes in/stains on!
Keeping on top of accounting

Posted by Galavantie 07:30

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Glad you guys made it home okay and are in great spirits! :)

by Danny

Thank you for keeping me entertained over the past 10 months with my lunchtime work fix of reading your blog. Can't wait for your next trip!

by Lyndsey

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