Elephants, Diving and Adventure

One more trip to add to the list…

If you kept up with my recent posts then you’ll know that I flew out to Iceland for a week. But that is not all if you did read that post, Next stop: Reykjavik, Iceland., you will also know I have big news coming up. Well this is the big news.

I am going to THAILAND. 

Thailand! 3 weeks. Christmas & New Years. Lets just take a step back a second. If you haven’t already then please go read “THIS GUY IS GOING EVERYWHERE” and just catch up with the travel plans of this year. You will notice its already pretty full on but I think I can squeeze one more trip. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

I will be travelling with a someone I have mentioned before, Jess, who I went to Berlin with! Long time friend and future companion for all things travel. Jess is embarking on a huge 5 month trip around Asia and I will be visiting in the middle of that trip to spend a month in Thailand with her. Lets be honest couldn’t ask for a better companion really and the timing away for both of us will be perfect. I love Christmas abroad – I’ve written about that so go check it out – and as this is the middle of her trip this will be an amazing time for a little piece of home to come out and visit.

BUT THAT IS NOT ALL.

It sounds so perfect doesn’t it. As the title suggests we have ideas on what to do such as an Elephant conservation in Chiang Mai and then I aim to do my diving course whilst in Koh Tao along with more exciting things all over Thailand. Bangkok. Chiang Mai. Phuket. Oh the excitement. Want some more great news? Another friend and his girlfriend are planning on joining us for part of the trip as well! Fingers crossed that they get it sorted and be able to come out!

Now need to start the fund for that trip. ANY DONATIONS WELCOME 😉

Thailand 2016. Its happening.

TMJ out.

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My American Road Trip 2016 – TrekAmerica

I’m doing a road trip across America! Have a read of where and what I will be doing!

Yes. America 2016! It’s happening and the weeks are flying by already. Back in December of last year I “revealed” that I am going on a road trip to America. Read more here: Road Trip 2016: Where Am I Going?.

Well I’m now going to announce where exactly this road trip will take me! Of course I have several other trips this year but this is the one that requires the most saving and time. The biggest trip I’ve done since 2010 so my excitement for this American adventure is next level.

The Tour
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As you can see by the map above this is a coast to coast trip! Known as the “Southern Sun” tour it will cover many cities all across America! Each state offering something different to experience!
The tour itself is 21 days but I will have a couple days in New York before the tour starts then a couple days in Los Angeles after the tour.

3 Days Pre Tour: New York City
Day 1-2: New York Area, Philadelphia & Washington DC
Day 3: Appalachian Mountains
Day 4: Ocoee, Tennessee
Day 5: Nashville
Day 6: Memphis
Day 7-8: New Orleans
Day 9: Louisiana, Texas
Day 10-11: Austin, Texas
Day 12: North Texas
Day 13: Santa Fe
Day 14: Monument Valley
Day 15-16: Grand Canyon National Park
Day 17-18: Lake Powell & Zion National Park
Day 19-20: Las Vegas
Day 21: Las Vegas & Los Angeles
2 Days Post Tour: Los Angeles

As you can see I’ve got a packed trip and will spend a lot of time on the road travelling a vast distance!
Totally random but did you know that Texas covers 696,241 km² of America! To put this is to perspective the United Kingdom covers 243,610 km². How insane is that.

Transportation
You may be wondering how exactly I will be travelling across America. Well to put it simply a mini van. I have attached a TrekAmerica mini van of a UK Trip I did with them back in 2014 but I’m fairly certain the actual van will be bigger and be newer with Wifi on board. I know fancy stuff right? (although I believe the Wifi not to last so long but I don’t mind as I quite enjoy a internet detox on road trips) Don’t worry, you can see out the windows of the van.

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The Trek America Tour Van for the mini uk adventure.

Accommodation
A big portion of accommodation is camping along the way. Yes, camping. I decided I wanted to see the night sky and scenery as much as possible. As well as spending time around a fire pit in America to get to know the people I will be travelling with quicker making the trip far better, in my opinion, than if we were restricted to hotel/motel rooms every night.

Activities
I have booked some extra special bits for the trip whilst Im in New York City but there’s so much that I can do on this trip that I don’t even know where to start! So to give you a brief glimpse of what I will potentially be up to:

Jazz Clubs in New Orleans, Gun ranges in Las Vegas, GAMBLING in Las Vegas, Helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon, Tour of Graceland, White water rafting, trekking in the Zion National Park and so much more!

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So that’s an outline of what I’ll be up to on my travels this summer. Less than 200 days to go! If you’ve been before on a trekamerica trip or are going on one/ or a road trip of your own then let me know and mention your blog so I can give it a read!

Thanks for reading,
TheMichaelJoseph.

 

My Christmas Abroad – Christmas Day

Part 2 to “My Christmas Abroad”. You’ve read part one, Christmas Eve, so now dive right into an insight to my Christmas Day.

Welcome back! So you find yourselves back, again, reading my wonderful tales and I thank you for that but if you have found your way here for the first time then this is the 2nd part to my 2 part series of “My Christmas Abroad”. If you go here and read part one then return to this part you will get the full details into the time I spent Christmas abroad: My Christmas Abroad – Christmas Eve (Part 1 of 2).

All caught up? Good, lets dive right in.

Christmas Day

Where the excitement had happened Christmas Eve this day didn’t have as much excitement as I’d like to write about. One thing  that happened this day  was where I got hurt, not physically but still hurt. This situation really disrupted the whole trip and changed how I looked on people and changed my outlook on life. I came back from the trip still learning and making mistakes but its a trip that I’d never change. Learn from your experiences.

So disruption aside there is something quite nice about waking up stepping outside and going for a swim. Having a drink by the pool and meat on the braai (barbecue). Just take a moment to imagine huge piece of boerewors sausage with a range of other meats on the braai with the sun beating down playing a bit of water sports in the pool… IN DECEMBER. Pure bliss.

We had no presents that day but we were on a Road Trip around South Africa! You could say that we missed Christmas that year but the road trip was awesome enough.

The evening came to an end with a game of poker with the hostel owners and friends. I’d love to say I won lots of money but in all honesty I can’t remember. I probably did though ;).

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The end.

You’ve heard about my Christmas abroad so I’d to hear from you, the readers. Have you experienced Christmas in another country?  Or away from family? Have you ever “missed” a christmas? Let me know in the comments.

TheMichaelJoseph

 

Throwback is coming…

It’s been a long time since my last post partly because I haven’t been able to complete the posts I start and also I’ve just lost the way with blogging.

This year has been a long and winding road with every corner bringing something new. I’ve made choices that – to some – may seem silly or wrong but I’ve also made them on my own accord at what felt right at the time.

Over the next month or so as we come up to 2016 I’ll be – or I should say TRY to be – taking time to write about these choices and what 2015 has thrown at me. So if you do choose to take the time to stick with me and read the tales and adventures then you’re more than welcome to if not then no worries be on your way and enjoy life.

Thanks,
TheMichaelJoseph.

Its a New Blog

My first time on WordPress and I like it. After using blogger as a film review for a couple years and a few changes in my life I have embarked on the venture of WordPress.

As mentioned this is not the first blog I have done after having a successful – or what I felt was successful – I took a break and slowly forgot about it. It wasn’t until I got to University that I noted how many people had blogs. Some have blogs for their course, some have been advised and others are genuinely into writing – after all this is a sort of diary just not in the traditional sense.

I personally just like the idea of writing for people to read and some would argue that its a form of expressive art, after all…

“blogging is graffiti with punctuation” – Contagion 2011.

So sit back, relax and enjoy a slice of my life.

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