Six Months on the Road

by Poi on February 21, 2011

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So here we are, it’s been six months since we left sunny England and began our travels around China and SE Asia, here’s an update of our lives for those of you that care…

How are we?

We’re doing great, we’re still alive, no serious health issues, all is good and we’re living the dream. Best of all we’re still together and survived many travel days without killing each other.

Across the whole six months the only things that have put a downer on the trip are my bad night in Xiamen and Kirstys hospital visit, thankfully both of which we’re solved quickly and easily.

Where are you?

After living (relaxing) in Chiang Mai we’ve started backpacking again. We’ve spent the last two weeks in Laos, having fun in Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng. Today we arrived in Vientiane and will be heading south for another couple of weeks in Laos. After that it’s into Cambodia for a month and back into Thailand for songkran

Tubing in Vang Vieng Laos

The two of us floating down the river in Vang Vieng, maybe a little merry

Highlights?

We’ve just come from Vang Vieng so I can’t miss out tubing, no matter what you’ve heard about it I’m not sure it’s possible to have much more fun in a day. I really really enjoyed it.

Other recent highlights include Mountain Biking in Chiang Mai as well as having two lots of friends visit us.

Sticking to your plans?

This question was asked in our two months on the road post and thought it had to be asked once again.

After destroying all our previous plans by going to and staying in Chiang Mai for so long, we actually managed to stick to our next plan by coming into Laos despite being very tempted last minute to change everything and follow our friends into Malaysia. So for once, yes we have stuck to some form of plan!

The Blog

When we arrived in Chiang Mai we decided to try and make some big improvements while we were in one place. We set ourselves some targets and I’m glad to say we achieved them all.

The most boring of which was going through all our posts and improving the SEO, something we knew nothing about when we started, thankfully google took notice and started sending more people our way.

Many other minor changes were made but you don’t need to know such tedious things, all you need know is, the blog? It’s going very well.

Oh yes, how could I forget, Noplacetobe.com just turned a year old.

And to end…

So that’s about it, we’re still having a great time, madly in love with Asia and have no desire to go home anytime soon. As for money issues, I have no idea, speak to Kirsty, she still lets me have a beer every night so it can’t be that bad.

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Monica February 21, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Well done guys! I’m loving reading your blog. Keep up the good work and happy travels!!

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Poi February 21, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Thanks Monica, we’re happy to please!

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Diane February 23, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Hey, just catching up on all your happenings! Sounds like you are both having a fantastic time, I am so jealous. Keep the blog going its good to hear all about the different places you are visiting and what you’re getting up too.

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Poi February 23, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Hi Diane – Nice to see you are still keeping an eye on me and yeah we are having an amazing time thanks.

Hope all is well in Lincoln and your still enjoying yourself.

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Charles McCool February 21, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Happy Anniversary to your blog. Fun stuff. Nice read.
Charles McCool´s last blog post ..Presidents Day is Travel Day

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Poi February 21, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Thank you – they grow up so fast don’t they!

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Globetrottergirls February 21, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Congratulations on your 6 months on the road – happy to hear everything is going so well.. hopefully the next 6 months will be just as awesome 🙂

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Poi February 21, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Thanks – I hope so too! If it’s anything like the last 6 it will be perfect!

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Sherilee February 21, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Hey Guys. Been “offline” since mid November, family stuff and illness etc. We are all ok though, on the whole. I try to keep up though I love that you are having such a good time. Will email soon. In the meantime, take care. XxX

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Kirsty February 22, 2011 at 6:30 pm

It’s been wonderful, we hope we don’t stop anytime soon! Speak soon 🙂

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Annie February 21, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Sounds so exciting! I’ve loved reading along and am happy to hear that your blog is going so well!

Can’t wait to keep reading about your adventures!
Annie´s last blog post ..Sardinia Day 1- Cagliari

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Poi February 22, 2011 at 8:28 am

Thanks Annie for always reading our stuff – it means a lot!

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Dustin Main - Skinny Backpacker February 22, 2011 at 6:26 am

Congrats you two. Enjoy Laos for me too, as I didn’t make it when I was in the area last year 🙁
Dustin Main – Skinny Backpacker´s last blog post ..Feeling New Zealand Jazz

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Poi February 22, 2011 at 8:29 am

Thanks – we’ll do our best, it’s a very easy place to enjoy!

Thanks again for the Cambodia tips, we’ll be using them all shortly.

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Kieron February 22, 2011 at 11:06 am

Congrats on both the travel and blog anniversaries guys – you’re giving us plenty of inspiration in the lead-up to our own journey!
Kieron´s last blog post ..Acacia Africa’s Top 5 Finance Fix

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Poi February 22, 2011 at 11:47 am

Thanks Kieron – Looking forward to reading about your adventures- you’re blog seems to be going great as well!

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Ali February 22, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Sounds like you’re having a great time! Congrats on the one year blog anniversary. Your money comment about Kirsty still letting you have beer cracked me up 🙂
Ali´s last blog post ..Iguazu Falls

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Poi February 22, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Beer is basically the only thing I buy, so when she stops letting me have that I know we are in trouble!

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Jill - Jack and Jill Travel The World February 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Glad to hear you guys are enjoying yourself in Asia. Happy bloggeversary (or however you’re supposed to spell that)!
Jill – Jack and Jill Travel The World´s last blog post ..10 Tips to Help You Pick Your Next Travel Gear

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Poi February 22, 2011 at 1:48 pm

No idea – bloggeversary sounds good to me although windows 7 is telling me otherwise. Thanks!

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Andi of My Beautiful Adventures February 22, 2011 at 10:10 pm

No way it’s been 6 months!!! WOW! Happy Anniversary! Cheers to the next 6 months being even more amazing 🙂
Andi of My Beautiful Adventures´s last blog post ..Meet My Fiance- Lucas

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Poi February 23, 2011 at 9:30 am

It’s flown by hasn’t it! Thanks Andi.

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Joseph February 22, 2011 at 10:19 pm

First Happy Anniversary! keep on having fun and keep on entertaining and inspiring us! 😀

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Poi February 23, 2011 at 9:30 am

Cheers Joseph we’ll do our best!

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Dave and Deb February 23, 2011 at 12:04 am

Congrats on a successful first 6 months. I hear you about fixing up SEO, it is boring, but worth it. We still have a lot of work to do in that department but one of these days we may catch up on all the work that needs to be done. I am glad that Google is taking notice. Cheers and here’s to the next 6 months.
Dave and Deb´s last blog post ..Mongol Rally and the Visa Machine

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Poi February 23, 2011 at 9:34 am

Thanks guys, we followed your updates about the changes you made to your site, it inspired us and we took some of your advice and it seems to be working so thank you!

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Erica February 23, 2011 at 2:51 pm

6 months already?! I remember when you guys were just about leaving!

How time flies. Glad to see you guys are doing well! 😀
Erica´s last blog post ..Preparation Status

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Poi February 23, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Yup 6 months already – it’s amazing how quick it comes round. Won’t seem like long until you’re writing your six month update!

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Heather February 23, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Congrats on the milestone!!!

Time has flown for me from 6 months-on and it seems I’ve been here forever 🙂 Eager to see how things continue to evolve now that you’re on the move again!
Heather´s last blog post ..Burgers in Sydney

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Poi February 23, 2011 at 7:44 pm

It should be interesting, lets see where our next home will be.

Been there forever in a good way I’m sure!

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Michael Hodson February 23, 2011 at 6:52 pm

glad you are out there living the dream… and blogging well about it. Thanks!
Michael Hodson´s last blog post ..Traveling and Dying — the Real Risks in Life

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Poi February 23, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Cheers Michael!

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Dan Collins February 24, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Awesoooooome!
Dan Collins´s last blog post ..The Mighty Melbourne

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Poi February 25, 2011 at 12:24 pm

It is!

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Amanda March 1, 2011 at 1:11 pm

I can’t believe you’ve been on the road for 6 months already! Has it really been that long?? Wow. That’s awesome, though!

So glad to hear everything is going so well, including the blog!
Amanda´s last blog post ..Travel Scene- Waikiki Beach

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Poi March 2, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Thanks Amanda – it has flown by, it’s quite scary actually, I don’t want it to go to quick before all our money vanishes.

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AudreyDez March 3, 2011 at 1:02 am

NO WAY! 6 months already? Wow, time goes fast! I started reading No place to be when you were still in England and now you’re already half a year in this trip! That’s awesome, congrats!:)

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Poi March 5, 2011 at 10:23 am

Thank you for reading for so long – It has gone soo fast but time flys when you’re having fun…

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Rebecca March 12, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Wow, six months – doesn’t seem that long!! Glad to see you’re still together 😉 and that you’re still enjoying a beer. Hopefully catch you somewhere in Cambodia…
Rebecca´s last blog post ..Photo of the Week- Santa Monica Beach- Los Angeles

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Poi March 13, 2011 at 8:27 pm

haha thanks Rebecca! Hopefully so!

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