The Highlights of the Highlight of our lives (so far)

by Poi on January 6, 2013

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We’ve been back in the UK for a while, counting on my fingers I’ve realised it’s been 7 months!?! They say time flies when you’re having fun.

In that time I’ve tried my best not to be ‘that guy’.  You know, the guy who’s been away for a while and now it’s all he bangs on about. Naturally though with the last couple of years being so interesting I can’t help but bring up some of my experiences, do I mention them too much? You’d have to ask those around me to find out but I’ve not noticed any eye rolling as yet…

It’s hard to look back on all that time away and remember the best bits as to be honest, it was all pretty great but there are of course certain points that keep coming up again and again.

I’ve creatively named them: The Highlights

Ha Long Bay – Vietnam
We’ve wrote about it in much detail before but the combination of an amazing place and fantastic people all at the same time made our visit to Ha Long Bay an unforgettable trip.

Penang – Malaysia
I’m not really revealing anything new when I say I’m not the biggest fan of Malaysia but once again it was the people that made my visit so great.  With Kirsty back in the UK for a few weeks I got to try my hand at solo travel and it really is as easy to make friends as people say.

Koh Phi Phi – Thailand
Having a group of friends come to visit is always going to make for one hell of a time. Throw in a tropical party island and it’s going to be especially good. After being away for over a year having my friends from home come out to play was amazing and made for one of the best periods of our time away.

Malapascua Island – Philippines
I was very excited to head to the Philippines, I can’t remember why exactly but it was just one of those places that  had always appealed to me. I loved every moment we spent there but Malapascua Island will always stand out, the diving was amazing and I still can’t get over how clear the water was even now.  We WILL be going back to the Philippines.

Songkran 2012 – Thailand
We could have gone on a final tour of the islands or squeeze in somewhere we had yet to visit before we left but we chose to stay in Bangkok. Songkran is simply that good and with a years experience living in the city we were able to enjoy it even more with some friends we’d made along the way. We certainly left Bangkok with a bang.


Reminiscing like this brings up the question that I’ve been asked many times since being back  “what the hell are you doing here?” I often wonder that myself, especially after waking to an alarm clock beeping and cycling to work in the rain.

The truth is though, if you’ve read above there is a clear pattern, people do really make a place. Right now it’s the people we’re with at home making Lincoln, no matter what anyone says nothing beats the fun you can have with your closest friends, even doing the most trivial of things.

Luckily with Kirsty in London we can still explore and when Kirsty has completed her course, I’m sure we’ll be on about how we can’t wait to get away again!

Happy New Year!




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Beverley | Pack Your Passport January 6, 2013 at 8:23 am

I’ve missed reading your blogs! You’ve definitely had some adventures though, the pictures look amazing and I can’t wait to head to SE Asia myself at the end of this year. I’ll be home in England from June for three months so if you fancy beers in London, hollaaaaaaa! 🙂


Rebecca January 7, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Awesome highlights! I know the feeling of worrying if you’re being THAT person… who talks too much about their trips… it’s hard not to do! 🙂 I can’t believe you guys were travelling for so long – I still remember reading your blogs when you were preparing for the trip. How time flies when you’re having fun!


Izy Berry - The Wrong Way Home January 14, 2013 at 4:09 am

Some of my favourite places too 🙂 Maybe 2013 will be even better… you never know…


Paul January 16, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Some amazing places in your highlights. I live in Phuket and have been for the last 8 years but really need to travel and make some visits to the places you have been. Thanks for the inspiration.


Audrey D. January 19, 2013 at 8:42 pm

This clear water makes me want to jump right in! Ah, the Philippines! Great highlights, seems like you had a lot a fun! SE Asia is quite the place to have awesome memories, hard not to talk about! Can’t wat for you guys to make some new highlights:)


Shalu Sharma January 20, 2013 at 5:29 am

You’ve been to great places. Lovely photos as well. Keep travelling and writing. Well done.


Ally January 20, 2013 at 7:47 am

Looks like you’ve been to some amazing places. I’ll be visiting a couple of the places you have on your list next year including Thailand, although unfortunately I don’t think we’ll be there when songkran is on :S


Maria January 20, 2013 at 3:53 pm

The pictures are amazing. Thanks for sharing this adventure. The Philippines look so tempting.


Nico January 20, 2013 at 4:42 pm

I can’t hope noticing that they’re all hot places and that at the moment England is very cold.


Dave January 25, 2013 at 7:38 pm

We’ll be heading to the Philippines before the end of the year, will be sure to check out Malapascua Island, thanks for the heads up!


Ruth February 18, 2013 at 8:07 am

Great recount! I also believe traveling (and life) is all about the people. So, if you are having fun with those you love, well, you are having a blast. There is going to be time for more travel (maybe soon).


Ed Rex March 11, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Great flashback guys. Definitely agree about Songkran,

When will you be able to get away again?


Poi March 12, 2013 at 3:40 am

Thanks for all comments guys. We certainly did have a lot of fun and travelling is definitely the thing for us!

Our plan is to head out again around August 2014, as we can’t make up our minds where we’re not planning anything at the minute. Whenever we decide to book out flights we’ll just see what takes our fancy then.

Hopefully the next trip will be more long term and we’ll create some even better memories!


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