John and Sheila's Travels

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Here are our individual journies.......

Countries visited
Theme (with link to the travel page)
2018 Jan-Feb
Colombia, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico
Colombia and some Caribbean islands
By bus to some old cities in Colombia and flying to some islands in the Caribbean

2017 Oct-Nov
Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia
From Thailand to Timor
Across some Indonesian islands to Timor-Leste, then some Ankor-era temples in Laos and Cambodia.

2017 Feb
Return to India
- revisiting some favourite places in south India

2016, Oct-Nov
French Guyana, Suriname, Guyana, Curacao, Bonaire, Aruba, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Haiti
Not a normal Caribbean holiday - the Guyanas, the ABC islands and Hispaniola island

2016, Feb-March
India, Bangladesh
India's north-east states
hill villages, tea plantations and a rhino in a wildlife park.

2015, Oct-Nov
Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia
Our third big South American bus ride
from Buenos Aires on the Atlantic via Lima on the Pacific to Cartagena on the Caribbean.

2014, Oct
Georgia, Azerbaijan and the 'Stans': Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan
Central Asia - Across the Caspian Sea and along the Silk Road
with a side excursion to where the Aral Sea used to be

2014, March
Temples and Bathing ghats:  Daman and Udaipur (old favourites), Delhi (traces of the Raj),  temples and bathing ghats: Vrindavan, Gwalior, Orchha, Kajuraho, Chitrakoot and of course Varanasi, then ending in Kolkata

2013, Sept
Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan
From the Black Sea to the Caspian
by bus and train

2013, Feb
India, Nepal
Across India and Nepal and on to the Andaman Islands: from Mumbai via Daman, Udaipur, Delhi, Lucknow, Lumbini, Pokhara, Kathmandu, Patna and Bodhgaya to Kolkata, followed by a visit to Port Blair and Havelock Island

2012, Oct
A trek in the Himalayas
to the medieval walled city of Lo Manthang

2012, March
Micronesia: Guam, Palau, Yap & Saipan, and South Korea
Some North Pacific islands and a stop in Korea on the way back

2011, Sept
Travels in the mountains:
Kashmir, Ladakh, Manali, McLeod Ganj/Dharmsala, Shimla, Mussoorie, Rishikesh and Haridwar

2011, March
Wine tasting and other favourites: Mumbai, Sula vineyard at Nasik, Champaner world heritage site, Rajasthan favourites (Udaipur, Jaisalmer & Jodphur) and Delhi

2010, Oct-Nov
Brunei, Solomon Islands, Nauru, Kiribati, Fiji, Wallis, New Calidonia, Vanuatu and Australia
A selection of seven South Pacific islands, with a couple of stopovers on the way (seven new countries added to the list, almost a record!)

2010, Feb-Mar
Temples in Maharashtra and Palaces in Rajasthan: Mumbai, Ajanta, Ellora, Mandu, Sanchi, Bundi, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Pushkar, Jaipur, Amber, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra with the Taj Mahal of course, and Delhi

2008 to 2010
Kosovo, Cape Verde, Italy and Belgium
Some weekends away:
Kosovo after independence, Cape Verde islands, Sardinia and Ghent

2009, Nov
Antigua, Montserrat, St Kitts, Nevis, St Maarten, St Eustatius, Anguilla, US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands
A selection of nine Caribbean islands

2009, Aug
Canada and St Pierre et Miquelon
Toronto, Montreal, Quebec, St John's and a ferry to St Pierre

2009, Jan-Feb
India, Pakistan
Mumbai to Islamabad. Part 1, Mumbai and Gujerat
Part 2, Rajasthan and Punjab
Part 3, Pakistan

2008, Jan-Feb
South India part 1: Temples and beaches in Tamil Nadu
South India part 2: Backwaters and palaces in Kerala and Karnataka

2007, June
Poland, Moldova, Transnistria, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Germany
Our drive to Odessa on the Black Sea, via Wroclaw, Krakow, Kamyanets-Podilsky, Chisinau and Tirasopol, then back through Prague and the Romantischerstrasse

2007, March
Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Serbia, Slovenia, Germany
Our drive around the Balkan countries

2006, Nov
India, Bhutan
A journey across India from Bhutan to Bombay:
Part 1, Kolkata, Bhutan, Sikkim, Kalimpong, Darjeeling, Puri and Konorak
Part 2, Hyderabad, Bijapur, Hampi, Goa and Mumbai

2006 May-June
Poland, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Ukraine
Some drives around Eastern Europe including the Baltic States and Lviv, Ukraine

2005, Oct
Belgium, Belarus, Russia, Mongolia, China
Our big Trans-Siberian train ride from London to Shanghai  (which completes the overland journey from London to Singapore!)

2004, Sept-Oct
China, Laos, Thailand
Our overland journey from Beijing to Bangkok

2003, Oct
Venezuela, Peru, Chile, Argentina
A South American bus ride from Lima to Buenos Aires, via Machu Picchu and the Atacama Desert

2002, Oct
Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay A South American bus ride from Santiago to Buenos Aires, via Asuncion, Iguazu Falls and Fray Bentos

2001, Nov
A short visit to Cuba .....

2001, Nov
Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama
... and a long bus ride through Central America

2001 and 2002
USA, Iceland, Bermuda
Some drives round the eastern USA, including New York, Boston, Denver, Cincinnati, Nashville and Chattanooga, with stopovers in Reykjavik and Bermuda

2000, Nov
Thailand, Laos, Vietnam
Our return to Vietnam, to complete the journey that was interrupted last year

1999, Oct-Nov
Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand
Overland from Hong Kong to Bangkok:  
Part 1, Vietnam and Part 2, Cambodia

1998, Nov
Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso
By boat to Timbuktu; from Dakar via Bamako and Mopti to Ouagadougou

1997, Nov
Syria, Lebanon
A stopover in Damascus and a shared taxi to Beirut, on the way to Sanaa

1997, Nov
A drive around the Yemen; motoring with Mohammed

1996, Oct
Tibet, Nepal, India, Bangladesh
Our journey down the Himalayas from Lhasa to Dhaka (use browser 'back' button to return here)

1995, Apr-May
New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga, Western Samoa, American Samoa, Cook Islands, Tahiti (French Polynesia)
New Zealand and seven South Pacific islands

1994 to 1997
Several drives around Ireland (covering most of the country)

1993 to 1996
Some drives around the western USA, including canyons in Utah and Arizona, Las Vegas, Yellowstone, Monument Valley and Mesa Verde Colorado

1992, Aug-Sept
Sri Lanka, Maldives
A tour round Sri Lanka and a visit to the Maldives

1991, July-Aug
Japan, Australia, Laos, Thailand
Round the world clockwise; a visit to Japan, Australia, Laos and Thailand

1990, July-Aug
Canada, Trinidad, Grenada, St Vincent, Barbados, St Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Antigua and USA
Canada and nine Caribbean islands (ten new countries added to the list, a record for one trip!)

1989, July-Aug
Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya
A circular tour of East Africa, with a steamer-boat ride on Lake Tanganyka and a journey through Rwanda a year before the civil war started and Uganda ten years after Idi Amin left

1987, Mar-Apr
Thailand, Indonesia
A journey through Indonesia from Jakarta to Bali

1986, Mar-Apr
Andorra, Spain, Portugal
A drive around Iberia via Andorra, Madrid, Lisbon, Granada, Barcelona and points in between

1985, Aug
West Germany, East Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Yugoslavia
Behind the Iron Curtain; a drive round Eastern Europe before the Wall came down

1984, Mar-Apr
Egypt, Greece
A tour round Egypt, with stopovers in Crete and Corfu

1982, Apr
Thailand, Burma, Soviet Union
A visit to Burma, with stopovers in Bangkok, Moscow and Leningrad

1981, Aug-Sept
Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Italy, Switzerland, France
Our long drive home from work (Riyadh to London)

1979 to 1981
Saudi Arabia
We lived in Riyadh for two years and explored the city and the sights in the desert nearby

1979 to 1981
Saudi Arabia
We drove all around Saudi Arabia, including Madain Saleh and the Hejaz railway, Jeddah, Taif, Najran, Jizan, Qatif and Jubail

1980 to 1981
UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Sudan
We travelled around the nearby Middle Eastern countries, by plane, car and dhow!

1980, Feb
Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong, Macau, China, Malaysia, Singapore
A tour of the Far East, including the train from Bangkok to Singapore (the 'start' of the overland journey from London!)

1980, Oct
Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Mauritius, Reunion, Seychelles
A tour of East Africa and some Indian Ocean islands

1980, Nov
Singapore, Taiwan, USA
A very quick trip round the world anticlockwise

1976, Apr
Tunisia, Libya, Algeria
A look at Colonel Gaddafi's Libya, and Tunisia and Algeria

1975, May-June
Enver Hoxha's communist paradise - Albania in 1975

Italy, San Marino, Switzerland, Leichtenstein, France, Monaco
We lived in Milan, and explored north Italy and the surrounding countries

1973, May
Cyprus before partition - Famagusta and drives all around the island

And finally,
Our own 'Seven Wonders of the World'
and because we like India so much, a separate page for our Favourites of India.

And our 'Grand Tours' - composite maps of our journies with lists of the places we visited highlighting our favourite sights, hotels and meals -
Our Grand Tour of India  
Our Grand Tour of south-east Asia  
Our Grand Tour of China  
Our Grand Tour of South America  

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