7 Continents in 2017: A Round Up!

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First and foremost, I need to deeply apologise for the radio silence that has been transmitting from my direction.

After returning from my travels through Antarctica and South America I have had to focus on getting back into my work as a baby catcher and actually having a little bit of a social life.

My travels in 2017 were pretty ridiculous (in the best possible way) but fitting in TWENTY TWO AND A HALF weeks of travelling whilst also maintaining a full time job did mean that I sacrificed having any kind of a social life whilst at home, and I gotta admit, that did take a little bit of a toll on me.

So, for the last two months I have been busy working, spending time with my friends and family, and even developing a new romantic relationship.

However, the radio silence ends NOW.

Today’s post marks the recommencement of regular posting, and I have a tonne of Antarctica and South America posts on the way.

I will still be doing a whole lotta travelling this year, but instead of doing it in many smaller trips, I’ll be focusing on doing one big long trip in the second half of 2018; so never fear, there is still plenty and plenty of Travelling The World Solo to come!

So, to kick off a new run of (what I pinky promise will be consistent) posting, here is a round up of my 2017 travels, the year in which I visited EVERY SINGLE FREAKING CONTINENT!

***all dollar figures quoted below are in AUD***

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North America

Greenland

Places visited: Kangerlussuaq, Sisimiut, Ilulissat

Days spent: 13

Money spent: approx $4800 including return flights from Copenhagen and three domestic flights with Air Greenland

Highlights: Sailing through icebergs in Ilulissat, spotting the Aurora Borealis pretty much every night and learning how to drive a snowmobile

Lowlight: getting in a dogsledding accident, tearing ligaments in my knee and spending time in a Greenlandic hospital!

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Europe

Denmark

Places visited: Copenhagen

Days spent: 1

Money spent: approx $70 including one night in a hostel and return transport to the airport

Highlight: wandering around this pretty little Danish city

Lowlight: only having one day!

Svalbard (Norway)

Places visited: Longyearbyen

Days spent: 7

Money spent: approx $1100 including flights from Oslo

Highlight: experiencing the polar night

Lowlight: unseasonably warm weather – I went to the Arctic for it to be cold!

Sweden

Places visited: Stockholm, Kiruna

Days spent: 4

Money spent: approx $100 including one night in a hostel near Stockholm airport and airport transfers

Sponsorships: Complimentary stay with ICEhotel Sweden

Highlight: sleeping on a bed of ice

Lowlight: getting forgotten on a snowmobiling trip and left stranded in -30 degree weather

Austria

Places visited: Vienna

Days spent: 3

Money spent: approx $85

Highlight: eh, wasn’t a huge fan to be perfectly honest

Lowlight: getting treated like trash by an asshole doctor in hospital

Romania

Places visited: Sibiu, Brasov, Bucharest

Days spent: 7

Money spent: approx $180 including sleeper train from Bratislava to Brasov

Highlight: exploring snowy Brasov on foot

Lowlight: nada

Ukraine

Places visited: Kiev, Pripyat (Chernobyl)

Days spent: 4

Money spent: approx $180 including a day trip to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Highlight: visiting the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone – it was an experience like no other

Lowlight: nada

Turkey

Places visited: Istanbul

Days spent: 4

Money spent: approx $120

Highlight: the incredible architecture

Lowlight: getting hardcore hassled by men

Asia

Iran

Places visited: Shiraz, Yazd, Kashan, Esfahan, Kharanaq, Meybod, Chak Chak, Maranjab Desert

Days spent: 14

Money spent: approx $580 including $229 VOA

Highlight: literally the entire trip – I adore Iran!

Lowlight: nada

Jordan

Places visited: Amman, Mount Nebo, Petra, Wadi Rum, Kerak

Days spent: 7

Money spent: approx $1000 including private driver from Amman to Petra and return, 2 day ticket to Petra, overnight at a Bedouin camp and day pass to the Dead Sea

Highlight: the hike to above the Treasury

Lowlight: nada

How to hike the 'Secret Trail' to above the Treasury in Petra

Cambodia

Places visited: Siem Reap, Angkor Wat

Days spent: 5

Money spent: approx $240 including Angkor Wat multi day ticket, VOA and at least 60 beers!

Highlight: getting white girl wasted and having great times with great people

Lowlight: nada

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Thailand

Places visited: Phuket, Khao Sok National Park

Days spent: 5

Money spent: approx $50

Sponshorships: Complimentary stay at Elephant Hills in Khao Sok

Highlight: staying at a floating camp in Khao Sok

Lowlight: having to fly through Phuket, it just isn’t a place I’ll ever like

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Myanmar

Places visited: Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake

Days spent: 7

Money spent: approx $550 including three domestic flights within Myanmar

Highlight: e-biking through Bagan

Lowlight: nada

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Maldives

Places visited: Ari Atoll, Baa Atoll, Noonu Atoll

Days spent: 7

Money spent: approx $400 including the best massage of my life at the Six Senses spa at Soneva Fushi!

Sponsorships: Complimentary stays with Kandolhu, Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani

Highlights: snorkelling with sea turtles and staying in the most out of this world villas

Lowlight: nada

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Singapore

Places visited: Art Science Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Little India, Platform 1904 Cafe

Days spent: 3

Money spent: $160

Highlight: having a Harry Potter themed cocktail at Platform 1904

Lowlight: nada

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Africa

Egypt

Places visited: Cairo, Luxor

Days spent: 5

Money spent:  approx $450 including return flights from Cairo to Luxor

Highlights: the pyramids of Giza, Karnak temple and hot air ballooning over Luxor

Lowlight: nada

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Oceania

Fiji

Places visited: Nadi

Days spent: 2

Money spent: approx $30

Highlight: nothing really, I was really just transiting through Nadi

Lowlight: having a sex dream in a dorm room – what a freaking disaster!

Tonga

Places visited: Tongatapu, Ha’apai

Days spent: 6

Money spent: approx $1000 including domestic flights with Real Tonga airlines

Sponsorships: Subsidised stay with Sea Change Eco Retreat

Highlight: swimming with humpback whales

Lowlight: nada

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New Zealand

Places visited: Auckland

Days spent: 2

Money spent: approx $250 including a stay at a 5 star hotel (girl wanted to indulge)

Highlight: listening to kiwi accents

Lowlight: nada

South America

Chile

Places visited: Santiago, Valparaiso

Days spent: 8

Money spent: approx $250

Highlight: exploring street art in Valparaiso

Lowlight: nada

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Argentina

Places visited: Mendoza, Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, El Calafate, El Chalten, Ushuaia

Days spent: 22

Money spent: approx $2400 including multiple domestic flights within Argentina

Highlight: travelling with my daddyo and growing so much closer to my favourite person in the world

Lowlight: getting larger than life blisters on my feet and being unable to walk for a few days

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Peru

Places visited: Lima, Paracas, Huacachina, Cusco, Machu Picchu

Days spent: 9

Money spent: approx $550 including train tickets to and from Machu Picchu

Highlight: dune bashing in Huacachina

Lowlight: getting the most insane scalp sunburn at Machu Picchu

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Antarctica

Places visited: Stony Point, Lemaire Channel, Port Lockroy, Base Brown, Paradise Bay, Port Charcot, Neko Bay, Cuverville

Days spent: 12

Money spent: approx $5000 including purchases on board the vessel

Sponsorships: Subsidised trip with Oceanwide Expeditions

Highlight: EVERYTHING!

Lowlight: NOTHING!

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Total number of days spent overseas in 2017:

157

Approximate amount of dollarydoos spent overseas in 2017:

$19,545 AUD

Approximate average cost per day:

$124.49/per day AUD

Was it worth every single cent?

Hell to the YES!

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69 thoughts on “7 Continents in 2017: A Round Up!

  1. You travels from last year are indeed commendable, but i would wish you to have a better social life. Believe me, you don’t want to look back one day and realize you didn’t live a quality life….traveling should be just one aspect of it.

    Thanks for these gorgeous shots, though.

  2. Wow, such lovely photos in this post! No need to apologise for not blogging — your life and travels sound incredibly busy and fulfilling. But it’s good to slow down and focus on social stuff that’s closer to home too. How exciting that you’re embarking on a new relationship too.

    Looking forward to your upcoming blog posts. 🙂

  3. That’s about £11K, to us, and for what you got, and how far you got, that seems like a bargain. You will never have to give life experience back. I don’t recall travels with your Dad – and was wondering if I’d missed Machu Pichu (the photo doesn’t look familiar) – but hope that they’re all to come.

    That BBC TV series I told you about, visiting the best hotels in the world, which featured the giraffe hotel is back for a second series. When the publish the full list of destinations I’ll let you know so you’re aware what the competition is up to…all some of them look mighty pricey. Your £11K might buy you a night!?!

    And that Scotland you talked about moving to…pretty sure it’s been destroyed by snow this week. Be thankful for your end of summer because after yesterday I’m refusing to leave the house! Welcome back.

    1. I think it’s a bargain too! I certainly did a lot with that moolah. As for my papa-bear travels, they are to come. He came with me to Chile, Argentina and Antarctica.

  4. Hahah, I used to live in Vienna and I can’t agree more. The real beauty of Austria is held in the surrounding mountain towns. I do have to say, I prefer Germany more though but it is possible I am a bit biased 🙂

  5. Never feel guilty about not writing. Sometimes a break makes the return that much sweeter.
    Your summing up made me realize my daughter has been travelling for two years with only short trips home!
    You are planning one major trip for 2018 whereas I am hoping to do more local trips – unless I see a flight that makes me suddenly purchase a flight to anywhere!
    I did not like Phuket, only overnight. Nor Koh Phi Phi.
    Have you ever visited Vietnam?
    One more, will you ever consider China?

    1. I get 7 weeks paid per year (49 days), which I can take at half pay to get double the time off (98 days). Plus I work month long rosters so I can work a lot of night shifts and usually get 8-9 days off every other month without using any leave. I make the most of what I have!

  6. ..and I was feeling pretty proud about driving solo from North Carolina to Florida..🙄HA!!- Amazing, amazing pictures, my hat’s off to you! 👍

  7. You seem to have got an amazing amount done on such a small budget. That’s the kind of budget I set for myself and then end up spending twice that.

  8. What a year! Here’s to another great year for you. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m so jealous you went to Antarctica. Looking forward to your posts when you get the time to write. Have fun with family & friends in the meantime.

  9. delighted you’re back 🙂 I ❤ reading your blog and seeing the pictures of places and feeling inspired to adventure more xo

  10. Glad to have taken a few of the snaps of you that appear here, even if it was using your beloved Olympus….. 🙂
    Even better was the absolute blast we had in South America and Antarctica. Travelling together, being conned by you into trekking a distance I would never have contemplated on a worn-out knee in El Chalten, getting soaked to the bone and laughing like fools at Iguazu Falls. Stepping onto the Antarctic continent. Kayaking amidst icebergs and ice-floes and penguins. The best times.
    So proud of you kiddo.

  11. How exciting that you were able to travel so much this year!! I look forward to hearing about it (and to also hopefully one day be able to visit the places that you went). May I also ask a question please? Was it difficult being able to save up that money to go traveling but still have enough for living expenses back home/put some money in your savings?

  12. Thank you for continuing to stoke my fire for solo female travel. I love reading your stuff, can’t wait to read about your Antarctica adventure. I have this ambitious plan to follow in your footsteps by the end of the year!

  13. I’m glad you’re back online. I have a question, too. Do the dollar amounts include the cost of flights from your home and back? You mentioned in-country flights but not international ones.

    1. For short haul trips (less than ten days) yes I included the costs, for long haul trips no I didn’t, as I wouldn’t be able to evenly distribute the cost through each place.

  14. What an incredible year! Sounds like it was such a blast, thank you for sharing. Looking forward to reading about all the Antarctica adventures!

  15. You’re back! Yeah! I have so missed your wonderful posts. I get the life balance part. For me it is too much work. I am looking forward to catching up on your blog. And now you have visited the one place I have always wanted to explore – Antarctica.

    You are a nice, intelligent, adventurous and pretty lady. If any guy is interested, then well he is either not all there or something.

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