Well it’s hard to believe, but an entire year has passed since we left Australia on our overland journey from Thailand to South Africa without flying. Of course a lot has happened during this year, and first of all we want to thank you all for following along on our journey!
Since our last update from when we hit the 6 month mark of our backpacking mission, we have taken our motorbikes all over Cambodia and Vietnam, exploring far-flung places that few travellers ever get to see. From the islands of Cambodia to Long Cu, Vietnam’s northern-most point, we have seen a lot.
Jazza ended up breaking our “no flying” rule, but I’m sure you will understand why. After winning the World Nomads Travel Writing Scholarship he got sent to Europe for 3 weeks to do a writing course with a Lonely Planet author. A real career-changer for us, and he flew out of and into from Phnom Penh. Not gaining any ground, we could overlook this breach.
As 2014 drew closer to an end, we needed somewhere to settle down and get on top of some projects we have. We ended up choosing our favourite place, Phong Nha. After already a month here, we believe it was the right choice.
Our NOMADasaurus brand has been taking off, and our following has grown substantially. Just the other day we were featured on Forbes about our journey. We have to thank you, our readers, for joining us along on our crazy adventure!
Here is a collection of photos from our 1 year travelling highlights. There were a lot more we could have added to the list, but we will try to keep it as short as possible. Hope you enjoy them!
Highlights From 1 Year Travelling And Backpacking Through Southeast Asia
[box type=”info” size=”large” style=”rounded” border=”full”]We have some MASSIVE plans for 2015. In March we will cross into China, and then zig-zag our way around the country. Some of the tentative destinations are Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea and Japan. Then once we cross China it is time for Central Asia! Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iraqi Kurdistan, Iran and into Turkey. That should just about take us into 2016, we think. Of course everything is subject to change and we can’t wait to see where we end up. Thanks for following, and we hope you awesome people continue to join us with our adventure! Happy Travels![/box]
Love from Lesh and Jazza
About the Author - Alesha and Jarryd
Hey! We are Alesha and Jarryd, the award-winning writers and professional photographers behind this blog. We have been travelling the world together since 2008, with a passion for adventure travel and sustainable tourism. Through our stories and images we promote exciting off-the-beaten-path destinations and fascinating cultures as we go. As one of the world's leading travel journalists, our content and adventures have been featured by National Geographic, Lonely Planet, CNN, BBC, Forbes, Business Insider, Washington Post, Yahoo!, BuzzFeed, Channel 7, Channel 10, ABC, The Guardian, and plenty other publications. Follow our journey in real time on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.
12 thoughts on “1 Year Travelling – Backpacking In Southeast Asia Highlights”
Fantastic adventure guys! So excited to see what’s up and coming. Cheers to your SE Asian adventures, it was amazing to follow them 🙂
Thanks so much Nina! We really appreciate you following along. Lots more cool adventures coming up, we promise 😉
What a magnificent year. You’ve done so much more in one year than we’ve probably done in two and a half, but as I always say; “travel is not a race”.
I love how you both get so immersed in local culture and the countryside whilst you travel and always look forward to seeing which route you’ve taken since the last time I popped by your blog.
Keep it up guys. Don’t stop.
Travel is definitely not a race mate, and you and Franca have done a fair bit yourselves! Thanks so much for the kind words. Appreciate your support! Happy travels mate.
Stumbled on your blog by accident, and got stuck here for a bit ) You guys are doing an awesome job covering SouthEast Asia. Looking forward to your reports from Central Asia – that’s definitely on our list of must see SOON!
Thanks very much Jenia. We sure are trying our best! Central Asia will be a blast, that’s for sure! Thanks for reading and happy travels.
This is awesome. All of the photos from Vietnam have been amazing! I really need to back and rent a bike and explore that way. Looking forward to following your travels through 2015!
Thanks very much Dave. Vietnam is a beautiful country (our favourite), and very enjoyable to photograph. Happy travels buddy!
Loving the adventures! Phong Nha was a firm favourite of ours in 2012. We are back to Vietnam this year for a fifth visit, it being our favourite place as well. Thank you for the great writing, it is a great tonic on cold winter days.
Wow, you should return to Phong Nha now and see how much it has changed. Appreciate you stopping by for a read, Jo. Happy travels for your 5th adventure here!
That is definitely an epic adventure!
Amazing what you have done in one year, and how you succeeded to go Off The Beaten Track in countries where you also have mass tourism.
I am now really impatient to read your Chinese adventures, and of course Central Asia, which I still have to discover completely!
Have a great and safe trip in 2015!
PS: hope that our paths will cross again someday, somewhere…
Thanks very much Gilles. Getting off the beaten track gets easier and easier the more you do it. It was great to meet you in Phong Nha this year, and I’m looking forward to the day our paths cross again. Happy travels mate!