Franca waiting for a flight - 6 Months Travel Anniversary - Now What?

more than six months since we waited for our first flight

Six months. 182 days. 4382 hours.

However you look at it, its been awhile since we sold everything we owned, left the UK bound for two months of sightseeing around Italy and time spent in ITALIAN/Franca’s hometown with great friends, great family & incredible food before we fully embarked on our full-time backpacking journey around the world in search of Architecture, Art, Design & Music.

So what’s happened in those six months since leaving Italy?

Six Months Ago

… we took a ferry out of Italy towards the city walls of Dubrovnik.

Franca on the top of the city walls of Dubrovnik - 6 Months Travel Anniversary - Now What?

182 Days

… since we discovered the incredible past & present of Sarajevo.

The house at the end of the tunnel in Sarajevo - 6 Months Travel Anniversary - Now What?

4382 Hours

… since we discovered why Belgrade’s Museum of Contemporary Art is almost completely empty.

Franca inside Belgrade's Contemporary Art Museum - 6 Months Travel Anniversary - Now What?

Five Months Ago

… we were getting frustrated by the Russian Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine leaving us with no choice but to fly to Japan.

Franca with our Japan Rail Pass tickets - 6 Months Travel Anniversary - Now What?

152 Days

… since we discovered that artists had re-imagined several houses on the former fishing island of Naoshima.

One of the art house projects on Naoshima - 6 Months Travel Anniversary - Now What?

3652 Hours

… since I pretended to be a deer in Nara National Park.

Dale pretending to be a deer in Nara, Japan - 6 Months Travel Anniversary - Now What?

Four Months Ago

… and on the advice of a Couchsurfing friend, we visited & discovered the Beppu Biennial Art Festival between dips in natural hot springs.

Art during the Beppu Art Festival - 6 Months Travel Anniversary - Now What?

121 Days

… since we slept on the floor of a bath house in South Korea.

A Korean sleeping in a Jjimjilbang - 6 Months Travel Anniversary - Now What?

2921 Hours Ago

… Franca & stellar-artist Anish Kapoor visited Seoul for the first time.

Dale in the Anish Kapoor exhibition in Seoul - 6 Months Travel Anniversary - Now What?

Three Months Ago

… and we celebrated & summarized three months on the road.

Franca holding up three fingers - 6 Months Travel Anniversary - Now What?

91 Days Ago

… and we took a tour of Taiwan’s famous Sun Moon Lake & it’s futuristic-style design visitors centre.

Inside the Sun Moon Lake Center - 6 Months Travel Anniversary - Now What?

2192 Hours

… since our stowaway and travelling mascot Pinkie the Cavey celebrated Christmas in Taiwan.

Pinkie the Cavey with a Christmas tree - 6 Months Travel Anniversary - Now What?

Two Months Ago

… and we took a break from Malaysia’s heat for some tea in the Cameron Highlands.

The tea plant covered hills of the Cameron Highlands - 6 Months Travel Anniversary - Now What?

60 Days Ago

… and from a Couchsurfing friend we learnt all about the hospitality & great food that we could experience in a Sikh gurdwara.

Franca wearing a headscarf for the temple - 6 Months Travel Anniversary - Now What?

1460 Hours Ago

… and we hiked & took a boat around Penang National Park in search of turtles & monkeys.

Franca watching the monkeys at Penang National Park - 6 Months Travel Anniversary - Now What?

One Month Ago

… and we were kicking ourselves for not listening to our Couchsurfing hosts advice telling us NOT to go to Khao San Road.

The madness of Khao San Road in Bangkok - 6 Months Travel Anniversary - Now What?

30 Days Ago

… and I found a lump in my chest.

Dale getting examined - 6 Months Travel Anniversary - Now What?

730 Hours Ago

… and it looks like Buddha is waving us goodbye…

A huge buddha statue in Chiang Rai - 6 Months Travel Anniversary - Now What?

…and good reason too as currently we’re whizzing along the Mekong River in Laos heading towards Luang Prabang, one of the major cities & also another UNESCO site we can tick off the list.

Today & The Next Six Months

Normally when travel bloggers such as ourselves celebrate making it this far many like to summarize how much they’ve spent, how many stamps they’ve got in their passport, that sort of thing – but not us. Not this time.

More important than that we want a summary from YOU.

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Both Franca & myself have really enjoyed running the blog over the past six months & have no intention of stopping. We love talking to you all on Twitter (when internet permits), adore the comments and likes you give our pictures on our Facebook page & remain forever ecstatic when you give us your opinion by commenting on the blog.

What we’d like to know is how we’re doing and don’t feel the need to hold back either.

What type of posts are your favourite?
Do you prefer our posts about Architecture, Design & Music?
Or do you prefer posts on our experiences?
Would you like to read more personal thoughts posts?
Would you like more regular updates?
Do you want to see more, fewer or just as many pictures?
Do you want to see us making more videos?
Would you like more frequent posts?
Would you like more figures, like finances, distance travelled, etc?
If we started a regular newsletter/email system which had our more private thoughts, plans and developments as they happen; would you be interested?
Would you like to see any changes made to the site design?
Does the comment system work well enough for you?
Anything at all?

Anything you think may benefit us, you & all of our other readers; please tell us how you feel in our comments below and don’t hold back. The more honest the better.

Seven Months, Eight Months, Nine Months…

Again, we can’t thank everyone enough for supporting us by coming to the site, giving us your opinions & kind thoughts.

We can’t wait to hear your feedback and take you with us as we search for Architecture, Art, Design & Music in the seventh month, the eight, the ninth…

How can we do better?