Van life in China: staying opposite a sacred mountain in Yunnan on the road to Tibet in 2020. > Jump back to the beginning in 1988 2023 Nepal – Kathmandu Valley + based in Pokhara Malaysia Indonesia (Sulawesi) New Zealand (family visit) China – Jiaxing Thailand Indonesia (islands of Bali, Gili Meno, Flores, Komodo, West Timor, Sumba, Bali) Thailand 2022 Thailand China – based in Linyi + Tancheng (= pandemic blues) 2021 China – Linyi; Promo trips to Moganshan; Litang and Tibetan Sichuan; Hainan Island; and continuing van life in the provinces of Yunnan & Sichuan 2020 China – van life in Shanxi, Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai provinces + village house-sitting in Yunnan + van life of 7000 km across the provinces of Jiangsu, Anhui, Jiangxi, Hunan, Hubei, Guizhou 2019 China – van life begins: 10,000 km in Hebei, Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang, Inner Mongolia, Hebei, Shandong provinces + Tianjin & Beijing + based in Yunnan in Shaxi village for a long-stay 2018 China – Henan, Liaoning, Hebei provinces + mountain-stay in Mengshan New Zealand (family visit). China – based in Weihai Pyongyang – North Korea, 2017. 2017 China – Beijing + provinces of Liaoning & Shandong Europe trip: Ukraine, England, Georgia, Azerbaijan China North Korea China – based in Shenyang 2016 China New Zealand (family visit) Asia trip: Indonesia, India, Kuala Lumpur, Cambodia, Thailand 2015 China – based in Linyi Eastern Europe trip: Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Republika Srpska, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Trans-Dniester Republic, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria Hiking the mountains of Albania (2015). 2014 China – Linyi + Shandong New Zealand (family visit) Thailand, Cambodia, Thailand 2013-2014 Africa trip: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somaliland, Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt China – based in Hangzhou Meroe Pyramids – Sudan, 2013. 2012 China – Hangzhou in Zhejiang province + Shanghai Cambodia + Thailand Armenia + Georgia 2011 Central Asia trip: China (Qinghai & Xinjiang provinces), Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Armenia, Georgia China – Taian + Henan, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Shandong provinces 2010 China – based in Taian South-East Asia trip: China (Guangxi, Guangdong, Fujian, Jiangxi, Anhui provinces), Vietnam, Laos, Thailand New Zealand (family visit) Central America trip: Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Honduras Maya festival – Guatemala, 2009. 2009 Central America trip: Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala (+ long stayed at Lake Atitlan), Mexico Japan (Tokyo) South Korea – based in Gwangyang 2008 Philippines + Hong Kong South Korea + Gwangyang Thailand New Zealand (family visit) Thailand, Cambodia, Laos (+ staying in Savannakeh), Thailand Ghana, Togo, Benin, Togo Painted houses of Ghana, 2007. 2007 West Africa trip: Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Gambia, Senegal, Mauritania, Western Sahara, Morocco South Korea – based in Seoul New Zealand (sister’s wedding trip) + Thailand 2006 South Korea + Seoul New Zealand (family visit) Cambodia – based in Phnom Penh (+ Bangkok) 2005 Cambodia – based some months on Lakeside in Phnom Penh Middle East trip: UAE, Oman, Yemen Eurasia trip: England, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark (+ Malmo, Sweden), Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Belarus, Russia, Mongolia, China 2004 Cambodia – based months at Victory Beach, Sihanoukville India – based 6 months on Diu Island Thailand – Koh Chang Island 2003 New Zealand (family visit) South America trip: Peru, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil (based at Jeri), Paraguay, Argentina, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay Deception Island – live volcano – Antarctica, 2003. 2002 Antarctica & South America trip: Argentina, Antarctica, Argentina, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Argentina (BsAs stay), Peru, Bolivia (stay in Sucre), Chile Easter Island + Tahiti New Zealand (family visit) East Timor 2001-2000 East Timor life + travels working for the United Nations in different districts every 6 weeks for 2 years and based in Dili + ‘holiday leave’ travels to: Australia (Darwin x8), Singapore, Bangkok (x6), Myanmar, Laos, Sri Lanka, Australia (Sydney), New Zealand (family visit), Philippines Staying at Sarong Beach, Papua, Indonesia 1999. 1999 Indonesia – drifting the islands of Alor, Flores, (based in Bali), Java, West Timor, Papua, Banda, Java – based in Jakarta Singapore Malaysia – Penang, and across to Indonesia – Sumatra + Java islands 1998 Bahrain – based in Manama + Ali England (based in Bournemouth, staying in Folkestone, London) + Wales Turkey + Greece 1997 New Zealand – down and out + based in Nelson, and hitchhiking trips around the South Island 1996–1995 New Zealand – based in Wellington, writing my 2nd travel book 1994-95 Asia trip: Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China (Yunnan, Sichuan, Gansu, Qinghai, Tibet provinces), Nepal, India East Africa trip: Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Egypt, Israel 1993–1992 New Zealand – based in Wellington, writing my 1st travel book 1991 Africa trip: Nigeria, Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger, Algeria – hitching the Sahara, Morocco, Spain, France UK – based in London (Dulwich) 1991–1990 India trip: India, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Greece, Yugoslavia (North Macedonia, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro), Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium UK – based in London (Camden Town) 1990–1989 Middle East trip: Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, Israel UK – based in London. Michael Robert Powell – Nemrut Dagi, Turkey 1989 1989 UK – based in London France – Normandy + Brittany trip UK – based in London (Streatham Common) Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam trip 1988 UK – based in Edinburgh (Tollcross) + trips around Scotland Amsterdam trip Arrived in London from New Zealand, age 21 Frequently Asked Questions Please leave this field emptyJoin the Journey Get my FREE book of Crazy Travels & occasional updates Your email * Check your inbox or spam folder to confirm your subscription.