Travel Chronology

Where I've Traveled: 1988 - 2024

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Van life in China: staying opposite a sacred mountain in Yunnan on the road to Tibet in 2020.

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Tunisia – based in Sousse

Near East trip: Tunisia, Italy (Rome), Vatican State, Cyprus, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia

Nepal – based in Patan

2023

Nepal – based in Kathmandu & Pokhara

Malaysia (KL)

Indonesia (islands of Sulawesi)

New Zealand – (family visit: Wellington, Wairarapa, Auckland)

China (Jiaxing)

Thailand (Chiang Mai)

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

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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

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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

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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.
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

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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

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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

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

UK – based in London.

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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

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