So the whole trail around the world is over. Its been over for quite some time now I’ve just been a little slake about updating the website. There are various reasons for that among them was trying to find something polite about China and not really having a very good internet connection at the moment.
China was difficult, I certainly do not mind saying that although not necessarily for the reasons that most people assume. Most people think its the language difficulties that cause most of the problems however personally its not that much different from any other country that you might go to that you do not know the language. Just make sure you have your handy little travel language guide and you will get by just fine.
For my tips on China I’d say hook up with some friends particularly if you plan to head away from the east coast. There were plenty of other backpackers to chat, laugh and commiserate with on the east coast. Finding out that we were all having similar difficulties in China made the whole thing somewhat easier! When I was over the western side of the country (Urumqi, Kashgar etc) it became a very solitary and frustrating journey. Having someone else to travel with at that point would have made things a little easier.
China is also one of the places I would say prebook some of your main train journey segments. If you have read the three entries I have uploaded on China, that I wrote while in China, you may get the hint that one of the problems a major problem was obtaining transport. The trains were quite simply full and so were the busses. I was stuck sometimes for up to 5 days in small little places before being able to finally get on a bus or more frequently a plane to get out of the place. If you stick to the main attractions on the east coast you should be able to pre book most of your main train tickets.
Just to give you an idea I ended up flying between Shanghai and Hong Kong because the train that runs between the two was booked out for a month. I didn’t have that kind of time to wait since my visa was almost up. While I much prefer to ‘wing it’ with my travel for China, my advise would be to plan where you want to go and pre book as much as you can. You will have a much better time of it.
Of course it could have just been a case of really bad timing.
This particular journey is over except for some tidy up to do with the site like upload a heap of photo’s maybe a couple of extra entries for China, Spain and Turkey.
I’m sad that its all over and even though its been months since my trail ended and I’m back at work I still wish that I was out there travelling. Still money is transferring into my travel account every fortnight slowly building up for the next adventure!