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Travel plans update – Gallivants Journal

Our travel plans for our upcoming adventures are our priority most days as our departure date is ever getting closer. We’ve had our house valued and we’re just awaiting my operation date for a minor foot complaint. Once that date is set we’ll be putting the house on the open market. All well and good we will get an offer quickly and then it’s house hunting in Devon. We have already scouted the area’s we’re interested in so it’s just finding something suitable that we can rent out.

South Devon - Gallivants Journal

South Devon – Gallivants Journal

A possible revision to our plans

We were hoping for a departure date in November 2018, but with how things are in the NHS maybe this date may be put back with everything we still need to do. The operation recovery is 6-8 weeks in a orthopedic boot so don’t know how mobile I’ll be post Op. We still have our India Visa’s to sort out as well as renewing our passports. One-way flights to Mumbai are easy to obtain but we will have to hold on until after the Operation. Our plans are flexible as we wouldn’t apply for our Indian Visa’s if not heading there, and have other plans that may fit the bill if not heading off in November.

Camino de Santiago - Gallivants Journal

Camino de Santiago – Gallivants Journal

Camino de Santiago back up

These include the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage from St. Jean Pied de Port in France through to the Basque country in Northern Spain. The route stretches 780 km (nearly 500 miles) and takes around 30-35 days with the odd rest day here and there. It’s been on my list forever and will definitely test my foot out after the operation. If this is the route we take then this will be done around March/April 2019 and then we’ll have time to organise and head off in a different direction before the India adventure. We could well end up in Northern India For May/June and then through to Nepal and Back into South Goa for October.

Camino de Santiago - Gallivants Journal

Camino de Santiago – Gallivants Journal

Travel Gear 

We have been looking for 2 new rucksacks for our adventures out of India that are more mobile that the 2 Caribee Sky Master 80 Travel Pack beasts we already have. We ended up with an Osprey Kestrel 58 Backpack for myself, and a North Face Terra 55 for Chris. Both were grabbed for bargain prices and was the last purchases we needed to make before we head off. We’ve loaded them up to 60-70% capacity and are amazed at how much we can get into these things, and there’s plenty more space to load more than we ever imagined. We are really please with the quality of both these packs that should last us for the 5 years they’re required.

Osprey Kestral 58

Osprey Kestrel 58

Osprey Kestrel 58 Backpack.

58 Litre top loading backpack with lid compartment access and side access. Front panel with a stretch mesh compartments and lower zipper access. Die cut Spacer mesh hip and shoulder strap with plenty of clips and gadgets to add on additional items such as sleeping mats and bags.






Northface Terra 55 Womens

Northface Terra 55 Womens

North Face Terra 55 Backpack 

  • Vertical channel provides improved ventilation
  • Padded shoulder harness is sleek and anatomical
  • Improved, anatomically correct, load-spreading hip belt is lined with soft air mesh
  • Huge zippered side entry to main compartment
  • Proprietary OPTIFIT suspension system ensures a comfortable and secure fit









Future Travel Plans – Follow the dream

Stay tuned for further updates as we prepare for the off. We will be updating regularly as we add the finishing touches to our travel plans. Don’t forget to check out our destination guides on our home page  You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Remember to have appropriate travel insurance to cover all eventualities on your travels. We use World Nomads insurance for all our adventures. Follow the link below for a quote.

Happy travels on your Global Gallivants!


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The genetic traveler within – travelling the Globe

My makeup always had the genetic traveler within and I’ve been travelling on a journey all my life. The earliest memories are of being selected from my school in 1982 for a youth exchange program to Grenada at 16. This trip also included Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and other Islands around the West Indies. Continue reading

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Out with the old, in with the new Cyprus

Returning to Larnaca in Cyprus after over a decade away was always going to bring to the surface fond memories of this divided island. Continue reading

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How to get to Railay Beach – Krabi Province Thailand

Railay beach is nestled between Ao Nang and the town of Krabi in Southern Thailand. Set on a small peninsula, It’s surrounded by limestone cliffs and cut off from the mainland. It’s only accessible from the Andaman Sea by boat. Rai Leh as it’s also known is a big attractions for rock climbers from around the globe.  Continue reading

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Angkor Wat essential travel guide

Any visit to the Unesco world heritage site of Angkor Wat in Cambodia will be a magical and mind-blowing experience. The below essential travel guide for first time visitors will ensure you have a great adventure and hit the road running and avoiding any pitfalls along the way. Continue reading

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Top tips to find cheap flights around the globe.

So after many hours of searching for cheap flights to your next destination, worryingly they’re dam expensive. Fear not, as these few tips may be able to save you a few pounds or dollars that can be spent elsewhere for that all important cold one. Continue reading

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Our favourite South Goa Beaches

This guide of our favorite South Goa Beaches will help you decide where to visit in Goa. South Goa in India has some amazing beaches for you to explore and should be at the top of any visit to India. These resorts should give you ideas for your next trip.  Continue reading

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Tegalalang rice terraces Bali Indonesia

The Tegalalang rice terraces in Bali Indonesia are located 15km outside of Ubud. The journey takes around 30 minutes by vehicle and there are numerous buses and tours you can sign up to. Continue reading

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Travel Inspiration Books

Here’s a list of travel inspiration books of destinations to visit whilst on the road. You will have plenty of spare time when travelling with endless hours spent on buses, planes & trains. there’s also hours at airport lounges and long lay-overs to kill. The below stories of travel, bravery, motivation and travel inspiration should get you in the mood.

Travel inspiration books

Shantaram is an essential read if visiting India. The book tells the story of Gregory David Roberts, an escaped Australian convict who flees to India in the 1980’s. He settles in Bombay and embarks on careers from a professional forger to slum doctor. Covering various destinations, it’s a true reflection of life in India, be it with slightly conflicting reports of the truth.

The Beach tells the story of an American travelling in Thailand Southeast Asia. After obtaining a hand drawn map of a lost island in Bangkok he embarks on an adventure with 2 friends. They set off on a whim to find the hidden paradise. It’s a fast-paced novel that will take you on a journey in the search for lost continents and island communities.

The Lost City Of Z tells the true story of explorer Percival Fawcett and his never ending search for a lost city in the Amazon rain forest. The film portrays travel of this era and is due for release in April 2017 produced by Brad Pitt and the link is here.


Off The Road is a great read if you are planning on taking on the challenge of the Camino De Santiago. The 500 mile pilgrimage from France to Northern Spain takes in the Pyrenees from Pied Du Port through to Santiago. This book will enlighten you on the journey, with insights and adventure throughout. The Film The Way was based on this book, starring Martin Sheen and directed and starring Emilio Estevez.


Into The Wild is the true story of Chris McCandles who as a young man gave up everything he owned. He goes on a journey into the Alaskan wilderness on a quest for enlightenment and to live off the land. He paid the ultimate price in this great read and come highly recommended. Made into a movie and directed by Sean Penn and filmed on location in America.

Notes From A Small Island is Bill Bryson’s take on the UK, and is a funny read of his travels around various destinations in the mother land. Some great situations and tales from one of the great travel writers of our time. His writing style and insights on life in the UK will bring with it laugh-out-loud moments.

Wild:Lost and found on the Pacific Crest Trail is the true story of Cheryl Strayed who embarked on the PCT’s 2650 mile trek from Mexico to Canada. The journey passes through California, Oregon, and Washington along with her monster backpack and supplies. A true story of escaping into the wilderness to get over her troubled past with a self help alternative therapy.

Midnight Express is the true story of American Billy Hayes travelling to Turkey’s Istanbul and smuggling marijuana to the States. Sentenced to 30 years the book portrays life in a Turkish prison and the reality’s within. A fantastic read for your travels.

Add a travel inspiration book

Please feel free to add any comments/recommendations. We’re always looking for travel inspiration books for new destinations. If you like this list then why not try our Travel inspirational movies here.

travel inspiration assortment of novels

travel inspiration assortment of novels

Happy travels on your Global Gallivants!

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Bangkok essential to do list

If you’re based in or around the Khao San Road, this Bangkok essential to do list will guide you around the most popular attractions. Most attractions are conveniently based within a short 10-15 minute walk from this central traveler’s hub. Continue reading

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