Half a year in travel – fulfilled dreams, disappointments and what’s next?

Hurray! 6 months in travel! 🙂 On 4th of March 2015 we were on the board of the plane going to Mumbai in India. We were very excited, hungry of adventures. Back then we didn’t know how it’s to life on the road. First time in our life we were going to be in Asia that we knew only from books or other travelers’ blogs.

First two moths we were in India (4.03.2015 – 2.05.2015),
then, almost a month in Thailand (3.05.2015-27.05.2015),
next weeks we were exploring Malaysia (including Borneo) (27.05.2015-08.07.2015),
after that we spent the whole month in Indonesia (08.07.2015 – 5.08.2015),
and Thailand again (05.08.2015-02.09.2015),
right now we are in Japan and probably we will stay here till mid-October (we bought only one-way ticket, so not sure how long).

After six months in Asia, we fulfilled our big dreams but there were few disappointments too…

List of things we’ve done so far:

 

1. Traveled on famous Indian trains.

Chev in indian train..
Chev in the Indian train..

 

2. Spent time alone in Hindu temple.

Hindu temple in Old Mahabeleshwar, India
Hindu temple in Old Mahabaleshwar, India

 

3. Lived in the house with sea view.

Our house by the sea in Goa, India
Our house by the sea in Goa, India

 

4. Traveled on the local buses (most of the time those were falling into pieces).

Local buses inside, India
Local buses inside, India

 

5. Visited Taj Mahal.

Taj Mahal, India
Taj Mahal, India

 

6. Walked down the river Ganga in Varanasi.

varanasi river
Varanasi, India

 

 

7. Traveled on a traditional Thai longboat.

Longboat in Krabi, Thailand
Longboat in Krabi, Thailand

 

8. Discovered a hidden lagoon…

Princess Lagoon, Thailand
Princess Lagoon, Thailand

 

9. … and a beach hidden in the cave.

Emerald Cave, Thailand
Emerald Cave, Thailand

 

10. Spent night on a deserted island.

Koh Mook, Thailand
Koh Mook, Thailand

 

11. Snorkeled with sharks.

Sharks on Perhentians, Malaysia
Sharks on Perhentians, Malaysia

 

12. Dived with giant turtles.

Big turtles on Perhentians, Malaysia
Big turtles on Perhentians, Malaysia

 

13. Racing on the speedboats.

Speedboats race Malaysia
Speedboats race! Malaysia

 

14. Wandering around tea and coffee plantations.

Tea plantations in Munnar, India
Tea plantations in Munnar, India

 

Coffee plantation, Indonesia
Coffee plantation, Indonesia

 

15. Trekking in the rainforest.

[caption id="attachment_3446" align="aligncenter" width="945"]Rainforest on Borneo, Malaysia Rainforest on Borneo, Malaysia

 

16. Witnessed the earthquake and eruption of a volcano.

Raung's eruption, Indonesia
Raung’s eruption, Indonesia

 

17. Woke up in the house with a view on the highest mountain in Malaysia.

Mt. Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia
Mt. Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia

 

18. Tried weird looking Asian fruits.

Jackfruit
Jackfruit
Rambutans
Rambutans

 

19. Climbed up still active volcanos.

Ijen Volcano
Ijen Volcano
Bromo Vulcano
Bromo Volcano

 

20. Lived in a real Balinese house.

Our hotel on Bali, Indonesia
Our hotel in Bali, Indonesia

 

21. Surfing the ocean’s waves.

Surfing on Lombok, Indonesia
Surfing on Lombok, Indonesia

 

22. Lost ourself on the rice fields.

Rice paddies in Indonesia
Rice paddies in Indonesia

 

23. Lived in a house with monkeys on the terrace.

Our monkey from Hampi, India
Our monkey from Hampi, India

 

24. Explored the 2nd biggest cave in the world (the biggest one in Vietnam is out of reach for us).

Deer Cave, Borneo, Malaysia
Deer Cave, Borneo, Malaysia

 

25. Tracked down the snake in the jungle.

Snake from Mulu, Malaysia
Snake from Mulu, Malaysia

 

26. Listened to the soundtrack of the jungle.

Rainforest sounds are amazing!
Rainforest sounds are amazing!

 

27. Checked if rafflesia, the biggest flower in the world, was a real stinker.

Rafflesia from Borneo, Malaysia
Rafflesia from Borneo, Malaysia

 

28. Spent a few days in the middle of the rainforest, far away from cities and towns.

Our view in Mulu, Malaysia
Our view in Mulu, Malaysia

 

29. Had a ride on a tuk-tuk…

Tuk tuk, Calcutta, India
Tuk-tuk, Calcutta, India

 

30. … and becak.

Becak in Indonesia
Becak in Indonesia

 

31. Saw the sunset in Hampi.

One of famous sunsets in Hampi, India
One of the famous sunsets in Hampi, India

 

32. Found a hidden entrance to the underground mosque.

taman sari
Underground mosque in Indonesia

 

33. Checked if hitchhiking in Asia was as good as European (it’s better!).

Hitchhiking in Indonesia
Hitchhiking in Indonesia

 

34. Dinner from boat-restaurant.

Boat's restaurant in Thailand
Boat’s restaurant in Thailand

 

35. Visited a country-state, Singapore.

Skyscrapers in Singapore
Skyscrapers in Singapore

 

36. Took a picture of Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur.

Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

37. Walked in a Japanese garden.

Japanese garden in Tanabe, Japan
Japanese garden in Tanabe, Japan

 

38. Visited Asian country in monsoon (Thailand).

Monsoon on Phuket, Thailand
Monsoon on Phuket, Thailand

 

39. Walked an island around (Gili Air).

Gili Air
Gili Air

 

40. Learned how to ride a bike in a hardcore street environment (with no rules on the roads and crazy fellow drivers/riders).

We've even tried riding with three people on the scooter
We’ve even tried riding with three people on the scooter 😀

 

Disappointments:

(Singapore and Japan are excluded from this list!)

 

1. Racism towards white tourists.

Yes, we wrote ‘white’. Asians call us like that, not “caucasian”, not “with a western look”, but ‘white’ straight in the face, there is not such thing as being polite in here. We are not talking about everybody as we met a lot of nice people but they were in the minority. We have to pay for everything more than locals, few times more. We were cheated many times… a day. The worst place was India so far where cheating a tourist seemed to be as normal as breathing. For locals if you are “white” means you are rich. In all Asian countries we have visited so far we’ve seen different entrance prices for tourists and locals. Many times we had to stand in separate queue for foreigners. This is the biggest disappointment that we won’t accept while traveling in Asia.

Two queues for Malaysians and foreigners... Damn!
Two queues, for Malaysians and foreigners… Damn!

 

Different prices for locals and foreigners
Different prices for locals and foreigners

 

2. Food.

We’ve heard a lot good things about Asian food, but… haven’t heard enough about vegetarian food. We didn’t know how hard it would be to find anything without meat. Only in India there wasn’t a problem with it and vegetarian restaurants were everywhere (but it was hard to enjoy food because of lack of hygiene in restaurants). Thailand was the most challenging for vegetarian, so after over 2 years Chev had to start to eat chicken again and Anna to find protein source eats shrimps sometimes. Definitely, the most of the dishes contain rice or noodles. Bread what we can buy here is that toast junk and dairy products are very expensive. We eat rice for the breakfast, lunch and dinner…

Rice, rice, rice....
Rice, rice, rice…

 

3. Filth.

Most people in Asia have problems with hygiene! Again Indians are the winners in this competition. Rubbish was literally everywhere. People defecating in public didn’t seem to anything bad and we are not talking about some guy urinating a wall, we are talking about having a proper s*%t in the middle of the street

Rubbish on the side of the road...
Rubbish on the side of the road…
Rubbish on the side of the road...
Rubbish on the side of the road…

 

4. Commercialism.

We wanted to discover the world, live with tribes, trek in the wild, look for the places without tourists… But it turned out that everything moved on and it was hard to find such a place. Wild places almost don’t exist anymore, not in SEA at least, we still need to check South America…

Taj Mahal full of tourists
Taj Mahal full of tourists

 

What’s next?

We re-equipped our backpacks and we add some stuff we spontaneously got rid of right before the flight to India. We are talking about a tent, sleeping mats and sleeping bags. We want to travel Japan a little bit different what we used to so far. We are going to walk and cycle in Japan 😉 ). More details on FB soon.

What after Japan? We don’t know in what order but will be visiting places such as Philippines, China, probably Vietnam and Cambodia.

We’re going to stay in Asia until the end of the year 2015. Then Australia on 4 wheels and New Zealand. From there we’ll fly to the US or South America.

Are you interested in our trip? If you want to follow our adventures check out our DC-adventures facebook page. It’s the place we update our route more frequently. Ok, now it’s time for our 42 miles long trek – Kumano Kodo! See you!