Welcome to The Odyssey Blog. I have to warn you, when I say this is epic, I mean it’s EPIC. Strap yourselves in for over 600,000 words of content… that’s more than the Old Testament. Are you sure you’re ready for this?
You are? Great!
Just click on the interactive map below to read the respective blog entry or else click on a month below. The blog entries appear in date order.
2009 was quite possibly the craziest year of my life. I made it all the way from Uruguay to Egypt – 133 countries and 5 territories over land and sea. I was imprisoned twice in Africa, I watched one of the last space shuttles blast off and drank my way around the world in a bar in Mauritius.
2010 was the year of backpacking dangerously. I visited Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, North Korea… places that are definitely not destinations for family holidays. Yet I learnt very quickly that you really can’t judge a country by its government, something that became much clearer as the journey went on.
2011 was a bad year for the The Odyssey Expedition and for me personally. I lost my sister to cancer and found it hard to muster the will to carry on. You can probably skip straight to September when I finally returned to Papua New Guinea, things begin to pick up pace from there.
2012 was an epic year in many respects. I made it all the way from Fiji to Liverpool in less than 12 months via some of the most difficult to reach (without flying!) nations on Earth – Nauru, Micronesia, Palau, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Seychelles. I reached South Sudan – a country that didn’t exist when I began my journey – in the November, and believed that would be the end of my journey. As it turns out, there would be an twist in the tale.
And so it came to this. In 2013 I was devastated to discover that Guinness World Records would not even begin the process of accrediting my claim because I had illegally crossed into Russia by wading over the River Narva from Estonia. So I returned to Russia (with a visa!) in the hope that I hadn’t just wasted 4 years of my life tilting at windmills.
At this point the story picks up over on The Jinja Island blog.