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The end of the trip… (Around The World in 209d)

Well, finally I’m back … a big thanks to everybody who supported me in any way during my trip, to all those great new friends I made and to all the people I met in general!!

I thought a little summary/conclusion might be appropriate ;)

9 different countries, 209 days

— Thailand
— Cambodia
— Vietnam
— Laos
— New Zealand
— Australia
— Fiji
USA
— Mexico

22 flights, 16 airlines

— Austrian (VIE-BKK, LHR-VIE)
— Air Asia (BKK-Phuket)
— Vietnam Airlines (Nha Trang-Hanoi)
— Lao Airlines (Hanoi-Luang Prabang)
— British Airways (BKK-SYD)
— Qantas (SYD-CHC, BNE-ASP, ASP-AYQ, AYQ-SYD)
— Emirates (AKL-BNE)
— Virgin Blue (BNE-MEL, MEL-BNE, SYD-BNE)
— Pacific Blue (BNE-NAN)
— Air Pacific (NAN-LAX)
— Mesa Airlines (LAX-LAS)
— US Airways (LAS-SFO)
— Air New Zealand (LAX-LHR)
— tourist flight on Fraser Island
— helicopter ride at Uluru (Ayers Rock)
— helicopter ride to, over and into the Grand Canyon

7 different cars

— Ford Focus (New Zealand, 19d)
— Toyota Corolla (Melbourne, 2d)
— Holden Calais (Melbourne, V6, 1d)
— Audi A3 Sportback (Brisbane, 2.0l, 8d)
— Wicked Camper “Deluxe” (Queensland, manual, 6d)
— Ford Falcon (Uluru, V6, 2d)
— Ford Mustang Convertible (California, V6, 11d)

20,000+ photos (40+ GB)

— already 1300+ online … and counting

7 different SIM cards / mobile phone numbers

— Austria/Everywhere: A1 (+ A1-over-IP)
— Thailand: AIS
— New Zealand: Vodafone (2)
— Australia: Telstra
— Fiji: Vodafone
— USA: AT&T

9 guidebooks

— Thailand (Rough Guide + Marco Polo)
— Cambodia (Stefan Loose)
— Vietnam (Rough Guide)
— Laos (LP)
— New Zealand (Rough Guide)
— Australia (LP)
— Fiji (LP)
— Coastal California (LP)

+ road maps for Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Las Vegas and California

6 things that didn’t work out

— (shark) diving in Fiji
— see Perth and Darwin
— rent a Mini Convertible in Australia
— half marathon in California (knee injury)
— despite the long stay no Australian girlfriend *g*
— the planned flight home after 2 months in Indochina *ggg*

9 best things

Erwin & The Gang

Traveling (and camping) together with Andi, Christoph, Jürgen, Reini and my brother in Thailand, Cambodia and New Zealand was awesome!!

Thailand

Cheap, beautiful and exotic. Love Khao San Road!

New Zealand

Unbelievable beauty and scenery

Santa Barbara

The loveliest and most beautiful town I’ve ever seen in my life

Scarlett’s & Ashish’s wedding

You can’t top that!

Silicon Valley

“You’re at home, baby”

A “wicked” birthday surprise on the beach

Thanks to Martina, Boernie and Justin

Second best SMS: “Terre Joe! I bin do!!!”

Big thanks to Boernie, the only friend who actually joined me for a few weeks

Best SMS: “Ich gehöre dir. The whole night…” ;)

[to be continued]

Mariel

I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great.
I do not know who you are but definitely you’re going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already ;) Cheers!

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