Where to next??

Update Oct 2017:

Here we are almost at the end of another exciting year, somewhat hobbled by eyesight issues! So what are my plans?

First it's back to Oz for 10 days because I need to reset my travel insurance, sort out some banking, and grab some more gear to tide me through for another 12 months in New Zealand. It seems that serendipity has at last forced my hand and I'm foregoing a summer of windsurfing to do what I've been meaning to do for ages: spend some quality time touring this beautiful country and go tramping.  Since I already have a car, there's no time like the present...

All going well and my eyesight is restored in time, I'm hoping to head to Japan in February 2018 to go skiing. Another reason I need to go home is to grab the fat skis and other stuff for Japan.

In March I hope to complete the next section of our Australian Alps walk. Likely we'll be walking the main range, right past Kosckiusko to the Victorian border. That's still in planning stage, but there's a little bit of gear for that trip still back at the ranch (another reason for the trip home).

I might take the opportunity whilst I'm on the eastern seaboard to visit a few friends, but then it will be back to New Zealand for more tiki touring before settling in for another ski season based in Wanaka. And hopefully tick that damn ski instructor certificate off the list!

Other stuff I'd like to do:

Cradle Mountain Track in Tasmania. I'd actually like to do more than just the five day crossing - there's some wicked walking and scenery in that whole region.

Trekking in Western Sichuan Province, China. There's a rich Tibetan culture alive and well in this region with some great high altitude trekking, glaciers, wilderness... and no tourists.

There's lots of awesome trekking in Europe, the more I research the more I want to spend a few years just doing that. Only those silly Schengen rules...

See a bit more of Western Australia - I still haven't been to Karijini, Mt Augustus, Kennedy Ranges or Lake Ballard and Goldfields region. All in my backyard (OK a few thousand kms between them but this is Australia!!)

At least six months in India, including some Himalayan trekking. Ladakh seems pretty interesting.

Visit Myanmar.

Explore The Phillipines. It's a country that seems to not get its fair share of tourists for some reason. I am reliably informed that the beaches are superb (not that I'm really into beaches...)

Get the hell to South America! Did you know I studied Spanish way back when because I planned to go to South America, and I never did? I'll get there...

Check out Russia and the Stans. Just for the hell of it.

Italy for fucks sake! Yep, guess who studied Italian planning to go cycle touring there? Yep, that'll be me.

France to watch Le Tour. I mean why not? And go hit up all my frenchie friends for free accommodation and good ski times...

Oh that'll do for now, but feel free to offer me more ideas


  1. Sounds like you have some good ideas already - impressed by your spirit and attitude. I have been sorting through some of your posts about Indonesia, looking to return after 20 years away. I have much the same opinion that LP and others do a disservice to travel opportunities. West Java is a good case in point.

    Great inspiration, thank you.


    1. Thanks Andrew. Yes there's a lot to do in West Java, am glad I returned to give it more time, but still, I only scratched the surface. I've spent almost 3 months visiting Java and still there's more to see. Indonesia is pretty easy to travel in these days, but no doubt more expensive than 20 years ago. The friendliness and hospitality is just awesome.