Never go on trips with anyone you do not love

                                                                            Ernest Hemingway

Welcome to our little piece of the internet. This is a travel blog by two intrepid adventurers as we both take time-out from our office jobs in Financial District in London to explore the world, reunite with long lost friends and make several new ones along the way.

The end goal is to make it to Sydney, Australia and Tim Tams 🙂

On 5th January 2014 we stepped on the plane to begin our journey.

Some of the places we will be going have been are:

  • India – New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Mumbai (For an Irish-Indian wedding), Goa (John’s 30th!), Kerala
  • Nepal – Kathmandu, Pokhara and other random places
  • Thailand – No visa? No Problem. Bangkok and Northern Thailand were visited
  • Cambodia – Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh and the south coast
  • Laos – Tubing in Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang and slow boat up the Mekong River
  • Vietnam – From Saigon to Sapa and all in-between
  • Indonesia – Bali, Lombok & Gili Islands before some culture in Java
  • Australia – Every State except the Northern Territory
  • Malaysia & Singapore – Big cities and big apes in Borneo
  • China – Hopping up and down the country via, Shanghai, Beijing, Xian and Hong Kong
  • Seoul (South Korea)
  • Budapest (Hungary)
  • South Africa – Western Cape and Kruger National Park

Update after 6 months on the road:

We have still not fallen out totally with each other though there have been many changes. The contents of our backpacks for starters, John now eats fruit and Karen’s preperation time has halved as she has no straightener or hairdryer.

Update after 9 months on the road:

Well we made it to Sydney, after a fantastic road-trip around Western Australia. Karen has got a job and enjoys the daily commute, walking to work over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. John’s time is divided between keeping the blog going and doing the housework until he returns to the workforce. Both of us ready to embrace the outdoors and have started attending a bootcamp class in Kirribilli – overlooking the Sydney Opera House, our new neighbourhood for the next few months.

We are looking forward to the Summer – which down here starts in October and exploring the East Coast of Australia any chance we get.

Update after 20 months on the road:

We are staying in Australia longer than planned. Our initial 417 visas ( Backpacker, Working Holiday Visa) expired a couple of weeks ago.Don’t worry we are here legally, we were both fortunate enough to be sponsored as ‘skilled’ workers on 457 visas.

Sadly blogging is not in the ‘skilled’ list so we have both had to return to 9-5 office jobs, so our time exploring is limited to weekends and holidays.

On the plus side we are enjoying life in Sydney and have been welcomed by lots of friends- new and old.

If you want to ask us any questions about anything then you can email us @ rosiltons@gmail.com


  1. Hi you two, nice to meet you. Sounds like you’re having a great time. And you discovered tim-tams! Thanks for following our blog. I’m honoured that you wish to. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey, both inner and outer.
    Happy travels, Alison

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Hi there,
    Thank you for taking the time to stop by and check out my little corner of the blogosphere and the follow, your support is greatly appreciated. Looking forward to seeing more from you 🙂

    Have a great day,


    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Ed. Following your blog as your photos are amazing – what camera do you use? … much more powerful than our Nikon J1 I would imagine!


      1. Not really, I am still using a Nikon D40, with a standard kit lense. I was my first proper camera and has really served me well. Hopefully I will be able to upgrade this year to something a bit more professional 🙂


  3. Did someone say Tim Tams?? 🙂
    Great blog – so many places we haven’t been but would love to one day!


    1. Hey guys. Thanks for the comment. Yes there is some Timtam love going on here. Asia is an amazing place, I cannot recommend it enough!


  4. Hi there, did you get to Australia? I live in Melbourne, drop me a line…I write touchinglandscapes.com and would enjoy meeting you if you have time in our beautiful city!


    1. Hi Maribel. Australia is our destination in August. We land in Perth first and then will be working our way across to the East Coast. Melbourne probably in September/October.


  5. Hope you are managing to work your way through the vast choice of Tim Tams over here! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I look forward to seeing where you get to.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. We have left a small dent in WAs TimTam stockpile since arriving Niamh. Thanks for the comment and checking out our blog!


  6. Hi Guys,

    You just popped into my head as I wondered where you are now. It’s nice to read you’re carving out a life for yourselves in Australia and I hope you’re enjoying it!

    Time has certainly flown by since Cambodia with a lot happening in that time… James & I got married at the start of Sep and on Sat we’re moving to New York for a new job he has accepted out there. When we met you both back in March I can’t say I ever imagined we’d be moving abroad like you – we missed out on the travel element obviously, but it’s funny how things can change!

    If you’re ever in New York please look us up xx


    1. Hi Amy, wow that is awesome news congratulations. What a start to married life, setting up home in New York. You will live it out there. We will defo be in touch when we make it to New York.

      Wishing you and James the best of luck in New York. I sent you an email to your registered address. I hope you got it.

      Stay in touch

      Karen and John xx



  7. Huge step to leave something comfortable for something unknown. Of course you know it’ll be an adventure, but making such a move is still commendable. Very cool!


  8. Hi Guys – hope everything’s still working our for you in Sydney.
    I just got a follow notice from you even though you followed a year ago. WP does weird things sometimes. Anyway thanks for following again!


    1. Ha ha no problem Alison. It must have dropped off before as we couldn’t see you in our Reader. We had to go looking for your blog yesterday to share with our pals as they are heading to Myanmar and needed some tips.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Hello John and Karen, this is David and Laura. We look forward to traveling like you – although we do alright we want to make it more of a job traveling than our 9 to 5. Looking forward to following you around and who knows with all the places the four of us go, we might eventually cross paths, lol!


Leave a Reply to John Rose Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: