The Route

Ambitiously, we will be attempting to do in just 364 days with the help of various planes, trains, buses, boats, cars, bicycles, scooters, canoes, kayaks and dune buggies what Philleas Fogg did in 80 days with an air balloon. A massive challenge we know, but we aren’t called the Wild Thornberrys for nothing. In fact, we aren’t called the Wild Thornberrys at all.

Who knows where the Wild Thornberrys are or if they’re even still together (travel and fame can be a lethal combination for a family) but for our part we’ll be visiting (in chronological order) Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Australia, New Zealand, ChileArgentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Uruguay and Brazil. And maybe a few more.


21 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Richard  |  November 30, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Why would you go straight from Thailand to Singapore without seeing what Malaysia’s like on the way…

    • 2. yearlongbreakup  |  December 6, 2009 at 6:38 am

      Hi Richard. We’re actually still considering Malasia but it’s basically coming down to time. We’re trying to cover 15 countries in 12 months, so we already have our hands full! We’re keeping Malasia in mind. It looks amazing!

    • 3. Mark andrew  |  April 10, 2010 at 10:53 am

      I think malaysia isn’t reasonable to visit,cause you can’t see anything special there

      • 4. ZONA  |  May 25, 2010 at 4:56 pm

        yeah right before you criticize Malaysia as an unreasonable country, you might want to take a look at you own country first,STOP JUDGING OTHER PEOPLE’S COUNTRIES,YOU SHALLOW MINDED PERSON!

  • 5. John cannon  |  December 22, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Is Tibbet part of your hit list??

    • 6. yearlongbreakup  |  December 23, 2009 at 4:41 pm

      No unfortunately not, we haven’t got an entry permit so can’t make it to Tibet this time. We did make it to Lijiang and Tiger Leaping Gorge though, which is as close to Tibet as you can get without going in.

  • 7. Rose  |  March 31, 2010 at 5:37 am

    Do you guys have to take jobs on the way or have you saved up enough money to last the entire year?

    • 8. yearlongbreakup  |  March 31, 2010 at 11:05 am

      Hi Rose.
      We’ve saved up nearly enough to cover the whole year but we are going to stop for a few months in New Zealand to replenish the coffers.

  • 9. Mel  |  April 12, 2010 at 3:44 am

    When you get to Peru, make sure you make it over to Cuzco, don’t just stay in Lima… Cuzco is quite beautiful, and the people are awesome!

  • 10. niza zainal  |  May 31, 2010 at 5:18 am

    Hi, I’m from Malaysia and I would like to invite you to my beloved country. Malaysia is truly asia, it is like a combination of India, China and Indonesia (representing the malays) :). We also has portugese in Malacca, local tribes in the Sabah & Sarawaks.. Feel free to visit my site, I would add up more about my country from time to time 🙂

  • 11. UnfortunateRealist  |  July 9, 2010 at 12:50 am

    Oh dear, you’ve skipped India. 😦

    • 12. yearlongbreakup  |  July 9, 2010 at 12:59 am

      Hello. Thanks for your comment.
      I know! India was on our list, but our travel agent reminded us that there was only so much we could realistically achieve in 12 months.
      India is really accesible from Ireland and we plan to do it as our next trip.

  • 13. Verushka  |  September 20, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    You guys have an incredible blog and it seems like you are having the time of your lives….so inspiring! We are heading To South America for a few weeks and cannot wait to go, after reading some of the adventures you are having! Enjoy!

    • 14. yearlongbreakup  |  September 20, 2010 at 4:42 pm

      Hi. Thanks for your comment. Great to hear that you are enjoying the blog and finding it helpful. If you need any advice about South America (where to go, what to do) just drop us a line.
      Gary & Ro

  • 15. Gary O'Sullivan  |  May 25, 2011 at 3:52 am

    Hi, gret blog. Just came across it from the Lonely Planet website.
    Just wondering, what camera did you use?

    Some great shots.

    Cheers, Gary

    • 16. yearlongbreakup  |  May 25, 2011 at 9:22 am

      Hi Gary.
      Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you are enjoying the blog.
      I used a Canon 400D for the early part of the trip (Japan and China), but upgraded to a
      Canon 5D MK II in Hong Kong and used it for the rest.

  • 17. nathan  |  October 9, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Brilliant blogs. Came here to read up on one of the places that I will soon be visiting and ended up reading about other places just because they make a good read. Thanks

  • 18. devin  |  April 2, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Any particular reason why you skipped over Korea? Lots to see there and everyone should see Jeju island once. the food is delicious, too.

    • 19. yearlongbreakup  |  April 2, 2012 at 9:46 am

      Hi Devin. Thanks for your comment. It was purely a time thing. There was only so many places we were going to be able to visit on our 12 month trip. We’re looking forward to a repeat trip to Asia in the future and Korea is Definitely on the list! We hope you continue to enjoy the blog.
      Gary & Ro

  • 20. himanshusahay23  |  April 7, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Hey Gary! Loved the way you and your beautiful companion have chronicled your journeys! I wish I grow up to find someone so enthusiastic so I could travel the world with her. 🙂

  • 21. Michael  |  June 4, 2013 at 12:06 am

    You guys are inspiring me to finally make the trip next summer.


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