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6 Months On: State of the Blog

6 Months On: State of the Blog

6 months ago we started Don’t Ever Look Back as an avenue to discuss our impending long-term travel plans and to share our adventures and photographs once we finally got on the road. Our website has evolved a hell of a lot since then and we’re very proud of the growing community that has gathered here to share in our incredible highs as well as our disappointing lows.

To mark our 6 month blogging anniversary, we’ve decided to dedicate this post to summarizing what’s been happening over the past few weeks and to update everyone on the state of our upcoming round-the-world trip plans.

Singapore/Philippines

In early April, we spent 3 nights in Singapore and 3 nights in the Philippines. We haven’t had a chance to write about our adventures yet, but we do look forward to sharing these stories with you very soon!

Some of the highlights of this short trip included:

  • Our first ever hostel experience in Singapore.
  • An all-you-can-eat ice cream and dessert buffet at Swensen’s Ion.
  • A traditional Filipino wedding.
  • Enjoying the attractions at Sentosa Island, Singapore.
  • Sipping on a Singapore Sling at Raffles Hotel and drinking from a drip bag at Clinic Bar.
  • And plenty, plenty more!

Clarke Quay, Singapore

Merlion Singapore Sling at Raffles

Tricycle Group Wedding Photo

Malaysia

After spending just one night in Melbourne, Kieron was back on a plane and over to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for 4 nights courtesy of Travelscene American Express and their awesome partners Emirates, Travelscene Holidays, Tourism Malaysia and Parkroyal Hotels. It was an action-packed few days full of fun and good times including a Malaysian Cooking Class, Batu Caves, a Cultural Show and the Menara KL Tower.

Look out for a daily journal of my time in Malaysia on the site sometime in May. Until then, here are a few of the best photos from my time there.

Batu Caves Cultural Show

Petronas Towers

RTW Plans

As you may have read, our round-the-world trip plans were turned on their head after finding out that Kieron was rejected for a Canadian Working Holiday visa. This means that our plans will be changing significantly, but how exactly is yet to be determined. With 96 days to go until our departure, we need to make some important decisions very soon and will hopefully have a some sort of plan by the end of April. Here are the questions we’re asking ourselves at the moment:

  • Should we keep the departure date as July 26 or should we bring it forward a month so we can enjoy more of the Northern Hemisphere summer, budget permitting?
  • Where should we head after the United States? Central/South America or Europe for the end of summer and La Tomatina/Oktoberfest?
  • Should we travel for 6 months, come back to Melbourne and then re-evaluate our next move (eg. considering different working visa options). Or should we just see where the road takes us?

No matter what happens though, we’re still as excited for our adventure as we ever have been and can’t wait for these last couple of months to fly past!

A Tribute

We’re gonna finish this post with a big shoutout to ALL of the people who have been supportive of Don’t Ever Look Back since its inception. To everyone who’s ever left a comment on one of our posts, interacted with us on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook or just got in contact with us to say hello – thank you so, so much.

We love nothing more than talking with others who share our passion for travel so please keep all those comments, tweets, posts and emails coming!

16 Comments

  1. Posted April 22, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    Awesome job Kieron! You’ve had amazing success over the last 6 months! The blog is looking fantastic!! I totally know how you feel about having curve balls thrown at you prior to heading overseas. Honestly, I would say don’t plan too much. It will come to you along the way and you’ll just follow your gut. You guys will end up exactly where you’re meant to.

    Definitely stick with no planned end date for now. You have the freedom so make the most of it! No doubt we will be reading of your epic adventures VERY soon!! Cant wait!!

    • Posted April 23, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Jess! Dealing with those curve balls at first is difficult, but it’s getting easier to deal with as the time passes… and you’re right, things will be amazing no matter which path we decide to take. 🙂

  2. Posted April 23, 2011 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    Hi Kieron & Amy,

    Congratulations on a wonderful 6 month blogging milestone. I love your articles and how well you interact with your readers. Good luck with the planning and keep the updates and photographs coming!

    – Lily (Explore for a Year)

    • Posted April 23, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Lily for all the support over the last 6 months. We really are very appreciative of it! 🙂

  3. Posted April 23, 2011 at 5:03 am | Permalink

    Wow, sounds like some crazy times ahead! As well as some crazy times past. I can’t believe that you just had your first hostel experience.. hehe, how did you like it?
    I hope that all your plans for the RTW work out perfectly.. it’s really too bad about the Canadian visa.. If I could muster up all my powers as a Canadian to fix that–I would :p

    • Posted April 23, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

      Oh yeah, plenty of crazy times over the last few weeks and still many to come. 😉

      I still wouldn’t call what we had a real hostel experience, we were hardly there and both stays were only 1 night. But it was still very enjoyable for the most part!

      Thanks for the well wishes, if only a petition could get your Government to overturn their decision haha but it’s all good – I’ll get there eventually.

  4. Posted April 23, 2011 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    It’s my favourite dillemma to have: where to travel next? 🙂
    Wherever you go, it’s going to be awesome. Btw, I suggest taking full advantage of the Northern Hemisphere summer! Also Pampolona Running Of The Bulls – freaking amazing.
    Roy recently posted..My Biggest Travel Mistake Ever

    • Posted April 23, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

      It’s a tough dilemma, isn’t it? Haha.

      We won’t make it to Pamplona this year (schedule is a little too tight for that) but if the budget allows it, we’ll definitely be trying to bring everything forward. Crunching the numbers now!

  5. Posted April 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on six months of blogging. You guys are really doing well 🙂
    Kim recently posted..Help Us Travel The World!

    • Posted April 23, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Kim – and right back at ya! Been very impressed with the way yours has been growing over the last couple of months. 🙂

  6. Posted April 24, 2011 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    Sorry we’ve been out of touch, guys – so sorry to hear about your Canadian visa rejection…just read the post on that and it’s bogus. But, hey, you can only look forward now with lots of great potential destinations. We’ll be at Oktoberfest – already booked our accommodation and everything, so would love to catch up with you there =) But it all really depends on your budget and plans, doesn’t it? Europe is our fav destination but it also isn’t cheap. Have you thought about applying for a WHV for the UK? Or does your minor infraction keep you out of there as well (hopefully not?) You could earn pounds and then travel Europe. Otherwise, less expensive destinations like South/Central America would allow you to travel longer. Look forward to hearing where you end up and, again, so sorry to hear your original plans got foiled!
    Andrea recently posted..Visiting a Dinosaur Excavation in Neuquén

    • Posted April 24, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

      Hi Andrea – it’s good to hear from you! As they say, when one door closes another one opens and this is how we’re looking at it. 🙂

      If we do bring the whole trip forward then Oktoberfest will definitely be on the cards. I’ll be sure to let you know once we make a decision! A WHV in the UK is a strong possibility, but the issue lies in that you need to apply 3 months before you arrive which makes it difficult when our plans are so open. We’re probably gonna re-evaluate our working options in early 2012 so time will tell.

  7. Posted April 24, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Much congrats and keep up the good work. Your trip is creepin’ up! Just a reminder, if you are driving across the U.S, you have a place to crash in St. Louis if you want.
    Scott recently posted..My Style of Backpacking

    • Posted April 24, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

      It’s not just creepin’ up, it’s approaching like a bullet train!

      Thanks for the awesome offer Scott, we’ll definitely be sure to say hello if we make it to St Louis and I’m always keen for some sports which I hear there are plenty of there!

  8. Posted April 26, 2011 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    Congrats on the 6 months.
    Mike Lenzen recently posted..Our Itinerary Released

  9. Posted May 3, 2011 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Happy (late) 6 months! You guys have done so much with the blog in that last 6 months and it’s fabulous!

    I’ve loved reading your adventures so far and can’t wait to keep up when you are on the road for the long haul!
    Annie recently posted..One Month from Today…

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