Inventory of things (a month down the road)

As of 14th March we’d been on the road a month, time for a quick count.

Random & Incomplete: this is a list not an audit.

(If you expect a proper audit a) be disappointed and b) seriously? Look in the mirror. Take a lonnnng look.)

Beerwah, Queensland, Australia.

Modes of transport:

  • Aircraft, train, bus (single & double-decker), car, taxi, mini-bus, tuk-tuk, ferry-boat, power-boat, cable car, metro, moped (pillion), houseboat, cycle-rickshaw, elevator, escalator, travelator, elephant.


  • Months on the road X 1
  • Months left to go X 2


  • 1 x Scuffed elbow: falling out of Mantanani Island hammock
  • 1 x Skinned shin: failed attempt at climbing into Mysore Express upper bunk
  • 1 X Skinned foot: falling over in uber-cool Hastings Street, Noosa with a surfboard
  • 1 X Splinter: barefoot in the beach-side
  • 1 X Bruised chops: bleeding nose/swollen lip after being dumped by a wave in Noosa
  • 3 X Barfs: travel sickness in the junior members of the party.

Sense of Humour Loss:

  • 3 (2 X Ian, 1 X Gilly)

    Rosie & George at the Red Fort


  • Indian Rupees, Singapore Dollars, Malaysian ringgit, Aussie Dollars


  • Airbus (A340,A330, A320 & A319) & Boeing (777 & 737)

Sleeping arrangements:

  • 6 X Aeroplane seats, 3 bed apartments (X2), B&B (homestays), Hotel suite (Delhi, it was cheap & cheerful), houseboat, railway berths, 1 x desert island hut on stilts, 1 x Keralan summer-house, 2 x separate (budget) hotel rooms (boys in one, girls in t’other), 1 x all in one room on beds & mattresses at cousin Karen’s.

Rental cars:

  • 1 X Perouda Viva 660cc (dreadful)
  • 1 X Toyota Camry 2200cc (luxobarge)

The latter cost less per day than the Viva due to a) the more competitive tourist hire market in Oz and b) the rental company general incompetence in actually giving us the smaller car we’d paid for.

Laugh out loud moments:

  • Too many to catalogue


Serious sunburn incidents:

  • Zero.

Ian did get a red heed in India but it wasn’t terminal. We are being mighty careful.

Incidences of drunken disorderliness:

  • Zero. We are responsible adults travelling with children.

[YOU! There! Why are you laughing?]


Calls home:

  • Telephone X hardly any
  • Skype X LOADS!


  • 1 (Ian)

Cut-throat shaves by wild-eyed, shaky handed Indian barber:

  • 1 (Ian. Any other name here would have been interesting?)

Legs waxing by lovely professional Australian beauty therapist:

  • 1 (Gilly.) See above comment.
Places of worship:
  • Loads!

Meals cooked by Ian:


  • 2 (as planned)
Meals cooked by Gilly?
  • Hahahahahahahaha.

Animals gawked at in the wild*:

  • Orang-utans, macaques, Indian elephants, numerous raptors (including fish eagles, sea eagles, black kites), geckos, green turtles, monitor lizards, Nemo (clown fish)
  • Exotic birds of all shapes and sizes [Authour resists cheap gag opportunity]

*Ones we wouldn’t get at home.


  • Days home schooling X Heaps! (More than the kids would like eh chaps?)
  • Schools visited X 1
  • Educational moments: too numerous to count.

People gawking at Josie & Morgan:

  • India: thousands!
  • Borneo: dozens
  • Singapore: seven
  • Oz: zero

    Delhi School trip

Animals encountered in a way that makes you want to run:

  • 1 X Deadly spider.

(Walked into its web taking a short cut in the dark with the kids last night: panic all round. All spiders are out to get you here in Oz. General arachnophobia has ensued. Look out behind yoOoooU!)

Animals we’re waiting to encounter any moment now in the wild:

  • Koala, ‘roos, more deadly spiders.

Koalas cuddled:

  • 1 (Australia Zoo)

    Cuddle time!

Kangaroos massaged (which they seemed to enjoy):

  • 3 (Australia Zoo)

Kangaroos fed:

  • Many (Australia Zoo)

Elephants Ridden:

  • 2 (Kerala, India.)

Elephants Fed & Bathed:

  • 2 (Can’t do these things in Oz or pretty much anywhere else,need to go back to India. Now do you appreciate it kids? Do you?)

Spot the 'roos


  • Almost spot on (mainly thanks to Karen & Phil for putting us up in Noosa).

Days wearing a trouser;

  • NIL. (Shorts rule.)

Legs tanned:

  • None. We are still the whitest people on planet earth. This is no bad thing.

That is all.

(Like I said: Random, a list not an audit. We'll post more stuff as it wanders across our minds.)

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8 thoughts on “Inventory of things (a month down the road)

  1. Sam

    Incredible facts n stats, really highlights how much you are doing!
    Remember, redbacks always live in pairs, check your car sun visors for nasty huntsman & I shuddered at your walk into web mo as did exactly the same thing in – a real Indiana Jonesy mo,…..



  2. G/Pat.

    Amazing what you have packed into just one month. It must have taken you ages to assimilate the above. Bet J and M are not too keen on doing their school work.


  3. Amanda and Rich

    Ian I can’t believe that Gilly has only had one sense of humour loss??
    Gilly I am surprised you are not cooking a meal every night for your family??
    Love the list. Loving the photos.
    Keep them coming
    Amo xxxxxxx


    • Sense of humour loss…… moi??? Only if I don’t get enough sleep (I think this may have been more than once, Mr B is being kind!!)


  4. nicky

    Sunday evening 18th March……..watching tv (dancing on ice, ‘who wants to be millionaire’ mothers day special! sat up in bed only 9pm! (normally Rob and I are dozing by now!)
    Eaten too much this weekend (again) Annoying encounter with ‘up his own arse bloke/landowner’ re. permission to walk across his land(saddo!) on Saturday.Thinking about another week at work urrgh!
    Apart from the odd pleasant day of some sunshine this winter of murk/drizzle/chill and need for central heating is extending yet further into March. Yet this week they warn us of possible hose pipe bans!!
    Sooooo it is really lovely to here all about your adventures around the world. Enjoy every minute as your memories will remain with you forever (even the not so pleasant bits…Gilly’s lack of hair on head and excess on legs! josie’s wave battle, and Ian’s sunburn for example). Here’s to the next two months!


  5. so, you have your cousin Julie….”she of the living in ye ol’United States of America, recently relocated to the b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina with her man Dan(iel)”…in fits of laughter! most of said laughter being ‘with’ you, some – i humbly admit – ‘at’ your various plights along with way!

    thanks to Auntie Jen for cc-ing me on an email in which i grabbed the link to your travel blogs…what a fabulously-delightful-humorous-interesting-fun-filled-exhilirating-and-somewhat-sleep-deprived-journey you are sharing!

    i await, with an eagerness typically attributed to a puppy awaiting a treat from its master, for your next chapter. meantime, safe travels, much love & hugs xx


    • Lovely to hear from your Julie!! Glad to hear all is well with you and the move went well. We are having a fantastic time (despite the mishaps along the way!!) and now enjoying the splendour of New Zealand. Will keep you posted!!
      Gilly xxx


  6. Georgia :)

    Hey Josie
    Hope u are have a great time? Bet u are!! Georgia xx 🙂


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