The big world awaits!
Sitting on the desert sand in United Arab Emirates waiting for the sun to set and always wondering where and when our next holiday - err trip - will be. So much to see, so little time!
Welcome aboard this page and come, if you dare, on a ride across the map of the world. Well not quite as the world is big, we're not in the rich class AND we're getting older.
I should explain about my screen name. Many years ago I started off a chat group here in Australia and we had so many David's, we had to somehow come up with a way of sorting out the David's from themselves. I got SirGaw and the name stuck. Naturally, any titled person should have an accompanying partner – and so Sandra became LadyGaw.
My first overseas journey was a cruise through parts of the South Pacific It was a fun-filled cruise of 24 days and the ship sailed from Melbourne to Hobart, Auckland, Suva, Apia, Tonga, Wellington, Sydney, before returning to Melbourne at the ungodly hour of 0600. Most of the trip is an alcohol fuzz of memory as I was single, early 20's and looking for a "good time" - whatever that meant to a young male.
A year after the cruise, I met Sandra and late in 1969 we got married and settled down. In the 1970's we were joined by 2 daughters and our travelling was severely curtailed as a result. Yes, there were family holidays in various parts of Australia.
The 70's and into the early 80's these holidays were heading off by car and sometimes for 3 days to reach holiday destinations. After too many to count, 'Are-we-there-YET?' comments from the back seat, we switched to flying for Aussie holidays.
Our first real taste of travel adventure occurred in 1984 when I represented a company at a conference in Singapore. Sandra accompanied me and tried to keep me well-behaved. After the conference, a flight to the Malaysian island of Penang. Four nights at a high-end hotel/resort followed by 3 nights 'on the road' driving back to Singapore via the Cameron Highlands, Kuala Lumpur and Malacca.
For our 2 daughters, their first overseas trip was Fiji in 1987 where we stayed on a resort for 7 nights and followed up with an expensive 3 night 'Blue Lagoon' cruise.
1988 and a trip to USA – Hawaii, followed by Seattle staying with friends, and then 2 weeks on-the-road in California. We even learnt how to speak so the locals could understand us - LOL
Lots of hard work for me as a taxi owner/driver paid off, and in 1989 I won a trip for 7 nights in London. We took that holiday in 1990 and had a side visit to wonderful Paris.
Economic conditions took their toll and apart from some trips within Australia, our passports had a long break in a draw until 1998 New Caledonia and a bit of French in the South Pacific.
Elderly Dad in Perth, Western Australia, meant lots of trips across Australia and took its toll on the purse strings, however in 2002 we combined a Perth trip and then went on and stayed in Hong Kong and Macau.
In 2007, we undertook our biggest overseas jaunt and titled 'Trip 07' – I'll include some of my writings and photography originally published in Virtual Tourist.
2010 and Dad passed away and so the need to travel to Perth ceased. The following year I retired and some long-awaited expenses curtailed overseas travel, once again. However, there have been some great trips within Australia. I'd love to share my experiences originally published in Virtual Tourist. Sadly a change of computer and I lost all the images for our trip to the Northern Territory and return on 'The Ghan', the train that takes 3 days to travel from Darwin to Adelaide, South Australia. However saved are trips to far north Queensland and Tasmania – all published in Virtual Tourist and to be shared here as time permits.
I did promise Lady Gaw that we'd return to Singapore, which we did in 2015 and followed on with 12 days in China. I'm not a fan of group travel and the China trip confirmed by views. The tour guides were great but the pace was set to fast, with too many over-priced shops included.
More tripping to far north Queensland to keep Lady Gaw happy – and a chance for the youngest daughter to have a holiday too. I had to return to Melbourne to mind the cats and birds, so it was a tag team in the airport at Cairns.
This year, 2018, a truly great holiday - err trip - in amazing Vietnam and all published here.
More to come as health and finances allow.
From one of the rear seas in a Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 waiting to set off towards home at Shanghai, China, airport and looking through the smog to the setting sun.