Pac-man ate my wife wrote:
I know they have, and I'd like to see them one day, but if you only have six months to a year to travel, I do honestly think you'd be better off travelling through the jungles and volcanoes and villages of Sumatra and Java than the RVs and fast food joints of Australia. Not to mention the fact that it's loads cheaper!
I mean, compared to Indonesia and Indochina, AUS/NZ must be incredibly tame. A sort of slightly sunnier England with more poisonous spiders and racists.
Otto, have you actually been? Australia and NZ have some of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world!
Would love to see Ayer's Rock and the Barrier Reef but it would be the lasting shame of my life if I hadn't seen sunrise from Mount Bromo, hiked to the summit of Toba Island, seen wild orang-utans in the forest near Bukit Lawang, climbed to the top of Borobudur Temple, swum in the crater of Maninjau, haggled for street food in the markets of Berastagi, snorkelled in the coral off Perhentian, seen Krakatoa from the Merak ferry, etc etc
I just think it's a pity that many young Brits skip these amazing things because they prefer the more sanitised, anglophone comforts of AUS/NZ. Not saying that necessarily applies to cjb_bjc but it would be a shame if it did.