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davejo
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Name: david
Hometown: Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK
Location: Puerto Princesa City, Philippines
Join Date: January 21, 2017
Contributions: davejo has written about 284 places, shared 2,206 photos, left 327 comments, and smiled 337 times.
Interested in: meeting new people, showing people around my hometown, sharing travel tips and blogs
Travel Plans
Japan
dream destination
Sept 22 - Oct 2
Sri Lanka
dream destination
hopefully May/june this year
Countries I've Traveled To
Languages Spoken
English, basic in Thai, Spanish, Indonesian and Tagalog
Interests
Music you might find me listening to while waiting for my plane
Most Memorable Travel Experience
trek to Everest---twice---tears in my eyes when i realised my dream
Profile
I got the travel bug when i was 19 years old when i traveled on the train throughout Europe with an Interail Pass. In '73 i hitch-hiked around Europe for 8 months, getting as far as Damascus, arriving there at lunchtime on 6th October , almost exactly at the time the Middle East war began. In '74 i returned for 6 more months hitch-hiking around Europe again. Then i settled down for 3 years before leaving in April '77, with the intention of heading overland to Australia, but i was picked up by an American and ended up becoming the Logistics Manager for an American communication company in Jordan. I quit the day John Lennon died in December '81 and headed off for a 6 month trip to S America visiting all the major countries except for Uruguay. Highlights were the carnival in Rio, Iguazu Falls, trekking to Machu Picchu, spending a week on the Amazon river, enjoying my birthday on Lake Titicaca with the Uros Indians. At the end of the trip i went to live in Baguio, Philippines for 18 months.I left the Philippines and flew to Vancouver, spending about 3 months in BC before crossing to Washington DC on the Greyhound Bus. A great deal back then---$99 to male a one month trip, breaking the journey wherever i wanted.Headed back to UK for a couple of months before being offered a job in the DC area. Stayed in the USA for two years and returned to London for a couple of years where i had a successful business. Late 80's to '91 was based in Thailand and was involved in exporting clothes to UK. Itchy feet again, so i backpacked around Asia and Australia from early '92 to early '94. Returned to UK, decided this was not for me so i went to Philippines and have been here ever since. We often take trips out of the country and last year we had two week trips to Australia, Taiwan, Myanmar and Vietnam. In 2015 i took a trip to London, Iceland, Dublin and Edinburgh. This year we will be off to Cambodia in February, hopefully Sri Lanka in May and Japan in September.
shavy says:
Thanks David, we're leaving in two weeks, our tourist visa is already approved and now reserving bus ticket JJ express is booked, one more bus (Asia dragon express bus) for Ngwe Saung beach but our hotel will arranged the ticket, they can book cheaper than booking directly to bus company website.
Posted on: Apr 27, 2017
starship1 says:
Hi David, nice to hear from you! How are you?? To tell you the truth, I feel the same as you do about posting here. It seems too much like TA in a way and I've found nothing to compare with VT, so I am not very enthused about writing here and the demise of VT even somehow has taken some of the fun out traveling for me to some degree. As for our upcoming trip, I hope it turns out well and we have good weather. Are you excited about your trip to Japan?
Posted on: Apr 27, 2017
nolan says:
You're welcome.
Posted on: Apr 02, 2017
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davejo's Travel Blogs

A couple of days in Battambang
Feb 28, 2017
This was my first visit to Battambang and found it to be a very pleasant place with many attractions, good restaurants and has …
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A couple of days in Phnom Penh
Feb 25, 2017
I had already seen the main attractions in the capital but i wanted to attend the Hash Run and buy a few souvenirs at the Russi…
Overview 1,415 words 67 10 55
A day in Kampong Cham
Feb 24, 2017
I stayed here for one night as i wanted to see the longest bamboo bridge in the world and it was well worth it.
Overview 397 words 33 10 15
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davejo's Travel Reviews

Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The Hash Harriers are a running and drinking club that you can find in many cities throughout th…
Free! "Hotels & Accommodations" in Sen Monorom, Cambodia
If you want a peaceful place to stay then head for this wonderful place set in a grassy compound…
Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Reykjavik, Iceland
While wandering around the old town i was feeling a bit hungry and i decided to check out two re…
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