Me in the Grand Canyon,
|To introduce myself, my name is Andy Beardsley. After 26 years of work,
I have decided to take a year out. Since I have always
loved traveling, but never had the time to fulfil this
ambition, other than brief breaks, I have decided to
use the time to visit my many friends and family around
the world. Since they are quite literally all over the
globe, I decided to do a "Round-the-World" trip. Planning
the timing was critical, since some people lived in
the Northern Hemisphere, and others in the Southern
Hemisphere. I did not want my tour to be a voyage of
the world's winters!
The purpose of this site is to let people follow
my tour. Below is my itinerary for the tour. You can
use this to navigate around the site to read about
my adventures, and to view pictures I take on the
The trip started on 31st May 2003. I am happy
for anybody to use my pictures on their own web site,
so long as my copyright is acknowledged. The tour
of the World is now completed! It was completed on
November 26th, when I had to unexpectedly terminate
the trip, and return to the UK, where my Father had
been taken ill. The good news is that he is now making
a good recovery, but not without some ups and downs.
Thank you to everyone who has sent me their support,
and good wishes.
||The trip starts in the USA, visiting my cousin Andrew in Florida, then
on up to the Seattle area to spend time with my Aunt
Jean and her daughter, Alison and family, before setting
off on a trip down to my other cousin Alex in Los Angeles.
This trip takes in Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite,
and Las Vegas. I will also fit in a short visit to Canada.
Trip finished on 29th August 2003.
||Next place to visit, Fiji. I have always had this fantasy to go to
one of the South Sea islands, and Fiji seems to fit
the bill nicely! I had a wonderful time, and the holiday
is now sadly over. Completed on 12th September 2003.
||On to New Zealand, where I am joined by my friend Bob Starling. We
are visiting both the North and South Island, with ideas
to visit the hot springs in the North Island, before
venturing south to see the fjords, mountains, and generally
wonderful scenery. Not forgetting the penguins! We also
hope to visit the sites used for filming Lord of the
Rings. Completed 12th October.
||Next stop Australia, firstly off up the east coast to view the wonders
of the Great Barrier Reef, followed by a trip to the
heart of the continent in Alice Springs, and also Uluru
(Ayres Rock). The journey then takes me to Broome on
the west coast, where I will be visiting Graham Jones,
then on to Gwynnie Evans, Graham's sister, in Perth,
then by train to Adelaide, on to Carol, another member
of the Jones family in Melbourne, and finally Sidney.
Completed 26th November.
||This leg had to be abandoned due to the ill health and subsequent death
of my Father.