After finishing my 13 month contract at McMurdo Station in November 2017, I was very excited to travel.
I signed another contract for McMurdo winter season 2018 starting in February, so I had about three and a half months to travel the world before returning to the ice. Luckily I was able to recruit several of my friends to travel with me on my trip.
The first Place I traveled to was New Zealand. The USAP dropped me off in Christchurch, and from there I traveled all around the south island for six weeks. I traveled here with my friend Will and later Allie and Alex.
New Zealand is a beautiful place, and the best way to see it is by car. The main attractions are the breathtaking landscapes themselves. It is a great place to camp and enjoy the outdoors.
The south island has many varied landscapes from glaciers to jungles to beautiful beaches, it was wonderful to see so much nature after my time in Antarctica.
After New Zealand I traveled to India, where I met my friends Jared, Chris, and Ben who joined me at different times.
India is a huge country and I was able to see just a small part of it in my six weeks there. I traveled mostly on established tourist routes, covering the north west, central north, and southern parts of the country.
I began with the “golden triangle” of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, and then headed into the deserts of Rajasthan in the north west. The ancient cities and forts here are a sight to behold.
Next was the central north where I saw Bodh Gaya, the site where the Buddha achieved enlightenment, and Varanasi, the famous holy city on the Ganges.
To see another side of India, I traveled to the south which was a totally different experience. The warm weather was welcome after my time in the north, and the change in cuisine was appreciated as well.
Hong Kong and Taiwan
On the way home I traveled for a week to Hong Kong and Taiwan with my friend Chris.
We visited a family friend Sonali in Hong Kong, who has an apartment in the new territories, and we stayed in a hostel in Taipei to get a taste of Taiwan.
Our time in Hong Kong and Taiwan was spent mostly eating, enjoying the local cuisines. We enjoyed many meals, such as beef noodle soup, roasted duck, soup dumplings, and dim sum.
Overall it was a great trip and I was very lucky to have so many friends join me. It did leave me exhausted though, and I was thankful for my week in the US before redeploying to McMurdo!