So this is the end of my big overland rail trip from London to Australia & its lived up to everything I expected.
Would I do it again: - absolutely.
Is there anything I would change: - in the grand scheme no, except maybe crossing into Laos while I was so close. I would probably do some more pre-planning for Australia & be prepared for it being much more expensive than on my previous visits.
The best bits: - meeting the Grannies film crew in Russia, drinking good 12p beer in Hoi An, I loved Mongolia & Cambodia, they both deserved more time. My favourate part of Australia on this trip has to be Broken Hill - a real insight into non-indigenous outback Australia & I could easily have spent another week there.
The worst bits: - the almost impossible last minute accommodation search in Perth where I seriously contemplated sleeping in the car.
Getting a one-way flight back to London wasnt easy as most airlines wanted to charge the same price as a return ticket, which is outrageous. Emirates had the best price for a quality airline & they had the best entertainment system I've ever seen - endless brilliant music to build into a persoanl playlist that lasted most of the journey. And loads of current & old movies that I actually wanted to watch as opposed to staring at out of boredom. And, unbelievably the food was actually good. This is a bit annoying really as I'll never be able to cast blanket aspersions about airline food again - but how come so many airlines still serve slop when its clearly possible to serve decent food?
London is wonderfully cold & misty - its great to be home.