Mischa and Rosanna off on a flight-free adventure!

After spending five years living, working and studying in Sheffield we decided we wanted a change. A plan was concocted! To travel around Japan and spend a couple of months seeing what it’s like to live and volunteer in the country supposedly most different to the west. As plans do, they grew and grew. Why not travel there overland through Russia, let’s see northern China, I don’t know much about South Korea… and so on. It resulted in backpacking round the world for a year without taking a single plane. Flying often is damaging to the environment so we wanted to minimise the impact our travelling would have. We spent three weeks crossing Russia via the Trans-Manchurian, seven months in Asia and finally three months in North America. Our longest time spent in one country was China and we crossed the Pacific and North Atlantic oceans on cargo ships which took 15 and 11 days respectively. We returned with a new appreciation and love for our home country, the United Kingdom.

This blog was started for our family and friends who were interested in following us around the world, but also for our own memories as a journal to read on returning. Now the once-in-a-lifetime journey has ended, the blog will remain up as a guide for future travellers or those just interested in reading about the surprises and delights we came across along the way.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re looking for advice or would like to know more about our journey:

mischa@myjumbokimono.com & rosanna@myjumbokimono.com


30th March 2017: And off we go, on a coach from London to Luxembourg 😀

11-13th April: Sailed from Stockholm to St Petersburg with a day stop in Helsinki.

3rd-5th May: Crossed the Chinese-Russian border at Manzhouli/Zabaykalsk on the Trans-Manchurian from Ulan-Ude to Harbin.

6-7th June: Took an overnight ferry from Qingdao, China to Incheon, South Korea.

10-11th July: Just over 3 months after we left the UK we finally made it to Japan on an overnight ferry from Busan, South Korea.

16th July: Aptly found a jumbo kimono (and samurai outfit) in Hiroshima castle!

8-10th September: Two night ferry crossing from Osaka to Shanghai.

31st October: Vietnam visas received from embassy in Kunming

1st November: Entered Vietnam at Lao Cai from Hekou, China.

20th November: US visas received from embassy in Hanoi

21st-22nd November: Travelled overnight by train from Hanoi, Vietnam to Nanning, China and on to Hong Kong the next day.

22nd November: Cargo ship journey across Pacific Ocean booked!

2nd-16th December: Travelled by container ship from Xiamen, China to LA, USA and crossed the international dateline.

29th January 2018: Took a Greyhound bus from New York to Toronto, Canada.

2nd February: Cargo ship journey across the North Atlantic Ocean booked.

12-13th February: Via three Greyhound buses, one being overnight, travelled back into the USA to Washington DC.

9-20th March: Crossed the North Atlantic ocean from Wilmington, North Carolina to Antwerp, Belgium in 11 days.

24th March 2018: Eurostar from Brussels to London, home country 🙂