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About Joey The Explorer

I am a guy who has this huggggge list of things i want to accomplish. I am 100% one of those guys who cares more about what he experiences rather than a career guy. I would prefer to die experienceing as much as i could, rather than spend my life working 9-5 everyday doing the same things day in day out. I thought id create this blog as I always have different things im doing/trying each month so i will comment and give info on how i get on so you can all read about it and share your ideas too :)

Treasure Island in a cliff theater, St Ives n King Arthur!

digSo we’ve just come back from Cornwal where we saw a superb sunset, watched Treasure Island at the famous Minack Theater, had clotted cream on Icecream at St Ives, saw the last Inn in England, oh and saw many caves where Merlin the Wizard hung out. This was me time down south camping (read more)

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9th Time to Dublin & this time im going back to 1916 and trying Chips with Cheese inside!

 

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Ahhh you gotta love a pint of the black stuff!. This was Angs first time to Dublin. Here we went back to the year 1916 for the rebels tour, drank sewage water on a graveyard horror tour and tried MIllion Dollar Fries. . . ahh love this place (read more)

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Just stayed in a tent…up in the trees!

sdrYes this looks like a spaceship… however its actually a tent elevated in the trees! This trip involved”Ride a cock horse”, a castle that was a pub, a reindeer pub serving reindeer, being scarecrows at night, red wine and hearing the relaxing pitta patter of rain on your tent without getting wet…oh and having a 180 degrees view over fields from up in our tent! (read more)

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Just Visited Venice Aye I…

Picture1The place of Gondolas, Bridges, Cornettos and RED WINE AT 0.89 euro for a litre! On this trip we rode on a Gondola under the small bridges along the canals of Venice. We drank walking beer whilst taking in the views from the  amazing Cathedrals and statues. Had a masquerade party shotting red wine and ate a rather black fish. This was my time in Venice (read more)

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Visited Iceland at Christmas

15355792_10154535185945971_780167217613929611_nWe witnessed Yule lads on sides of buildings, Huge Christmas Bells, Geysers shooting over 30ft in the air and the Biggest Waterfall Ive ever seen. I frowned upon the £10 bottle of beer,  got wet when hunting for the Northern Lights, oh and got a ring on a special ladies finger! (Read more)

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Spooky Piano Playing at the Museums Halloween Event!

fb_img_1477779309703It was that scary time of year when costumes come out, pumpkins get carved oh and a Pirate with an Axe in his Head along with the mad hatter perform at the spooky Bottle n Glass Pub.  Scary well known tunes were played whilst the mad hatter (Me Dad) told scary  Tales from the pub. Screams were heard, Comical spots were laughed at…this was one HELL of a SPOOKY event! (Read more)

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Playing Piano At My First Gig- Peaky Blinders!

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Well been playing for along time, so its about bloody time I got meself a gig! Where else better to play other than the biggest PEAKY BLINDERS event this year ! Transported back into the 1920s we played songs from the show, had shoot outs, Alfie Solomen tormenting people, oh and lots of flatcaps! (read more)

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Belfasts Game Of Thrones Tour

14225619_10154315105383463_4887730116818280680_nVisiting Winterfell, the Twins and claiming them our own with our Black Country Flag, seeing the famous “tree”, had a fight with the Hound, Got to meet the Direwolves along with many other scenes from the super awesome show! (read more)

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Being a Pirate on a Pirate Barge For Me Birthday!

FB_IMG_1470509526833So it was that time of year when my Birthday was approaching. What better way to celebrate than to hire a barge for a day, dress it up as a pirate ship and all be pirates! Pin the cock on the pirate, 1979 mustangs, scaring passers by and drinking Asahi beer were just some of the “Jolly” highlights of the trip. Avast Ahoy! (read more)

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Staying in a Converted Train Carriage

2So after a trip to York, we decided to stay in this quirky hotel. We stayed in a converted train carriage, next to a live railway. We tinkled on their pianos, had a private carriage restaurant, got trains to honk their horns and then watched an awesome sunset (read more)

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Just Flew down Europes Fastest Zipline!

13267970_10154102263900460_1411715400421448820_nBobs Birthday so what better way to spend it than being shot down a huge ass zipline across a really high quarry with lake at speeds up to 80mph. Whoosh!! (read more)

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Visiting the amazing views of Austria

IMAG0719 Sausages in water, Christmas Museums showing Krampus, Huge beer gardens, Amazing views of mountains with snow and lakes, Beautiful cemetery and Salsa nights…this was our trip to Salzburg in Austria (read more)

 

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Releasing Turtles In The Ocean, Holding Exotic Animals and seeing Volcanos – My Time In Bali

TURTLE (7)This place involved us seeing live volcanos, tasting an amazing pulled chicken burger, seeing rice fields, holding Toucans n other exotic animals, Temple worshipping, oh and getting the chance to release baby turtles in the ocean …this was my time in Bali (read more)

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Curries for £1, Golden Buddhas and Sharks in bars – Just came back from Malaysia!

BATU (2) We witnessed Monkeys eating takeaways on the stairs up to the temple that exists in a cave, Tall twin towers, ate large portions of street food for £1 and tried a tower of ASAHI. . . this was our time in Malaysia (read more)

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Just Went Back in time to the 1940s at Severn Valley Railway!

IMAG2860_1_1Soldiers, air raids, guns, Hitler and Sir Winston Churchill were just some of the things we saw here. We boarded an old fashioned steam train that took us to several themed stations where we witnessed weddings and much more. Really felt like we were in the 1940s! (read more)

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Pig, Porsche and Merc Museum in Stuttgart!

IMAG2622So we went to Stuttgart in Germany. Here we got to see a Lemans race event at the Porsche Musuem, got to see lots of weird pigs in the pig museum and of course we went around on a big red tour bus! Ate kebab from a huge cob and attended a bar that looked like a beach.. (read more)

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Visiting Edinburgh!!!

IMAG2068Having to escaping from a room in an hour, Visiting the amazing castle, Getting scared on a ghost tour bus and going to the toilets through a book case – heres some of the things we got up to (read more)

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2nd Tattoo – Time To Get Creative!

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It was that time where I just had to get another Tatt! Had to get something I could eventually turn into a sleeve and that had something to do with 50s rock n roll music. The pain relaxed me so much I fell asleep twice! Took me a few months to construct but I so love this Tatt now! (read more)

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Dublin at Xmas!!!

IMAG0725So we come here every year, however this was the first time we were here in the Christmas month. There were old fashioned decorations everywhere. Greens, golds, reds galore. Although bands weren’t as good as weekend ones, this was still really Christmassy especially with our Christmas Jumpers [read here].

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Seeing Bryan Adams Live!

10431529_10152502169403161_2639004914208605671_nRun to you, Heaven and of course SUMMER OF 69 were just a few of this guys main hits. Years of singing his stuff at the top of our voice when drunk meant we had to finally see this Croakey sounded guy live [read here]

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Zip lining and Bouncing around in Caves on nets!

16414_10152729642278463_1681256208654733155_nSo picture zip lining over the top of a huge Slate quarry with wind rushing against your face…picture going deep under ground into a cave where you can bounce around on huge nets whilst realising how un-fit you are – this was our time at Llechwedd Slate Caverns [read here]

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Froster Beer Festival 2014

IMAG0228So after travelling for 8 months we were in need of a good old British Beer Festival. This was our second time here. The many testers, the hunt for Santa in his Hawaiian  top, the corn on the cob and of course the rock band at the end – this was our time at the FROSTER BEER FESTIVAL [Read here].

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Tips I’ve Learnt Whilst Travelling

imagesSo before I went away I looked on other sites to find out what I should take away with me travelling. Since I have completed my 8 month experience, I have now done my own list. Here is all the useful stuff I learnt to take / not to take whilst away [read here]. 

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Taking Photos at the TRICKEYE Museum in Singapore

66158_10203497933441636_7910875763815278884_nI love weird museums like Ripley’s Believe It Or not etc…so when we had the chance to go to a Trick Eye Museum, I had to do it.  This museum has paintings in 3D making it look as though you are in them. It features props n all sorts. Its the only time I got to ride a sleigh, dangle off a cliff, climb a bamboo stick and sit on an elephants trunk all in one day! [read  more]

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Got to see my FIRST Panda in Singapore!

10513287_10152428344303463_4886787364434946236_nSure we have them in Edinburgh…but we wanted to see them in Asia! We got to experience an amazing River Safari with lots of different river sections from around the world. We got wet riding a log flume and of course saw the amazing Pandas named Kai Kai and Jia Jia’s [read here].

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Staying in a jungle – Koi Samui

IMG_4862So here were were in Koi Samui n our accommodation was a hut in the jungle. We showered with ants, swam with dragon flies, drank tea in a cliff hut n witnessed many Buddhas…this was our time in Koi Samui! [read here]

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My first Thai Massage

download So with a bad back it was time to experience the Thai Massage in our resort. Cracked toes, knees in the back n plenty of oil – this is my experience [read here].

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Drinking out of my first coconut!

DSCN0497Whilst in Koh Phangan, I really wanted to try these badboys out. For 100 bahts I got my first try. Milky n weird – this was my experience [read here].

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Paint n Music at the Half Moon Party

10488157_10152421743331236_2574657827265776077_nFluorescent ghekkos on my arm, Techno glasses, Bobo our host n lots of dance music n paint. This was our time at the Half Moon Festival in Koh Phangan! [read here]

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White Water Rafting With Tropical Rain!

IMG_4600I had always wanted to do this. Imagine waves pelting shit out of your raft, going 360 all over the place, your hearts beating fast and your also facing the biggest rain fall ever…this was my experience with White Water Rafting in Thailand  [read more]

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ATV Driving and Zip-lining In The Jungle

imagesIt was muddy n Wet and this experience was amazing! We skidded all over the place on the Quad whilst we went down muddy hills n threw small rivers…oh and my brakes didnt work! This was then followed by zip – lining n crashing into a tree. Great fun! [read more]

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Elephant Riding In The Jungle

IMG_4580It was pelting it down with rain but this didnt stop us! Riding on elephants was a great experience. They took us threw the jungle, down muddy / rocky hills and threw small rivers. Didnt know where to put me feet, however this was fun [read more]

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Just Been To Monkey Cave

IMG_4557So we always wanted to see wild monkeys. Here we got to feed them nuts n fruit whilst they jumped over us and looked cool. Shame about the bloody rain but great fun [read more]

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Just watched a Thai Boxing match in Thailand!

IMG_4466So it had to be done! Whilst in Phuket we got our ringside tickets, sat back and then watched 7 years kick shite out of each other and then the elders had fights afterwards. Great atmosphere (read here)

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In Bangkok eating bugs n floating markets

IMG_4224This was my 2nd time to Bangkok. This time saw us eating bugs, riding tuktuks, witnessing live sex shows, eating KFC in a deaf branch and buying stuff whilst riding on a boat on the floating markets. I love Bangkok everytime I go! (read more)

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My Trip To Hong Kong

IMG_4188We witnessed the big Tian Tan  Buddha, ate noodles n fried eggs, got hassled by the Indian sales people and witnessed the light display which was not so great. (read here)

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Dangling over the edge at 328 Feet!

DSC00331So whilst in Auckland we so had to go to the top of the Skytower and dangle over the edge of it at 328 feet high = I mean that’s what everyone does right? lol. Harnessed in we walked, dangled and sat over the edge of the Skytower. Scary but satisfying! (read here)

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My Time In Queenstown

IMG_3984I ate Bambi giant burgers, jumped over gym balls  and rooms full of balloons in the Odessey sensory Maze, had a drink next to a tree with speakers built into it and of course witnessed the beautiful scenery surrounding this place. Loved Queenstown (read here)

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Seeing Seals, Albatross, Sealions and Penguins in the wild – Dunedin

IMG_3815I’d always wanted to see wildlife in their natural habitat and Dunedin seemed to be one of the places to do this. We saw Seals on the rocks, got about a meter away from Sea Lions on the beach and witnessed the rarest  penguin in the world come in from the sea and walk to his home [read here]

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Lord Of The Rings Tour – Where I became Legolas (Wellington)

DSCN0219So our next stop in New Zealand was Wellington aka the home of alot of the scenes filmed in Lord Of The Rings. The tour included sights such as Helms Deep and lunch at Rivendell. We got to be wizards and I became the bow n arrow hero better known as Legolas (read here)

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Finding a waterfall n pool at 40 degrees in a random forest – Rotorura

IMG_3546So cruising outside of Rotorura we come across a place called “Kerosene Creek”. Down a dirt road path revealed a cool stream that then led to a waterfall and pool that was naturally hot due to the underground thermal activity. It was like having your own hot tub in a river! Wild Swimming at its best! (read here)

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Polynesian Spa + Thermal Underground in Rotorura

IMG_3352Whilst in Rotoura it was time for a Polynesian Spa in the private rockpool over looking the lake. It was hot, cool scenery and relaxing . It was then time for erupting Geysers and volcanic activity at the Wai – O -Tapu thermal wonderground – WOW (read here)

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A Maori Evening In Rotorura

IMG_3429So after working in Tauranga, it was now time to explore more of New Zealand. Our next stop was Rotorura where we experienced many things…one of which was a Maori evening of sticking out tongues, chants and a forest with games. It was time to participate in the famous “Maori” dance done at rugby games etc (read here)

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Living, Working and Enjoying Tauranga (New Zealand)

DSCN1118Living in Tauranga for around 3 months was rather cool. We got jobs as cleaners and I was Nightwarden in the hostel meaning we had the best room in the place and got to save money for our travels. We then experienced Kiwi Picking along with cool activities such as Glow Worms and Hobbiton. Here is our time in Tauranga/New Zealand [read here]

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Kiwi Picking In Tauranga – New Zealand

IMG_2969So it was time to stop off in Tauranga in New Zealand to get some more cash.  Kiwi picking was the way forward…2 months later I have been bitten, rained on, lower back problems, purchased a new cowboy hat and been a sweaty betty in my clothes. Heres my story of my kiwi picking experience (read here)

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A trip to McLaren n Kaiate Waterfalls

IMG_2877You’ve got a day off, its sunny and hot outside, you’ve been drinking everyday and want a break from it, so what do you do?  YOU GO WALK IN A FOREST, HAVE A BBQ AND SEE SOME COOL WATERFALLS!!!. Mclaren waterfalls was where we first met Rod the Chicken (Rod Stewart Lookalike) and Kaiate Falls was where Jack n Chris got cold nipples swimming in the lake [read more]

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Our Trip To Hobbiton aka THE SHIRE!!!

hobbitHobbits, Hobbits n more hobbits. It was time to visit the amazing place featured on the Lord Of The Rings and of course The Hobbit films. Small Houses in fields, fake trees, amazing props and I found my 2nd favouritre pub ever – The Green Dragon. I absoultely loved visiting this place [read more]

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Kayaking into a Glow Worm Cave!

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This was another item on my bucket list. We paddled down a river in the darkness with only a small lamp attached to our instructors head who was in front of us. Animals n Insects could be heard all around us until the Glow Worm Cave revealed itself..LOTS of the little feckers! [read here]

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Our Trip To Los Angelese!

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The celebrity homes and famous drives of Hollywood. The Last Route 66 sign in Santa Monica and the Couch Surfing Experience to the East – This was our trip to Los Angelese [Read here]

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Our Trip To Long Beach

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This is where I had my found my first Fosters beer on draught in the USA. We transported back in time whilst staying on the Queen Mary Ship that was just like Titanic, oh and who can forget the sunsets – this was our trip to Long Beach [read here]

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