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Day 73 Singapore to Brighton (home)

-1, balloons, changi, home

sunny -1 °C

So it turns out Day 73 is the last day of our 'around the world in 70 days' journey and my last blog entry ;-(. Not the usual collection of photos I'm afraid given that 13 hours and 25 minutes of the day was spent on the BA012 from Singapore to London in World Traveller (economy)....ouch! There was actually only ONE photo taken on the last day, which I'll share with you in a bit, but first the story.

There are two BA flights leaving Singapore on a daily basis. The BA012 that is the direct Singapore route and the BA016 that is the second leg of the Sydney to London route via Singapore. We are 'confirmed' on the BA012 so have to switch planes at Singapore and have about an hour and a half to do so. The crew told us we needed to basically clear baggage and customs and then checkin for the second plane to London. Doesn't leave much time.

Its 9.10pm when we land in Singapore, and 25 degrees. The first piece of good news, that we receive from the transfer desk staff, is that we don't need to collect our bags and that they can be retagged through to London. Excellent. But the flight is full and we are told to 'stand by' until 10pm when we will find out our fate. The second piece of good news is that Changi Airport has free fast wifi which gives me the chance to get Day 72 of the blog out. At 10pm they ask us if we would be happy to sit one in Club, one in World Traveller Plus and one in World Traveller. We say yes although we are not quite sure how that would work for Dottie. Best plan is always to accept a seat and sort it out once the doors are shut. At 10.15 we get the final bit of good news, one Club seat and two economy, better for Nat and Finn than me and Dot, but we are on our way home.

At the gate they ask us to wait whilst they take our boarding passes. It could go one of a number of ways at this stage......a nervous moment. Nat gets moved back to World Traveller Plus. A last minute commercial passenger, or a friend of the captain.....we'll never know. It's a very black art.

Dottie and Finn sleep for the first 7 hours so we manage to get something to eat and a couple of films in. The second half was more tricky. Two tired and bored kids. They were both (mostly) brilliant and we were both very proud of them.

Met by Jennie and Geoff at Heathrow at 4.40am we head home to be greeted by flags and balloons and my mum, dad and nan (and Mila the new dog). Suddenly it seems like we haven't even been away, but it's fabulous to see everyone. So many things to recollect in just 73 days.

We finally get the chance to give Mary the other part of her 18th Birthday present (see necklace) and it's lovely to see her reunited with her little brother and sister

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In 73 days we visited 4 counties, took 11 flights, visited 11 airports, stayed in 9 hotels, hired 4 vans, 3 cars and took 7,261 photos and 43 videos. We lost 1 iPhone, 2 fleeces, broke a pair of flip flops and cracked my camera screen. Oh and our double buggy is still in Singapore but should catch us up shortly. There were 228 comments made on the blog and 17,476 page views. We travelled at least 29,866 miles by air, road, sea, rail, gondola and foot (some travelled by double buggy)

Here is the final map if anyone is interested (I'm having trouble with this so it may not appear).

Thanks to everyone who helped make the trip possible.

It was fabulous to see some familiar faces along the way. Andy & Carrie for cold beers, the fire pit and a comfortable bed in Orewa. Neil, Paula, Joe, Annie & Ella for making us feel so at home in Auckland, sharing their beautiful bach in Raglan, a great round of golf (with no putter), the welcome balloon at the airport and the bucket and spade set (which made it home). Maza, Richard, Tyler & Maza's mum for a sunny traditional Iranian lunch and far too much Pimm's in Auckland. Uncle Alan for driving 500 kms from Nambucca Heads to Sydney to share some time with us, eat fish at Doyles, enjoy Coogee and climb the Tower Eye. Marcus, Rose, Madeleine & Ethan for picking us up, birthday beers and bubbles, our first takeaway in weeks and all their Melbourne insight. Thanks everyone, we'd love to return your hospitality when you are next travelling over this way.

Knowing that people were actually following the blog and receiving so many comments with feedback and advice from you all was a great incentive to keep it up. We read absolutely every comment. Thanks

It was also great to know that whilst we were away our house and some things on our behalf were being looked after. The Argos delivery (sorry dad), watering plants, cutting grass, starting cars, reporting phone loses, airport drop offs and pick ups etc. Thanks

Thanks to Bob for the diesel.

It's a small world (after all)

Never stop exploring

That's it.....the end of this journey. I hope it kept some of you informed, inspired others and perhaps put some of you off travelling with kids. It wasn't always easy, but it's something we have shared and will remember forever.

PS. Just for a bit of fun, a few of our favourite video clips from the trip. From my commentary you can tell why I stick mostly to photos not videos.

The teacup ride at Disneyland -

Moro Rock in Sequoia National Park -

Neil and Dottie in Raglan -

Finley learning to sit up in the beast -

Taft Point in Yosemite -

Yoho National Park -

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"Holding on tighter than a very very tight thing". Good lord. So lovely to know you're all home safely and very special to hear your voices on the vids. I actually had a little tear listening to Fin giggling - so adorable. Will really miss the blog, it's been fascinating to catch up with you and your excellent adventure on a daily basis. Speak soon and see you on the 16th - hopefully the jet lag will have passed by then... lots of love, Nic xxxx

by Nicola Acres

Welcome home! Really looking forward to seeing you next weekend! Wow! Those videos were amazing! I felt like I was there and I'm scared of heights! xxx

by Ali

Brilliant summary. I suppose we shall just have to make do looking forward to Christmas now the blogs are complete.

by Geoff

Welcome home although I am sad that I won't be able to read your blogs anymore. I have thoroughly enjoyed keeping up with your adventures, a truly wonderful trip.

Clive you certainly have a flair for travel writing and should consider it as a future career!

Love to you all

Uncle Gary

by John Gary Wright

Brilliant blog to end on!

I will miss the adventures but new ones to begin now you are home!

Absolutely LOVE Finn's sitting up adventure - made me laugh out loud and cant wait to see you all. Those high up scenes were awesome - I too would be holding on tighter than a tight thing!!!
Happy readjustment times xxxxxx

by Louise

Welcome home to frosty England, swapping flip flops for boots must be hard!
We've loved reading the blog and seeing the photos - lots of happy family memories to treasure.
Look forward to catching up in person and hearing about your adventures first-hand.
Love to you all xxx

by Jo

We'll miss the blog but not as much as we missed you. Aaaaaah! Really have enjoyed it and a great last blog. Good work xxx

by Adam Brooks

Have loved reading you blogs, they brought back some great memories. Sounds like you had the time of your life, would love to do the same thing someday. Welcome home x

by Rachelle

Thankyou so much for given such a lot of time and patience to your blog,beautifully put together,with details to perfection.Obviously enjoyed by all your family and friends.Felt quite emotional reading the final chapter.Well done to you both for taking on such an adventure with two little children.Love you xxxxxxxxx

by Mum

Will really miss the blog updates - they were wonderful and helped me get through missing you so much, along with the facetime calls. What an adventure! Not many people would be brave enough to do what you have with two little ones - so much admiration for you. I hope the adjustment process is not too painful but I am so glad you are all home safe and well (apart from a little bit of sickness). Bring on Christmas! Love you all and well done, Mum xxx

by Jennie

Really enjoyed all the blog posts and photos, sounds like you have had an amazing time with your little family and it was all very inspiring! Also brought back many memories of stand by flights when I was younger and the stress my parents were under trying to get us all somewhere in one go! But, the spirit of travel is one of the best things my folks gave us and nice to see others do the same. Glad you're all back safe and sound, have a lovely Christmas! (p.s - will need to pick your brains about China soon :-) )xx

by Heather

looking forward to the tales of trying to drive and park in Brighton, along with the perils of the no.5 bus route!

by cliffdargonne@hotmail.co.uk

Welcome Back! I have loved reading of your adventures.

by Sophie Taylor

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