12,000 Miles On Public Transport And Not One Delay

David Livingstone. Mary Kingsley. Sir Ranulph Fiennes. To the list of Britain’s intrepid adventurers, we should now add two new names; Phil and Emma Whiting.

Never heard of them? No, we hadn’t either, but we think they deserve widespread recognition for their recent achievement; traveling 12,000 miles from the UK to Hong Kong – using public transport.

The once-in-a-lifetime trip took them eight weeks and included travelling through Berlin, Moscow, Suzdal, Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, Ulan Bator, Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai, Guilin, Huangshan, Yangshuo and Xiamen. Five of those weeks were spent just crossing China and three weeks were spent on sixteen different trains. The trip also involved buses, taxis, ferry boats, horses, a cable car and walking on foot.

The couple spent over a year planning the trip and given the number of timetables and websites they must have had to read and visit doing it, we think they deserve a medal just for that aspect.

Remarkably they claim none of their journeys were delayed,  including  – thankfully – the first one when they departed from Oxford station bound for St Pancras and then onto the Eurostar.

The final piece of the story is why they did it. Which was to visit their son in Hong Kong for his birthday. So that’s a second accomplishment then; for being the UK’s most embarrassing parents. (“honestly, Mum and Dad. Couldn’t you just have flown to see me like normal parents?’)



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