The route

This Map shows the actual route I am taking.

There’s 3 colours: the black specifies where I am at the moment. The blue is where I have been and the pink is where I am planning to go (which might change). The map will be updated automatically while I travel.



I would love to see the entire world and visit each continent and country at least once!!! So far I have visited 55 countries and I still feel there’s so much to explore and discover. 

During this journey, Footprints in the Clouds, which started in October 2013, I have traveled non stop and this is the  list of places I have been in these last 2,5 years by chronological order:

India: Mumbai, Aurangabad, Jalgaon, Omkareshwar, Mandu, Ujjain, Sanchi, Orchha, Chanderi, Agra, Delhi, Jaisalmer, Thar Desert, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Pushkar, Jaipur, Bharatpur, Varanasi, Kolkota, Chennai, Mamallapuram, Madurai, Varkala, Kerala, Kochi, Hampi, Goa and Bangalore.

Malaysia: Sandakan, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur and Malacca.

Singapore: Singapore

Hong Kong: Hong Kong

Macau: Macau

China: Guangxi (Guillin, Longji-Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces, Yangshuo), Yunnan (Kunming, Dali, Shaxi; Lijiang), Sichuan (Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou, Songpan), Hainan (Sanya), Guangdong (Fusham and Guagnzhou), Hunan (Huai Hua, Fenghuang, Wulingyuan and Zhangjiajie), Shaanxi (Xian), Shanxi (Pingyao), Beijing and Shanghai.

Thailand: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi Don, Koh Samui, Bangrak, Bophut, Chaweng, Lamai, Koh Panhang, Baan Tai, Koh Tao, Chiang Rai.

Laos: Huay Xai, Pak Beng, Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Vientiane, Pakse, Si Phan Don and Don Det.

Cambodia: Phnom Penh, Kep, Kampot, Sihanoukville, Otres, Battambang, Siem Reap.

Myanmar: Yangon, Inle Lake, Bagan, Mandalay.

Japan: Tokyo, Fussa, Yokohama, Yokosuka, Shizuoka, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Miyazu, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Nagasaki, Kobe, Himeji, Matsumoto, Nikko, Hakodate, Sapporo.

South Korea: Seoul, Hongdae, Gangnam and Busan.

Philippines: Kalibo, Borocay, Cebu, Oslob, Bohol, Mandaue, Puerto Princesa, El Nido and Manila.

Taiwan: Taipei.

Vietnam: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh.

England: London.

Portugal: Guimaraes, Braga, Porto, Gaia, Vila Real, Lisboa.

UAE: Dubai, Ras Al Khaima, Jabal Al Jais, Jabal Hafeet, Al Ain, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi.

Jordan: Aqaba, Wadi Musa, Wadi Rum, Petra and Amman.

Iran: Tehran, Isfhahan, Kashan, Badroud, Fahraj, Yazd, Shiraz.

Oman: Muscat, Seeb, Wadi Shab, Nizwa and Jabal Akhdar.

Sri Lanka: Colombo, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Tallala, Ella, Nawara Eliya, Kandy, Pinawalla, Negombo.

Indonesia: Bali (Kuta, Seminyak, Denpasar, Canguu, Sanur, Lovina, GitGit, Pemuteran, Ubud, Nusa Dua), Gili Tranguan, Kupang and Jakarta.

Timor Leste: Dili and Atauro

Australia: Sydney, Blue Mountains, Byron bay, Gold Coast – Burleigh heads and surfers paradise, Brisbane, Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Fraser Island, Rainbow beach, Noosa, Hervey Bay, Agnes Water, Gladstone, Airlie beach, Whitsunday island, Townsville, Cairns, Melbourne, Great Ocean Road.

New Zealand: South: Christchurch, Oamaru, Hampden, Moeraki, Invercargyll, Te Anau, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Wanaka, Franz Joseph, Punakaiki, Nelson, Picton. North: Wellington, Napier, Taupo, Rotorua, Matamata, Waitomo, Coromandel, Hot Water Beach, Auckland.

And this is where YOU come in and give me advice and invite me to that country, city, little town you know or heard of that you think I should definitely visit. If you live there even better, invite me over, I might pop by! =)

The list

Destination Arrival
1 London, England October 11, 2013
2 Mumbai, India October 16, 2013
3 Agra, India October 30, 2013
4 Delhi, India November 1, 2013
5 Jaisalmer, India November 3, 2013
6 Udaipur, India November 8, 2013
7 Varanasi, India November 18, 2013
8 Kolkata, India November 21, 2013
9 Varkala, India November 28, 2013
10 Kerala, India December 3, 2013
11 Goa, India December 7, 2013
12 Bangalore, India December 15, 2013
13 Sandakan, Malaysia December 17, 2013
14 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia December 22, 2013
15 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia December 27, 2013
16 Melaka, Malaysia January 7, 2014
17 Singapore, Singapore January 10, 2014
18 Hong Kong, Hong Kong January 14, 2014
19 Macau, Macau January 22, 2014
20 Guilin, China January 25, 2014
21 Yangshuo, China January 29, 2014
22 Dali, China February 9, 2014
23 Lijiang, China February 16, 2014
24 Chengdu, China February 20, 2014
25 Guangzhou, China March 8, 2014
26 Xian, China March 20, 2014
27 Beijing, China March 26, 2014
28 Shanghai, China April 1, 2014
29 Bangkok, Thailand April 7, 2014
30 Chiang Mai, Thailand April 15, 2014
31 Koh Phi Phi, Thailand April 22, 2014
32 Phuket, Thailand April 26, 2014
33 Luang Prabang, Laos May 7, 2014
34 Don Det, Laos May 14, 2014
35 Phnom Penh, Cambodia May 18, 2014
36 Battambang, Cambodia June 6, 2014
37 Siem Reap, Cambodia June 10, 2014
38 Yangon, Myanmar July 14, 2014
39 Bagan, Myanmar July 21, 2014
40 Mandalay, Myanmar July 25, 2014
41 Tokyo, Japan August 6, 2014
42 Kyoto, Japan August 24, 2014
43 Osaka, Japan August 28, 2014
44 Hiroshima, Japan August 31, 2014
45 Nagasaki, Japan September 1, 2014
46 Seoul, South Korea October 1, 2014
47 Busan, South Korea October 8, 2014
48 Borocay, Philippines October 12, 2014
49 Cebu, Philipines October 20, 2014
50 Port Princess, Philippines October 27, 2014
51 Manila, Philippines October 31, 2014
52 Taipei, Taiwan November 9, 2014
53 Hanoi, Vietnam November 16, 2014
54 Halong Bay, Vietnam November 20, 2014
55 Hoi An, Vietnam November 23, 2014
56 Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam November 27, 2014
57 Aquaba, Jordan May 17, 2015
58 Petra, Jordan May 19, 2015
59 Amman, Jordan May 22, 2015
60 Dubai, UAE May 25, 2015
61 Abu Dhabi, UAE May 28, 2015
62 Tehran, Iran May 31, 2015
63 Esfahan, Iran June 5, 2015
64 Shiraz, Iran June 13, 2015
65 Muscat, Oman June 22, 2015
66 Colombo, Sri Lanka June 26, 2015
67 Bali, Indonesia July 14, 2015
68 Dili, Timor August 30, 2015
69 Sidney, Australia February 4, 2016
70 Brisbane, Australia February 15, 2016
71 Melbourne, Australia March 22, 2016
72 Christchurch, New Zeland April 4, 2016
73 Wellington, New Zeland April 28, 2016
74 Auckland, New Zeland May 14, 2016
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28 thoughts on “The route

  1. Erica

    Ems, I might leave Korea for a few months either late this year or early next year, but even if I do I’ll be back after the World Cup (eheh) so.. let’s keep in touch, don’t u dare come here if I’m away!!! XD
    I’ll let u know my plan as soon as I figure out

    1. Emma Olmi Post author

      hahahahah ok, so I promise to just go to South Korea in case you are there 😀 I look forward to see you somewhere in this little world. And keep the suggestions coming 🙂 xxx

  2. Hanna

    Wow! First going vegetarian, now this amazing journey, I’m so proud of you babe!! I’m sooooo looking forward to reading all about your adventures. As for the route, you MUST come to Vegas! Good luck with everything and enjoy every day! xxx

    1. Emma Olmi Post author

      awww thats so lovely of you Hanna. Thank you really. As for Vegas, are u mad? do you really think I would miss it? I am so damn there and will get a pink cadilac so can travel around ahahah and might even get married there… is the only place I can imagine myself getting married ahahah will see u soon <3

  3. Allan

    Hey Emma, it’s so nice to see that your adventure is about to start…so proud of you!!!! And the coincidence is that you will start on the day of my birthday (15/10), hehehe!!! Your blog looks very nice, congrats!!! Wish you all the best on this incredible journey that’s about to start…indeed it will be the best time of your life!!! May your path be always blessed with good vibes, bringing you peace of mind and the health and strength to keep up!!!
    I will be following you and if by any chance your travels brings you to Brasil or we happen to be around the same country in the next 2 years, let us finally meet face to face!!!
    Also if you need any tips or travel advice, please let me know and it will be such a pleasure to help you out!!! And if I may start already giving you an advice, I saw in your route that Nepal is on your “Would Love to List” instead of your “Must do list”…in my humble opinion, don’t let the chance to see and feel the Himalayans up close…it’s such a wonderful place and the people are so nice, and the good thing is the best season to visit is exactly when you will be nearby (october and november)!!! Plus it would be a good break from India, since it’s such a intense country to visit!!! If you can do a trek, perhaps the Annapurna Sanctuary which is “only 10 days”…the Annapurna Circuit is also amazing, but requires a bit more time ( I did in 21, including a side trip to the highest lake in the world)!! Well, in case you get in doubt, if I may add, trekking in Nepal was for sure one of the best experiences I ever had in this life, traveling or not…so don’t let the chance pass!!! And plus the best times to visit South East Asia are in january and february, so it could be good to fit in in your schedule!!!!
    Well my darling, once again have a wonderful time, I’m sure you will…I admire your courage to go ahead and seek your dreams!!! As a use to say, “Os sonhos não foram feitos para serem apenas sonhados e sim realizados”!!!
    Safe travels and always follow your heart, regardless what others may say!!!
    With love,
    Allan Vasconcellos

    1. Emma Olmi Post author

      Allan, you are a star!!!! your advices are precious as you are the expert of the experts when it comes traveling.
      I will try my best to manage to do Nepal as I really want to and trekking in there is a must. 😀
      Also, obviously I will do Brazil and after what…. 10 years now? I do hope I will manage to meet you this time.
      Loads of hugs and feel free to keep in touch and give advices/sharing your fav places

  4. Daniel


    The absolute BEST way to get around is to hire a car or camper van you can drive all around the place and sleep in it. NZ doesn’t have very good public transport so if you don’t have your own car it’ll be a bit of a pain in the bum. Best places to hire a camper van are:

    So much to do…definitely don’t spend more than 2 days in each major city unless you have a knack for viewing museums and the like (or visiting friends).

    NZ tip: if you see a word starting with “Wh” like “Whanganui” the “Wh” is pronounced like an “F” — makes for some pretty funny words like “Whakatane”. All of these words and many more are from the Maori language NZ’s native people.

    Here are a list of places to go assuming you start in Auckland (this isn’t a complete list by any means — more its a list of the most essential things to do):

    – Visit Auckland
    – Take a ferry from Auckland to Waiheke Island and spend the day there
    – Drive up north towards the Bay of Islands and visit Waitangi which is the birthplace of NZ
    – Head to Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach
    – Head towards the Coromandel and just chill around the surf beaches (one in particular: Hot Water Beach)
    – If you like Lord of the Rings, go to Matamata and do the official Hobbiton tour
    – Go to Rotorua, go and visit the main park with the boiling mud pools (STINKS!) and do at the Tamaki Maori Village culture tour
    – Head to Waitomo and trip into the caves
    – Head down towards Taupo
    – through Tongariro National Park (lots of old volcanoes)
    – Head to Mt Taranaki and trek to the summit
    – Wellington time!
    – Get the ferry from Wellington to Picton (you can take a car on the ferry. The ferries are called InterIslander)

    – Drive through from Picton to Abel Tasman national park via the wine country.
    – Definitely do a trek from start to finish of the Abel Tasman. You can even get a guided tour with kayaks which is super cool.
    – Head to Hanmer Springs to the thermal pools and just rellaaxxxxxx
    – Christchurch (my home town!) — it’s a bit different from when I used to live there due to it recently being struck by several earthquakes. Still a beautiful town and lots and lots of gardens and parks.
    – Drive through Arthur’s Pass for beautiful scenery and then down through Hokitika and the rest of the West Coast
    – Go and visit Wanaka and Queenstown to amazing places
    – Bungy jump at Queenstown and also do the Shotover Jet!
    – Milford Sound, Doubtlful Sound and the whole of Fiordland should be your next stop. There are loads of tramps and boat tours you should definitely consider doing. Be aware though that if you want to do a tramp anywhere in NZ (especially if doing it alone) you may have to tell the authorities so they know you are out there and will look out for you in case:
    – Dunedin STUDENT PARTY TOWN is worth a visit. If you go in Summer Nov-Feb students will be on holidays but its still a nice place to visit.

    The “Great Nine Walks” in NZ:
    These are all of the walks in NZ:

    I could recommend plenty more but these scratch the surface and I’m sure you’ll find many many more things to do whilst you’re there.


    1. Emma Olmi Post author

      WOW, Daniel!!!! You just save me hours of research ahahahah ure the best. Thank you SO much. Better than this just you being in country and show some of those pearls yourself 😀
      I look forward to say goodbye tonight to you and will take advantage to convince you to meet somewhere around the world if not NY xxxx
      Thank you xoxo

  5. Naiara

    Hi Emma, how are you doing ?
    You are still in London, for a few more hours until the “grand départ” as we say in French…
    Hope you are going to have a safe flight. I’m looking forward to your future posts telling us about your big adventure ! I will leave you replies, don’t worry 🙂
    I was really pleased to meet you and I’m really looking forward to meet you again… But sadly it won’t be soon 🙁
    Well, I wish you the best in your trip, you deserve it !



    1. Emma Olmi Post author

      Sweet Naiara,
      To finally meet you was a big pleasure and I am now mad at Bruno as it would have been magnific to receive you at my house in London when I was living there.
      But I am sure we will have many opportunities to keep meeting.
      Thank you for being so supportive and come and join me somewhere paradisiac ;p

  6. Claudia Rodrigues

    Emma, estou impressionada – e um pouco invejosa, confesso :p
    Parabéns pela tua coragem, determinaçao e boa sorte para esta tua aventura. Eu prometo seguir as tuas Footprints In the Clouds 😉

    1. Emma Olmi Post author

      Obrigada Claudia.
      Es uma querida.
      Espero que de alguma forma te consiga inspirar para um dia seguires os teus sonhos sejam eles o que forem.

  7. George Velez

    Emminha!!! In Brasil you definitely need to visit the Iguacu Falls, amazon, Fernando de Noronha Island, The northeast(Recife,Salvador), Lencois Maranhenses!! Hope youre having a great time in Mumbai! love, George xxx

    1. Emma Olmi Post author

      Georginho!!!! Will miss u hey. Thanks for the tips and I want to spend a long time in Brazil, maybe you will even show those things yourself 😀

  8. Mariana Neves

    Emma, estou tao orgulhosa de ti!!!!! Es mesmo uma inspiracao!!!!

    Eu e o To vemos o teu blog sempre que podemos.

    Muitos beijinhos com saudades e esperamos ver-te em breve!!

    Cuida-te muito Amiga!

    LOTS of LOVE***************

    1. Emma Olmi Post author

      Hey sweetie!!!! Its been ages. Miss you. Hummmm honestly, at this stage Dubai is not on my plans. The truth is everyone says I will end up being arrested there lol and u know what, it would probably really happen lol… but who knows.. or why dont u come to TAIWAN? Im sure u miss it? Will be there “soon” ;p xxx

  9. Minje Jeon

    Oh I would be really sad if you dont come to Korea. For the tour I recommend
    Jongro; where the main palace and modern buildings are together
    Gyeongju; it has remains of dynasty which has one of the most delicate culture through out whole korean history
    Jeju island; I heard that UNESCO picked this island for one of seven places where you have to go before you die. Whatever IT IS beautiful to me.
    Plus, Korea has lots of traditional vegetarian food so you will love it.
    However your trip plan goes, I wish you have good time during trip and take care!!

    1. emmaolmi Post author

      So happy I visited korea and met you again Minje =))))
      Thank you for the tips but mostly for showing me around xoxo


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