My 2011 in Photos

2011 went by in a flash. It was probably one of the busiest years I’ve had so far… I visited 6 countries, 3 of which I lived in for a while. Had 4 different jobs, met heaps of good new friends… lost some along the way too but let’s not put a downer on this! I changed blog names from Dan in Australia to Adventures With Dan. Accomplished a lot more things on my bucket list (but added more things than I crossed off!). Upgraded my camera gear, visited hospital 22 times, broke 2 bones, sold my 4×4 and my boat, reclaimed my old car from the UK, travelled via airplane for over 100 hours, drove more miles than I can remember…. but most important of all – I had fun! Check out the photos… there’s a lot!!

In 2011 I…

Knowsley Safari Park

Got up close to some dangerous animals

London Bridge

Visited places in my home country

London Underground

Rode the underground for the first time ever!

Beatles Liverpool

Met the Beatles

Playing the bongo

Became a part of the exibition in a Liverpool museum

Australia boat

Sold my motor boat... I loved that thing!

Feeding a monkey Thailand

Made friends with monkeys in Thailand

Party surfers paradise

Partied like a pro in Surfers Paradise

Koh Tao Beach

Fell in love with Koh Tao

Baan Chang Elephant Sanctuary

Washed an Elephant

Overnight bus bangkok

Got touched up by a lady boy while trying to sleep in Thailand

Eels bangkok

Tried some local delacies in Bangkok

12 apostles great ocean road

Crossed off some bucket list goals

Twin Falls gold coast

Stood under a waterfall in the rain forest

Currumbin Gold Coast

Held some exotic animals

Currumbin Gold Coast

Got up close and personal with a koala!

Top of Snowdon

Cimbed the highest mountain in Wales... with a broken foot!


Explored the Welsh mountains

Moel Famau Flintshire

Mastered the local mountains of Wales

Monkeys Phuket

Made some furry friends

Sunset Koh Tao Thailand

Witnessed some amazing sunsets

Firespinner Koh Tao

Made friends with a firespinner

Tiger Kingdom Thailand

Cuddled a tiger

Grand Palace Thailand

Walked through the Grand Palace

Fire Photography

Took tips from my firespinner friend and made some cool photos!

Highland Games

Watched the Highland Games in Scotland

Currumbin Wildlife Gold Coast

Fed Kangaroos

Scottish Highlands

Explored the Scottish Highlands

Royal Guard

Became a Royal Guard at Edinburgh Castle


Saw some awesome places


Explored a jungle


Went to Bath


Saw a bath in Bath

Big guns

Shot some big guns

London Eye

Rode the London Eye

Houses of Parliament

Visited the Houses of Parliament

Changing of the Guard

Witnessed the Changing of the Guard in London

Cambridge University

Studied at Cambridge... (I wish!)

Water Photography

Made my best mate take a water balloon to the face for some awesome photos

Currumbin Wildlife Gold Coast

Got accepted as 'one of them'

Tiger Kingdom

Feared for my life

Uncle Dan

Became an uncle

Β These are just a few of the things I’ve been able to do… for my first year of travelling I’d say it wasn’t too bad… would you!?

Author: Dan Collins

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  1. What an awesome year – I am so glad you saw a bath in bath, it would have been a waste otherwise!
    Hope you have an even better 2012 – and this year we should finally meet (after avoiding you in Chiang Mai earlier this year) πŸ™‚

  2. Yes! Once you’re home in May we’ll make some plans to do something πŸ™‚ I still need to give Poi a tattoo!

  3. Quite a year indeed! Where did you get close with the tiger? I believe we had that experience in Chiang Mai while there. Pretty incredible. Kudos to you for an exciting 2011 and best wishes for a 2012 full of culture.

  4. Tiger Kingdom in Chiang Mai was where I got close to the tigers. I think it may have been the same place.

  5. What an awesome year, Dan! Here’s hoping 2012 is just as great!

  6. Yeah man I’m looking forward to this year! I was with your twin the other day in Edinburgh! Was freaaaaaky! Hope you have an awesome year too!

  7. Very cool post. I’ve been wanting to do something like this myself.

    I was at the Twelve Apostles in November. Pretty cool.

    Oh, and you have the lens I want!

  8. Yeah I loved it there! Which lens is it that you want??

  9. Hey wow looks like an amazing year! Wishing you this x 100 for next year!!!

  10. Thanks, George! Wishing the same for you too πŸ™‚

  11. Ahh yeah that’s the lens! Sorry I thought you had worked out which lens I have by the other photographs… I was getting ready to be amazed by your skills! Yeah I made it to Loch Ard Gorge, it was amazing! I took a tour to see them πŸ™‚ I’ll go look at your pics now buddy.

  12. Wow, the tiger pictures are AMAZING! So jealous… I lived for a year in Thailand (in 2007) but never got a far as Chang Mai and all the animal related shenanigans.
    Climbing a mountain with a broken foot though – ouch! Even it it was only a Welsh one :0)
    Did you get the train back down though, that’s what I’m wondering…

  13. Congrats on having such a fantastic 2011. I’m sure 2012 will be even better.

  14. I was at Tiger Kingdom in July! Crazy stuff, right? Incredible pictures – thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  15. Great pics Dan. Looks like you’ve had an amazing year. I’m about to become an aunty and travel! Can’t wait for both. Happy New Year πŸ™‚

  16. Oh man it was an awesome year! Congrats on becoming an Aunty!

  17. Yeah it’s crazy there! Being able to get so close to a tiger was amazing!

  18. Here’s hoping!!

  19. ‘only’ a Welsh one? The Welsh ones are the worst! haha. Nope I didn’t get the train back down… walked/ hobbled all of the way!

  20. I’m predicting exciting things for 2012! Great photos πŸ™‚

  21. I’m glad you’re predicting great things… otherwise our new venture would be pretty poor!! haha

  22. I managed 30 countries. 110,000km traveled, 32 flights, 25 train trips, 25 bus trips plus cars, bikes, camels and canoes.
    Also managed to do Tiger Kingdom and swum with elephants but I also got licked by a cheetah in Nairobi and held an eagle on my arm in Mongolia.
    Moral of the story is that your effort in 2011 was pretty piss-poor Dan. We’re expecting a lot more from you in 2012. Time to pull up your socks and put in some serious effort.

  23. Man, some amazing travels you have had in 2011, 2012 should be even more exciting. I can’t wait to start traveling more after my year in New Zealand!

  24. Maybe I should have thrown in the fact I found out I had cancer, lost a step parent within 3 months of them finding out they had it, got better myself but then found out I had a bad heart and before Christmas got Pneumonia. Bit hard to do a lot of things when that’s going on hey! πŸ™‚

  25. Yeah man I keep checking your blog. Keep up the good work yourself!

  26. Hey Dan! I’ve awarded you the ‘Versatile Blogger Award’ in time-honoured tradition. I’m not sure what weight it carries (well it’s a .png, so very little I imagine) but it got passed to me, and part of the rules tell me to pass it on to someone who’s blog I admire. Turns out to be you, baby!
    You can go here to accept it:
    Looking forward to more from you in 2010.

  27. The last time I was called ‘versatile’ was in completely different situation. Thanks for the award though πŸ™‚ Although I think you’re right, I don’t think it holds much weight….. but still, thanks!

  28. Great pics dude, brought back memories of my time in Thailand with Mr Tony James! I found yours thru his!

  29. Thanks, Linda! Thailand was awesome, I must agree!

  30. Linda is understating her case a little; she lived in Thailand for over a year and a half, first volunteering in, and then running, the only animal clinic on Koh Phangan island! Pretty steep learning curve :0)
    Sawadee pi mai Linda!

  31. U have a very nice weblog over here. I just wanna thank you for all the interesting information on it. I’ll follow your site if you keep up the good work!

  32. I really like it when folks get together and share thoughts.

    Great blog, continue the good work!

  33. I think your trip is such a great life experience!! maybe not evyerone understands it, but i truly support and very jealous of the two of you! it takes a lot of preparation and courage to do so. can’t wait to meet up and hear about more stories

  34. The world is a sunny success! Beautiful pictures


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