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One traveller's day-by-day account of a year-long journey through Japan, China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, America and Canada

Day 1: 31st January
Leaving Do's and Don'ts
The flag of the United Kingdom

London, United Kingdom

As I write this I'm sprawled out on a sun lounger - granted, Heathrow Terminal 1 is not the most exotic location in the world, but I'm comfy, the sun's shining and I won't be anywhere near a desk for the next year of my life...

My leaving bash went really well the other night. It was a good turnout, and I had the chance to chat to nearly everybody before I went. Bit annoyed I forgot my camera though. I felt a bit out-of-sorts at the meal - I put the churning in my stomach down to nerves at first - but I barely touched my food and couldn't drink (at that stage, it's time to worry). The next morning I woke up feeling terrible, sick to the stomach with a banging headache, and it wasn't a hangover. Great timing to pick up a shitty virus, eh? The sole benefit was that I could unleash the little blighter on the unsuspecting public of Tokyo. Anyway, after spending most of the day in bed, I'm feeling a fair bit better today...

Well, I'd never been on a long haul flight before, so it was all a bit of a novelty (which quickly wore off unfortunately). There was an 18 channel selection of things to watch on your own