Horses, buses, cablecars - not the most conventional way to get from Oxford to Hong Kong, but for one couple in our region, it was a no-brainer.
Emma and Phil Whiting used only public transport to travel thousands of miles to visit their son for his birthday.
The couple, from Iffley, are both retired and said the unique opportunity to see the world was an 'extraordinary experience'.
The 12,000 mile journey took 8 weeks for them to cross Europe, through Russia, Mongolia, China before finally arriving in Hong Kong.
Along the way, the couple watched harvests on Chinese rice terraces, attended a Russian Orthodox mass, and even dined with Mongolians whilst staying in a traditional yurt.
To capture their expedition Phil, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, sketched some of their most treasured memories, from a Russian Orthodox Mass to the Hong Kong races.
He will now choose the best of his sketches as the basis for larger paintings, which he will work on in his Oxford studio.
They told our reporter Charlotte Cross, that it was the journey of a lifetime.