I've discovered I pretty much want to see and do everything... but I thought I would set a more realistic goal to begin... 40 countries before I turn 40 and as many friends as I can make along the way... I reached my goal in July of 2013, and now I'm just adjusting it to add at least another new country every year.
So here's where I've been: Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Japan, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Vatican City (wikipedia says this is a country, and I've not bothered to research if that is actually true), St. Maarten/St. Martin, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Dominica, Bonaire, Aruba, Jamaica, Turkey, Greece, Monaco, Turks and Caicos, Cuba, England, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Russia, the United States, and Canada... I've also been to the Cayman Islands (technically a British territory I believe)
My top ten of places I would like to see next, in no specific order: Ireland, Chile, New Zealand, Scotland, Morocco, Thailand, Iceland, Egypt, Peru, and South Africa.
Next up... Iceland in June!
January 15th 2014
Days 1 & 2 - How to get from Canada to New Orleans in 40 easy steps. Step 1: Leave Canada on a Thursday afternoon and drive to Maine ahead of impending snow storm (and by snow storm, I mean flurries… because Maine didn’t get a snow storm and we’re from Canadia). Step 2: Kill time in Maine by eating, going to the mall to search for snow shoes, and going to Starbucks because the hotel at the airport is boring. Step 3: Check in at airport hotel. Be appreciative when the mister at the desk gives you a deal on the rate for no reason. Share chocolate with him as thanks. Step 4: Wonder why you have a couple of missed calls on your cell that was turned off coming from a US number – ... read more
September 5th 2013
I've been writing these blogs mostly because I like to write and since I always keep too much on plate (and on Greg's too for that matter), I'll never get around to writing a novel or something... and because someday we might want to look back at the adventures we've had over the years... what's been completely surprising to me is how much people seem to get a kick out of them... and I dig it! So here's this year's Boston adventure... Because being a farmers market vendor can sometimes impair one's brain (giving up all Friday nights of life, getting up early, all the lugging... you know), we felt it was a good idea to drive to Boston directly following market on Saturday... so having been up since 4am for market, around 2pm after we ... read more
August 9th 2013
I think I generally start most of my blogs with something along the lines of “We’re off again on another adventure”… then I make some snide comment about how we live in a place with shit airport services… and then I start rambling… and while we did go on an awesome adventure, and while we do have shit air services… let’s go a slightly different route this time. Two members of our travel family ended their vacation with tragic news… we’re all heartbroken for them and wish we could do anything at all to help and nothing we feel holds a candle to how they must be feeling… so while you’re reading this blog, if anything makes you laugh or smile, send those positive vibes to our friends. And when I’m being snarky – let’s face ... read more
March 4th 2013
Let me just preface this with the fact that I felt pretty horrible the entire time I was away (started before I left and didn’t have anything to do with the food or anything)… I also didn’t have a single drink the entire time I was there (see point #1). So with that in mind, here we go... Cuba - take one. So I’m trying a different kind of adventure this time around… first go at an all-inclusive and my first time in Cuba. Direct to Cuba flights from my city don’t start until the week after spring break (wtf?), so I drove to Moncton to meet up with the girls. Sunwing flight was delayed about three hours, but I knew that before I even left for Moncton. No big deal. Hung out with the girls, ... read more
January 13th 2013
Once upon a time, a girl with chronic wanderlust and a boy who hates the snow decided to go on a little adventure (er, another adventure). With a dirty look or two for the snow that started to fall as they headed to the airport, the adventure begins... Cheapest flights out of our province were out of Moncton this time (this was a proper holiday for relaxing, so we didn't want to drive to and from the US before/after flying), so off we went on a 2 hour drive to the airport. It started to snow about the last 30 minutes of the drive, but I think somehow that just makes leaving the snow more rewarding. Checked in in Moncton and waited for a bit at the gate before getting called up to see the agent ... read more
October 11th 2012
We’re not travelling again until January, and I feel the need to blog about something. So here goes… I tend to try not to let things get to me… namely because they generally don’t really matter and I’m a pretty laid back sort… but I admit there’s one thing I find incredibly annoying… one simple statement… “You’re lucky you get to travel so much.” For starters… I don’t believe in luck. Maybe things happen for a reason, maybe they don’t, but there’s absolutely no luck involved in this equation. Greg and I (well, I have, and Greg is awesome and accommodating, and really is only pretending he doesn’t love visiting all the places we go to) have made the conscious decision to make travelling a priority in our universe. We’ve paid for every flight we’ve taken, ... read more
September 14th 2012
We're back from another baseball in Boston adventure, and we had a great time... we made a point of seeking out places we've never before and it was nice to see some other parts of the city. Left Thursday morning in beautiful sunny weather. Stopped for coffee, gas, lunch (Whole Foods... mmmm smoothie), etc in Portland and that was pretty much all the stopping we did. Got to our hotel in Boston (same one as always - Holiday Inn Somerville) around 4:00. Rested a bit and played on our devices, and then wandered off to find some food. We walked from our hotel down to Union Square and found a thai place (Sweet Ginger). Food was fine. I've never been to Thailand, so I have no idea if it was even remotely authentic, but it tasted ... read more
September 14th 2012
I've been struggling for a while on whether to actually create some kind of list to roughly guide future travel decisions... so I've started a list, and one of the things I wanted to set as a goal is to visit 50 UNESCO World Heritage sites. There's nearly 1000 listings, so I don't think I'm really pushing the boundaries here, but I suspect I'm going to end up with a pretty lengthy future travel guide as it is. So based on this, I decided to look back and see how many sites I've had the chance to visit already... and here they are, with some pictures (because blogs without pictures are boring!) ... 25 more to go! Austria - Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg - Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn - Historic Centre of ... read more
June 19th 2012
I have to start out saying with this one that we made life long memories and had amazing times with such fantastic people that I don’t even know how I am going to do this trip justice with words and images… but I’m no quitter, so I’ll give it a go. Also, if you’re easily offended, are looking for more fact than foolish, are a know-it-all who is considering wasting time correcting me, or just get bored when people tend to ramble… now’s the time to wander off and read the dictionary or play with your pet rocks… if you stay, don’t say I didn’t warn you. PS: The daily subtitles will mean nothing to you unless you were there… and maybe not even then… so accept it and move on :) Day 1 – Thunder ... read more
January 25th 2012
Thanks to a wonderful holiday surprise from my awesome husband, we're just back from our latest adventure.... another cruise (this time on the Carnival Magic), great for exploring AND relaxing... here we go. Day 1 - As per usual, a flight out of here in the wee hours of the morning. F'ton to Montreal uneventful, fast-tracked through Montreal because we had a tight connection, and get to the gate for flight #2 to find it missing a plane. Oh well, time for breakfast and coffee! Late leaving Montreal, but we make up most of the time in the air. Arrive in Houston around noon their time, but Mich (our wonderful chauffeur, tour guide, and hostess for our brief time in Houston - thanks Mich!) is trapped in traffic on the interstate. I'm sure this is the ... read more