Letters From A World Of Wow

a trip by Vic Pollen
From: August 6th 2011
Until: October 6th 2013

Throughout most of my adult life I have had the passion and good fortune to travel extensively both on, and off, the beaten path. Outside of the baffling, sometimes impenetrable barriers of officialdom around the world, the only real restriction to my travelling was the miserly vacation time doled out by the various enterprises both DH and I toiled so diligently for.

This particular speed bump forced a travelling pace that was sometimes uncomfortable and it also led to some choices around potential secondary sights and experiences. That was then, and this is now! We have both 'retired' early- a little sooner than originally planned but the stars aligned and we're going to try to take advantage- we might not get a second chance. Like many, our work defined us and we debated the wisdom of getting out of the race this early but ultimately we've decided to take an extended break to do the kind of slow and spontaneous travel we've always wanted to do. Looking for WOW's of all sizes.

And if you're going to go, then go BIG. We sold the house, the cars, some of the lifetime accumulation of stuff (and gave away the rest). Admittedly I got a little misty-eyed when I left my well-worn hockey equipment in a trash bag at the end of the driveway (you don't sell or give away well-worn hockey equipment- it's toxic material) but if it didn't fit into a backpack it had to go. Not having anywhere to retreat to should keep us focused on moving forward.

Having absolutely no long term plans I'm sure that once we've tired of the traveling we'll figure out what to do, and where to do it- we might even find our calling as we wander the planet.
Trip Length: 26 months
Blog Entries: 144
Photos: 5138
Words: 134274

Blog Entries

Date Blog Title Location
August 6th 2011 False Start? North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto
August 8th 2011 Getting The Visa Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane
August 11th 2011 We're Not In Kansas Anymore Oceania » Papua New Guinea » Western Highlands » Mount Hagen
August 12th 2011 Please Take A Picture!! Oceania » Papua New Guinea » Western Highlands » Mount Hagen
August 15th 2011 Flying With The Lord? Oceania » Papua New Guinea » East Sepik » Wewak
August 16th 2011 Dugout Canoe On The Mighty Sepik River Oceania » Papua New Guinea » East Sepik
August 21st 2011 Floating Prison Oceania » Papua New Guinea » East Sepik » Wewak
August 22nd 2011 DH Goes Diving Oceania » Papua New Guinea
August 24th 2011 Back In The Land Of Oz Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns
August 28th 2011 Blast Off Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cape Tribulation
August 31st 2011 More Flash Than A Rat With A Gold Tooth!! Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Undara
September 3rd 2011 Blubber & Beach Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Hervey Bay
October 28th 2011 Re-Starting Our World Adventure North America » United States » California » San Diego
November 1st 2011 A Slow Boat Back To Asia North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Hilo
November 8th 2011 Snuba Fun North America » United States » Hawaii » Big Island » Kailua-Kona
November 12th 2011 Surfer Country North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Honolulu
November 22nd 2011 Are We Getting Soft? North America » United States » Hawaii
November 28th 2011 Finally Back In Asia Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok
November 30th 2011 Cuddle A Tiger? Asia » Thailand
December 2nd 2011 Thai Cooking In A Pink Apron Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai
December 8th 2011 Temples and Tribes Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Rai
December 15th 2011 Long Necks Asia » Thailand
December 16th 2011 Slow Boat Down The Mekong Asia » Laos
December 18th 2011 Hard To Pronounce, Easy To Like Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang
December 22nd 2011 A City In Asia With No Car Horns Asia » Laos » West » Vientiane
December 27th 2011 Journey By Junk Asia » Vietnam » Northeast » Quang Ninh » Halong Bay
December 30th 2011 Tourism By Braille Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa
December 31st 2011 Markets And Mud Asia » Vietnam
January 2nd 2012 Revenge Of The Horn Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi
January 5th 2012 Pump It Up Asia » Vietnam » North Central Coast » Thua Thien - Huế » Hué
January 7th 2012 Apple Strudel In Asia Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An
January 10th 2012 Still Called Saigon Asia » Vietnam
January 12th 2012 Skinny Shows Off Asia » Vietnam
January 13th 2012 Bus Tours Must Be An Aquired Taste Asia » Vietnam
January 14th 2012 Centre Of Attention Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » Kien Giang » Rach Gia
January 15th 2012 Are We Beach People? Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » Kien Giang » Phu Quoc Island
January 18th 2012 The Killing Fields Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh
January 22nd 2012 What A Nice Surprise! Asia » Singapore
January 26th 2012 Wonder Of The World Asia » Cambodia
January 31st 2012 Bigger Wow Than Angkor Wat?? Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap
February 2nd 2012 Riding The Rails Asia » Cambodia » North » Battambang
February 4th 2012 Floating Village Asia » Cambodia
February 17th 2012 Pass The Pina Colada Asia » Thailand
February 29th 2012 Close Encounters With Jellyfish Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Atlantis
March 1st 2012 Yap, Yap, Yap Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Atlantis
March 3rd 2012 Breakfast At Denny's Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Atlantis
March 5th 2012 Tropical Ice Skating Asia » Philippines » Luzon
March 13th 2012 Mountains Of Rice Asia » Philippines » Ifugao » Banaue
March 15th 2012 Easier Path To Heaven? Asia » Philippines » Luzon
March 17th 2012 Crater Swim Asia » Philippines
March 20th 2012 Rainy Beach Paradise Asia » Philippines » Visayas
March 27th 2012 City Of Sails Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland
April 1st 2012 The Gift Of Togetherness Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Paihia
April 4th 2012 Surfs Up, But We're Not Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Raglan
April 8th 2012 Bubbling Cauldren Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua
April 11th 2012 "Stunning Walk" Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Abel Tasman National Park » Marahau
April 14th 2012 Heli Hike Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast » Franz Josef
April 16th 2012 Free WiFi?? Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Central Otago » Wanaka
April 19th 2012 A "Cracker Sunset" Oceania » New Zealand
April 20th 2012 Go Highlanders!! Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Dunedin
April 22nd 2012 Rail Trail Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Central Otago » Middlemarch
April 24th 2012 Swimming With Hector Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Oamaru
April 27th 2012 Quake And Shake Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch
April 30th 2012 Looking For Crocodile Dundee Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin
May 2nd 2012 Camping With Casper Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory
May 4th 2012 Croc Land Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Kakadu National Park
May 6th 2012 Gorging Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Katherine
May 9th 2012 Big Drive For A Rock Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory
May 12th 2012 A Town Called Alice Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Alice Springs
May 27th 2012 Bat On A Stick?? Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi
June 1st 2012 Funerals R Us Asia » Indonesia
June 8th 2012 Beautiful Bali Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Sanur
June 15th 2012 Malaysia Bound Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur
June 16th 2012 Archery In A Mall Asia » Malaysia
June 20th 2012 Melting Pot Asia » Malaysia
June 25th 2012 Wild Men Of Sumatra Asia » Indonesia
June 26th 2012 Hotel Nightmare Asia » Indonesia
June 28th 2012 Batak Land Asia » Indonesia
July 2nd 2012 Tsunami Memories Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Banda Aceh
July 9th 2012 UB For Short Asia » Mongolia
July 12th 2012 "Eye Pleasing Giant" Asia » Mongolia
July 15th 2012 Green Desert Asia » Mongolia
July 18th 2012 Horseback Asia » Mongolia
July 20th 2012 Signs, Signs, Everywhere A Sign Asia » South Korea » Seoul
July 21st 2012 DMZing Asia » South Korea
July 25th 2012 This Is It North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver
August 3rd 2012 Birthday Girls North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver Island » Nanaimo
August 5th 2012 Old Stomping Grounds...Maybe North America » Canada » British Columbia » Kamloops
August 8th 2012 Catching Up With The Clan North America » Canada » British Columbia » Peachland
September 11th 2012 First City Destroyed Asia » Japan
September 13th 2012 Japan With A Twist Asia » Japan
September 15th 2012 Bedding Down With The Monks Asia » Japan » Wakayama
September 15th 2012 More Deer Asia » Japan
September 17th 2012 Temples Everywhere Asia » Japan
September 21st 2012 Samurai Homes Asia » Japan
September 23rd 2012 Japan On Ice Asia » Japan
September 24th 2012 DH Goes Sumo Asia » Japan
September 27th 2012 Maid Cafes Asia » Japan
October 2nd 2012 The Second China Asia » Taiwan » Taipei
October 6th 2012 Movie Or Monkey Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Kota Kinabalu
October 8th 2012 Oil Money Asia » Brunei » Bandar Seri Begawan
October 13th 2012 Cat Town Asia » Malaysia » Sarawak » Kuching
October 17th 2012 Bridge Climbers Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney
October 20th 2012 Hardened Criminals Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Beechworth
October 24th 2012 Going For Gold Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne
October 31st 2012 Nature's Warriors Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Jurien Bay
November 1st 2012 Princess Meets The Prince Oceania » Australia » Western Australia
November 7th 2012 No Monkeys At Monkey Mia Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Denham
November 9th 2012 Snorkeling Heaven Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Exmouth
November 13th 2012 Whale Watching Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Yallingup
November 15th 2012 High In The Trees Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Augusta
November 18th 2012 Whaling Station Horror Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Albany
November 21st 2012 Riding The Wave Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Hyden
November 23rd 2012 Last Days In The Land Of Oz Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth
November 27th 2012 Cultural Triangle Asia » Sri Lanka
November 29th 2012 Elephant Road Crossing Asia » Sri Lanka
November 30th 2012 Cave Buddhas Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Dambulla
December 2nd 2012 Home Of The Tooth Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Kandy
December 5th 2012 Looking For Leopards Asia » Sri Lanka
December 8th 2012 Searching For The Fishermen Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Galle
December 13th 2012 Beach Paradise Asia » Maldives
December 19th 2012 Mountain Kingdom Asia » Bhutan » Thimphu
December 21st 2012 Blessing For Thousands Asia » Bhutan » Punakha
December 23rd 2012 Festival For The Ages Asia » Bhutan
December 25th 2012 Tigers Nest For Xmas Asia » Bhutan » Paro
December 27th 2012 Who Turned Out The Lights Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu
December 31st 2012 Bringing In The New Year Asia » Nepal » Pokhara
January 5th 2013 Arabia Middle East » Oman » Muscat
January 8th 2013 Get Us Outta Here Africa » Tunisia » Tunis
January 15th 2013 Princess Visits The Queen Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London
January 20th 2013 Cool Britainia Part 2 Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London
January 27th 2013 Home Of Port Wine Europe » Portugal
January 29th 2013 Higher Learning Europe » Portugal
January 30th 2013 Wandering Through History Europe » Portugal
January 31st 2013 Princess Stays In A Castle Europe » Portugal
February 3rd 2013 Centre Of The Portuguese Empire Europe » Portugal
February 8th 2013 World's Biggest Party South America » Brazil
February 11th 2013 Carnival In Rio!! South America » Brazil
February 21st 2013 Not Sure About Cruising?? South America » Brazil
February 25th 2013 Heart Of The Amazon South America » Brazil
March 3rd 2013 Home Of The Pirates Central America Caribbean » Barbados » Bridgetown
March 4th 2013 Caribbean The Way It Used To Be Central America Caribbean » Dominica » Roseau
March 5th 2013 Racing In The Americas Cup Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Atlantis
March 9th 2013 Is Toronto Home?? North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto
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