I appreciate the opportunities I had this year in being able to travel around the world with my lovely wife, Debbie. We had some fantastic experiences, saw some wonderful sights and met lovely people along the way.
It was nice to catch up with her side of the family in Canada and meet some new ones. It, also, was good to see my brother and his wife in New Zealand along with my niece, Courtney, and nephew, Sean. Reconnecting with old friends from the past and recent ones was, also. very enjoyable.
What we did travel wise?
One month in Canada
Four months in the USA
One month in NZ
One month in Australia
Three days in Singapore
One month in Malaysia
One month in Vietnam
One month in Thailand
Three weeks in Cambodia
One month in India
Three days in Dubai
It seems a lot looking back at it; a year of our life. Lots of highlights such as Columbian icefield, August blizzard in Calgary, Yellowstone Park, swimming with manatee in Florida, Yorktown, Arizona, Tombstone and that is just North America. We had hardly scratched the surface.
New Zealand we caught snapper and walked the Tongariro crossing as well as stayed a night on Tiri Tiri Matangi and saw kiwi in their natural habitat.
Did it change me?
I read lots of blogs about how travel makes you a better person, broadens your horizons and inspires new adventures. I must be the exception. I am happy about how I was before I travelled and it has not changed me.
It has inspired me with ideas of new adventures, but I do not think it has broadened my horizon. It does make me appreciate my nationalities and privileged upbringing compared to many of the countries we visited.
I, always, found something to appreciate or marvel at in every country visited. The USA with its great horizons, New Zealand and the unique bird life, Australia and its weird marsupial beasties, SE Asia for the food, Angkor Wat and the ease of travelling around from place to place in Cambodia, and India with the Taj Mahal and, my now favourite, Indian city Udaipur.
We chose to do this adventure because we had an opportunity and we are not getting any younger. I backpacked before in my youth, this time we didn’t and I have to say I enjoyed it a lot more.
We didn’t get sick on our travels, the people we met were fantastic and the places we stayed great. I would say that Trip Advisor for me was my most valuable asset in making our plans on what to see, where to eat and stay. In the past, it was random for me which was part of the fun. However, as you get older it is nice to know you are not going to wake up with bed bug, get food poisoning or be overcharged for a tour you could have done yourself for free. I hope some of my reviews under the plume de nom: kiwiinbrighton, has made a few other people’s visits to places easier.
My main take home from a years travelling is wherever you go in the world there are wonderful sights to experience and people to meet.
I am interested in other people’s experiences about travelling for long amounts of time and would love to hear your thoughts?