Wavering Wanderlust

Maybe it’s because traveling to five different countries in five weeks quenched my thirst for travel, but I don’t have the same burning desire to wander the globe as I did before.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s still a lot of world I want to see, but I don’t feel rushed to pack it all in like I did last …

Journey through the swamps

Where to next?

Since I’ve returned to the states, I’ve been asked this question multiple times.  Even though I felt like jumping right back on a plane two days after I landed home, I haven’t booked any trips…yet. Believe me, I will travel again.  It may not be to as many countries all at once again, but I do feel another big trip …

Nile cruise

I’ll admit it, I’m on the Nile…

It all started with an afternoon by the pool at the only hotel on it’s Nile side island. Now we’re lazily cruisng up river, stopping at different temples and valleys along the way. The scenery changes from lush palm forests and mango trees to sandstone quarries, used to build the pyramids, and golden desert sandscapes. Whatever the scenery, the mood …

Wonder of the world

A world of wonder

I can’t find the strength to leave this place–the real wonder is why this place isn’t packed. Even with all the people that showed up at 7am to see it at sunrise, there’s still a sense of peace about this little part of the world. Riding in by rickshaw, since it’s far from where cars are allowed, I finally smelled …

Rainforest vacation

Vacation squared

Nothing like a cabin in the middle of the rainforest. No phone (this won’t post till I get some bars), no TV, just me, the forest wildlife, and the beach around the corner. These few days in Cape Tribulation seclusion have been my vacation within a vacation, and now I’m recharged and ready to take on the rest of the …

Best of both worlds

Best of both worlds

A wine and cheese party in one! Kiwis really know how to do it up right. If you like cheese and you like wine, why not combine the two? The amazing minds at the Gibbston Valley Cheesery did just that. They soaked their cheddar cheese in wine and wrapped it up. She had me at Pinot Noir! Unfortunately they don’t …

Countries

5 countries/5 weeks in 5 DAYS

Back in April, when I booked this trip spanning multiple countries, I was curious how I would feel once the departure date got closer and closer. With Sunday quickly approaching, I can now say I have my waves of complete excitement and the occasional what the heck am I doing moments. Now that the travel arranging, visa and medical processes …

TWO WEEKS

After a lot of wishing and hoping and dreaming and planning, I’ll finally be TRAVELING two weeks from today.  We’ll see how much of my plans change between now and then, and what lovely travel surprises are in store. In the next two weeks I’ll be doing some shopping and confirming and more dreaming and packing.  I’ve already got a …

Visa country

Visa, don’t leave home without it

For my upcoming trip, I’m in need of two visas, one for India and one for China. The process of obtaining a Visa can be a tricky one, especially if you need more than one. Some things to keep in mind regarding Visas: 1.  They are time sensitive. Make sure you check how long they are valid for. There’s no …

Welcoming signs

All signs point to YES!

Back when I decided to take this trip, I mentioned the idea to my current boss, and even though she seemed hesitant, she told me I just needed to give her a months notice so she could find someone to fill in for me.  So when I told her I was going to book the tickets and start this journey …

Three sisters

THREE MONTHS!

OK, so where did June go? I just realized my last post was the end of May, and now it’s the beginning of July. I didn’t mean to take a whole month off, and this upcoming trip has been on my mind ever since I booked the tickets, but June was a slow month planning wise. Now that there are only 3 …

Travel

Round the world

I’ve been planning a trip around the world for a while.  It all started when I met a photographer who said he did it years ago for around $1,800!  Of course, I was shocked to hear such a thing was possible, and googled it as soon as I was in front of a computer.  To my surprise there were many …