My Footprints Around the World

Puerto Rico : St. John : St. Maarten : Domenica : Martinique : Barbados :: Spring 1996
Paris, France :: December 1998
London, England :: December, 1998
Cusco, Machu Picchu and Lima, Peru :: September 1999
Kathmandu and the Khumbu Valley, Nepal :: October 2000
Koh Samui, Thailand :: October 2000
Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, New Zealand :: November 2000
Zurich, Switzerland :: July 2001
Milan, Rome and Florence, Italy :: July 2001
Vatican City :: July 2001
Kefallonia, Athens, Santorini, Crete and Rhodes, Greece :: July 2001
Marmaris, Egurdir, Cappadocia, Kas, Kusadasi and Istanbul, Turkey :: August, 2001
Bali & Lombok, Indonesia :: July 2002
Prague and Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic :: December 2002
Rome and Florence, Italy :: November, 2003
Banff, Alberta, Canada :: December 2004
Chiang Mai, Pak Chong and Bangkok, Thailand :: June 2004
Ambergris Caye and San Ignacio, Belize :: Spring 2005
Tikal, Guatemala :: Spring 2005
Kathmandu and Khumbu Valley, Nepal :: November 2005
Krabi, Thailand :: November 2005
London, England :: January 2006 – May 2007
Sardinia, Italy :: May 2006
Haute Savoie and Paris, France :: July 2006
Geneva, Switzerland :: July 2006
Salzburg, Austria :: November 2006
Berchtesgaden, Germany :: November 2006
Cologne, Germany :: December 2006
Bratislava, Slovakia :: April 2007
Vienna, Austria :: April 2007
Marrakesh, Morocco :: May 2007
Vancouver, Canada :: 2008
Dublin, Ireland :: March, 2009
Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland :: March 2009
Paris and Annecy, France :: July 2009
Geneva, Switzerland : July 2009
Sayulita, Mexico :: April 2010
Hong Kong, China :: October 2010
Saigon, Hanoi and Sapa, Vietnam :: October 2010
Siem Reap, Cambodia :: October 2010
Singapore :: October 2010
Palawan, Philippines :: April 2011
Singapore :: October 2011
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysian Borneo :: November 2011
Singapore :: February, 2012 – June, 2015
Tioman Island, Malaysia :: March 2012
Bangkok, Thailand :: April 2012
Yangon, Bagan & Mount Popa, Myanmar :: May 2012
Mekong Delta, Vietnam :: June, 2012
Melaka, Malaysia :: July, 2012
Sulawesi, Indonesia :: September 2012
Paro, Thimpu and Punakha Valley, Bhutan :: November 2012
Colombo, Hatton, Yala, Mirissa, Unawatuna and Galle, Sri Lanka :: April 2013
Bali, Indonesia :: May 2013
Yosemite, California :: June 2013
Wanaka, Queenstown and Christchurch, New Zealand :: August 2013
Bangkok, Thailand :: October 2013
Taipei, Tainan, Kaohsiung, Alishan, Taichung and Keelung, Taiwan :: December 2013
Yogyakarta, Indonesia :: January 2014
San Francisco and Lake Tahoe, California :: February 2014
Bali, Indonesia :: March 2014
Langkawi, Malaysia :: May 2014
Lake Tahoe, California :: June 2014
Kuching, Malaysia, Borneo :: July 2014
Bangkok, Thailand :: September 2014
Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia, Borneo :: October 2014
Muscat, Sur, Saiq Plateau, Jebel Shams and Nizwa, Oman :: December, 2014
Olhuveli Island, South Malé Atoll, Maldives :: December, 2014
San Francisco and Lake Tahoe, California :: January 2014
Myoko and Tokyo, Japan :: February 2015
Bali, Indonesia :: May 2015
Telunas, Indonesia :: June 2015
Asia :: February 2012 – June 2015
San Francisco and Lake Tahoe, California :: June 2015
London and Salisbury, England :: July 2015
Vancouver, Canada :: July 2015 – present
Nevada, Oregon, Washington Road Trip :: September 2015
Kyoto, Nozawa Onsen and Tokyo, Japan :: December 2015
Big White, Revelstoke, Kicking Horse and Lake Louise, Canada :: March 2016
Gathering of Nations :: Albuquerque, New Mexico :: April 2016
Havana, Trinidad, Guantánamo and Santiago de Cuba, Cuba :: July, 2016
Mumbai and Goa, India :: November, 2016

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    1. That’s a really good question, Bernie! Yes, my husband and I both have jobs. Our jobs require a bit of travel and have also allowed us to move/live abroad. This has helped us be able to see so many places around the world. That being said, we are still ALWAYS saving and planning for additional travel we can fit into our schedules and locations whenever possible. Weekend trips, trips between changing jobs, personal trips tacked onto business trips… whatever we can do! To do this, we live simply. We don’t shop much — I never spend money on jewelry, handbags, expensive clothing, hair and make-up, etc. We’ve had the same furniture for over a decade — we buy things we love and expect to have them for a long time. I guess it’s a lifestyle choice and a strategy, really. I’d much rather have a plane ticket than a lavish meal out or a pair of designer shoes. 🙂

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  1. Missing your voice in cyber space, girl!! Hey, I like this idea…I may have to steal it from you. Alison did something like it, too. Some of my early stuff has never been seen!!
    Hey, I’m wondering if it’s a good idea to go full board in the Maldives, or what? Were there other places to eat at Olhuveli? Rooms are expensive this time of year, eh. Should I take a bag of nuts and raisins?

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    1. Aw, it’s nice to be missed Badfish! I love hearing from you. 🙂 I’m writing today, so hopefully getting something posted soon. Are you still thinking about Bhutan or have you moved onto Maldives? I think half-board or no board (a la carte?) is best. In my opinion, you’ll only get your money’s worth doing full board if you plan on eating and drinking a lot, all day long. Breakfast was included in our room rate so we filled up at the buffet each morning (there were two to choose from) and then waited until dinner for our next meal. Olhuveli has a couple restaurants to choose from (with menus, not buffet) so it was nice to move around among them and not feel like we were going to the same dinner buffet every night. They have a pizza place, a normal restaurant with several types of cuisine, a bar/grill with burgers, and also a fancy seafood grill where you can choose your fish from the tanks. Really great to have so many choices. The bar/grill is a nice place to get a snack if you’re hungry between breakfast and dinner. And yes on the bag of nuts and raisins, haha! Good idea to take a few things with you to supplement throughout the day. Also, there is NO duty free or bringing a bottle with you into the country. The govt. forces all tourists to buy all alcohol through the resorts. What are your plans??? When are you going? For how long?

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      1. I am presently a little bummed. Not much, just a little. I’m doing breakfast only, but they are making me eat the “gala” dinner on Xmas eve. Jesus! (literally) I’m a little guy. I never eat buffets, or any big meals. Hate feeling stuffed. Never overeat. AND I have to pay, get this, $250 to attend the “mandatory” event.
        So…yeah, now it’s Maldives (it’s high season). And Bhutan is cold, so I’m planning there for April.

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      2. Oh, we got caught up in that too!! Totally forgot about that. Maldives has a way of making you forget (or want to forget) all the various expenses. The buffet was huge and quite good, but I agree — I could never eat enough or want to eat enough to get my money’s worth. Excited you’re going!! Hope you have a great trip!

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      3. I wanted to go to a different place than you, because I don’t want to photograph Mexican beer on my balcony…and wanted to write about a different place than you did. But hey, you’re my muse, so fine. Hey, did you ask for a blogger’s discount? I’m wondering how they might react?

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      4. You’re muse? I’m flattered. The pressure! Hope you like it there as much as I did. I didn’t ask for a discount, but I did note very clearly on the info form you have to fill out on arrival that I am a travel blogger. Not sure if it was because of that, but we got a miraculous upgrade to a bigger bungalow facing the sunset. You should definitely let them know. Also, find Sajid — he’s a young local guy working as a server at the restaurants. So nice, will take good care of you. I’ll tell him you’re staying there over the holidays… but you’ll have to tell me your first name. 🙂

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      5. Cool. But poop. I already opted for the jacuzzi bungalow. There is a bigger one, sooo, maybe that one?? Which ones have the best view…sundown? OK…I’ll find Sajid. My name is Keith. And right…no pressure on the muse gig.

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  2. Great idea on the “Footprints” Kelly. Like you, Terri and I have traveled and moved around a fair amount, and over the years, it really starts to run together. We remember the experience, just not the exact dates. We’ll be having a road-trip conversation and one of us will say something like: “What year did we live in Berlin, 2003 or 2005?” To sort this out, we finally pulled together what we call our “Timeline.” We keep a printed copy in the car and on all our computers and mobile devices so we don’t have to guess anymore. Thank goodness for old passport stamps. Have a fun and relaxing holiday. ~James

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