Greetings from the New Zealand wine country. I just published this post from the Rabbit Ridge winery and vineyards 🙂 Well, a few days ago (March 4th to be exact) marked exactly one year since I began my international travels. It has been 12 months, but really it feels like only 12 days — the days just flowed by like a broken down dam. And, as they say, travel is the only expenditure that makes you richer. I was definitely a poorer man a year ago.
One year of continuous and uninterrupted travel outside of the United States, throughout East Asia, and parts of Australia and New Zealand. It has been quite an adventure to continually experience a wide spectrum of cultures and peoples and languages and customs and worldviews and religions and social classes and foods and skin colors and ethnic groups and climates and landscapes. I guess I just thrive on diversity. I’m really glad that I decided to take on this adventure. Now I want to do it all over again!!
To sum it up, over the past year, I’ve traveled to 14 countries and to 93 major destinations within those 14 countries. When I started out, I planned to travel to many more than 14 countries, but you might say that I ended up traveling slower and deeper than I anticipated. I really like to linger and interact with the locals and get off the beaten track. I really enjoy the tourist spots. The tourist spots are usually tourist spots for very good reasons, and are not to be missed. But I really enjoy the balance of getting off the beaten track and meeting locals, and experiencing the “real” country and its ways of life.
Given my slower than anticipated pace, for the past year, my travels have been contained to Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, and portions of Australia and New Zealand. On average, my travels for the past year break down to about 3.5 weeks per country, and about 7 major destinations per country.
Below, I have provided a roundup of the countries and major destinations that I have visited over the past year, along with a gallery providing a smattering of photos, mostly from destinations that I have yet to post. As you know, I have not yet posted for each destination, but those posts are coming!! And you won’t want to miss them!! Trust me.
Originally, I had planned on my posts being more real-time and chronological, but it didn’t turn out that way. I was naive. My style of posting (destination-wide) takes a bit of time, and staying real-time is challenging when you are suddenly at the next destination and your time is consumed seeing that destination. For the next month or so, I’ll take a travel breather and stay at some destination in Southeast Asia (much less expensive there) that I have already visited. You know, take a vacation from traveling. That will allow me work on more posts 🙂
So, my blog will continue to remain alive going into the second year and beyond. After all, I am the endless traveler 🙂 !! My plan for the second year, and beyond, is to teach somewhere in Asia for about six months each year, and then continue traveling for the other six months each year. That is merely a plan, so it could change. Maybe I’ll just continue to travel full-time. I’m not fully decided yet.
I’m not sure if I could ever remain in one spot very long again without quickly getting itchy feet. Maybe I’ll just keep on traveling as long as my body will allow me 🙂 Regardless, whether I continue my world travels on a full-time or half-time basis, I will continue to travel.
Oh, and be SURE to check out my Instagram gallery for some of my best and favorite photographs!! I actually received kudos from National Geographic for a couple of the photos 🙂 I’m waiting for them to ask me to name my price. Haha. You can find me on Instagram by searching “Kurt Patrizi” or “endless_traveler”.
I hope that you have been enjoying this blog. As I said, stay tuned for much more!!
As I mentioned, below is the country and destinations roundup, followed by a gallery providing a smattering of photos, mostly from destinations that I have yet to post. So click through the gallery, check out the photos, and read the captions. It will take only a few minutes and I think that you will really enjoy it. Be sure to read the captions! Click on the photos below to see captions and/or to begin a slide format.
Shanghai | Suzhou | Zhujiajiao | Lijiang | Tiger Leaping Gorge
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain | Beijing | Shenzhen | Baisha | Potatso National Park | Shangri-la | Blue Moon Valley
Jeju Island (includes the destinations of Jeju City, Seogwiposi, Seongbam Ilchulbong, Seopjikoji, Mount Sangangsan, and Jungman)
Hanoi | Sapa | Tam Coc | Nha Trang | Da Lat | Da Nang | Hoi An
Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) | Dong Xiao | Vung Tao
Chiang Mai | Mae Hong Son | Koh Chang | Krabi | Railay Bay | Phetchabun | Doi Inthanon | Huay Seau Thao | Bangkok
Phnom Penh | Koh Rong | Sihanoukville
Kuala Lumpur | Malacca
City of Singapore | Sentosa Island
City of Hong Kong | Lantau Island | Stanley | Aberdeen
Luang Prabang and Surrounding Countryside and Farms
Boracay | Taal Town
Tokyo | Kawaguchiko | Five Lakes Region | Mount Fuji | Kyoto | Nara
Yangon | Mandalay | Bagan | Nyaungshwe | Inle Lake
Sidney | Katoomba | Blue Mountains National Park | Bondi Beach | Gordon Bay | Clovelly | Coogee Beach | Tamaran Beach | Bronte Beach
Christchurch | Greymouth | Arthur’s Pass | Fox Glacier | Haast Town | Haast Pass | Wine Country | Te Anau | Milford Sound | Mount Cook | Lake Wanaka | Lake Tikapo | Lake Pukaki | Fairlie | Geraldine | Queenstown | Akaroa | Burns Peninsula
And don’t forget, if you scroll to the very end of this post, there is (as in all my posts) an area to leave comments or ask me any questions that you may have. As always, I would love to hear from you. I hope that you’ve enjoyed this post and the entire blog so far. Much more to come.