Look what happened now...
It's Chinese New Year and once again I'm moved to plan a MEGA trip to Asia.
I really had hoped to go before 2017, but the whole move to England, then move to New Mexico kind of got in the way. Plus there was that hurricane...
I’ve always wanted/planned to sail from California, take in the Hawaiian Islands, then on to Australia, Singapore and end up in Japan. I know that's vague AF and a whole lot of land to cover. I have a friend in Maui I'm gonna spend a week with before moving on to the land down under. I'm trying to allot as much time as I can for exploring there. (2 months? 3 Months?) Then spend six weeks in Japan. And that’s where you come in. Since I have no itinerary, I thought you could help plan my trip.
I also need some logistical help:
I want to avoid flying and take boats and trains as much as possible. If anyone knows the best routes, please let me know. I want to stay away from the tourist traps and really see Australia and Asia. If you visit here much you know I'm an 'off the beaten path' type traveller. I like to eat local and stay in holiday houses over big hotels.
If anyone has traveled through the region this way before, I’d love to hear about your experience and pick your brain for information. You can email me email@example.com or leave a comment below and we can chat.
The rough plan is to spend 5 months in late 2020 having this amazing adventure. (Why does that sound so far in the future? It's only 2 years away!) While is this a huge trip, with lots of planning I want the pace to be slow and relaxed so that I have time to really enjoy the experience.
Lastly, if you live in the region, I’d love to meet up, so leave information on how to contact you (if you want to host my friend and me, that would be super, too!)
I’ve been dreaming of a big Asian trip for many years. Japan has always called to me and there are so many places I want to visit.
Who knows what this trip will bring?!
I haven’t really spoken about Harvey. As some of you know I am from Texas, (United States) and while Texas is a large state - roughly the size of France actually, it's all connected. Many nice people have asked if I was affected by this massive storm and if it hit close to my home or family. The short answer is yes. It hit close and the rains following the hurricane devastated “my part of Texas”.
More than six million Americans endured more than 30 inches of rain as Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast. The storm set historic records for rainfall in the United States, dumping 33 trillion gallons of water as it made landfall. According to the Red Cross, rain flooded an area in Texas roughly the size of Michigan, and nearly 52 inches of rain fell in Mont Belvieu (a suburb east of Houston), making it the highest total rainfall of any storm in the country’s history.
Harvey displaced 1 million people—early estimates suggest nearly 43,000 headed to shelters, while NPR reported 7,500 people evacuated to Texas State Parks. A Reuters assessment believes 30,000 homes were flooded, resulting in approximately $23 billion in property damage, though experts agree the full environmental impact is still unknown. That’s not a typo that's a BILLION with a B and although the storm is over, the recovery has just begun.
I grew up spending summers on the gulf coast. My friends and family still live in the area. It was difficult to watch all of this and almost impossible to not to rush right in afterwards. I’m actually going to Texas in a few weeks to help as much as I can. I promise to blog/video the entire trip.
What I’m Doing To Help:
I’m going to be dropping off a donation and lending a hand where it’s needed. If you want to help too I have added a 10 page Hurricane Preparedness Guide to this site. This report includes a 5 page Emergency Supplies Checklist. The whole report and the checklist are only $2.99 with the proceeds, after paypal fees, going towards Harvey relief. No matter where you live disasters happen and it pays to be prepared - so buy the report to learn how to protect your family and know that the money is going to a good cause.
See you at the airport~
Things that make me happy:
1.) Travel (Like you didn't see that one coming).
9.) Is of course being healthy.
Without your health you have nothing.
What makes you happy? I'd love to know.
Catch you later ~
Hello from Port A!
It's Road trip time again!
We did a nice, slow drive down to the Gulf Coast of Texas today.
The plan is to stay here for the next week and soak up some sun (Yes, it's cloudy but nice and warm) and just relax.
Catch you later-
#Beach #Fun #Adventure #USA #Texas #Holiday
“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”
So you know I'm sailing so I thought I would recycle a past post. It's not cheating if I tell you, lol.
I was actually surprised when I realized I was in Florida at this time last year! Here is the link if you are feeling nostalgic or bored or maybe both. We left from Florida to sail to Barcelona, Spain - spent sometime there and then went to France for 3 months - then took a train and flew to the United Kingdom and my life changed. But that's another story, for a later and much longer post.
Now I'm off - the buffet is calling!
After my company left, I went on another adventure. (read about our trips to Scotland here and Here.)
My son and I traveled to Saint Anne's by the Sea. It is in the general area of Black Pool (read about out Christmas in that area last year) but further south. This was our first visit to this lovely sea side town.
We rented a small gite (Holiday house) and stayed 4 days. These are a completion of pictures from those days. We were on the beach, on the pier/promenade and in town.
This is a continuation of an earlier post of our Dec 2014 Trip to Black Pool (UK). We spent 3+ weeks in the area shopping, eating & lazing about.
The Irish sea was raging when we arrived & was gentle as glass when we departed.
Most clicked (I didnt say Best written) for last month:
January Cruise Adventure pt 1
A Super Picture Heavy Post -
Travel Black Pool UK pt 1
More random days spent traveling around Black Pool in Dec & Jan 2015 :D
Free Birthday Stuff pt. 1
So I think we have all heard there are certain places that treat you to free stuff on your birthday. But is that for real?
Yoga Equals a Good Day
More random - WTF?
Chasing the Sea
Sunsets - lots of sunsets! :O
Thank you for returning & reading this silly blog! :D I hope to catch up on the older posts soon - because Yes I will be leaving again soon! #Wanderlust
See you at the airport!
*WARNING PICTURE HEAVY POST*
If you are a frequent reader (thanks, btw) I bet your thinking, "Bitch finally went somewhere!" I was thinking that too. 0.0
My blog has been rather boring the last 6 months, it was work, eat and sleep. And very few action shots of those things, then I fell ill and it was just plain depressing. #FML :(
Anyway, Thank you to (both) the faithful readers who have stuck it out waiting FOR SOMETHING to HAPPEN...Today I flew out of Austin, Texas to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Its not cheap, but its there if you look. The American "free breakfast" at most hotel is appalling, so this really cheered me up.
Waiting to Board. Yeah!
There was a mix up with our taxi so we ended up at the airport earlier than we had to be. But it all worked out as there weren't too many folks flying out yet. The Taxi driver was very talkative and mentioned that he really liked my accent. I was rather bewildered, as he had what I thought was the same accent? But, showing good southern manners I said, "Thanks." He then asked where in the UK I was from?
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He laughed his ass off when I said I'm from South Texas. I think spending so much time in other countries has given me an odd accent or it would seem I just woke up British today. #WTF?
Bored, roaming around the mostly empty airport.
Sky SPAM. Sorry/Not Sorry I just LOVE the view from the air.
This is Texas right after take off. Can you see my house from here?
I must say I really liked Jet Blue. The price wasn't bad for a one way ticket and the did offer free snack and beverages. #More than I expected.
Cramped, but it was a short, cheap flight. The crew was excellent so I'm not going to bitch. AT. ALL.
There were storms in the gulf, so we were re-routed over land. And were flying lower for awhile, then we got above the clouds.
I love the way the sky looks!
Waiting for the Bags,,
Just a Woman in the World. Sometimes a lonely traveler, sometimes with the Krewe. Eating, shopping and meditating my way through life...
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