For several years now, I’ve kept a map of all the places I’ve traveled, and also all the places on Inna and my travel list. Lets take a look at how much that changed with our year of travel.
Here’s what the map looked like before we left (blue represents places I’ve been, gold is places I’ve been and want to go back, green is where I’ve lived, and red is our to do list):
As you can see there is a lot of red on this map. That’s because we love traveling, and there’s so much we want to do. From all the above, on our year of travel we knocked off:
- parts of California (Solvang, Pinnacles, the redwoods, the north coast)
- Oregon (Crater Lake, Portland)
- the North Cascades
- the Northern US Rockies (Glacier, Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons)
- Southwestern South Dakota (the Black Hills, Wind Cave, Badlands)
- New England (New York City, Boston, Niagara Falls)
- Ireland’s west coast (Cliffs of Moher, Galway)
- Giant’s Causeway
- Northern France (Mont Saint-Michel, the Normandy coast)
- most of northern Italy (Bologna, Pisa, Milan)
- some of Central Europe (Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest)
- Northern Croatia and Slovenia (Zagreb, Ljubljana, Pula Arena)
- Ukraine (Kiev, Odessa, Tunnel of Love)
- parts of India (Kochi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Agra)
- most of Thailand (Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, the tropics)
- most of Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park)
- Kuala Lumpur
- Hong Kong
- a little of Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, the Great Barrier Reef)
- most of New Zealand (Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Queenstown)
Wow, that’s a lot. Especially when you consider all the things we did that weren’t on our list.
So what does our map look like now? Lets see:
What the what? There’s more red on the map now than there was before!
This is what happens when you travel: the more places you go, the more places you want to visit. Everywhere we went was amazing, so why wouldn’t we want to go even more places?