May 15, 2013

Lost In Travels: Wanderlust

CRUISE DAY 10: On this glorious Wednesday, D and I are mostly likely doing one of three things: lounging by the pool (and drinking...duh), getting massages in the spa, or napping in our stateroom. Honestly, chances are we're doing a combination of all three. Cruising is exhausting, y'all. But, such a blast, too! Tomorrow we will be arriving in Naples to spend the day exploring Pompeii, Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast...so, much rest and relaxation is needed for us to be fresh and ready to tackle our last day out sight-seeing. I can't believe our trip is almost over! Guess it's true what they say...time flies when you're having fun! You know what else is fun? Meeting new bloggers! Like Miss Chelsea from Lost in Travels. She's here to entertain you with more photos of places she's traveled to that I'm totally wanderlusting over...ARGENTINA, ASIA, & NEW ZEALAND! Color ME jealous! 
Take it away, Chelsea!

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An old boss once told me that people are more likely to have a life crisis when one of the following happens: change of location, change of career, or change of relationship status. My husband and I did all three in the matter of months. I graduated from university, was married a month later, then moved half way around the world just four months after that to start teaching for the first time. What can I say, we're thrill seekers.

I'm Chelsea and I blog over at Lost in Travels. After my man and I got hitched over two years ago, we started getting cold sweats every time we even thought about ‘settling down’ in our hometown. We wanted to do something out of the ordinary, something adventurous. We wanted to spend our lives traveling the globe. So what did we do? Sold all of our belongings that wouldn’t fit in two 50-pound bags and took the first flight to South Korea to teach English to snot nosed adorable little kids and never looked back!



As you can imagine, living abroad has given us the opportunity to go places we used to dream about, see things we never knew existed and make life-long memories as we travel the globe. So, with Casey off galavanting around Europe (anyone else as jealous as me?), it got me reminiscing about past travels that I've taken. Here are my favorite places that I've been:

1. Argentina- During university, I got the opportunity of a lifetime. I flew solo down to Buenos Aires, Argentina and met up with the Argentine Toms team for a 10 day trip with Toms Shoes to go around from school to school, handing out shoes to those who were without. To say this trip was life-changing is an understatement. Traveling to highly impoverished areas, flying solo internationally, and trying to communicate in a country where I didn't know the language was leaps and bounds out of my comfort zone and I couldn't be more appreciative of that. I not only learned more about who I am as a person, but it also stoked the fire for my love of traveling, humanitarian projects, and helping those in need.

2. Sailing in the Caribbean- Shortly before we were married, my husband and I got the oppourtinuty to fly down to St. Maarten to spend a week on a boat island hopping. We obviously couldn't resist and spent the week hopping from one island to the next. And along the way, trying to soak up as much sun and snorkeling as we could.

During our stay in St. Barts we were able to visit one of the most terrifying airports I have ever seen. The landing strip is right next to a highway, making the plane descend directly over cars in hopes that it stops before the end of the runway...which is also the beach. 

3. Thailand- Our most recent adventure was touring around Thailand. We made our way through Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phi Phi Island and Railay Beach. I can say with absolute certainty that this has been our favorite destination to date. There are things to do and see around every corner including temples, elephants, tigers, zip lining, rock climbing and scuba diving. The culture is rich, the food is delicious, the locals are beyond friendly and who can complain about the views?

4. Japan- If you're looking for a mix between old world culture and the latest technology, Japan is your place. We spent our short five days there riding the bullet train, visiting the A-bomb building in Hiroshima, going to castles in Osaka, and searching for geishas in Kyoto. There was historical site after historical site that would keep even the most active tourist busy for weeks.

5. New Zealand- New Zealand is the perfect mix of landscape and adventure. There are plenty of action sports to partake in including scuba diving and sky diving, both of which we couldn't resist. We also rented a car so we could really take advantage of the landscape of the North island. We spent most of our time there driving through the country side and making pit stops along the way. No matter where you go, you're bound to run into picture worthy scenery. 

Have you bought your plane ticket yet? Thanks so much for having me Casey! And I hope you'll stop by my blog where I talk about our daily lives as expats in the land of kimchi, along with documenting our world travels. Be sure to say hi, I would love to hear from you!

8 comments:

  1. How cool! We're moving to Korea next year and I'm so excited to be able to visit all those awesome places.

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    1. really?! that's awesome! where are you guys moving to and for what? korea is such a great place for expats to live! the people are very friendly and it's a great place to not only travel around but also to travel to other countries that are near! if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask!

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  2. This was awesome, Chelsea!! I am so floored by and jealous of your travels! I've always wanted to go to Argentina. I've also never heard of anyone who has gone on a Toms trip, so your explanation and pictures were so amazing to see! It's nice to know the organization actually lives up to what it says it does. Also, I went to Thailand by myself last year, but ended up having bronchitis the whole time I was there. Since I didn't quite get the full experience, I want to go back this summer and live it up! Your pictures and love of Thailand are really motivating me to book my tickets and make this trip happen! And lastly of course...I'm glad Japan made the cut! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos and stories! I really enjoyed this. :)

    xoxo
    Melyssa | The Nectar Collective

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    1. argetina is such a beautiful country! i want to go back so badly! and the toms trips was literally life altering. i'm so grateful that i was able to go with them. they have such a great program for giving back and it's so encouraging to see it in person!
      that's horrible about your thailand trip! we actually ran across a lot of sick people while we were there. hopefully it's not in the water! haha hopefully you'll be able to go again!
      and you know when we go back, visiting you will make the cut : )

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  3. I love that first picture of Chelsea and her husband! And just about every post that she does.

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    1. thanks so much for this nicole! you're too sweet!

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  4. I have never been to Thailand and have no interest in going there, I also haven't been to Japan but I think that would be neat New Zealand yeah I have just returned from my second visit to that beatiful country.........

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