I seem to be in the mood for writing lists. I am in the process of assessing the direction I want to take this blog, especially as I won’t be doing much actual travelling for a while. But this is not a travel blog, it is a blog about my travels, so I thought I should make a list of all the places I’ve been and that will make it easier for me to write reminiscing posts about my previous travels.
I also thought I should make it a permanent tab so people new to this site or that are just interested can see where I’ve been and ask question or request specific posts. I wouldn’t go so far as saying I’m an authority on travelling but I have gained quite a bit of practical experience that I’m willing to share. And isn’t that what blogging is about? The sharing of information, experiences and opinions.
So here is a bit about me and my travel history:
In 2003 before I had graduated university I studied my remaining subject by distance and I finally fulfilled a dream. I participated in an American Summer Camp program through the International Exchange Programs organisation (IEP). My camp was situated in upstate New York and for 12 weeks I worked as a gymnastic instructor.
After camp, with the new friends I had made, I spent a few days in New York City. I then travelled to Boston to meet up with one of my housemates from Uni. She had been an exchange student and I had lived in an international share house. I spent a week with her at Wellesley College (where Mona Lisa Smile was filmed). She showed me around Boston and the Wellesley area and I took a day trip to Salem. My next stop was Buffalo to meet up with my pen friend whom I had been writing to since I was 11. I spent a few days participating in Uni activities with her and we took a day trip to Niagara Falls.
I then went to Canada. I had a 12 month working holiday visa. In 2003 this visa was issued only once in a lifetime. I spent my first week in Toronto and got a job within 4 days. I worked making hockey bags in a suburban area of the city and boarded with the sister of one of my co-workers. After 4 weeks I had enough money to do a trip with the Moose Travel Network. My tour took me to Montreal, Ottowa, Quebec City, Tadoussac, Mt Tramblant and Algonquin Park.
I was unprepared for the coming winter, sick of meeting Australians and a little homesick so I headed to Minneapolis-St. Paul to stay with another uni housemate. I arranged to sit my final exam at her college, Macalester. She was a great tour guide and I got to see quite a bit of this area including the world’s largest ball of twine and the Spam museum. I also experienced my first Halloween and snowfall while here. Next stop was LA to stay with another housemate. I spent 10 days in LA. I was taken to Disneyland, Universal Studios and Disney studios (which isn’t actually open to the public, her brother happened to work there). We also did the tourist things you do in LA and wandered Hollywood Boulevard and Rodeo Drive.
2007 was my next big trip. I had been franticly saving to go to England to visit my friends from camp but in February that year I got seriously itchy feet and decided that for the first time in my life I needed to take a summer holiday. I spent four weeks in the United States between August and September. I spent a week in NYC with a side trip to Pennsylvania. I then did the two week Southern Dream tour, a west bound cross country trip with Green Tortoise Adventure Travel. This took me to Washington D.C., New Orleans, Monument Valley and Las Vegas, ending up in San Francisco. I then spent a week in the place where my spiritual heart now lays, San Francisco.
2009 I finally got to England on a tier 5 working holidaymaker’s visa for 2 years. In this time I got to see quite a bit of Great Britain including Wales, Scotland and various places around England. Some of my favourite places include Bath, Whitby, and Oxford to only name a few.
2012 I went to Canada again. The visa restrictions have changed and are no longer ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ so I wanted to make up for stuffing up the first time. This time though I started on the other side of the country and arrived in Vancouver. Again I had a job within the first few days of being there so I travelled to Prince Rupert via Vancouver Island. After a couple of months I quit my job and took off to Whitehorse, Yukon with a really hot guy and spent a month there then travelled through the Rockies and returned to Vancouver. Again I left early after only using 7 months of the now 2 year visa.
My future travel plans include driving the Mongol Rally, Travelling the Trans-Siberian Railway, Volunteer trips to India and Romania, and exploring Europe. I would also like to see more of my home country, Australia, but there is no place like home and I’ll always come back here. That gives you an idea of my travel history. I will put up a new Tab for more comprehensive information of where I’ve been and an official Travel Resume soon.
If you would like to request a future blog post and read about my experience in any of the places I’ve been, please leave a comment blow.