2014 Travel Highlights Include:
We hope you enjoy our journey and entice you to your next adventure. Some fun travel statistics are listed at the bottom of this post. Fasten your seat belts and enjoy the ride.
The Launch – February 4th, 2014
We experienced a steep learning curve with different languages, cultures, scenery, and being together 24/7. Let the fun begin and it did.
The start of our traveling love affair
Scotland quickly become a country that we fell in love with and visited several times in 2014.
Fine wines and cheeses pleases
France is another one of our go to countries. I think it’s a food thing or the cheese or maybe the wine, cheese & amazing friends we made.
The Big jump from Europe to Asia
The journey continues with an asian twist as we make our way to Malaysia for a housesit. We experienced yet more cultural changes and quickly adapted the ability to move about asia without understanding the language being spoken and written. Lots of smiling and hand gestures. (Rachel)
With Malaysia explored we hit the road/water with a vengeance ! !
A few nights in Bangkok
Our lives changed forever. Sticky Rice Family formed.
Thailand to Cambodia to Vietnam – (Small Group Tour)
The Sticky Rice Family took mini buses, planes, taxis, rickshaws and slept in only the best 0-1 star hotels – some with walls and some without. Mosquito netting always a bonus.
Great Wall of China & Singapore
Sadly departed from our Sticky Rice Daughters, we were back on our own. We walked the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and around Tiananmen Square. We hope Google Earth took snapshots while we were on the Wall so we can look at ourselves from time to time from space. Singapore always a pleasure with its cleanliness and hustle & bustle.
Asia was a continent we will never forget – now back to Europe
Eiffel Tower, Birthday Celebration and Europe
We landed in Paris, France to celebrate Rachel’s birthday on the 14th of July. They threw a huge party on her birthday and called it Bastille Day – the French are so nice. We stayed in an Airbnb and explored the city.
Hello again to the UK
We stayed in Kent, England for a couple of days with the “Sticky Rice Family”. And then off to London to house sit, see BigBen and the Parliament, and drink some ale and Pimm’s.
To the land of beer and waffles – Belgium
Hello beautiful Brussels Steve loves you for your amazing brews and Rachel for your delicious foods.
More cheese and wine
France where we rented our first vehicle since we left the States. We revisited our friends from our earlier housesit in France then we toured down to the southern coast of France on our way to Italy.
Au Revoir France – Ciao Italy
Italy was the start of our 60 day Eurorail pass, so many places one can visit on a train – choo choo.
Fun in the Sun
Wait, first we had to visit some friends from Portugal. Hello, Ischia and the Almafi Coast with your summer sun and hot springs – how delightful.
Rome, Tuscany, Florence and Venice
The pizza in Naples is oh so nice. Rome what can we say – it’s Rome. Florence was a wonderful hub as we explored Pisa, Cortona and the beautiful countryside and cooking class. Then off to Venice where the streets of water are magical.
Leaving Italy and entering Germany
We spent around a month in Italy. Next up Germany and all her glory. Let the good times roll.
Night trains, day trains, any trains
We visited castles, cathedrals, and cookeries. Munich and beer – Steve was in heaven. Luxembourg is a beautiful country. Then back Brussels for more beer and waffles.
Berlin and the another wall in history
We had been in many cities in Germany, but Berlin is spread out and added to our challenges since we don’t speak german. Never fear, good times with beer and brats were had.
One of the friendliest cities – Prague
Mexican Market day turned into meeting people on the street and being invited back into their home for wine & conversation. New friendships established everywhere in pubs & restaurants.
Budapest and Poland
Budapest the land of history & ruin pubs.
We took an overnight train from Budapest to Auschwitz and experienced one of the saddest places on earth.
Life is about sharing in the moments that matter. We left Budapest October 2nd to return to Texas to lay to rest a great man Bob Garrison. It was an unplanned trip and without question it was the right direction to go as our heart strings pulled us home. We were able to also celebrate in the lives of a newly married couple Dan & Shonnah. Special cuddles with our 2 furry family members was a comfort. Our time in Texas was for family, friends & reflection. Then BACK ON THE ROAD we went with even more of a sense of purpose.
Over the Pond
Edinburgh, Isle of Skye, Belfast and Dublin
We have fallen in love with Scotland and have been there 2 times this year. We took a short tour up to the Isle of Skye and also visited St. Andrews. Since we were so close, we felt the need to jump over to Northern Ireland and Ireland.
Travel Statistics as of January 31, 2014:
Steve & Rachel visited together 3 continents, 24 countries and 100’s of cities within those countries in 2014. That’s 18% of the world as a whole – very exciting to us.
Grand total of countries visited during our lifetime tally up as : Steve 35 & Rachel 36.
February 4th, 2015 will be our 1 year on the road mark and we have ALOT of traveling to take place before that time. Jordan, Egypt, Greece, Turkey to name a few.
Please stay tuned for our 1 year anniversary blog – we will share with you some of our highs and some of the lows of traveling non-stop our first year while running a consulting business virtually and travel blogging.
Till Then Happy Trails to You and Yours in the New Year !
Cheers & Sláinte to 2015 ! !
Steve & Rachel