31 countries, 5 continents and counting!
Some people travel to tick countries off a list. I travel to places I love and when I love a place, I go back there multiple times. I’ve been to Japan, Singapore, France and The Philippines 5 times. I’ve visited Malaysia, Belgium, Hong Kong and The Netherlands twice. I have set foot in the US and New Zealand three times each and the UK four times.
There’s a lot more to see, though, and I am constantly planning how I can get back to the places I haven’t yet returned to. I’ve managed to get around a lot of Asia and a fair bit of Western Europe as well as finally making it to Scandinavia.
On my last international trip back in 2020, I rang in the new year in South Korea, but sadly had to cancel my planned trips to Italy, Malta and Japan due to the pandemic. For the last 2.5 years, I’ve been exploring a little closer to home as Australia’s international borders were shut for a while. It’s given me a great opportunity to see different parts of my home country Australia – places like Perth, Fremantle, Adelaide, the Barossa Valley, Melbourne, Hobart and the Hunter Valley.
Where I’m Going Next
Travel looks a little different for me now that I have my daughter in tow. I spent most of 2022 pregnant and now she’s here earthside, I’m planning how we might be able to take a few trips this year that are baby-friendly.
My partner and I are looking at a few road trips (though currently our bubba hates the car) to the Blue Mountains, Lake Macquarie and to Port Stephens in the first half of the year with an international adventure planned for September to Italy and Malta.
Cambodia: Battambang, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap
India: Agra, Delhi, Goa, Kerala, Orchha, Varanasi
Indonesia: Bali, Ubud
Japan: Beppu, Hakone, Hiroshima, Kamakura, Kyoto, Nara, Nikko, Matsuyama, Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo
Jordan: Amman, Aqaba, Dead Sea, Petra, Wadi Rum
Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur, Penang
Nepal: Chitwan National Park, Kathmandu, Lumbini
The Philippines: Batangas, Boracay, Manila, Naga
South Korea: Busan, Seoul
Thailand: Bangkok, Ko Samui
Turkey: Gallipoli, Istanbul
United Arab Emirates: Dubai
Vietnam: Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh
Belgium: Bruges, Brussels, Ypres
Czech Republic: Prague
France: Antibes, Cannes, Eze Village, Grasse, Menton, Nice, Paris, Saint Paul de Vence, Versailles, Villefranche-sur-mer
Germany: Berlin, Cologne, Oranienburg
Monaco: Monte Carlo
The Netherlands: Amsterdam, Kinderdijk, Rotterdam
Spain: Barcelona, Logrono, San Sebastian
Sweden: Drottningholm, Stockholm
United Kingdom: Bath, London, New Forest
Australia: Adelaide, Berry, Blue Mountains, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Fremantle, Gold Coast, Hobart, Hunter Valley, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Southern Highlands, Sydney
New Zealand: Queenstown, Wanaka, Wellington