2012 Goal: Around-the-world trip

December 31, 2011

I’ve read about around-the-world plane tickets before and I understand the concept, but I’ve never actually searched for an itinerary before.  My sister is going to Bahrain soon for a year to two years and I’d love to visit Dubai.  Also, a friend in Colombia would like to visit Morocco and Egypt this summer and I’d love to visit those places as well.  Unfortunatley, Egypt isn’t really safe to travel to so we’ll have to keep and eye and see how things are at the right time.  If I were to purchase an around-the-world plane ticket, then I’d have to continue traveling East which would take me to India and possibly Nepal and visit with my uncle if he’s able to make it during that time.  And then to top it off, my friend Heather’s dad lives in Korea and would like for her to visit so I could meet her in Korea and then maybe visit another country such as Japan with her.

The actual itinerary for what’s above is more than I would be able to spend so I’m going to research further and maybe add additional stops such as New York City and London and it can possibly reduce the price a bit.  I figure if I even only go and visit my sister in Bahrain and that’s it then I’ll still be extremely happy.  Cheers to 2012!!!  Happy travels to everyone out there!


Medellin: Parapente (paragliding)

December 31, 2011

December 22, 2011

Colombia 2011

December 26, 2011

Going to Colombia was a priority trip for me because it was relatively inexpensive and I wanted to visit a very dear friend of mine who lives in Medellin.  The flight down was only five hours and it was about the distance of traveling to New York City but south to the other side of the equator in South America.  The weather in Medellin has been pretty rough the past few months, with it raining a few times a day every single day because of El Nino.  I arrived on a Wednesday and went on a weekend visit to another small village from Friday to Sunday.  From Monday until the following Friday I spent in Medellin, with a one night stay outside of the city at a friend’s farm house near the international airport.  In total, I was in Colombia for 16 days and it’s the longest I’ve spent in an international city at one time.  The types of trips I’ve previously done were group trips and we’d spend no more than two days in each city.  Each trip was about ten days long and included four or five cities and a lot of traveling in between.  My trip to Colombia was much more relaxed and I was able to get an insider’s look at some of the scene in a pretty nice area and I also visited some of the poorer sections of the city.  I am beyond grateful for the nice friends I met and to my friend Elizabeth and her family.  This trip was one of the most humbling experiences of my life and I’ve fallen in love with the Latin culture.  I’m excited to write about many of the great experience I had and to post the many hundreds of amazing photos I was able to get.

Viewing the Titanic? WHAT?

December 15, 2011

I guess thinking about today’s technology, it shouldn’t be a surprise that there’s a way to go over two miles deep in a capsule and view the actual wreckage of the Titanic but nonetheless, I’m quite shocked to see this is a reality..  If you have $60,000 that is, but seriously if I had the money I’d book this in an instant.

It was almost 100 years ago, on April 14, 1912 at 11:40pm when the Titanic struck an iceberg and by 2:20am it was on it’s way to the bottom of the ocean where it is now settled about 12,500 feet underwater.  The tragedy claimed 1,517 lives and to date remains one of the worst cruise ship disasters ever.  Coming up in 2012, Deep Ocean Exploration is offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience to go down in a capsule and view the actual wreckage to mark the 100 year anniversary.

NY Times article that I originally read

Deep Ocean Exploration’s website, the company who is hosting the 100 year anniversary dive to the bottom of the ocean.

Wikipedia page about the Titanic

Luxury service at airports

December 4, 2011

The New York Time’s posted an article this weekend about extra services that are being offered at airports.  Personally, I don’t have a problem getting dropped off at the airport and going through the charades.  Check your luggage, go through security, get to the gate and wait.  But so often when I’m traveling I hear people being whiny and cranky about the smallest things, so it doesn’t surprise me that these services are probably being utilized heavily.  But then again, I guess if I had the money I would probably be tempted to spend a few extra dollars on some of these things.