It’s Victoria Day today (or as many Canadians call it, the May long weekend). The May long weekend typically is a sign that summer is around the corner and we will start getting lots of sunshine here in Vancouver. In case you’re wondering, Victoria Day is celebrated in Canada and Scotland and began as a celebration to honour Queen Victoria’s birthday. She is the 2nd longest reigning monarch in England as she was on the throne for 63 years and 216 days. Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning British monarch on Sept 9, 2015. Who knows, maybe we will one day get an Elizabeth II statutory holiday? I’m all for more statutory holidays.
One of the goals, once we are financially independent, is to travel and explore the world. Both Mrs. T and I would love to say that we’ve been to all 7 continents one day. The last few years, my parents have been on a lot of cruises and exploring the world that way. They really like cruises because they can just get on the cruise ship, leave their luggage in the room, relax, and check out the different cities. They don’t need to worry about catching flights, finding hotel rooms, or finding places to eat. This past weekend they just returned from a 30-something-day cruise where they cruised from Singapore all the way back to Vancouver, stopping in places like Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, and Alaska. I guess that’s a benefit of being early retirees and the kids (me and my brother) are completely independent.
To me, exploring the world via cruises isn’t my type of travel. I like to explore and have the flexibility to do unplanned activities. I also like the idea to immerse myself in the local culture by staying in a city for an extended period of time. Mrs. T is like that as well.
Back in 2004 when I worked and lived in Germany for 8 months, I travelled all over Europe. I loved exploring a new city without using a map and I would walk around randomly. This sure provided some good adventures… like the time I got mugged in Barcelona by a bunch teenagers and I ended up running after them to get my wallet back (I caught up to one and got my wallet back). Therefore, I enjoy reading travel stories from the likes of Jereme and Winnie from Go Curry Cracker and Kristy and Bryce from Millennial Revolution.
Mrs. T and I have travelled to many places separately but we haven’t been to as many places together, and certainly not together with Baby T1.0 and Baby T2.0. So today’s post is an inspiration on places that I have been and would love to go back with Mrs. T and the kids in the future.
And of course, many more many more places I’d love to explore and see with my family.
Dear readers, which cities would you love to see & explore one day?