Photo of the Day: Pristine Waters in Antigua

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It’s been 3 years on WordPress! Photo Post!

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I have no idea where the time went. It feels as though it was just a few months ago, that I was wracking my brain for the perfect name for my blog. I guess I can chalk it up to ‘Time Flies When You’re Having Fun’.  I’ve been through quite a lot during that time, and I’ve enjoyed sharing my life with you, my readers.

We’ve been on quite a few adventures together. Let’s take a quick look at what we’ve been through for the past 36 months:

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We explored Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles, California

We stuffed our faces and drank quite a few beers while traveling through Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia & Malaysia.

Fried Shrimp and chips

Fried Prawns and Chips in Cambodia

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Smacked our lips on juicy pineapples in Angkor Wat

Dinner

Dinner in Chinatown, Singapore

Bowl of Tom Yam

Bowl of Tom Yum in Malaysia

We then flew to Europe and admired the stunning architecture which varied from city to city, and country to country:

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The floating city of Venice, Italy

View from the top of the tower!

Climbed a Bell Tower in Slovenia, Eastern Europe

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Admired the Alps in Innsbruck, Austria

Dubrovnik Harbour, Croatia

Splashed a bit in the crystal clear waters of Croatia

Dreams are mean't to fly! Let yours spread its wings!

Then enjoyed the Swiss Alps in Engelberg, Switzerland

After jaunting through Europe, we took a well deserved break… before sailing the Caribbean Sea on a 40 foot yacht!

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Sailing From Antigua to St. Maarten

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All hands on deck!

Lovely church on Front Street

Lovely church on Front Street, St. Maarten

Did some local travels in my home country of Antigua… (mostly beaches and more beaches..!):

Shades of blue

Shades of blue

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My favourite hobby once at home

Then I took you guys with me to Trinidad and Tobago for seven months while I studied abroad!

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Hard at work…. or hardly working???!!

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Beautiful Park in Port of Spain, Trinidad

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Participating in Diwali, with the Indians of Trinidad

Soon, After I took a trip to Venezuela… My very first South American Country. I can’t wait to go back to the Continent!

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Sunset in Venezuela

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Downtown in Margarita

I then returned to Europe where we visited Italy for a second time, a quick stop in London, before crossing the Atlantic to Canada and Miami. Which brings us to 2014, which saw us battling massive snow storms in New York and meeting my godson in Grenada for the very first time.

I am really happy to have connected with you guys, whether by your many comments (over 600!) or the countless ‘likes’ on my posts. The journey is far from over, so I hope you’ll stick around for the ride! Thanks, thanks, and many thanks!!!

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Please, stick around for the ride!

 

Balancing Work and Travel

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I’m sure everyone’s been there. After a particularly bad day at work, you’ve imagined yourself rushing home, haphazardly packing a small suitcase of clothes and essentials before dashing off to the airport and booking the first flight out. It would be exciting! Oh the possibilities… the adventures which await!

Then of course, most often than not..reality sneaks its way into the back of your brain and you realize while it IS possible, it’s not really a smart idea.

I think the best way to avoid this type of situation, is to find a balance between working and traveling. There’s no doubt about it. Travel is freaking awesome! It gives you a boost of confidence, makes you appreciate that there’s so much more to life than what we see on a daily basis. Hundreds of different foods to sample, thousands of songs we haven’t heard yet.. but if we only had the the chance, we would be dancing the night away.

Honestly, I have these thoughts all the time. More so, because I live on a tiny island in the Caribbean Sea. I can literally drive around my country in less than 2 hours. This creates the travel equivalent of ‘cabin fever’ and it doesn’t take much for me to feel anxious to jet off to a foreign destination. So, what are my options here?

I could take more weekend trips. At my job, when we get ‘called out’ on our day off, or we’re rostered to work on public holidays… we can either opt for payment in cash or two days off. Surprise surprise! I always take the days! So, with a bit of planning, I could easily take a small vacation for 3-4 days.

These mini holidays could fill the void while I plan for a Big Trip. Although one could argue that I would be wasting funds on mini adventures, rather than adding to my Big Trip savings… I believe in small rewards. For travel addicts, it is much easier to think ‘2 months to go before my weekend in Miami’ than ’10 months to go before I can get the heck out of Dodge!’

Research also helps to scratch the travel itch. I can easily submerge myself in hundreds of travel blogs. This provides me with the opportunity to visit far flung destinations from the comfort of my bed. Many bloggers have the magic touch which enables me to feel as though I am right there with them on the 20 hour bus rides or sipping cocktails on a deserted beach in the South Pacific.

At any cost, there has to be a balance. I’m not saying it’s easy. What I can guarantee however, is the fact that it’s worth the while! When something is a major priority in your life, you can and will do what is necessary to make it a reality. If you have any other ideas as to how I can live a life of frequent travel while maintaining a full-time job… I’d love to hear them! Safe travels to all!

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