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Summer is Coming

There it is, plain and simple. The winter months are a distant memory, Spring has sprung and is falling, all of which means that Summer is on its way.

This, for me at least, means adventure. I don’t know quite what I intend to do, but I intend to do it. The co-owner of this blog, Nicolai Davis, would make an ideal traveling companion, as we could further develop this blog. Not only that, Nicolai is a pretty kick-ass guy, so I would probably travel with him anyways. But I digress.

The question is, how will we travel? By what means will we get from place to place?

Below are some ideas I have had that I’m sure have already occurred to my fellow travelers. Whether this is the case or not, what is your favorite means of transportation? Here is a list of my ideal transports, starting with the most desirable and ending with the least. Enjoy!

1. An All Wheel Drive vehicle with some tents and whatnot in the back.

This wouldn’t be too difficult, as long as we each got our own tent and had our own separate routines. Of course, gas mileage might be a problem, but if we can somehow work on the road, well, then it’s problem solved.

2. A small car and hotels.

I don’t know how effective any of these methods would be first hand, but if I were to hazard a guess, this would be more expensive than the truck and tents. We may pay less for gas, but we won’t be able to go to hard to reach places, and we’ll be paying to sleep somewhere every night (unless we sleep by the side of the road. I’m not sure if that is a good idea, but experience is the best teacher!)

3. Airplane, rent a car, walk

The pros of this are very obvious, those being that for one, we wouldn’t have to stay in the USA, and for two, even if we did, we could make it much farther in less time. We would have more time to explore, and have less time spent on the road.

However, the cons are just as obvious, if not more so. On this side, the first problem is that we may have to spend more on a plane ticket than we would on the gas to get to where we’re going by car (we’re comparing this idea with the first, so assume there are no hotels involved.) The second would be the abruptness of the change in location. We would have no choice but to be thrown in, rather than taking our time at the outskirts and working slowly towards the center, enjoying all aspects of perspectives of the location. Third and final of the cons is that you miss so much by spending all that time and energy to get to one location in such a short time, rather than enjoying the journey and learning all you can along the way.

 

And those are the ways I would choose to travel! I know there are more ways, and different combinations (e.g. pull an RV, walk, public transport, etc.), but these are the ones I would prefer. How would you like to travel, if you could choose any one way? Tell me in the comments, and I’ll see you next post.

-Thomas

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My Travel Bucket List

Everyone has a travel bucket list, and everyone knows everyone has a bucket list. Mine would probably look like a medieval tapestry of words if I really sat down and thought about it, but for now, we’ll stick with this:

Top 7 World Destinations to Visit Before I Die

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I was once told you could swim in a pool and ski down a mountain, all in the same day, in Argentina. I’m a decent swimmer, and after a sweltering afternoon spent in the water, I could definitely go for some cold weather hiking. As for the culture, I haven’t read much about it, and I won’t pretend like I have. However, I am more than willing to learn.

 

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Alaska is a land of unrivaled snowy glory. Or so I’m told. I would have to travel to Alaska during the summer in the constant sunlight, thanks to the blackness of winter. Not that I don’t like the cold. I enjoy it very much, in fact. It’s just that you can’t see much in the darkness, except for the Aurora Borealis.

Which is part of the reason I would love to go to Alaska. I know you can see the Aurora in other places, but me being an american, it would be easier to stay in the states. I wouldn’t have to deal with passports and whatnot.

But other than the Aurora, the natural beauty of Alaska, what with the forests, mountains, frozen wastelands…All of it provides a fantastic view.

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Now, for the people that know me personally, they’ll find it odd that this isn’t number one. I’ve talked about moving to Scotland, visiting Scotland, working in Scotland, etc. However, I just desire to see other places more. I don’t have anything against Scotland. I’m very much for Scotland (and Scottish accents), I just am for other places more.

What I would like to do in Scotland is visit old castles, see the highlands, roam the countryside. I generally prefer an urban setting, but Scotland is the definite exception. The natural beauty is said to be magnificent, and I hope to see it soon.

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Iceland is known for glaciers, volcanoes, vast swaths of wilderness, and my inspiration to start this blog. I watched the Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and I liked all of it. However, I really liked the part where he is biking and long boarding to Eyjafjallajokull, the volcano. It inspired me to start planning a trip across Iceland with Nicolai, using only tents, what money we had saved, and bicycles. This was two years ago, and the planning is still going strong. We’ll make it there, I’m sure of it. And the wonders we shall see.

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If you were to go back three or four generations in my family, you would be standing with my family members all the way back when they lived in Switzerland. I always dreamed of finding some long lost cousin or something like that if I went and did some genealogy work in Switzerland. When I go there to admire the Alps and enjoy the countryside one day, maybe that dream will come true.

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I’ve only seen pictures of Burma, and I watched the British Top Gear special on it, and it’s already one of my favorite places in the world. Old roads, new roads, old temples, new temples, all of it has such a rich history of war and peace and building…I would love to see it all.

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If I had to see one place before I died, it would undoubtedly be Vietnam. The history of war lies there. Traditional fishing villages, misty mountains, new urban developments, and, of course, the food; I’ve witnessed it second hand by, again, Top Gear, and to repeat the trip the trio undertook would be a marvel.

 

And that’s my list! What are your top world destinations to visit? Comment below, maybe we share some dreams! I hope you enjoyed reading. See you next post.