One Year of Travel!

After posting One year of Extreme Adventures, I started to think about the travel that I’ve done in the last year. I’ve been to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Bahamas, Mexico (Baja California and RivieraΒ Maya)Β and Jamaica. I’ve also been to several provinces in Canada such as Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and even more states in the United States like Florida, Alaska, Nevada, and California. I’ve compiled a group of my favorite moments from each country, state, and province. Come along with me on an amazing, unforgettable trip through the last year in travel.

There may not be words to fill in the blanks but the expression on my faceΒ accompanied by the surreal surrounding create enough words to fill an entire blog.

Mexico – Rivera Maya Mexico – Baja California Costa Rica Nicaragua Bahamas

Jamaica

Florida

Nevada

California

Alaska

New Brunswick, Canada

Nova Scotia, Canada

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141 thoughts on “One Year of Travel!

    • My husband and I wanted to travel as much as possible this year before we started our own family; not that we will not travel with our family, but things may slow down for a few years. We just made it a priority and went from there. I found regular deals that fit into our schedule, I planned constantly, and I made arrangements to see as many places as possible during one trip. When we were in Florida, we took a cruise to the Bahamas and when we were in Costa Rica, we took a bus to Nicaragua. We moved to California, which helped with the Canada-US travel and made weekend trips to places like Mexico and Alaska possible. Travel is part of me and makes me who I am. I love it and I can only hope that my daughter will love it half as much. I can’t wait to experience the world with her and my husband by my side. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for commenting; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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      • I’m so glad to have found your blog! Travel is a passion my husband and I share as well and it’s something we are making a lifestyle priority in terms of our finances and career goals. We are unsure if children are in our future but we still have a lot of time to decide that and are tackling our top 10 destination list in the meantime. Looking forward to hearing about your transition between these two very different and meaningful life pursuits!

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    • I’ve been very blessed! See new places and experiencing new cultures has been one of the reigning influences in my life. I hope that I can make that possible for my baby girl when she is born.

      Thanks for commenting; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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    • I loved every minute of the last year and hope to make future years to come just as adventurous. I can’t wait to show my baby girl the world and I can only hope that she’s half as excited about travel and adventure.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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  1. Ireland is in my top five countries visited. The people, the environment, the surroundings…. Ireland has it all. I’d love to return someday and show my family spectacular Ireland and its people. At almost five months pregnant, long flights are almost impossible, but I will return to your great country soon.

    Thanks for commenting; it’s appreciated.

    Lesley

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  2. for most people that would be an amazing list for a lifetime, and so the fact that this is for a year is indeed very fascinating.

    I remember reading a post on Baja California (mexico) earlier on your blog and I might dig into it, as I am contemplating a trip down south into mexico (still doing my research).I might come back to you, later, with a few questions if you don’t mind ?

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    • Please, please feel free to ask any questions that come to your mind! I’d be more than happy to make suggestions or recommendations. I love to travel and I think I could be of help.

      Thanks for reading and stay in touch,

      Lesley

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  3. We did the opposite, travel after the family grew up and moved out. Similar year. We did Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan, B.C., Montana, Louisiana, Belize, Honduras, Mexico and Italy this year. I love the pace and adventure.

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    • We’ve covered several more states this year when we drove from New Brunswick, Canada to California, but I’d like to create a completely different post for that trip.

      I also drove from Nova Scotia to Manitoba, vacationed in Alberta, and then drove back to Nova Scotia though the northern US, but that was over 4 years ago.

      You missed one of the best provinces in Canada! Nova Scotia is unbelievable! Alberta and B.C. do have a lot to offer, especially in the mountains. I lived in northern Manitoba for a few years and the cold is enough to drive anyone crazy. There were days that my eye lashes froze shut and the school buses wouldn’t start because the diesel froze in the tank and lines. Quebec is like visiting a different country, and it would be if they had their way. I am proud to say that eastern Canada is the home of my childhood, but California is quickly becoming the home of my family since I’m five months pregnant and my husband and I would like to settle here permanently.

      Now that I’m on the other side of the continent, I think I can cover a lot of territory without even getting on a plane.

      I can only hope that my child will love adventure and travel half as much as her parents.

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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  4. Lesley, it is such a treat to find a kindred spirit in the blogging world. Your photo montage is poignant, hilarious and gorgeous. I would totally stand under the fish myself. πŸ™‚ You’ve given me several new places I want to see, and I look forward to continuing this adventure with you.

    Congratulations on your coming changes!!

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    • Thank you Andra! I see that you too have traveled substantially. It’s a wonderful life to see the world.

      There’s something about packing my bag and heading into the unknown. As much as I’ve studied Ancient History and Rome in particular, I never truly felt connected to it until I set foot on Roman soil. All of the books in the world and unlimited years of study can not give you that same sense of understanding. It’s that feeling that has me addicted and longing for more.

      If you find yourself in this part of the world, be sure to let me know. I’d be happy to show you around what is now my new home, California.

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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      • okay so i saw you liked something on my bloggy and I’m so glad it led me to yours! i feel we are kindred spirits! I’ve done a lot of traveling, too, and just can’t seem to stop. I teach junior high Latin, I see you’ve studied a lot of Ancient Rome? awesome! I can’t wait to go back (i went after college) and revisit the places that will now have so much more meaning after teaching latin. what do you teach? do you have a list of every place you’ve been? I’m dying to see. πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you for the beautiful words. You said, “As we discover the world around us, we might also discover something about ourselves.” Travel has shaped me as a person and given me more than any university education ever could. With each new adventure and location, I learn and discover about myself and the world around me in a way that I never thought possible. I can only hope that my child will enjoy traveling half as much as her parents.

      I admire your commitment to your job, even when things are difficult and as a teacher for 8 years, I know things can be very difficult. Keep up the good work and the positive attitude; it goes a long way. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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  5. Fun and interesting photos from a great year of travel! There’s a great big world out there to see. Good for you doing this now. Cheers!

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    • Hopefully, I’ll do this for the rest of my life πŸ™‚

      Thanks for the Versatile Blogger award. It gives me great happiness to have others enjoy my posts.

      Your photos are beautiful, especially your landscapes.

      πŸ™‚

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    • I’m particularly fond of the Ferris wheel picture. It was taken on our first trip to Santa Monica Pier and the entire day was the epitome of perfection. The weather was warm with a light breeze, the water was clear and glistening in the sun, which was also the words I used to describe the man jogging by when my husband caught me blushing, and I felt completely care-free. It was everything I’d dreamed of in California all wrapped up in one day.

      Thanks for commenting; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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  6. WOW~ First of all, congrats on your pregnancy!! It must be very exciting for you and your husband. According to Chinese calender, you’ll be having a “dragon” baby next year!! Which brings lots and lots of happiness and prosperity~

    Look forward to see more of your adventures!! Hoo~

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  7. My grandfather is also a dragon and he is the most amazing person I’ve ever met in my life. I already feel blessed to be pregnant and I can’t wait to share the world with my child.

    I love your post Surround Yourself with Passionate People {Iβ™₯KL}. You said, “when you talk with people who are passionate about what they’re doing, passionate about life and the people they love, it is transformative”. This is how I feel when I’m surrounded by my family and it is the most beautiful feeling in the world. You just become lost in time together. Beautiful!

    Thanks for taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated.

    Lesley

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    • Traveling is a major part of my life and I’m always happy when I’m on the road.

      I love your header! It makes me want to hop on a plane and explore Ireland again.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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  8. You sound so much like me, I love traveling and I sometimes feel I am living to travel πŸ™‚ I love reading your travel tales. I know you are pregnant and expecting a daughter, having a 2yrs old daughter I can tell, travel with kids are more fun. When we went to mexico with my daughter she had so much fun that we felt it was our best vacation. Now that she is 2 years she understand and explore outdoor, it such a fun to travel with family around..I wish you all the very best with prego and travel..

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    • Growing up with a family of younger brothers and sisters has shown me the value and adventure of traveling with children. I can’t wait to show my daughter a new country, a new culture, a new experience… I can’t wait to show her life!

      It’s inspirational to hear that other families are traveling and enjoying the world with their children. Thanks for the encouragement.

      Lesley

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    • France is one of my favorite countries but I don’t think I’ll make it back within the next few years. The same offer stands, however, if you are ever in southern California.

      Your photos are beautiful; good luck with your blog and keep posting,

      Lesley

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  9. Lesley – Your images and writing move me. Thanks for liking my last post – on the great weekend getaway. You inspired me to write more about it – by your great writing on your adventures. Thanks for your inspiration. You sure have a wonderful sense of adventure!!
    Best Regards
    Jim

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    • Great weather, beautiful surroundings, unique culture, market shopping, and history make Nicaragua a beautiful place to visit, although I did prefer Costa Rica. have you been there before?

      Thanks for commenting; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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  10. Great photos, a good way to recap a lot of interesting travels. Love the shot with the big marlin! Lots of warm places in there — my wife would approve. I say Iceland, she says Barbados. So naturally we did Barbados this year. πŸ™‚ But it’s okay, we’re doing Iceland next year.

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    • I tend to prefer warmer places as well, but Alaska was a beautiful adventure. What is it about Iceland that draws you to there?

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and good luck with your travels.

      Lesley

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    • I hope that my daughter likes to travel half as much as I do. I can’t wait to show her the world and experience new places and adventures with her and my husband.

      I love your gravatar photo!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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  11. Nice work, looks like you had a great year! And you had a photographer traveling with you?! Loved the Santa Monica photos, very professional, and love the feel of the sailing photo, the light is amazing!

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  12. Hey Lesley! Good luck on your adventures before starting a family… We did it, and somehow, we’re still managing to travel, despite the 3 kids all 6 and under!
    Thank you for checking my blogpost out.
    Greetings from another traveling family, currently posted in Brazil! Cheers,
    http://3rdculturechildren.com

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    • I love that you still travel regularly with children. You’re an inspiration and I can only hope that my child will love traveling even half as much as I do.

      The photo in your FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2011 post is beautiful!

      Thanks for reading and for taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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    • Thanks!

      I loved reading your post NYC Day 2-Ground Zero and Statue of Liberty. It’s been several years since I’d been to NY and you’ve reminded me of why I need to return.

      Keep the comments coming; they are appreciated.

      Lesley

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    • Thanks for your kind words and support. I love to travel; it is part of who I am. I can only hope that my child will enjoy it half as much as her parents πŸ™‚

      Good luck with your blog. I love your photos from Mossbrae Falls; great shots!

      Lesley

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  13. Hi Lesley!

    Thanks a lot for passing by my blog! Specially for the opportunity it gaves me to meet this wonderful blog about your life traveling.
    Didn’t have much time yet to see everything but I promisse I will come back a lot to keep in touch with the latest news.

    Take Care,

    Danuel

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  14. Hi Lesley,

    Thanks for the like on my blog posts! I doubt that you actually understand what I was writing about since they are in Chinese, but I guess you do like the photos πŸ˜› Nonetheless, it gave me the opportunity to come and see your wonderful blog. Congratulations on the baby girl as well!

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    • At the top of each blog post, there is a language translator. It has been a great help in reading and understanding blogs from around the world. πŸ™‚ I enjoyed both the images and the writing πŸ™‚

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  15. oh my i so envy you! i wish i can be like you! your trips looked like a lot of fun. i have been going around my country but i have yet to go out of it. it excites me but i guess a part of is also freaking out about the idea. πŸ˜†

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  16. Wow! These are fantastic pictures. It looks like you had a lot of fun! I’ve had a lot of fun reading through your blog. It looks like you’ve been almost everywhere but South America; you must come here! I know you’re busy with the adventures you’re going to have with your daughter, but when she’s old enough to travel and enjoy it take a trip down – Maccu Pichu, the Atacama Desert, Valparaiso, Santiago, Patagonia, Buenos Aires – all things you must see! Best of luck in all your adventures!

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    • I haven’t been to South America but it is my next Bucket List location, along with Hawaii. I’ve longed to explore Maccu Pichu and Rio de Janeiro. Hopefully I will journey there soon.

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment; it’s greatly appreciated.

      Lesley

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  17. I love your photos! This is so amazing that you’ve been able to do so much in only 1 year. Traveling with a family is more of a challenge, that’s for sure, but definitely do able (and shouldn’t stop your adventureous spirit!!!). My son is 17mos old and we just (this week!) got back from a trip to Singapore. I think the flight is the hardest part (22hours to Singapore…) but overall its definitely worth the experience. I love the photo of you with the snake – what a priceless expression!!!

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  18. Thank you! I hesitated to included the photo with the snake because… well… it’s embarrassing. We were walking down the street in Vegas and I street performer walked up to me and put it around my neck. I was a little nervous to say the least. My husband thought it was a prime opportunity to snap a picture with my priceless expression πŸ™‚

    How long were you in Singapore? I haven’t been there yet but I’d love to go. the flight may be a deterring factor until the baby is born, firstly, and a little older.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated.

    Lesley

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    • Thanks! If there are things that you really want to try, make them happen. I don’t ever want to say, “I wish I had of…”.

      I love your photos in Canon 60D. Great shots!

      Thanks for reading,

      Lesley

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  19. Hi Lesley!
    Glad to hear you liked my post. We’re hoping the exchange thing will take off a little and that we can get more photo bloggers involved.
    I love the year of travel post. I’ve been lucky enough to do a fair amount of travelling myself and I think I will follow your example of recapping the highlights.
    Thanks for the inspiration and congratulations to you and your husband.
    You will never be short of stories for the new addition!

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    • Cuba was unlike any other all-inclusive vacation resort. I’ve been to Holguin, Havana, Varadero, and Cayo Coco. Each place was beautiful clean, friendly, and full of excitement. The night life was amazing and the safety was evident. You’ll love it, regardless of what type of vacation you seek.

      Vancouver is beautiful as well but it does depend on what you like.

      Good luck with your travels.

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    • India has been on the top of my list for a long time. Hopefully I can experience it soon with my growing family.

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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  20. Wow! I can only dream of traveling that much in a year. I love all the pictures, but the ones in Canada most of all. I’m Canadian and have yet to see the Atlantic provinces. It looks absolutely gorgeous out there.

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    • Where in Canada do you live? I spend two years in Manitoba, two years in New Brunswick, two years, although I was too young to remember, in Alberta, and most of my life in Nova Scotia.

      Atlantic Canada certainly is amazing and well worth the visit.

      Lesley

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  21. I want it too!!! πŸ˜€ A year of travelling must be amazing!!! So you are an extremely experienced traveller!!! πŸ˜€ Awesome pictures wow! You are such an adventurist!!! πŸ˜€

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    • Thank you! Although it wasn’t exactly a year of traveling, we did cover a lot of territory in one year. My husband’s love for life has helped fuel my passion for travel. We make an excellent pair.

      Where would you like to travel the most?

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated,

      Lesley

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    • We wanted to rent a car in Costa Rica and drive to Panama but we quickly learned that it was an unprepared hassle. Laws restrict rental cars from crossing the boarder in Central America. We chose Nicaragua instead since it was close and there was a bus tour. Hopefully I will experience Panama someday soon.

      Have you ever been to California?

      Lesley

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