So far I have been to 80 countries on this glorious planet. And I have more adventures ahead.
Welcome to the Chronology of my travels.
The Lexpedition 2.0 – On August 1, 2006, my family drove me to the Louisville airport and gave me a beautiful and loving goodbye ceremony. I had a big smile on my face and tears in my eyes as I handed my sister Stasia my Nokia phone and keys to safeguard until my return. I gave my sweet family lots of hugs and kisses, hoisted my backpack over my shoulder, and walked into the airport to officially begin my adventure. A few minutes later, with my bags checked and my ticket in hand, I walked through the airport security area and towards my departure gate.
I had a big smile on my face and felt a massive rush of energy as I began to realize what was happening… I was going to India… and I was going to see the world! Wahoooooo!
I sat down in the airport waiting area. I didn’t have my phone to distract or entertain me, so I couldn’t call or text anybody. For the first time in a VERY long time, I felt utterly unplugged. I was leaving the wired and hectic world behind and moving into my organic, unscripted adventures.
I honestly had no idea how long I would be gone. I had no idea where I was going. Other than a one-way ticket to New Delhi, and a hotel reservation and pick-up from the airport, I had no concrete plans, itinerary or reservations of any sort. Plain and simple, I wanted to see as much of the world as possible, on my terms, at my pace, and with as much adventure and spontaneity as I could generate. In addition to the stories that I wrote about in my book, The Lexpedition, I would like to share a few more interesting tidbits about my 499-day journey.
- I spent 136 days in India, mostly in the Himalayas. I would gladly spend each summer trekking in the Himalayas if I could. And maybe, hopefully, someday I will.
- Indonesia is one of my Top 10 countries so far. I was lucky to invest 86 days in that glorious country.
- The quaint and quiet Indonesian island of Gili Meno is one of the most amazing places I have ever been.
- In my opinion, New Zealand is the most picturesque and photogenic country in the world (possibly tied with Mongolia).
- The 33 days I spent in the Philippines were top notch. I fell in love with Boracay and its long, white sandy beach and plentiful scuba diving spots.
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