How much travelling does one have to do to consider themselves well travelled? It’s a good question. And, the answer probably varies. For instance, I consider myself well travelled, but some might not. I’m interested to know what you think.
I’ve been to several foreign countries, starting with a trip to Japan when I was eighteen. I’d like to visit more. This first list includes the countries I’ve been fortunate enough to visit.
Canada – many times including Toronto, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Sudbury, and Banff
Japan – once, including visits to Kyoto, Tokyo, and Mt. Fugi.
Bermuda – three times over a span of thirty years.
The Netherlands – once, to visit The Hague.
Mexico – once, including visits to Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and Xel-ha’.
United States Travel
First, I’ve lived in New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Wisconsin. I also worked in the state of Pennsylvania when I lived in Delaware. So, when I lived in these states, I also travelled to places they offered such as the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Rehobeth Beach in Delaware, and Lake Placid in New York.
Besides visiting those states, I’ve visited the following National Parks in the following locations.
Haleakala (Maui, Hawaii)
Rocky Mountain (Colorado)
White Sands (New Mexico)
The Badlands (South Dakota)
Washington, D.C. – National Mall, the Smithsonian Institution, & Arlington
Smokey Mountain National Park (Tennessee)
The Everglades (Florida)
Joshua Tree (California)
Mount Rushmore (South Dakota)
I’ve had the good fortune to travel to the Hawaiian Islands three times, twice to Maui and once to Kauai.
Other beach destinations have included Florida and South Carolina multiple times and California twice, including San Diego, Carlsbad, and Palm Springs.
Santa Fe, New Mexico was the last place we visited before the pandemic. I’d love to go back. It was such a different place than where we normally go on a trip.
Large cities that I’ve visited include:
Minneapolis and St. Paul Minnesota
New York City
San Diego, California
De Moines, Iowa
Santa Fe, New Mexico
When I refer to visiting a place, I mean that I stayed in that location for more than a few days. I ate the local food, stayed in hotels, used their transportation in some instances like the Metro in D.C., the tram in The Netherlands, or a bus in Bermuda.
When visiting different locations some of our activities include going to museums, concerts, science centers, botanical gardens, and aquariums. We have never attended a major sporting event on any vacation. This tells you what we choose to support and where our interest areas lie.
Extra Ordinary Vacation Activities
Sometimes, while on vacation, it is fun to mark the event with a special activity. These provide some of our fondest trip memories.
Sailing with the Pacific Whale Foundation on New Year’s Day off the coast of Maui to snorkel and observe sea turtles.
Biking down Haleakala Volcano on Christmas Day after seeing the sunrise over the summit.
Floating down sugar cane plantation irrigation ditches on Kauai.
Helmet Diving and Snorkeling off the coast of Bermuda.
Going on the Maid of the Mist in Niagara Falls.
Snorkeling at Xel ha’ Park in Mexico ( before it was a theme park).
Stomping bricks at Williamsburg, Virginia (well, the kids did this).
Skiing (both down hill and cross country) at Lake Placid, New York.
Canoeing on Lake Louise in Banff, Canada
These lists are not all encompassing, but complete enough to give you an idea of what my travel has been like and where I have gone. Do you think I’m well travelled? Why or why not? As I said, I’m curious. Travel is a personal activity. I understand that. Some people do not enjoy it or do not like to go far from home or cannot afford to go. I also understand that. But, I enjoy travel and am looking forward to being able to be on the go again. I’m making some more lists of where I’d like to go next . What’s on your list?