Guess what?? We have hit 100 posts on our site! Can you believe it? To mark the occasion, we thought we would share with you 100 things we love about traveling.
You know the truth. We really only travel for the food! We can’t wait to eat our way around the world. Until then, our mouths still water at the thought of these favorites.
- Real ramen
- Goat cheese and crackers for breakfast
- Ryokan meals
- Blind dining
- Sourdough bread animals
- Actually decent convenience store food
- Amazing street food
- Make-it-yourself takoyaki
- All-you-can-eat resort buffets
- Japanese food in Canada
- Gooey deep-dish pizza – true Chicago-style
We have met so many people in our travels, and they’ve all made a mark on our lives. We are excited to meet more on our journeys!
- Amazingly friendly Couchsurfing hosts
- A tour boat captain delighted by our Canadian patriotism
- Friends made while learning Japanese then invited to dinner when we visit them in Osaka
- The coolest cat (ok, not really a person…)
- All the random visitors who stopped to talk to us in Vancouver
- Friends who stayed with us while visiting the U.S. who flew to Tokyo for a night of karaoke
- Rose, our blind server whose name I’ll always remember thanks to the Titanic reference
- The Canadians who shared our BnB in Costa Rica
- The kind mechanic who gave up his weekend to help us out when we got stuck in Idaho
- The crazy boat captain who taunted a crocodile
- Our Couchsurfers
- The Tokyo boat tour host (one of only two other people on that boat who spoke English)
- The friends with whom we travel
- Each other – at our most enthralled and our most grumpy, stressed, hungry, etc.
A place is also marked by the wildlife that inhabit it. Just as the cultures and climates differ from place to place, so, too, does the local fauna. We loved meeting these.
- A boar
- Sea turtles
- Poisonous frogs
- Ferral cats
- Surprise mountain goats
There is so much to discover in a new location, including the things that make a place unique.
- Norway’s incredible architecture
- Massive cities
- Artistic statues
- Unexpected tropical ruins
- Vending machine restaurants
- Cool hotel rooms
- Vastly different climates
- Reliable public transportation
- A glass elevator
- Insane throngs of people
And what kind of photographers/videographers would we be if we couldn’t appreciate the local scenes? We’re in it for the media, after all!
- Crazy beautiful landscapes
- Unbelievable geology
- Perfectly dappled sunlight
- Tropical sunsets
- An observatory high above the clouds
- Underwater greetings
Culture is one of the most fascinating elements to traveling. We want to experience cultures all around the world and learn a few new things that we can adopt into our lifestyles.
- Integrity when we forgot a bag at a restaurant
- Never handling the local currency
- Using only cash the entire trip
- Sleeping on a lanai
- Adorable elevator recordings
- Open camping anywhere
- Ridiculously packed stores
- Canada Day
- Clever packaging
- Public bathhouses
- Plastic food
- Abundance of English
- Extreme consideration for others
- Light festivals
- Kids fascinated by foreigners
Photos are merely a placeholder for the amazing experiences we have while abroad. They serve as reminders for these unforgettable memories.
- Going to a cafe to hang out with cats
- The fight for (and remarkably rewarding payoff of) a desert sunrise
- Dancing robots
- Hiking (and photographing) in the rain
- Petting a crocodile
- Making someone’s day when I could spout a simple Japanese phrase
- Scaling a wild rock in Utah with only chains to keep us from certain death
- Playing the silly tourist
- Jet boats in the pouring rain
- Endless daylight
- Drinking sake and watching bad Japanese music videos
- Growing beyond our comfort zones
- Discovering something new
Exposing ourselves to varying cultures inevitably imbues us with lessons we internalize, bring back with us, and share with others. These help us grow into ultimately better people.
- Learning cultural nuances through language
- Learning the right way to drink
- Not all bicycles are created equal
- Fun doesn’t have to include alcohol
- Language barriers don’t have to be so scary
- People around the world aren’t so different from us
- Internal change is possible (and good)
What do you love most about traveling?
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