Here are some of the countries to which I’ve been lucky enough to journey thus far. A description of the first leg of our international sabbatical follows.

Africa

Egypt, Morocco, South Africa, Tunisia.

Asia

Bahrain, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam.

Europe

Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, FranceGermany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Vatican City.

North America

Canada, Mexico, United States.

Jimbaran Bali Beach Mark Twain Quote

The idea to embark on a long-term adventure was born as I travelled through India in November of 2008, and through Southeast Asia in January 2009. I was initially surprised to meet others with an intention to stay on the road for months – even years. I pondered how they were able to do so financially. How was it cutting the employment cord, boxing up household goods and shuttering dwellings? What was it like saying farewell to loved ones and a comfortable, stable life?

I returned to my job and beautiful life in Heidelberg, Germany. Though I settled back into routines with friends and family, the prospect of big adventure was ever on my mind.

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A pre-trip evening stroll through the Heidelberg Castle grounds, Germany.

In the autumn of 2010, following marriage to fellow adventurer, Shawn, I planted the seed of embarking on such an adventure together. Slowly, the idea grew. Simultaneously, so did the doubt and the fear of making such a leap.One one of our morning walks, while ascending the Heidelberg Castle’s 314 stairs and debating what path to next follow in life, fate pointed us in our chosen direction. On a railing leading up to the castle was a solo word, written in graffiti: “Travel.”

Prophetic words, during one of our early-morning walks, Heidelberg, Germany.

In November of 2011, we started doing just that.

We are very fortunate to have sailed away from our safe harbor to embark on a life-changing journey. It is our hope that you might also be encouraged to do so.

If you are not able to travel right now, but are having the itch to do so, please visit the Participate section of the site for ways to help make the world a more beautiful place.

Our Destinations

  • 5  November – Depart Frankfurt, Germany.
  • 6 -7 November – Singapore (via Dubai).
  • 7-14 November – Bali, Indonesia (Denpasar, Jimbaran, Kuta & Ulu Watu).
  • 14- 28 November – Bali, Indonesia (Ubud, Goa Gajah, Gunung Kawi, Kintamini, Wedang Sari Kopi Luwak Coffee Plantation, Botanical Garden, learned how to make canang sari offerings with a local resident).
  • 28 November – 6 December –  Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Georgetown/Penang, Butterfly & Tropical Fruit Farms).
  • 6 – 11 December – Thailand (Bangkok: Thai Cooking Workshop & Thai Massage).
  • 12 – 17 December – Cambodia (Siem Reap: Angkor Temples, Landmine Museum, Artisans d’Angkor Silk Farm, assisted a small local restaurant with English re-writing).
  • 18 – 23 December – Cambodia (Phnom Penh: Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Choeung Ek Killing Field Memorial Site).
  • 23 – 28 December – Cambodia (Takeo Province: learned rice threshing, Cambodian cooking workshop, participated in the teaching of English classes at the university and high school levels, assisted with grass-roots community English conversational groups for high school students).

    Shawn, me and Mango, our sabbatical mascot, on a beach in Bali.
  • 28 December – 2 January – Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh: War Remnants Museum, Cu Chi Tunnels, Mekong Delta (My Tho & Ben Tre).
  • 2 – 3 January – Vietnam (Mui Ne Beach / Sand Dunes).
  • 3 -5 January – Vietnam (Dalat: Flower Festival).
  • 5 – 12 January – Vietnam (Nha Trang: Cham Tower).
  • 13 – 16 January – Vietnam (Hoi An: Thu Bon River Delta boat ride through fishing village, Vietnamese Cooking Workshop).
  • 16 – 19 January – Vietnam (Hué: Citadel, Imperial City, Thien Mu Pagoda, Tu Duc Tomb).
  • 20 – 21 January – Vietnam (Vinh)
  • 21 January – Laos (Crossed into Laos via remote Nam Can / Nong Haet border crossing).
  • 21 – 28 January – Laos (Phonsavan: Plain of Jars Sites 1 & 3, Ban Napia Spoon-Making Village (using American bombs), Crater Village, Na Kam Peng ‘Bomb Village,’ Weaving Village, assisted with private English conversational classes for youth, ages 10-19, Mulberries Silk, Fruit & Tea Farm; Observed a Japanese team testing a state-of-the-art UXO clearing machine, which is expected to be deployed in the coming months to destroy UXO; Wat Phia Wat, Muang Khoun Old Capitol).
  • 28 – January – 7 February – Laos (Luang Prabang: Elephant trekking at the Elephant Village, Wat Xieng Thong Temple).
  • 7 – 12 February – Laos (Vientiane: COPE, Xieng Khuan – Buddha Park).
  • 13 – 14 February – Thailand (Bangkok: In Transit).
  • 14 – 17 February – The Philippines (Manila: Intramuros, Fort Santiago, Rizal Park).
  • 18 – 20 February – The Philippines (Banaue / Batad: Rice Terrace Trekking).
  • 21 – 23 February – The Philippines (Manila / Bohol / Tagbilaran: In Transit).
  • 23 – 26 February – The Philippines (Panglao: snorkeling in Balicasag Sanctuary).
  • 27 – 28 February – The Philippines (Manila: American WWII Memorial Cemetery)
  • 28 February – 1 March – Thailand (Bangkok: In Transit).

    Preparing to trek through the Batad Rice Terraces in the Philippines.
  • 2 – 5 March – India (Mumbai/Bombay: Dharavi Slum Tour)
  • 6-9 March – India (Panjim, Goa: participated in Holi Celebrations, Old Goa)
  • 9-10 March – India (Benaulim Beach)
  • 11-12 March – India (Ernakalum, Kerala: In Transit).
  • 12-15 March – India (Fort Kochi, Kerala: South Indian Cooking Class, Backwater Tour).
  • 16-28 March – India (Munnar, Kerala: Tea Estate Trekking, Tata Tea Museum Visit).
  • 28-31 March – India (Mumbai/Bombay: Elephanta Island Visit).
  • 1 April– Depart India

Our Asian Sabbatical Route: November 2011 – April 2012