There is Only One Planet…

…which is enough if you do it right!!

How much of our amazing planet have you seen? How much are you planning to experience before we screw it up monumentally, or you’re physically no longer able to get out there and enjoy it?

Even for me, where the Travel Force is strong, 2015 was a busier year than most. Although mostly this was for work, which despite the “glamour” of staying in nice hotels at desired locations, is pretty much the worst type of travel. Yeah, being away from your family, unable to do anything with consistency, sucks. But still better to make an effort to see the world than to commute the same congested road every day.

Also, where I can I’ll try to grab a couple of days extra before or after the business week and rent a motorcycle, or explore a town.

2015 by the Numbers:

Last year I travelled 210 259 kms, which puts my average speed over the year at a whopping 24 km/h!

I was away from home for 108 days or 34% of the year. If we look at the working year, this shoots up to almost 50%.

This took me to 19 cities & towns in 8 countries on 4 continents (including Australia).

The most memorable trip (not to mention most memorable car purchase) has to be buying my Jeep in Perth, then driving it across Australia (4650 kms) in just 3 days over the ANZAC Holiday week-end in April.

Madness? Perhaps, but then how often in life do you get to road trip across a continent with your mates? (Answer: Very seldom indeed)

Apart from driving a Jeep insane distances in 3 days, top experiences include:

My first visit to the Grand Canyon – a friend and I took an open top Mustang whilst we were in the US for the HP TechCon conference.

Riding through the hills around San Francisco and Silicon Valley. I’ll never tire of those roads and views.

South Africa was fantastic and as expected, many fabulous experiences ensued:

Aliwal ShoalReconnecting with the universe boating to and diving Aliwal Shoal.

Meeting the kids at Dayspring Children’s Village. This is where Amanzi volunteered a couple of years ago. We were inspired and humbled. Joy has nothing to do with possession, and everything with contribution.

UntitledZebula Private Game Reserve in South Africa. My third time, and always a treat. So many experiences here – Game drives, interacting with African elephants, quad bike safaries, clay target shooting, and just chilling in the pool with wild animals saying “hi.”

UntitledSodwana Bay, where I learnt to dive in 1991, qualified countless divers as an instructor (although not as many as on Aliwal), and got another 7 dives in over the 3 days we were there. There aren’t many places you can launch a dive boat through the surf zone, snorkel with dolphins, dive with both pelagic and reef creatures, in warm (24C), clear (20m viz) water just 2 miles from shore.

#WhereAmI Heading into the OfficeManila or, more accurately, Makati. Another first, kicked off the year. Is this the most western of Asian cities? Definitely the worst airport.

So, travel.

Never has it been more affordable. No, you don’t have to fly business, or stay in hotels. AirBnb, CouchSurf.org or just friends, family, and camping will do.

You can fly, train, drive, motorcycle, sail, cycle, hell, even walk.

You can travel to far flung places, or just see more of the country you live in. But I’ll tell you this…

…your happiness is indirectly proportional to the size of your comfort zone. So get out of yours 🙂

and travel

 

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