Our Upcoming Travels & THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD

As we’re mapping out our travels for the next six months or so, we thought it would be a great idea to share our upcoming travels with you for two reasons: (1) to let you know what types of posts to look for in the upcoming months, and (2) to solicit your advice on these destinations. We are also proud to announce that we have been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award by Claire from Claire’s Itchy Feet! Claire is a dancer and choreographer who loves to travel. She has been working hard in the studio the last couple of months while preparing to permanently move away from her home country and find her new home. Make sure you follow along on her blog and Instagram as she prepares for her next big adventure!

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Our Upcoming Travels

November 2016: Copenhagen, Faroe Islands

For our second annual family Thanksgiving trip, we will be traveling to the Faroe Islands via Copenhagen. I have traveled to Copenhagen by myself before, but it will be my family’s first time there. None of us have ever visited the Faroe Islands. We would love to read about any tips from you on how best to spend a few days in the Faroe Islands.

December 2016: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

For our (9th? 10th?) annual warm weather family Christmas vacation, we will be traveling to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. We have traveled as a family to a number of Caribbean destinations, including the Bahamas, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos, Belize, Honduras, and Panama. However, it will be our first time in St. Thomas or any of the U.S. Virgin Islands. We will be staying on a house boat in Red Hook – our first time staying on a boat – and we are extremely excited about that experience as well. We would love to read about any tips you may have on how best to spend a few days in St. Thomas, including traveling to St. John, Tortola, Beef Island, or Jost Van Dyke.

March 2016 Part 1: Iceland, UK, Ireland, Paris

I (Diana) will be traveling for about 1.5 weeks to Iceland, the UK, Ireland, and Paris in early March. I have been to Iceland (read about our Iceland trip here) and Paris before, but never to Ireland. The only city I’ve been to in the UK is London. Our tentative plan is to rent a car in Dublin and spend a couple of days driving in a loop around to the Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, etc, then heading over to the UK. We would like to spend one day in London but would like suggestion on other awesome places to visit in the UK. If you have any recommendations for Ireland or the UK (outside of London), please let us know!

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A group of Icelandic horses

March 2016 Part 2/April 2016: Southeast Asia (Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia)

This will be my (Diana’s) first time in Southeast Asia, and I cannot wait! I will be there for about one month and plan to spend my birthday (March 21) in Chiang Mai at an elephant sanctuary. I have been obsessed with elephants since I was a child, and volunteering in an elephant sanctuary is basically a dream come true for me. Please let me know any must-sees and hidden gems in these countries, as well as general travel tips for Southeast Asia. My travels have mainly brought me around Europe and North America, so if there is anything particular to Southeast Asia that I should know about, please share that as well.

If you have any tips for our upcoming travels, please leave a comment below or email any links to [email protected] Also be on the lookout for posts to our upcoming travels in the next few months. We look forward to reading your travel tips!

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The Versatile Blogger Award

Again, a big thank you to Claire for nominating us for the Versatile Blogger Award. To accept our award, we are required to share seven things about ourselves and spread the love by nominating other bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.

7 Things About Diana:
  1. I was born in southeast China and took my first international plane ride at the age of four to the U.S. We lived in a small town in Mississippi, which is not typically the first place foreigners think to move to when deciding to move to the U.S.
  2. From grades Pre-K to 12, I attended seven different schools. The longest I lived in one place before moving was four years (from grades 9-12). I was always the “new kid” in class, and I absolutely loved it.
  3. My first time traveling to Europe was in April 2014. Since then, I have traveled to 18 European countries on six different trips, including three solo trips.
  4. My goal was to travel to 25 countries by age 25, but I went a bit overboard and reached 30 countries by age 25.
  5. Other than travel, my biggest hobby and passion is music.
  6. I am currently a full time attorney in Chicago, which most people would not guess given how much I travel. While I hope to eventually transition into work that allows me to be a digital nomad, I love to encourage those with full time desk jobs that it is possible to travel (a lot) while working a full time job.
  7. My spirit animal is the elephant.

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7 Things About Hope:
  1. I was born in Pennsylvania and spent the earlier part of my childhood in Michigan. However, I identify most closely with Toronto, where I lived for the last five years before university.
  2. Last summer, I participated in a homestay in Ulm, Germany. The family I stayed with is now my second family.
  3. After my homestay, I traveled to five countries in five days. Most would say that is crazy, but it was truly a thrilling experience and I would do it again any day.
  4. I am hoping to pursue International Business in university so I can use my passion for travel and learning about new cultures to make a positive impact on the world.
  5. I love music and have been in multiple bands since middle school. I play acoustic guitar, bass guitar, and percussion.
  6. I’m eight years younger than my sister but five inches taller than her. I’m also the tallest member of my family.
  7. My spirit animal is also the elephant.
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And the nominees for the Versatile Blogger Award are…
  1. Kathy from Walkabout Wanderer
  2. Danielle from GeekGirlGoes
  3. Charlie and Graham from Undiscovered Guide
  4. Angela from She Went Wear
  5. Suruchi from All Gud Things
  6. Jen from Jen There Done That
  7. Claire and Rosemary from Authentic Food Quest
  8. Sarah from Sarah C C Bence
  9. Sarah from blondemoments
  10. Anjanakshi from Dusty Shoes And Beautiful Views
  11. Rirhandzu from Rando Abroad
  12. Lyssie from She Went to Spain
  13. Kaylene at Cheers to Traveling
  14. Katherine and Anisa from Two Traveling Texans
  15. Janaline from Janaline’s World Journey 

Make sure you check out these awesome blogs, and don’t forget to send us your tips for our upcoming travels!

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Author: Diana Chen

Recently left my job as an attorney to pursue the work-from-anywhere/travel-everywhere life. I blog about traveling the world with a full time job, confronting your travel addiction, and pursuing your passions without going broke. Traveled to 21 countries on 4 continents since March 2017 and 48 countries total. Next big adventure is hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro in February 2018.

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37 thoughts on “Our Upcoming Travels & THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD

  1. Thanks again for the nom!! If you are up for driving in the UK you’ll probably have to get a stick shift car (so expensive otherwise!!) but I’d recommend driving from London to the southwest (explore Cornwall/Devon…I’m partial bc I’m an expat here – it really is the most gorgeous part of England!!). From Plymouth you can take an overnight car ferry to France!

    1. Those are great tips – thank you! Do you know if the same about stick shift applies to Ireland? We were planning on renting a car in Dublin, but neither of us would really be comfortable driving stick (I’ve only done it on country roads, where there’s not really anything you can run into anyway!). What are some things to do in Cornwall/Devon? Would it be mostly hikes? Thanks for the tip about the overnight car ferry – I hadn’t even though of that!

      1. Yeah I’m pretty sure you’d need a stick there as well. They do have automatics but it’s more pricy! There are some good towns/cities like Exeter, Plymouth, New Quay, St Ives (my favorite!) but yeah it’s mostly things like hiking (the southwest coastal path!), boating, and exploring cathedrals etc. There are some good touring companies in Cornwall that can drive you around to see the Neolithic sites!

        1. This is all so helpful to know! I’ll try to brush up on my stick shift driving skills before March then to save some money while traveling abroad. Thanks again for all the tips!

  2. Great to hear about your future travels, sounds exciting. I have visited most of the countries you are going to and love them. The Faroe Islands are a place I would love to go to. Have a great time and look forward to hearing about your trip 🙂

  3. That’s a pretty solid travel schedule Diana. How do you manage to travel so much and work as an attorney? I’m curious to know how you’re sure that your spirit animal is the elephant. Which elephant sanctuary are you visiting in Chiangmai? As you probably already know, not all elephant camps are equal. I’ve done the Mahout training at Anantara/Four Seasons in Chiang Rai. It was amazing.

    1. Glad to hear you liked the Mahout training at Anantara! I have some friends who have visited the Elephant Nature Park and they’ve come back with good reviews (i.e. proper treatment of elephants, no riding them, etc.), so I was planning on going to that one. But open to suggestions as this is still 6 months away and I haven’t made any concrete plans yet. I’ll check out Mahout. As for traveling and being an attorney, we have annual billables we have to meet, so as long as we meet our annual hours (and we are only reviewed twice a year, in July and December), we are free to take as much vacation as possible. What that means in reality is that while I am here at work, I work very long hours, so I cram my hours into a smaller time frame, and use the extra time to travel. It’s a tradeoff, but it’s worth it. 🙂

  4. Your upcoming travel schedule is so awesome and I can’t wait to hear about your adventures! Iceland, Ireland and Paris are on my list for next year so hopefully you’ll have some great tips for me after your trips. Congratulations on your award!

  5. I love hearing about your upcoming travel plans. It looks like a wonderful trip around Europe and SE Asia + beyond! I have such a soft spot for SE Asia, so many fantastic places to visit. When in Malaysia, I highly recommend visiting Georgetown in Penang – it is my favourite! And be sure to stay in a boutique heritage hotel, and a must is the Blue Mansion. Also be sure to check east Malaysia as well, so many hidden gems. Thailand is another really lovely country – I love Bangkok, a fun city which so much good food. Plus the temples there are incredible! We are in Phuket at the moment and am loving it here. The beaches are beautiful and there are many options to do island hoping. Heaps to do!

    1. Thank you for the wonderful tips! I just found some cheap flights from KL to Penang, so I think I will be checking that out! Will definitely check out Bangkok as well since I have some friends there. I will let you know if I get a chance to check out east Malaysia as well!

  6. Great job girls! Congratulations on receiving the award! You’ve accomplished a lot in your travels and there’s so many more in the pipeline. Wow! Continue living the dream! 🙂

  7. Nice route you have chosen. I traveled in a few destination of March (I assume is 2017?).
    In UK Edinburgh is my favorite city, Scotland is amazing entirely, especially of you love adventure as you do, Cairngorms park is awesome.
    In Malaysia check Kuala Terengganu, Perhentian islands and Redang (better than Penang and Langkawi) and amazing for snorkeling . I also loved KL and Melaka, Penang. There are some amazing Natural Parks in Borneo part of Malaysia. Paris: is Paris, lovely and also Loire Vally to be seen with the castles and maybe Versailles.
    And congratulation for the Versatile blogger award!

    1. Thank you for all your wonderful suggestions! We would love to visit Edinburgh and Scotland – will just have to see how that fits in with our tight schedule. I think I will be starting my SEA trip in KL, so I hope to check out some of the other places you mentioned in Malaysia as well. Thank you again!!

  8. Congratulations on the big award!! Your upcoming travel plans are so so great and makes me want to book my future flights too..I get excited when I see people going to SE Asia as I just got back from my solo backpacking trip to Myanmar…Good luck with your travels and keep it up girls!

    1. That sounds awesome! Not sure we will make it to Myanmar this time, as we only have about a month to cover SEA, but maybe a quick stop will still be feasible. What was your favorite place in Myanmar?

  9. Wow sounds like a great few months travelling and congrats on the nomination! If you’re coming to Ireland in March I presumer you’re fitting in St. Patrick’s Day? If you’re into music they sometimes have a concert on the quays in Dublin that’s worth checking out. If you’re going to the parade get there early and be prepared for the rain! The Cliffs of Moher are amazing and if you find yourself near Waterford (beautiful coast and great arts scene) be sure to let me know!

    1. Actually we will be in Ireland in early March, and I’ve got plans to be in SEA starting mid-March, so we will miss the St Patrick’s Day festivities in Ireland. My friend was in Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day last year and said it was a blast. Had to look on the map for Waterford, but it looks like we might be passing through there! We’re planning to rent a car and drive a loop from Dublin across the southern end to Killarney, up to Cliffs of Moher, and back to Dublin. I’ll keep you posted!

  10. I love your about information! Always fun to hear about bloggers and their passions. I’m the shortest in my family and have always wondered about being the tallest….anyway. LOL!! You have some fantastic trips coming up and I look forward to reading about them.

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