Sunday, January 07, 2007

World Travel

Our Manitoulin! has a really neat post up right now. He mentioned this site where you can keep track of all the countries you have visited. There's also an Html code for all the states you've visited in the US too. It's pretty neat and a cool way to "see" how much of the globe you've covered :) Thanks for sharing, M!

I was really excited that I'd done a lot of traveling in my teens and early-twenties, but now that I look at the map, it makes me see that I really haven't covered much of the world! It also makes me a tiny bit envious of friends who are still out there, traveling and backpacking around the world. My parents have also been world travelers and I'm sure they'd have a lot of this map
marked. Here's where I've been:

create your own visited countries map
I was talking to someone the other day who said, "All I need is right here. Why would I ever want to set foot off Canada and see other parts of the world?" I was a little taken aback. I mean, I thirst for this stuff...I LOVE traveling. Sure, I'm married now and we're tied to the land, but I think there is so much to be learned by visiting other countries and learning about other cultures. It's such a beautiful, beautiful experience. I think I learned more about life and people by traveling to places like Japan, the Philippines, Bali, Singapore, etc than sitting in a lecture hall for 3hr lessons! Don't get me wrong... I loved studying and being in university, but I think a person benefits greatly from travel too. Being amongst lush, tropical flora and fauna, hearing different languages, meeting other travelers, eating local food, and exploring new terrain can be both exciting and relaxing at the same time. It's exciting because everyting is new. It feels like you're on a great adventure. It can also be relaxing just to get away from your everyday lifestyle and take a mental break. I also love being able to visit old ruins, temples, and even old, culturally and historically rich cities where you can truly appreciate the architecture of the buildings and monuments. Do you think travel is important? Why?
Here's where I've been in the US...

create your own visited states map

Which countries have you traveled to?


japanmanpete said...

I've been to Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Bali, Singapore, Britain (where I am from), Ireland, France, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Maybe Yuka and I will visit Canada one day. Do you live near Toronto or Vancouver? We'd like to go to both those places as we've been told a lot about them. Ottawa as well.

Did you manage to find those Max Payne cheats for PS2 that you were looking for?

ahappilymarriedmommy said...

Thanks Christine. That is so neat. I tracked all the places I've been to and it's interesting to see it on a map! I thought I had seen a lot of of the world too until I saw it on the map and it made it seem like I didn't really see much of it! HA!

What's a Max Payne cheat?

Chrissy121875 said...

Hubby noted on my map that I had driven to Florida from Montreal with my family several times, but Georgia wasn't shaded in as a place I'd been to. I didn't shade it in because I'd never actually visited Georgia...only drove through it on my way to Florida. If I checked off all the places in the world I'd ever just passed through I suppose my map would look a little more impressive! :)

Chrissy121875 said...

Pete, yes...I did find those cheats online. I know...very sad! LOL! It's an addictive game though!

AHMM, Max Payne is a game that you can play on PS2 or on your PC. It's an action game and it's not for children. It's sort of a mafia/mobster theme with quite a bit of violence. It reminds me of those "Choose your own adventure" books I used to read as a kid...only for adults. Anyway, a cheat is basically what it sounds like :) Tips and hints on how to play the game and get passed certain difficult spots. You can also get more ammo and be invinsible (though I didn't get the cheat for that because what's the point of playing the game if you always win?). I know...I am such a geek! LOL I am a secret video game addict! The good thing is that I go through spurts. I'll play a game for a while and then get sick of games and not play any for months and months (because we're too busy or other more important things come up).

curiositykiller said...

Wow! Thanks Chrissy. I like this map link!

I think it's a good thing to appreciate where you're from, but there's nothing like another place, another language, and another culture to put everything in perspective. I really really value traveling as part of my upbringing now. I wasn't too happy before because it's tough to be uprooted all the time, but it's another set of enriching experiences in making friends, learn about different problems and values, and of course, taste their cuisine.

Places: U.S.A., U.K., Canada, Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore, Malaysia, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Prague,,,, and waiting for more!!!

Chrissy121875 said...

Glad you enjoyed the link, Curiosity! I checked out your "world". Very cool! So neat to see you mapped out the places you've been to as well! :) Impressive! You've covered quite a bit of turf, eh?

t said...

That's a neat map Chris. We've been all over Europe and North America. I went on a tour where I got to go to Italy, France, England, Ireland, Scotland. It was one of those one city per day things and it was a bit over a week long. Too short to see all those great places. Next time I won't go on a tour like that.

Anonymous said...

This is very cool! I'd like to go to the Virgin Islands or the Canary Islands.

Dina said...

very neat!!
I've been to the US (quite a few states) Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver...Mexico, South Korea, Japan, Bali, Thailand, China, Malaysia, London, Paris, Zurich, Dominican Republic, Venezuela...i think that's it...

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