Sunday, February 12, 2012

Countries I Have Visited So Far...

Travel is my primary goal in retirement.  I hope to be able to take at least one good trip every year for the rest of my life.  One of the many reasons that I live in Mexico is because I can live inexpensively and save more money for travel.  This is where I've been so far...

  • Mexico - 1959, 1963, 1991, 2004 - I grew up near Los Angeles and Mexico was close so my family came here often and then I moved here in 2004
  • Canada - 1978 & 1985 - Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Yukon, Alberta
  • French Polynesia - twice in 1986 - Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora
  • US Virgin Islands - St. Thomas and St. John - 1987
  • Belize - 1987 & 2009
  • Caribbean - St. Martin, Antigua, St. Kitts, St. Barts - 1988
  • Aruba - 1989
  • Soviet Far East - 1991 - Magadon & Khabarovsk
  • Provence, France - 1999 -a tour with my mother - my only vacation while saving for retirement 
  • Japan - 2002 - I lived there for six months
  • Thailand - 2002 - Ten days in Chiang Mai
  • Guatemala - 2007, 2009, & 2011 - my boyfreind & I considered living here
  • Portugal - 2007 - checking out the Moorish architecture
  • Spain - 2007 - more Moors
  • Panama - 2010 - A good place to live?  I think not.
  • Ecuador - 2010 - Another possibility?  I don't like being cold all the time.
  • Italy - 2011 - a wonderful 'girlfriend trip' for a month
  • Croatia - 2011 - part 2 of the 'girlfriend trip'
This doesn't count the regular trips that I take back to the states to visit family & friends in California, Oregon, Idaho, and Florida, nor the trips I take all around Mexico.

My next big trip will be to France.  I am currently studying French and hope to spend 4-6 months there once I feel that I have enough of the language that I can get by without English.  Maybe 2014????

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