Travel-Stained Monthly Recap: June 2016
After spoiling ourselves with a year long trip around the world in 2012, we slowed down our travel pace big-time. Long-term travel is one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself, but it’s also incredibly exhausting. And we needed some time to recover, relax, be still, and get our wanderlust properly revved up again.
Now 4 years have passed, and we’re finally ready to tackle another longer length adventure – this time with our newest little world wanderer in tow. Back in 2012, a carry-on backpack was enough to see me through 365 days of travel and 25 countries, but that sure isn’t the case now.
Oh my, but how things have changed. We now have to worry about carting around strollers and car seats, where the heck we’ll change her, what she’ll eat, and how late we’ll get into a city. All things that never entered my consciousness pre-baby.
Traveling with an 8 month old isn’t always easy, but so far, she’s doing amazingly well. Maybe even better than her parents. 🙂
We only spent the first week of the month in Seoul and much of that week was used to madly prepare for our European summer. At this point, Korea and expat life there feels like a distant dream. However, there’s one thing that never fails to remind me of Korea.
Every time I have to walk into a public restroom in Europe, and have that feeling of dread about what I’ll find around the corner (will it have toilet paper? a toilet seat? will it be filthy? will I have to pay? etc…etc…), I’m reminded of Seoul and it’s amazing public washrooms. Always clean, always fully stocked and always a pleasure to visit.
Is this TMI? Yeah. Probably… 🙂
We had a huge travel month, first landing in Rome, then visiting Strasbourg and Lyon in France, before sneaking in a few days in Cinque Terre, and circling back to Rome, where we currently are.
We ended up in Strasbourg because a friend of ours from Seoul lives there, and when you’re traveling long-term, free places to stay are always welcomed. And though Strasbourg was never on my travel radar, it’s safe to say that I kinda fell in love with the city and the whole region of Alsace in general.
I definitely could’ve spent a significant amount of time exploring the magnificent nature and adorable mountain villages of the area, not to mention eaten more of its delicious food, but the gastronomic city of Lyon beckoned.
Lyon is a city I’ve been wanting to visit ever since I saw an Anthony Bourdain episode of No Reservations about it, so it was incredible to finally have the opportunity to visit. And to eat! And that’s pretty much all we did for 5 days. Was it worth it? Um…yeah. I’m still drooling over the escargot I had at a bouchon in Vieux-Lyon.
After Lyon, we had 3 days to play with before we had to be back in Rome, so after going over all the possibilities, we finally settled on Cinque Terre. It took a staggering 12 hours and 5 separate trains to get there from Lyon, but it was so worth it. Though super-touristy, the Cinque Terre is just as heartbreakingly beautiful as you imagine it’ll be.
As for our traveling baby? While I was definitely wilting by the end of that insane travel day, she handled the whole thing like a champ. Maybe, just maybe, she likes being on the move?
We’ve still got a lot of travel ahead of us, but I’m hoping to get some posts written up about our experiences in Italy and France before the summer is up! Stay tuned.
Are there certain things you usually pack when you travel? I sure do. My pac-safe purse, dental floss and a pair of slippers are just a few of the things that can usually be found in my suitcase, but probably the 1 thing I absolutely won’t leave home without is my toothbrush bear.
And even though this post is going on 5 years now, would you believe I still have the same, old trusty toothbrush bear. He has served me well indeed.
Is there anything you absolutely MUST have with you when you travel?
When we’re on the road, I definitely update more regularly on IG than on any other medium. I’m currently posting pics from Strasbourg, but Lyon and Cinque Terre are coming up soon.
The most popular pic from Rome, was not of the Trevi Fountain, Trastevere or the Pantheon. No, it was of the surprisingly excellent Chinese food we ate there. Go figure.
And the runner-up…something a wee bit more “Roman”:
The most popular pic from Strasbourg was from a little road trip we took to the mountains an hour’s drive from the city. This view was just one of the many reasons why I fell madly in love with Alsace.
And the delicious runner-up:
We’ll be continuing to post regularly on IG all summer long, so feel free to join us there.
COMING UP IN JULY
We’ll be continuing our travels in July by heading back to Albania – a country that is still relatively untouched by tourism (except for Italians on a beach break lol), but one that we’ve visited several times. We’ll be attending a big, fat Albanian wedding, introducing Naia to more of her European family, and maybe even taking a little side trip to destinations unknown.
You just never know… 😀
Do you have any big summer plans? What did you get up to in June?