Travel-Stained Monthly Recap: August 2015
I have a confession. I’m always behind on this blog. The truth is that I’m an incredibly slow writer, and it takes me a really long time to put together a single post. As a consequence, often, the things I write about are not very timely. They’ve happened months or even years ago.
And it’s a real shame. Because there are so many things I’d like to share with you, that simply just get missed. Because, you know. I’m always behind.
Sooo, I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to write monthly recap posts. I’ve been wanting to do them for quite awhile now, but somehow, each month seems to get away from me without a single word being written. At this moment, I’m even having trouble comprehending that it’s already September, and that 2015 is just a few months from being over. Time really seems to be accelerating! Does it feel that way for you too?
In any case, here’s the first of what I hope will be a continuing series of monthly recaps (Fingers crossed).
August is usually when we take off for a few weeks, and this year was no exception. We started off the month fulfilling one of our biggest travel wishes, by visiting the Maldives for our babymoon. Originally, we’d planned to travel to and stay on a few different islands, but the thought of long speedboat or ferry rides, while 6 months pregnant, ultimately deterred us, and we ended up parking ourselves on the local island of Maafushi, for 12 intoxicating days.
I didn’t think it was possible to get tired of the beach, especially when it’s as stunning as the one we were on, but by the end, I was definitely suffering from a bit of beach fatigue, and ready to move onto a destination with a little more action.
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Suffering from a bit of #beach fatigue today, if that's possible 😳 but can't deny the beauty of #sun, #sand and #surf. ☀😎 #travel #Maldives #Maafushi #island #traveltheworld #travelblog #travelgram #wanderlust #instamood #instagood #igdaily #asia #beaches #escape #globetrotter #holiday #vacation #tourist
We got that and more at our next stops in Bangkok, Thailand and Melaka, Malaysia. After one week of visiting friends, getting massages, and basically just eating our way through both cities, this pregnant girl, was fully cooked and ready to head for home.
It wasn’t our last trip of the month however, because we couldn’t resist the beach 1 last time. Last weekend, we headed out to Korea’s East Coast to explore Naksan and Anmok beaches and bid the summer adieu.
Though we were only in Seoul for a few weeks of the month, it seems like a lot of big stuff happened.
After years of relying on public transit, taxis and Agri’s scooter to get us around (I’d even let my drivers license expire!), we finally caved and bought a car. With a baby on the way, it seemed like the right time to make the investment. It arrived a few days after we returned from our babymoon, and since then we’ve been busy trying to decipher our owner’s manual (which is all in Korean) and navigating Seoul’s streets.
If you’ve been reading for awhile, you probably already know that we like to eat, and that food is a big, big part of our travels. Well, this month, when our friend Louis met and made friends with the restaurant’s pastry chef, we unexpectedly had the opportunity to eat a meal at Pierre Gagnaire à Séoul. The best part? We got a serious discount, met the 3 Michelin starred Chef himself, and scored extra desserts. Five of them to be exact! Talk about food coma.
AUGUST ON THE BLOG
We hit a major milestone on the blog this month, by reaching 1,000 followers! I’m still slightly amazed when anyone likes our blog enough to click “FOLLOW,” so seeing those numbers cross from 3 to 4 digits one day was a truly lovely surprise.
We truly appreciate all of you that take time out of your day, to read, comment and connect with us. For us, it’s really one of the most rewarding aspects of this whole blogging thing. So, thank you! 😀
I still haven’t mastered the skill of blogging properly while on the road, so this month was a little light in the blog posting department. We still managed to get a few up about our time in Kuala Lumpur and the Maldives, as well as 1 about the Take 6 Trips in Korea Challenge, we started at the beginning of the year. There was even a post written by my better half – definitely a rare occurrence! 🙂
Frogs and More: Kuala Lumpur’s Famous Food Street, Jalan Alor
One Lump or Two: High Tea at Kuala Lumpur’s Majestic Hotel
A Magical Maldives Sunset: A Good Day (and Night)
#Take6Trips in Korea Challenge: Jeongdongjin Beach
MOST POPULAR POST
Despite spring being many, many months away, our 2015 blog about Where to See the Cherry Blossoms in Korea, was the most viewed post by far. Pretty surprising, but I guess people are already planning their springtime vacations to see these magical pink blooms.
When we’re on the road, we do a whole lot more posting on Instagram than usual, and August was no exception. I have kind of a love-hate relationship with IG, but in the Maldives, taking pictures to upload was a real pleasure. Here’s a few of my favourites:
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Powdery white sand, crystal clear water, cloudless blue #skies. #Beach #perfection in the #Maldives. #travel #travelgram #travelblogger #travilin #babymoon #expat #Maafushi #island #instamood #instagood #indianocean #greatesttravels #wanderlust #worlderlust #lp #ocean #explore #vacation #bliss #relax
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A lonely boy on the loneliest of #beaches. @agr1nho #Maldives #Maafushi #travel #travelblog #travelgram #travelblogger #paradise #travilin #instamood #instabeauty #instatravel #lp #greatesttravels #globetrotter #wanderlust #worlderlust #beautiful #beaches #asia #bliss #escape #igdaily
The most popular pic of the month was from a day trip we took to one of the 5 star resort islands in the Maldives.
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An #allinclusive day trip to a #vadoo #resort island was kinda a bust. Not too much value there, with all-inclusive drinks not even including 1 tropical choice or coffee or tea. Lunch was ok and maybe the whole experience woulda been much better if we hasn't been rained out half the day and the resort had a back-up plan. They didn't. 😢😕 Waste of money imho and much better #value to be found on #local #Maldives islands like #Maafushi. Will have a blog post about #tourism in the Maldives soon. 😊 #travel #travelblog #travelblogger #travelgram #traveltheworld #igdaily #instamood #instabeauty #instatravel #instapassport #wanderlust #travilin #asia #luxurytravel #explore #globetrotter #greatesttravels #holiday
COMING UP IN SEPTEMBER
This week, I’ll officially be 30 weeks pregnant. I can’t believe that in just 10 short weeks, we’ll be welcoming our little girl into the world. It’s definitely time to stay at home, relax and start preparing for the huge change that’s about to hit us. Speaking of which, if any of you have stroller or car seat recommendations, I’m all ears. (I’m dead serious – let me know in the comments pretty please.)
And while we don’t have any travels planned for the month, we do have a lot of visitors coming to Seoul in September, so we’ll be playing tour guide and showing off the best of our city.
The absolute beauty of the Maldives is undeniable, and coming up on the blog this month, we’ll have posts about our tropical babymoon, including a “Breakdown” of costs, travel tips, and exactly how we did our trip.
Something I found incredibly interesting about the Maldives, was the transition the country seems to be going through, tourism-wise. With local islands able to host tourists since 2009, semi-budget travel is now possible, and it seemed to me, that the resort islands might be feeling the pinch. This month, I’ll have a post comparing both experiences, and you can decide for yourself.
I also hope to get down more recollections from the RTW trip we did in 2012, with continuing travelogues about our safari in the Serengeti and travel around Tanzania.
And finally this month, in the Korea department, I’ll have posts about our completely gluttonous 5 star dining experience at Pierre Gagnaire à Séoul, as well as one about what it’s like to be a “high-risk” pregnancy, in a country where you only kind of speak the language, during an infectious disease (MERS) outbreak, where your hospital is shut down and quarantined. Boy, that was fun. 😉
What did you get up to in August? Big plans for September? Is there anything you’re curious about? Ask away! We’d love to hear from you!