Around the World in 2011

This past year was, thanks to an unusual set of circumstances, a great year for me when it came to satisfying my wanderlust. 

February – France and Brussels and Luxembourg

Quack Quack

April – Philadelphia (work) + New York City (not work)

May – South Africa (work in Bothaville, a bit in Johannesburg, then 5 days on safari in Kruger National Park)


May – Amsterdam (on the way home from South Africa)

(with a ride on the A380 JNB-FRA!)



June – San Diego (to visit an old friend who i haven’t seen in ages)

July – Los Angeles (to see the Banksy exhibit with @lax2nrt)


August – Siem Reap* (with a stop in Seoul)

September – Portland (mostly to bungee jump*)

September – Anaheim (for a work convention)

October – Dallas/Plano


October – Philadelphia (for work) + New York (not work)

November – Chicago


November – Japan*


December – Philadelphia (for work) + Washington, D.C. (not work)

December – Los Angeles (for Christmas)

so yeah, this has been an unusually full year for me for travel, not that i’m complaining (and i’m incredibly grateful). it’ll likely never happen again, but yeah. good times for sure. oh, items marked with a * were on my bucket list.


1CPY Ambassador


Meet Jonathan Khoo!

He’s a 001 Country Per Year challenge taker and photographer currently living in Fremont, California. Today he’s posting his favorite photos from traveling to 34 countries!

2011 DESTINATIONS: South Africa, Cambodia, Japan

TRAVEL TIPS: My smartphone was indispensable on my trip to Japan. Being a solo traveler who doesn’t speak Japanese, Google Maps (for walking and transit directions, since streets and addresses are not clear), a Tokyo Subway app, Hyperdia (which gives you train schedules), and a Japanese dictionary were lifesavers. These apps are free, although some of them require a data plan. Don’t leave South Africa without trying biltong and melktert! And in Cambodia, pass on that happy pizza or happy shake. Trust me.

TRAVEL GOALSFor a long time I was primarily Eurocentric and have only recently (in the past two years) begun exploring Asia. Top on my list is either Tibet or Bhutan or Nepal, or maybe all three!

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