Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Decade of Travel

My passport expires this year. So I am in the process of getting a new one for some summer travel, because although it expires in November, never ever forget that most countries require at least 6 months validity to enter. We learned this lesson the very hard way if you recall--cancelling our trip to Bali the day of. Be ye not so stupid!

Anyway, I've been looking through it, and it's crazy how this little book brings me so much happiness. I love that the cover is kind of wonky because it got wet when I was kayaking down the Li River in China. 

I never changed my name on my passport because I really wanted to try to fill this one up. I love that it got so full of stamps and visas I had to order extra pages...which unfortunately didn't get any stamps since we moved back to the States sooner than expected. But still, that means I almost filled up my entire passport which makes me so happy! I am such a big dork because looking back on my passport stamps is something that brings me joy haha. 

This little book is full of nine and a half years of awesome adventures and memories. It also represents dreams and goals fulfilled, because as I left for college, my dream was to be able to travel more. Fifteen countries and counting. Wait, sixteen. I forget about Canada because they didn't give me a stamp which made me so mad--it counts!
First adventure with this passport: China. and Thailand after that. 
Mission, and being able to visit it again a few times. 
Oh yeah, and that time we went to Ukraine. 
And some amazing travels in Asia with my little family. 
It's been a pretty great decade!


  1. This is great to know about the passport, I had no idea! Now I'm checking my passport just to make sure it doesn't expire anytime soon. Your pictures are gorgeous!

    Visiting from Wanderlust Wednesday :)

  2. Mine expires next year. Maybe I will fill the next one up as much as you did this one! Maybe some stamps can be together!

  3. What an exciting decade! Coincidentally, my elder boy just renewed his passport last week. In Singapore, we need to renew it every 5 years and he just turned 5. I think I should go and take at the chops on my elder boy's old passport and document it down. #WednesdayWanderlust

  4. I wish I could say I half filled mine up, but not so. You've been a lot of very cool places!

  5. I would love to read more detailed posts of your favorite places. What stories are behind all your great photos! I love reading about the adventures of fellow travelers!

  6. You're my travel inspiration. It looks so amazing how far you have traveled and how much you have changed in that decade! Also happy to know I get to be one of those travel buddy memories for one stamp. :)

  7. What a fun recap! I would love to look back at my passport and think about all the fun trips.

  8. Wow that's amazing! You are so lucky you get to travel so much and to so many incredible places! I am so glad we postponed our Bali trip for September because we were planning to go in May so we would have had to cancel our trip as well because David and Sophia would have had their passports one month too late!