The 2014 Trips I Didn’t Blog

I was much better at travel than blogging in 2014. Some trips have fallen by the wayside, so in the spirit of kindred-spirit UPGRD Matthew for the second year running has put up a year in review list to shame himself into catching up on the blog, I am doing the same.

This list excludes domestic business and family trips.

January: domestic business trips and a business trip to Shanghai

  • Shanghai, my love
  • Day trip to Jeju Island, South Korea
  • Side trip to Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) and East Timor

February: a few trips fell through, my wife did not think Valentine’s in cold Brussels was such a hot idea

March – April: 3-week vacation to India and Middle East

May: Northern Caribbean Island Hopping

Memorial Day week: Spousal Harmony Trip to Austria & Switzerland

  • Vienna, Austria
  • Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Montreux, Switzerland
  • Luzern, Switzerland
  • St Gallen, Switzerland
  • Liechtenstein

July – August: Summer Spousal Harmony Series

August – September: 2 business trips to India + 1 to Brazil

October: Southern Caribbean Island Hopping

October: Caribbean Bonus Weekend

  • US Virgin Islands
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Puerto Rico

November: Europe business trip and back weekend side trips

  • Madrid, Spain
  • Gibraltar
  • Palma de Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
  • Andorra
  • Zurich, Switzerland
  • Serbia
  • Hungary
  • Slovenia
  • Bosnia & Hercigovina
  • Croatia
  • Montenegro
  • Albania
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Crewe, Conventry & London, England
  • Guersey, Channel Islands
  • Jersey, Channel Islands
  • Hamburg, Germany

November: Christmas Islands crab migration – crabs didn’t migrate until December, trip canceled

  • Sydney
  • Perth
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos Island

Thanksgiving: Another Spousal Harmony Trip urgently needed

  • Phuket, Thailand
  • Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Seoul, South Korea layover

December: East Africa courtesy of Widerøe

  • Uganda
  • Burundi
  • Virunga National Park, DR Congo
  • Rwanda
  • Zanzibar, Tanzania

Christmas: Spousal Harmony eating through LA’s Koreatown and Chinatown

  • Los Angeles, California

Happy 2015!

Stefan at Nyiragongo Volcano

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  • I know how you feel about Trip Reports as I am in that same situation. I’m still blogging about a trip I took back in May of 2014 which is a shame. I made a pact to write my reports in chronological order and who knows when I will catch up! I’m like 7 months behind now. Happy New Year!

  • Gene

    not bad.
    any recommends for flying inside indonesia please?

  • Joey

    What is “nearby country”? I hope you didn’t forget the name! 😉

  • John

    Pretty impressive travel calendar.

    No kids, huh?

  • Lively

    I went to Jeju Island in 2013 and loved it! Lots to see there.

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @Jamison – I decided I will do a 2013 list, too, and that will stretch to 2012. Sigh, good problem to have!

    @Gene – avoid Lion Air for starters, they cancel flights whenever and wheverer, my last trip they canceled my flights several days in advance without explanation, at least I had time to find something else. I flew Sriwijaya to East Timor and those flights went well. Garuda and their subsidiary CityLink are probably best, though often expensive. Travel Is Free has a great post on using Korean Air SkyPass for them, the Indonesia Island Hopper. For actually buying tickets on these local carriers, their own websites are crap and many international sites do not list them, so go with local tiket.com. Recent incident notwithstanding, I still recommend Air Asia as the best option for Indonesia though they don’t go everywhere and sometimes you need to route through Kuala Lumpur. It is advisable to book in some buffer into your trips, as the weather in Indonesia can be violent and unpredictable, and many airports are small with difficult approaches.

    @Joey – household diplomatic immunity.

    @John – never in the same place at the same time.

    @Lively – I loved the winter hike up the pristine snow-topped mountain, even if shared with hundreds of Chinese tourists. They decimated duty free on departure.

  • Stacy

    Wow! I probably won’t take that many trips in my lifetime! I’m going to share with my husband that there is something called a spousal harmony trip. He’s about 20 years behind 🙂 safe traveling, look forward to your trip reports 🙂

  • Shannon

    You play spousal harmony card a little too much, IMO, funny in the beginning but turned out a little bit unfair to Mrs. rtc …or you were becoming a traditional Shanghai man(husband)?

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @Shannon – she determines the trips, she doesn’t think it is played too much, so yes, I am becoming a Shanghai husband. 🙂

  • I’m quite envious of your travels. So much packed into the year! I would say trip reports can wait if you are enjoying yourself while traveling. That’s the most important part anyway.

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @Jeffsetter – I am looking forward to your incredibly cool year ahead!

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @Stacy – “spousal harmony trip” the spouse picks everything and the other smiles and implements. This is our solution for a marriage with one travel nut and one not so much.

  • john

    I know I am in the minority, but I would like to hear about the virgins and Puerto Rico. It is nice to hear your totally different perspective on the Caribbean islands because it is difficult to get much more than beach out of other outlets. How did these islands compare to the other ones? How easy/expensive was it to get around the various islands? Did you visit the spanish virgins?