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My Trips

by Drew on July 4, 2014 7 comments

 

Countries Visited (73)

North America: USA, Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, Haiti, Virgin Islands

Central America: Costa Rica, Nicaragua

Europe: Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Vatican City, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Iceland, Belgium, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine

Middle East: Israel, United Arab Emirates

Asia: Japan, China, Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, South Korea, *North Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia, Taiwan, India, Myanmar

Australia: Just Sydney ūüôā

Africa: Egypt

**Other Notes**
– layover in Kiev, Ukraine
– layover in Riga, Latvia
– layover in Reykjavik, Iceland
– layover in Doha, Qatar
– Stepped over the border into North Korea at the DMZ

U.S. States Visited (45)

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois,
Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota,
Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New, Mexico, New York,
North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia,
Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Places I’ve Lived

USA: Dallas, Texas – Las Vegas, Nevada – Scottsdale, Arizona – Madison Wisconsin

Europe: Prague, Czech Republic

Asia: Seoul, South Korea

All of My Trips

In this next part, I will lay out all the trips that I have taken in a timeline.

My 2 qualifications for what I consider a “trip” are:
– It must have been at least 14 days long
– I must have visited at least 10 new destinations

May 2009- Road Trip from AZ to Canada

Screen Shot 2014-07-04 at 10.12.44 AMThis was the trip that really kicked everything off for me.

The day after I graduated from high school, my best friend Shon and I got in a car and drove across the USA. ¬†We started from our home in Phoenix, Arizona and¬†only destination that we had in mind was Vancouver, Canada. ¬†We just packed up my mom’s Honda Pilot and went off! ¬†(Thanks mom for letting us use your car ūüôā

The trip was 14 days and we went to all of these places (in order)
– Phoenix, Arizona
– Las Vegas, Nevada
– Salt Lake City, Utah
– Idaho Falls, Idaho
– Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
– Helena, Montana
– Calgary, Albetra, Canada
– Banff National Forest, Canada
– Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada,
– Seattle, Washington
– Portland & Sisters, Oregon
– San Francisco, California
– Los Angeles, California

In total, we hit up over 9 new U.S. states,  2 provinces in Canada and over 20 cities.  I wish I could go back in time and do this trip again!

January 2010- 16 Day trip around Israel

Screen Shot 2014-07-04 at 10.17.10 AMMy freshman year at the University of Wisconsin, I went on a program called “Birthright.” ¬†In a nutshell, Birthright gives all Jewish people an opportunity to travel to Israel¬†on a group tour… FOR FREE. ¬†Yes, it was completely free. ¬†I didn’t pay a penny for anything (food, transportation, accommodation).

This was my first ever flight overseas, and I loved everything about it. The trip is organized on a tight schedule, where they take your group (about 40 people) on a bus all over the entire country of Israel.

I got to see nearly every notable city in Israel   It was a very eye opening experience, and I learned a lot about the history of Israel and the Jewish people.

I also met some of my best friends on this trip that I still keep in touch with to this day!  I am itching to get back to Israel someday soon.

April 2012- Spring Break in Europe

Screen Shot 2014-07-04 at 10.19.36 AMThis was during my study abroad semester in Prague. ¬†A few friends and I went on a crazy 10 day adventure around Eastern Europe. ¬†To date, this is still the most insane, quick moving, party hard, sleep deprived, insane trip that I’ve ever taken. ¬†I have lots of good stories from this trip…

We started in Prague and then:
РTook a train to Munich
РFlew to Belgrade (Check out this bizarre story in the Belgrade Airport)
– Flew to Tivat, Montenegro
– Took a taxi to Dubrovnik, Croatia
– Took a bus to Mostar, Bosnia
–¬†Got stranded on the border of Bosnia & Croatia, so we hitchhiked to Sarajevo. ¬†This is my best travel story.. check it out here!..
– Took a bus from Sarajevo to Split, Croatia
РFlew to Prague

I can’t even tell you how much fun I had during these 10 days. ¬†It was absolutely insane, and I will never forget this one.

May 2012- 4 Week Europe Backpacking Trip

Screen Shot 2014-07-04 at 10.22.16 AMWhen my semester abroad finished, 2 friends and I took a 4-week backpacking trip throughout Europe and the Middle East.

We began in Prague and then:
– Flew to Dubai, UAE
– Flew to Istanbul. Turkey
– Flew to Athens, Greece
– Took ferries to Santorini, Naxos and Mykonos-
– Flew to Lisbon, Portugal
– Took a train to Lagos, Portugal
– Flew to Barcelona, Spain
– Took a train to Nice and Southern France
– Took a train to Interlaken, Switzerland–¬†where I went bungee jumping from 150 meters high!
– Took a train to Milan, Italy
– Took a train to Venice, Italy- Find out why I hated Venice
РFlew back to Prague

NOW THE TRAVEL BUG WAS REALLY WITH ME!

January 2013- Costa Rica/Nicaragua

Screen Shot 2014-07-04 at 10.23.56 AMWinter Vacation during senior year of University, my friend Shon (the same one from the road trip to Canada) and I went on a 2 week trip throughout Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

We decided to rent a car and drive everywhere ourselves. ¬†This was the best decision ever! ¬†We had SO much freedom and we had the option to do anything on our own clock. ¬†We drove around most of the country. If you are going to Costa Rica, then I highly recommend renting a car. ¬†It’s very affordable and totally worth it.

This trip was filled with all sorts of outdoorsy activities like Kayaking,¬† zip lining, hiking and more. ¬†It was awesome and I can’t wait to go back there someday soon!

April 2013- Spring Break trip Thru the South

For spring break vacation, my college roommate and I decided to take an epic road through the Southern States of the USA.

Screen Shot 2014-07-04 at 10.25.25 AMWe started the trip in Madison, Wisconsin and went to:

– Chicago, Illinois
–¬†Memphis, Tennessee
–¬†Some random city, Arkansas
– Starkville, Mississippi
– Gulf Shores & Montgomery, Alabama
– Atlanta, Georgia
– Greenville, South Carolina
– Charlotte, North Carolina
– Random city, Virginia
– Charleston, West Virginia
– Dayton, Ohio
РIndianapolis, Indiana

We visited college friends in almost every main city along the way.  We literally partied every single night in a different Southern city and ate the BEST food ever.  It was one hell of a trip!

June 2013- Scandinavian Tour

So, I graduated from University and can you guess what I decided to do with my money that was given to me?  Take a trip!

My old roommate from studying abroad in Prague, who is one of my best friends, and I took a trip all throughout Scandinavia.

Screen Shot 2014-07-04 at 10.26.46 AMFirst, I flew to New York to visit his home and see some friends on the East Coast.  And then from New York, we:

– Flew to Copenhagen, Denmark- where I discovered the magical wonders of Christiania
– Took a train to Malmo, Sweden
– Flew to Bergen, Norway
– Flew to Stockholm, Sweden
– Flew to Helsinki, Finland
– Took a boat to Tallinn, Estonia
РFlew to Prague (I had to visit my favorite city again!)
– Flew to Warsaw, Poland
– Flew back home to the USA

Although not so budget-friendly, Scandinavian is one of the most beautiful regions on our planet. ¬†This trip was more fun that I imagined, and I have lots of good memories. ¬†We partied nearly every night, ate amazing food, met some great people and didn’t sleep.

It is absolutely worth taking a trip out there when you get a chance!

Jan 2014- SouthEast Asia: Part 1

Screen Shot 2014-07-04 at 10.29.16 AMAt this point, I have been living and teaching English in Korea for about 5 months.  My school gave me a rally generous summer vacation, and I had more or less 5-6 weeks to travel (paid vacation ;)).

So, I traveled with one friend and from Seoul, we went to:
Cebu, Philippines
– 3 other islands in the Philippines – where I had the craziest travel day of my life
РBandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
Singapore, Singapore
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sri Lanka– we toured around the entire country!

That was my first taste of SouthEast Asia and I instantly fell in love with the culture and people.  I did so many awesome things during this trip that I was just itching to get back to SouthEast Asia.

and that’s exactly what I did… 2 weeks later.

Feb-March 2014- SouthEast Asia: Part 2

Screen Shot 2014-07-04 at 10.30.07 AM2 weeks after I came home, I went back to SouthEast Asia. This time, I went with my 2 good friends from University.

We started again in Seoul and went to:
РKoh Panghan, Thailand РWhere I went to the Full Moon Party (AKA Craziest party in the world)
Koh Samui, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
– Beijing, China –¬†Where we had the most epic 24 hour layover!

Those 5-6 weeks that I was traveling around SouthEast Asia are unforgettable. ¬†Check out my blog post entitled¬†“5 things I learned from backpacking around SouthEast Asia.”

August 2014- Taipei, Bali & Sydney

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 1.36.31 PMI had a 3 week summer vacation in August, so I decided to go to Taipei, Bali and Sydney.  Although I traveled alone, I visited friends in each place that I went.  It was one of the best trips of my life!

I spent the first 5 days in Taipei, visiting two college friends who are teaching English there. ¬†They let me sleep at their house and they gave me an awesome tour of Taipei. ¬†It’s such a cool city!

Then, I flew down to Bali to meet my other 2 friends. ¬†We did lots of nature stuff, and partied a lot during the 6 days that I was there. ¬†Bali is probably my favorite place in Asia- I can’t wait to go back!

Lastly, I spent the last week or so in Sydney.  I visited my 2 high school friends who are living down there.  It was absolutely incredible (but so expensive).  I wish to go back soon!

January 2015 – Myanmar (Burma)

Myanmar was always on my radar after talking to so many people who had recently been. ¬†The country had recently opened up it’s doors to tourism, so the country wasn’t mass publicized or mainstream (yet).

I went to Burma for 2 weeks on my first solo trip, and it was one of the best trips of my life. ¬†The culture is virtually untouched, authentic and real (there were no McDonald’s or Coca Cola). ¬†The people were so friendly and welcoming. ¬†And the food was so good — a mixture of Indian and Thai. ¬† Myanmar, at the time that I went, was very affordable and not touristy, but this is going to change rapidly in the coming years as tourism is bound to explode.

I visited 3 places — Yangon, Bagan and Inle Lake. ¬†If you want to read more about my experiences in Myanmar, then please check out this blog post.

March-May 2015 – India

After my teaching English job finished in Korea, I decided to go on an adventured of a lifetime. ¬†I packed my 40 liter backpack, and booked a flight to India by myself. ¬†I didn’t have any idea where I was going, where I was sleeping, or who I’d be meeting. ¬†I just went.

Traveling in India was a challenge. ¬†It throws you in situations that you never thought you’d be in your life. ¬†It tests you to make choices. ¬†It is a rollercoaster of both ups and downs, highs and lows.

But looking back, I can confidently say that I grew more from my trip in India than any previous trip I’d taken in my life. ¬†As they say, “If you can travel India, you can travel anywhere in the world.”

For a complete look at my trip to India, please see this blog post.

July-Oct 2015 – Eurotrip

As I write this, I’m currently on a 3-month solo backpacking trip around Europe. ¬†I am planning to visit every country in Europe that I haven’t been to yet, and along the way, attend music festivals, meet friends and have as much fun as possible.

Stay tuned for blog posts coming soon about my Eurotrip!

Next trip?

From October- February, I’m going back to Asia!

 

 

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Drew

Hello! Since 2012, I've been traveling and partying my way around 74+ Countries. Shortly after I graduated from The University of Wisconsin-Madison, I took a job as an English Teacher in South Korea for 18 months. Now, I'm traveling and blogging full-time on a never-ending voyage around the world. Please comment with any questions you have, and feel free to join me on Snapchat & Instagram @drewbinsky :)

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