Godivaworld Travels, La vida Loca, Wanderlusting & Musings

GodivaWorldly Sights, Signs, and Structures!

As I was going through my pictures – a habit of mine from time to time when I’m daydreaming or planning, or organizing or reminiscing or really just because – I noticed something that I found quite interesting.  Now granted what’s interesting to me may NOT be interesting to others but I figured I’d share anyways!  R A N D O M  S I G N S!!!

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Now I’ll be the first to admit that I have missed some pretty cool photo ops for a sundries of reasons to include trying to take in EVERYTHING around me – visually – and being slow with my camera button.  Nevertheless, I have managed to amass a rather random collection of signs from around the world.  What signs you ask?  Well everything from touristy shots to some “oh that’s interesting” photos (one with a clear mispelling in Taiwan).

Travel with me.

Each of those adventures above were some really good times but collectively???  If I never go anywhere else I will be happy resting on the memories from those journeys.

Barbados was a really cool experience for a number of reasons.  1.  It was a celebration for a dear friend celebrating a milestone birthday.  2.  It’s the location for my very first Ziplining Adventure.  3.  It was the first part of an amazing 7 part journey that started in Puerto Rico.

The SKY dive Georgia was such an amazing adventure.  I talked alot of trash but really I was a teeny tiny bit scared yet excited all rolled up in one.

Not all my sights and signs feature me so check out these random sights and signts.

By far one of the funniest things I’ve seen while traveling has to be this sign in the airport in Taiwan that totally left me in stitches.

“PLEACE” enjoy this final installment in my “Sights, Signs, and Structures” post LOL.

As for the Krispy Kreme in Tokyo…….with “Hot Sign” on…….*hearts afire*!!!  I was literally just wandering the streets of Tokyo and spotted the familiar glow of the “Hot Sign” and took off in a sprint.  I was OVERJOYED!!!

Not sure how many other travelers are as cheesy but hopefully I’ve inspired others to look at the randomness around them for inspiration and conversation pieces.  Who knew these random photo ops would bring such entertainment??!!

~Travel well

 

Adventures, North America, U.S. of A

Falling Down (My Skydiving Adventure)

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. ~Helen Keller

When I tell you these past couple years have been full of adventures, both the traveling, exploring, and living on the edge kind.  From my long awaited trip to Bali for my birthday last year which included me partaking in Fly Fish (The ultimate in speed and exhilaration the Flying Fish is the newest water sports toy on the market! Fly Fish is a great adventure where you fly like fish jumping on the seawater with high speed boat); to parasailing in Mexico last October; followed by Ziplining in Barbados this past March.

Even after all that I just needed to quench my thrill seeking thirst by adding to the list – SKYDIVING!!!

Look, its the plane as I soar below it through the sky
Look, it’s the plane as I soar below it through the sky

I feel the need to endanger myself every so often. ~ Tim Daly Continue reading “Falling Down (My Skydiving Adventure)”

Travel Inspirations

Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award!!!!

Imagine that….just sitting here in the blogosphere sharing my travels and journeys from behind my keyboard and out the blue a Blogger Award nomination – my FIRST – thanks to Jenn a.k.a Travelgirl47!!!   Continue reading “Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award!!!!”

La vida Loca

Congratulations to my 2015 HS Graduate

It is that season, for graduations and celebrations!  I stepped away from blogging just a bit to be fully present in the weekend’s event – my very own daughter’s High School Graduation at the Georgia Dome on Sunday, May 17th.

Pausing from my normal “Godivaworld Travels” programming to share my proud moment which is without question one of the proudest moments EVER!!!!

Hard to believe 17 years have passed but here we are!!  Wishing my daughter the absolute best that this great big world has to offer!

To all the 2015 Graduates – CONGRATULATIONS!!

Travel Inspirations, Wanderlusting & Musings

Wanderlust Wednesday

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous

Do you see my yacht?
Do you see my yacht?

Do you see what I see?

Instead of being on my yacht (see above)

I’m at my desk

in my zebra robe

looking out my window

in Atlanta.

 

Adventures, Mexico

Fun Friday – Parasailing in Playa del Carmen

T – G – I – F!!!!!  Not to mention somewhere, right this moment it’s 5 o’clock…..er uh cocktail time!!

Happy Friday to everyone!  In the spirit of the beautiful weather I’m currently experiencing, I wanted to share my sunshine and vibrant disposition in a post from an adventure in my notso distant past wherein I went parasailing while in Playa del Carmen.  Let me set the scene…..

While chillaxing on the beach in Playa del Carmen during a birthday celebration I gifted to my sister and my really good friend-like-sister for their twin birthdays (plus 2 others) last October, I was checking out the various activities from the comforts of my cabana and my refreshing cocktail.  Up above I see just a little dot of a thing and immediately thought “oooh that looks like fun” saying to myself “I need to sign up” so began my research.

As you can imagine, in this touristy area there was no shortage of “beach promoters” offering up everything from jet skis to boat rides to parasailing.  So no more than 5.256 seconds after thinking to myself how I wanted to go parasailing, I was walking up to one of the “promoters” to find out how.  After getting the process, cost, and availability of a single parasail I was internally stoked!  I tore up the sand to get back to my sister and ask if she could capture some images of me from the ground when it was my turn.

Now all I had to do was wait and hush the voices inside who were getting me so riled up and excited.

Then my time finally came and I was beyond excited!!  So my jet-ski arrived to take out to the boat from which I would take off from (or atleast that’s what I made up in my head because honestly I didn’t have a clue how this was gonna take place).

I arrived at the boat for takeout and said farewell to my jet-ski driver.  Once on the boat there was a family of 5 kinda staring at me which was weird but not weird, I’m a shapely dark-skinned woman with big eyes and full feature and wild hair – that day lol.  Well they were from Iowa somewhere and was curious as to whom I was taking to the skies with.  I replied, “no one, just me” and followed with my friends are here and there on the beach somewhere but I wanted to do this and they were chicken so I told them I’d see em later.  The family smiled and said “you go girl” and offered to take my pic as I was getting in position to lift off.  See the pic below.

So I was off……in this harness thingy watching the ocean drift farther and farther from me.  Now let me explain something.  This was before I ventured into the world of GoPro so I had with me my smartphone AND my regular Olympus Tough – Shockproof/Waterproof camera in hand, not strapped onto anything.  As I watched everyday beneath me get smaller and smaller I just kept thinking “if I drop this camera how will I get my pictures” not to mention trying to figure out how to keep my movements to a minimum as I positioned the phone then the camera for the best random shots.  Dammit mannn if I had my GoPro, this would’ve been amazing!!!  All things considered, I think I did pretty good holding on, steadying my hand and holding BOTH cameras.

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My eyes look HUUUUUUUGE lol!

From the beach, my adventure looked like this (courtesy of my sister)

So there you have it….me parasailing by myself while trying NOT to drop my camera and phone in the ocean or somehow disconnect myself from the harness.  All in all it was a superfantastic experience and one I hope to do again on one of my future journeys.

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What’s the craziest thing you’ve done mid-adventure?

~ Travel Well ~

 

Travel Inspirations, Wandering

Wandering Wednesday (In my mind)

Sitting here looking out my window dreaming of a distant land (most likely land surrounded by deep blue seas and sand however, beggars can’t be choosy – as my mom would always say), whilst pondering my next journey.  If only I could close my eyes and POOF find myself traipsing hither and fro, but where would I go?

Well I was looking around on TripAdvisor after receiving the email from them stating my last review was a hit (don’t they always say that or should I feel special?) and voila I come across…..

DISCOVER THE TOP 25 DESTINATIONS IN THE WORLD 2015
Explore this year’s Travelers’ Choice Award-winning destinations, based on millions of reviews by travelers. Discover grand cities, exciting trip ideas, and unforgettable sights. Which one will you discover first?
ALL OF THEM
So explore I did (virtually anyhow)…..let’s salivate together while we look at them.
  • Travelers’ Choice #1 Destination: Marrakech
    • The new Travelers’ Choice #1 Destination in the world, Marrakech is a magical place, brimming with markets, gardens, palaces, and mosques.
  • Travelers’ Choice #2 Destination: Siem Reap
    • The complex and the 12th century Angkor Thom royal city are considered the main reasons to visit Siem Reap, the #2 Travelers’ Choice Destination in the world for 2015. Get a lesson in national history at the Cambodian Cultural Village, and a lesson in bargaining at the Angkor Night Market, a bonanza of shopping stalls, food vendors, and bars.
  • Travelers’ Choice #3 Destination: Istanbul
    • Europe and Asia meet in Istanbul, this year’s #3 Travelers’ Choice Destination in the World, where breathtaking ancient architecture coexists with modern restaurants and nightlife. The city’s mosques, bazaars, and hammams (Turkish baths) could keep you happily occupied for your entire trip.
  • Travelers’ Choice #4 Destination: Hanoi
    • Hanoi is #4 in the world in this year’s Travelers’ Choice Destinations Awards. The charming Vietnamese capital has aged well, preserving the Old Quarter, monuments and colonial architecture, while making room for modern developments alongside.
  • Travelers’ Choice #5 Destination: Prague
    • The bohemian allure and fairytale features of Prague, #5 in the World in this year’s Travelers’ Choice Destination Awards, make it a perfect destination for beach-weary vacationers who want to immerse themselves in culture.
  • Travelers’ Choice #6 Destination: London
    • The crown jewels, Buckingham Palace, Camden Market…in London, a perennial Travelers’ Choice Award winner, history collides with art, fashion, food, and good British ale.
  • Travelers’ Choice #7 Destination: Rome
    • The Travelers’ Choice #7 Destination in the World for 2015, Rome wasn’t built in a day–and you’ll need much more than a day to take in this timeless city. The city is a real-life collage of piazzas, open-air markets, and astonishing historic sites.
  • Travelers’ Choice #8 Destination: Buenos Aires
    • The birthplace of the tango is, like the dance itself, captivating, seductive and bustling with excited energy.
  • Travelers’ Choice #9 Destination: Paris
    • Lingering over pain au chocolat in a sidewalk café, relaxing after a day of strolling along the Seine and marveling at icons like the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe… the perfect Paris experience combines leisure and liveliness with enough time to savor both an exquisite meal and exhibits at the Louvre.
  • Travelers’ Choice #10 Destination: Cape Town Central
    • Cape Town, #9 on the list of Travelers’ Choice Destination World Winners, glistens at the southern tip of the African continent.

View the remaining 15 Travelers’ Choice destinations for 2015 on TripAdvisor.

Have your journeys led you to any of the 2015 Travelers’ Choice destinations in your travels?

~ Travel Well ~

Travel Inspirations, Travels Gone by, Wanderlusting & Musings

Questions for a Wanderluster

Social media has made sharing so easy that oftentimes we I forget that people are watching and actually paying attention (to me and my lil ol life). As if it isn’t enough to hear about my past, present, or future adventures but seeing them live and in living color, often while I am embarking on a journey/adventure, has piqued the curiosity of many.

This is my attempt to answer the Who, What’s, How’s and “Myths” that have landed in my lap over time.

  • Do you use a travel agent?
    • No, I don’t use travel agents of any kind as I prefer to do my own planning, scheduling and executing.  I find that there are plenty resources available that allow me to structure my travel according to my purpose or desired outcome.  Besides I prefer the flexibility and control (don’t judge).  The best thing is I can map out a journey, approx. price tag, flights, accommodations, etc all from the comforts of anywhere without making a commitment.
  • How do you choose your journeys?
    • I’m always dreaming / daydreaming and thinking of new adventures so my destinations/journeys come from either my personal wishlist of must-see/must-visit places collected over time; a really good deal caught my eye that is just too good to resist; a friend decides to celebrate abroad (will travel and revisit places for a special event or occasion); and/or something piqued my curiosity the stars aligned.  I have a mental list of places I want to see before I die (if you will) and I just make travel so much of a priority that it is important to me to check things off my personal travel list (see My Wanderlust).  I think it’s great to dream but even better to live out those dreams. here’s no rhyme or reason to my destination choices, they kinda just happen.  Some have truly been right place – right time (a friend of a friend going away for a birthday, a destination wedding, etc.).  Other times I’ve had visions of some random destination (see my Magic Monday) that starts from a dream and manifests itself into reality.   For me I guess you can say it’s less a matter of how and more about “where will I go now” that drives my selection process.
  • How do you know what accommodations to pick?
    • This is like anything these days – Craig’s List, Ebay, etc. in that you’re often taking a chance but for me it’s a chance or risk I’m more than happy to make.  Often times, as I’ve used Booking.com or TripAdvisor to research ideas on destinations and accommodations, I will peruse reviews to get a feel for what others are saying.  Typically though I just check for things such as proximity to certain things, availability of public transportation, costs of transportation as necessary, and the one or 2 key things I want to accomplish at the end of my adventure.
  • Aren’t you scared flying / traveling / walking around by yourself?
    • No more frightened than when I’m walking/driving around Atlanta.  You have to be aware and alert most anywhere you are these days and the same holds true for traveling abroad.  Listen to your intuition, trust your gut, and use common sense.  Walking around at night, alone, is probably less than smart anywhere.  Honestly, being sort of a momma-bear/caretaker type traveling solo enables me to opportunity to create my own experience because I’m only focused on what I wanna do, where I wanna go, etc.
  • Packing – I am often asked far in advance of an upcoming trip if I’ve already packed or will be packing (weeks in advance).
    • I prefer to pack the night before if it’s an early flight and often the day of if my departure time is later in the day.  I’m a warm weather gal so for me I typically know the types of clothing I will be taking along with me which makes it quite easy to pack.  I understand my creature comforts as well (i.e. I often take my satin pillow case so I already know where it is which makes for an easy grab and go).  Much like anything, the more you travel the more you understand the MUST-HAVES to take with you and/or are comfortable enough to know that whatever you happen to forget you can often find wherever you’re going.
  • Why would you go to/what made you wanna visit ___________________(fill in the blank)?
    • Why not? Well that’s usually what I’m thinking while trying to come up with a more friendly response.  There travel to seearen’t too many places I’m not interested in exploring (with the exception of Antarctica which is NOT on my immediate list, however for a special event, challenge or sponsored trip, guess I’ll be getting a parka lol). Often though I’m simply inspired by the journeys of another traveler, or an event in a ‘strange’ land, or a myriad of other things that lead me to certain destinations.  My philosophy is truly that “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list” so I will just continue to plot and plan until I have come close enough to checking “everything” off my list.

What questions do you have?

~ Travel Well ~