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Today you’ll get an overview of my travel for the last five years. You can expect destination guides from all these locations and more in the coming year.
I’ve gotten a lot of requests to explain my travels chronologically, so today I’ve done that. This chronological guide shares all the places I’ve traveled in the last 5 years.
But first, look at this amazing map I created at mytravelmap.xyz. It makes me realize what a huge world we live in. I travel a lot, and yet I’ve only been to 12.65% of the world and 63 countries.
I haven’t explored the African continent, and even though I think of myself as spending a lot of time in Asia, you can see that I’ve only been to a small portion of it. The bright pink places are places I’ve lived; everything else is a place I’ve visited.
And with that, here is a brief destination history of the last five years:
Overview of My Travel: It’s a Great, Big Wide World Out There
2013 started out as a quiet year, with the annual trip to India from January to March. I spent the next months in the Netherlands until August, when I travelled to Puerto Rico. I spent about 6 weeks, before then travelling to Bermuda for a 2-week conference. I ended the year back in the Netherlands for November and December.
- 2014 started with my annual trip to India. During this time I traveling between Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Varanasi, Prayag, Haridwar, and Rishikesh.
- In April I traveled from India to New Zealand, where I arrived to set up women’s’ empowerment programs.
- In September, I traveled to Sydney, Australia to renew my New Zealand visa. I spent three glorious days exploring the beauty of Sydney, before returning to the North Island of New Zealand.
- In November I travelled to Florida, USA for a conference. I spent 10 days in the mainland US.
- On the way to Florida, I got to fly via Honolulu. The stop over for 4 days in Kauai, Hawaii was to visit one of my best friends who was, at the time 9 months pregnant.
- In December, I returned to the Netherlands for the holidays. This completed my trip all the way around the world over the course of the year.
- I started 2015 with my annual trip to India, traveling again to Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Varanasi, Prayag, and also exploring Chhattisgarh and staying there until the end of March.
- In April I traveled first to Thailand, visiting Bangkok before spending a relaxing week in Hua Hin.
- From Bangkok I traveled to Bali, Indonesia, where I spent 10 days as a guest lecturer at a conference and enjoying the destination.
- From Bali I moved on to Auckland, New Zealand via Melbourne, Australia.
- I spent April to June on the North Island of New Zealand, continuing to oversea the growing women’s’ development programs.
- I returned to the Netherlands in June and stayed there until August.
- In August I traveled to Chicago to visit my high school best friend, en-route to a conference in Iowa.
- My grandfather passed away on the day I was supposed to arrive in Iowa, so I flew out to Seattle and Bainbridge Island, Washington to say goodbye to my grandfather before flying back to Iowa. That experience warrants a post of it own in the coming year.
- After the two-week conference in Iowa, I flew in private plane for the first time in my life to Palm Beach, FL with some colleagues. https://pannalitravels.com/2018/09/25/seattle-and-bainbridge-island-part-1/
- November brought the second private plane trip, this time to New York City for a concert. My brother was living in NYC at the time, and it was so nice to reconnect with him.
- I didn’t travel home for December this year, and therefore got the inside scoop about Palm Beach at Christmas time.
- In 2016, I started the year living and working in Palm Beach. It was a challenging time for me, but a beautiful location that I tried to take full advantage of.
- In March I embarked on another around the world trip, this one to be completed in about two weeks. Here was the route (expect posts for all destinations!):
- Palm Beach, FL to Paris, France
Paris, France to Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand to Shanghai, China
Shanghai, China to Hong Kong
Hong Kong to Beijing, China
Beijing, China to Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo to Kyoto, Japan
Tokyo, Japan to Palm Beach, FL via Texas
- In April, I went to upstate New York to work and stayed there for about 6 weeks, before flying home in time for my father’s birthday.
- In August I took the first step of my dream trip of a lifetime, traveling to Mount Kailash in Tibet, by first arriving in Kathmandu, Nepal.
- September was spent traveling from Kathmandu to Lhasa, Tibet and then driving from there for about a week to reach Lake Mansarovar and Mount Kailash. We hiked around Mount Kailash before returning. It was one of the most important trips of my life, and there will be more recaps of this time.
- In 2017 I returned to my annual India trip, this time starting in Delhi, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh, before moving on to spend a month in Andhra Pradesh before returning to Holland in April.
- In August, I returned to Andhra Pradesh to continue building on the project . It was a quick trip before flying out to Florida, USA.
- I spent two fortunate days on the beach in Florida before attending a conference in Orlando.
- After a week in Orlando, I got out the day a hurricane was arriving and landed in Detroit, Michigan.
- After a week with the high school best friend, I flew from Detroit to Seattle to visit family. The rest of September was spent on Bainbridge Island with family.
- In October, I left Bainbridge Island to return home via Washington, DC. It was my first time in the USA capital, and I enjoyed sunny fall weather and all the incredible opportunities the capital city offers.
- In November, I flew for two weeks to Curacao. Lucky me! It was for some administrative meetings, but I made sure to spend as much time as I could at the beach.
- In mid December back in Holland, I flew out to India to finish the project in Andhra Pradesh, India; I’d been working on. I spent Christmas in India before flying home days before the end of the year.
2018 and Beyond
If you want to see where I’ve been this year, you can see the last post about the highlights of 2018. I am excited to share recaps and guides to all these destinations and other favorites I’ve visited. I’d love to hear: what destination guides are you particularly interested in reading?
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