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Puttering around the world

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In 2016 we took a nearly 4-month sabbatical that has had a lasting impact.  We spent a month in Thailand, then 2 weeks in Cambodia, 2 weeks in Laos, and then another 2 months in Thailand.  There was so much we wanted to see, so much we wanted to do, and we were constantly on the go.  It wasn’t until over half way through our trip that we finally began to slow down.  We stayed in the same places longer.  We took longer walks.  We took naps.  We wasted more time.  We enjoyed each other.  We became the owners of our own time. 

It was somewhere on a deserted beach in Koh Lanta Noi that we began dreaming how great it would be to not have to get on the flight back home.  We wanted nothing more than to continue.  To see the next new place.  To experience the next new experience.  And to continue slowly.  That is probably where Puttering around the World really started.  In our hearts- in our longing to enjoy everything life has to offer. 

It wasn’t even 4 months after our return from our sabbatical that we were still looking for that feeling of being the owners of our own time.  There was more dreaming and more wishing.  Then, about 6 months later we decided to do it again, but for longer and slower, and more permanently, ideally for 2 or 3 years or longer.  So, we set a date.  We gave ourselves 14 months to prepare.  To tell our families.  To tell our employers.  To sell our stuff.  To prepare ourselves.  But how do you prepare for something where the unknown is significantly greater than the known? 

We are also going to do our travels a little different this time.  We are heading out with only hand luggage, and our golf clubs, instead of checked baggage!  That might make it a little more challenging, and maybe a little less flexible.  But we really want to play golf all over the world, so that is what we are going to do.  Can’t you just see us checking into hostels, with our clubs on our backs??!!

Sharing our story of Slow Travel, while hopefully making a few Quick Pars along the way. 

That’s Puttering around the World.

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A few days ago we were at the Abel Tasman National Park in the South Island  of New Zealand. 
It was so beautiful and we even got lucky and had a sunny day after so many days of rain.

With the sound of the Tasman Sea, we would like to wish you a great week!

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  • Who would have guessed?

Usually James writes our golf posts, but today it will be me, Menekse.
A few years ago, if you would have asked me, what will we be doing in a few years, the answer sure would not have been "Traveling the world with our golf clubs.". It still sounds so crazy, yet it is our life now. And what a happy life this is!

Golf and happy don't always go together, but the beautiful places we see and the unique courses we play, leave us speechless and damn happy.

Where do you see yourself in a few years?

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We had an unbelievably amazing time in the North Island of New Zealand .
In Wellington we didn't do much more than hanging around at the Waterfront. We visited the Te Paka Museum, which is an absolute MUST when you're in Wellington.
We also know now why it's called windy Welli.
We experienced the engagement of the  Kiwis as they went on the climate strike.

We're saying thank you and good bye to the North Island. 
And hello to the South Island. 
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Playing golf at Cape Kidnappers has been something that we have been dreaming about for years! And if you think these smiles were big, you should have seen us on the course!

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For us by doing so, only the greatest things happened!! Playing the golf courses from our list together is one of the greatest things.

Where is your heart leading you?

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  • "Don't listen to what they say, go see."
Chinese proverb

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We didn't have internet the last few days and will show you now some of the amazing places we visited in Northland, New Zealand. 
We both love mountains, but nothing leaves us with a bigger smile and joy then being at the beach.

On our drive back from the most north western tip of NZ we stopped at this amazing white beach.

We couldn't believe that we were the only ones here!!! And enjoyed our afternoon jumping, walking and soaking up the incredible view. 
When was the last time you were so happy that you had to jump?

PS: the video was done in slow mo, which was aot more funny.

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Houhora Golf Club is the most northern golf course in New Zealand. Or, as some of the friendly members that we enjoyed a post round beer with like to say, it's New Zealand's Top Golf Course!

We still can't believe that we made it to this beautiful country, and are very excited to travel around and find out where the next tee takes us!

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  • Today we played golf for our very first time in New Zealand!! The sun was shining as we arrived at Waipu Golf Club, but the weather changed as soon as we stood on the first tee. After a little break under a tree on the forth, we managed to finish 9. Although we got pretty wet, we had a great time and loved the golf course. Looking forward to finish the back 9 tomorrow.

Have you ever seen mini golf flags like these before?

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  • KIA ORA!

It feels like a dream come true that we made it to New Zealand! Our first tour led us to Devonport, where we conquered Mount Victoria. We hope that many more mountains, lakes, sights and experiences will follow. And we can't wait to share this beautiful destination with you.
For the next three months we will live our dream and explore New Zealand. 
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