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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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Every day when we played a great golf course or saw something amazing, we always believed that it couldn't get better. But it does!

In Curio Bay we visited the Petrified Forest. Something so fascinating and something we have never seen before.
Go at low tide and you will be a witness to trees that have been frozen in time!! What natural phenomenon has fascinated you?

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We've been there, we've played that! We played golf from the most northern course to the most southern- Tokanui Golf Club.

The sixth hole is named the Road Hole, but other than the road that borders the hole, we didn't see much resemblance to its namesake. But, from the tee, there is nothing between you and the South Pole other than about 4480 kilometers of Pacific Ocean.

Where is your bucket list golf course?

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Our quest to find and play the world's most unique golf courses brought us to Oreti Sands Golf Club- unfortunately it brought us here 18 months too late. Due to a dwindling membership and lack of funding, the Club closed down back in April, 2018.

With greens, tees and bunkers no longer visible, we walked through what had to have been a truly wonderful true links experience.

We heard that the course would be for sale to the right buyer. Does anyone have a direct line to Mr. Mike Keiser- his passion would breathe life back into these incredible dunes!

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Stymie Golf Supply has made it a full year and they’re giving away one of their new canvas driver covers and a patch hat to celebrate! The design of this cover was inspired by us 😊 @putteringaroundtheworld and our globetrotting golf journey...
Contest runs until 11:59pm EST on Sunday, November 10. The winner will be chosen at random and posted on @stymiegolfsupply 's Instagram story on Monday, November 11 at 12:00 noon EST.
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Thanks, good luck, and we really appreciate all of your support over this past year!
  • “Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” – Roy M. Goodman

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  • WHAT A DAY!!!!! Some days are simply better than others! Our day at the Milford Sound was one of the greatest days that we have had since we started our journey almost one year ago.

We took the Milford Sound Premium Cruise from JUCY and the entire experience was unforgettable. We were picked up in Queenstown by a glass roof coach for the beautiful drive down the valley and through the mountains where we enjoyed incredible views as well as an entertaining driver!

Once we reached the sound, we boarded 'The Gem of the Sound' cruise ship and toured what is often called the Eighth Wonder of the World!!
We saw dolphins, penguins, seals and countless waterfalls, two of which the cruise ship went under!! This was such an awesome day we can't recommend it more highly if you make it to the South Island!

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  • If you're looking for a lovely free campground, go to Lowburn near Cromwell. 
You will not only have a great view of the Lake Dunstan and the mountains but also be on the 45th parallel south.

What's your southern most point you've ever been to?

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Over the past couple weeks, we have seen so many amazing places. We watched Hector Dolphins swimming in the Tasman Sea at the Pancake Rocks, crossed a suspension bridge at the Hokitika Gorge, saw our very first glaciers at Franz Josef and Fox, and admired all the fascinating colours of the Blue Pools.
The first picture shows us after our stroll around Lake Matheson.
Since our last post has been awhile, we wanted to give you a glimpse of our last couple weeks!

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  • IN LOVE WITH NZ “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru

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This is our last golf picture for a few days. We're entering Glacier Country and will enjoy exploring the beauties this country has to offer.
But no worries! The next golf courses are already planned and coming up.
Just cross your fingers for us that the rain will stop soon.

Where are you right now and how is the weather?

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