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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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We didn't want to leave this comfortable bed. But the view from it was convincing... we had the view of the wonderful ocean and couldn't resist. One day we took a walk at the beach and see for yourself on the following pictures what we found!

How do you like that?

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And enjoy life!

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Just for a few days we left Malaysia to have some beach time on a little island.
On the picture you see the way to our villa.
We would day prime location! What do you say?
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While in Malaysia, we had the pleasure to play 2 of the three Els Clubs located here, the beautiful Els Club Teluk Datai and wonderful Ocean Course at Els Club Desaru Coast. Guess that can only mean one thing- we have to come back to play the third!! #putteringaroundtheworld #slowtravel #quickpars #travelingwithgolfbags

Since we started this little golf adventure of ours, we have played 352 holes of golf, on 27 different courses, and in 6 countries. The amazing thing is that we are just getting started!

The Els Club at Desaru Coast was a true joy to play. And, the most incredible thing was how we were treated. From the warm greetings we received upon arrival, to the personal welcome after our round by the GM, and even having our names on the lockers, we were treated like members. This has definitely been one of the highlights of our trip!

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Located about 730 kilometers, or 450 miles south of The Els Club at Teluk Datai is The Els Club at Desaru Coast, which has 2 courses. While there we played the Ocean Course, which as its name suggests greets the South China Sea with a smile.

The 150 yard par 3 third hole boarders the Sea all along the left side.

Supposing you can tear yourself from the view, what club are you hitting?

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Menekse wasn't feeling well when we visited The Els Club at Teluk Datai, and unfortunately she didn't play. But being in the top 100 golf courses in the world, she knew how much I wanted to play here, and so she encouraged me to play it anyway.

I am so thankful to have my best friend by my side for everything. She is always there for me and enables me to follow my dreams. There is nobody I would rather share my life with- danke aşkım benim 😍

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The par 5 seventh hole at The Els Club Teluk Datai is easily one of the most beautiful holes that we have ever seen.

So, if you're going to leave a birdie putt short, you might as well do it in a stunning location!

How effective are you from 10-ish feet?

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We could probably write about how long this par so and so is, or if it dog legs here or there, but you're not going to remember. But what you will never forget is the incredible view. We'll never forget it either!

How often do you stop for a moment just to inhale a golf course view?

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As many of you already know, we're travelling the world with our golf bags.

After a recent round of golf in JB, we saw this little coffee shop called Journey, and we couldn't think of a more appropriately named place for us to relax.

We still can't believe this journey we're on is real. Life is incredible and we're enjoying every moment of it.

We are seeing places that we only dreamt of seeing, and going to places that we have never heard of before. All of this with our golf bags!

Where is your next journey taking you?

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