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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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  • How is everyone holding up?

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Lately, our days have been starting with meditation. We follow that by a cup of coffee, watching some Instagram stories, and then having breakfast.
Sometimes we walk the dogs of our neighbour. And then we work on our website.

One thing that we added to our routine is READING!

We have always loved to read, and now we have time for it.
Currently we are reading "The way of the Shark" (James) and "Tiger Woods" (Menekse). What book recommendations do you have for us?

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After 5 days at home we dared to go out as we urgently needed a long walk.
We decided to go to a beach which is about 20 minutes drive away, in the hope that there wouldn't be too many people. And it was empty!

As we arrived at Hyams Beach, the shades of the blue ocean were overwhelming.
We walked along the white beach, saw dolphins and soaked in the sun and refueled our energy.

We're sending you positive vibes with this picture.
We hope you're doing well.

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  • COVID-19

These days SLOW TRAVEL has completely changed its meaning for us.

We usually really enjoy taking everything in in our pace, but things seem different now.

We decided to rent a little flat here in Australia so we can stay away from everything. We're trying to protect us and others. We're trying to flatten the curve. We're trying to stay "at home". Having time and being able to spend it in one location has always been a luxury for us, but all of a sudden it feels weird. Traveling is not the same anymore. 
Will we go back to Germany right now? No. Do we want to continue traveling? Yes, but only if we can manage not to get in contact with people. Are we scared? Like hell.

But we also know that we have each other. We can talk and see family and friends over video chats.
And as long as people act responsibly, understand how serious this is, and stop being ignorant, we have hope that this sad and scary chapter will end one day.

Sending everyone good and positive vibes. Stay safe and be responsible!

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  • DID YOU KNOW... ...that the Bee Gees are from Australia?

Neither did we!! When we noticed that their hometown was almost on our way we took a little detour. 
The Bee Gees grew up in the small town of Redcliff, Queensland, where the city did a really cool job dedicating a street, the "Bee Gees Way". Walking down the street you can hear their songs played over loudspeakers, look at pictures, read some information about their history, and even have a selfie taken with the band!

After walking down that street we still have their songs stuck in our head.

What other celebrities are from Australia?

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Long Reef Golf Club wasn't on our radar originally. When talking about where to play golf Down Under with our friend @ross.flannigan.golf , he suggested that we add @longreefgolfclub to our list.
Despite the rain on a couple holes, we had a great day today and are so happy that we played here!
What is the best golf course that a friend has recommended to you?

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  • FAIL

Sometimes we think that we should post "Instagramable" pictures of us, you know, the golfing travel couple.
But, like most often, we're not quite prepared.

When we went to the Carlo Sand Blow, the giant dune was so amazing that we started running and dancing before we came to the idea to take a "travel couple" picture.
While trying to take a selfie (of course we didn't bring our stand or anything), our camera fell down! And we weren't even ready for the picture.
We ended up not getting a good picture of us and sand in our camera!
That was a clear fail. But we had fun playing in the sand! 😄

Does it happen to you while attempting to get the best picture of something amazing it just doesn't work?

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  • 10 YEARS AGO

When you said yes, I didn't know that you would give me the world.
When you said yes, I didn't know that you would take away all my fears.
When you said yes, I didn't know that I would become stronger.
When you said yes, I didn't know that I would become so complete.
When you said yes, I didn't know that I would become a better person.

Happy anniversary askim!! It seems like just yesterday that we were standing bare foot on our beach in beautiful Mauritius. The sun was so bright that we could hardly keep our eyes open. With our toes in the sand, we said "I do!" and happily started a new chapter together.

Cheers to the next 10 years!

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Searching for paradise? Well, Lady Elliot Island could be your spot.

We took a Cessna from Hervey Bay which took about 40 minutes and showed us spectacular views over the ocean, Fraser Island and the coast of Bundaberg.

Approaching the island from the air gave us a view that was absolutely jaw dropping! Also jaw dropping was the green grass (and very short!) runway 😄

Our day was unforgettable. After arriving, we took a glass bottom boat tour where we saw turtles, a reef shark and amazing fish and corals. And then we went snorkeling around the island which is in the very southern part of the Great Barrier Reef!! #unesco 😄

We did a reef walk, an island discovery tour and enjoyed every second on this island paradise.

If there was an downside, it was that we couldn't stay longer.

What does paradise look like for you?

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  • “YOU CAN SHAKE THE SAND FROM YOUR SHOES, BUT NOT FROM YOUR SOUL.” #putteringaroundtheworld #slowtravel #quickpars #travelingwithgolfbags #golfabonds

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Liebe Menekse,
    Lieber James,

    eure Blog durchzustöbern macht wirklich unglaublich viel Spaß. Es ist so toll die Geschichte, die hinter eurem (neuen) Leben, in dem ihr in der großen weiten Welt zu Hause seid, zu erfahren.

    Über euren Instagram Account und auch hier macht es super viel Spaß euren Alltag zu verfolgen – so fange auch ich hin und wieder an davon zu träumen mehr Zeit außerhalb der „comfort zone“ zu verbringen, um mehr von den Welt sehen zu können und Zeit für sich selbst zu haben.

    Ich bin gespannt wohin euch euer Abenteuer als nächstes führen wird.

    Aber erstmal wünsche ich euch eine unvergessliche Zeit in Australien!

    Macht weiter so! 🙂

    1. Liebe Mareike,

      vielen Dank für deine lieben Worte!! Wir freuen uns so sehr zu hören, dass unser Alltag dich zum Träumen und Nachdenken anregt. Die “comfort zone” steckt in uns allen und es ist manchmal schwer, diese Zone zu verlassen. Aber es ist es definitiv wert!
      Danke, dass du uns “folgst” und für deinen Kommentar hier. Das bedeutet uns sehr viel.

      Fühl dich gedrückt.

      Liebste Grüße aus Sydney,
      Menekse und James

  2. Hallo Meneke und James
    Wir haben und gestern auf Lady Elliot Island getroffen…
    Habe eure Reuseinfos durchstöbert. Liest sich sehr interessant …
    Wenn Du magst Menekse , dann schreibe mir eine Mail für weitere Kontaktmöglichkeiten und Informationsaustausch. Vielleicht haben wir für euch auch ein paar interessante Reiseziele hier in 🇦🇺…
    L. G. Marietta

    1. Liebe Marietta, vielen Dank für die Kontaktaufnahme. Wir freuen uns, dass du Gefallen an unserer Seite gefunden hast. Für Informationsaustausch sind wir immer offen 🙂
      Menekse und James

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