If you have read our Puttering around the World homepage, then you know that our sabbatical was anything but Slow Travel. Prior to our trip we bought a map of Southeast Asia. We studied that map and filled it with notes, highlighting all the must-see’s and must-do’s. We were intent on seeing everything that once we got out on the road, we had to move and change locations almost nightly. As you can imagine, after a few weeks we were exhausted and in desperate need of recovery.
A Holiday from our Holidays
So, we decided to take a break. We stayed on the island of Koh Yao Noi in Thailand for a week and just did nothing. From that moment on, we started to travel more intently. We stayed in places longer and began to enjoy and absorb more of what we saw.
Slow Travel has always been an important part of our travels. To move around from one place to another is not our thing. If we don’t see everything … well, then it just means that we have to go back again. Someday.
But at the beginning of our sabbatical, we realized that we had done exactly what we did not want to do. We were traveling in a fashion that is not our style, just so we could see as much as possible from our map. And we lost touch of traveling slowly.
We knew that a healthy mix of seeing a lot while staying someplace in order to get to know the country and its people, is possible. And so, in 2018, we decided to quit our jobs to travel the world while playing golf. But slowly this time.
Traveling with our Golf Clubs
You might be tempted to ask us- if you want to travel the world, why bring your golf clubs? After all, it isn’t easy. I’m afraid to admit that the reason why is really my fault!
When we started dreaming about the idea to travel the world, bringing our golf clubs was not part of the original idea. What we knew was that we wanted to travel light. Throw a couple t-shirts, shorts, and a toothbrush in a backpack and we’re good.
As we began to get more serious with our dream, we thought about where we could start. Since we had travelled to Asia a few times before, we thought that it would be a natural beginning. And from there, why not travel to Australia we wondered. It was then that James said that playing golf in Australia had been a dream of his for as long as he could remember. In a moment of weakness, I thought out loud “Why not bring our golf clubs”?! Before I could even finish my sentence, “Yes!” James replied immediately, his eyes sparkling with excitement. I could see his wheels were turning. We could play here and here and there and there he exclaimed. I had created a monster! And the golf bags had become an essential ingredient of our travel plans.
Slow Travel had now met his brother Quick Pars. It was there that Puttering around the World was born!