Slow Travel

See the World with Us

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If you‘ve read our introduction This is Puttering around the World then you already know that our sabbatical was anything but “slow”. We bought a map of Southeast Asia prior to our trip, which we studied and filled with notes, markings, must-see’s and must-do’s. We wanted to see so much that once we got out on the road, we had to move and change hotels almost nightly.  As you can imagine, after a few weeks we were pretty pooped and in desperate need of recovery.

So we decided to have a break and stayed on the island of Koh Yao Noi in Thailand for a week just to do nothing. From that moment on, we started to travel more intently, staying in one place for longer than a day or two, so that we could enjoy and absorb more of what we saw.

Slow Travel has always been an important part of our travels. To hunt from one place to another is not our thing. And, if we do not see everything … well, then it just means that we have to go back. One day.

But while we were on our sabbatical, we realized that we had done exactly what we did not want to do. We were traveling in a way that’s not our style at all, just to be able to see as much as possible from our map. We lost touch of traveling slowly.

We think that a healthy mix of seeing a lot and staying someplace for a longer time  to get to know the country and its people, is possible. That’s why we‘ve decided to use the slogan “Slow Travel and Quick Pars” for our world trip and our website.

If you wonder what Quick Pars are,  you can read that on James‘ golf page.

We are also aware that we will be making a dream come true with this journey and we will be able to take our time. But time is relative and we’re sure it will go by faster than we will like.

This is why it is important for us to get to know as much as possible about a place rather than checking as much as possible on our map. To talk to the people, to take time to find hidden gems, also to stray off the path, to use public transportation instead of tour busses and to enjoy what we see and explore. With all of our hearts and eyes.

That’s what Slow Travel is for us.

We hope we can take you with us on our journey, and show you some of our favorite places, restaurants, cafes, attractions and golf courses here and there.

Slow Travel on a bike
Slow Travel on a Tuktuk
Slow Travel on a train

Wenn du  This is Puttering around the World gelesen hast,  weißt du sicher, dass unsere Sabbatical Monate alles andere als „slow“ waren.

Unsere Südost-Asienkarte, die wir vorab in Deutschland studiert hatten, war voll mit Markierungen, Notizen, Must-See’s und Must-Do’s. So sind wir auf unserer „großen“ Reise teilweise nach nur einer Nacht an einem Ort bereits weitergezogen um der Karte gerecht zu werden. Ihr könnt euch vorstellen, dass wir nach ein paar Wochen des Reisens ziemlich erschlagen waren und dringend eine Ruhephase benötigten.

Daher beschlossen wir kurzerhand eine ganze Woche auf der Insel Koh Yao Noi in Thailand zu verbringen und einfach mal nichts zu tun. Das war auch gut so, denn von da an, fingen wir an, gemäßigter zu reisen und länger als ein, zwei Tage an einem Ort zu bleiben, so dass wir das Gesehene auch genießen und aufnehmen konnten.

Slow Travel war in unseren vorherigen Reisen immer ein wichtiger Punkt. Von einem Ort zum anderen zu hechten, ist nicht unser Ding. Und wenn wir dafür eine Sache nicht sehen… dann müssen wir eben wieder zurück. Irgendwann. Während unseres Sabbatical sahen wir, dass wir genau das gemacht hatten, was wir nicht wollen und auch gar nicht unser Reisestil ist. Nur damit wir möglichst viel sehen… eben alles, was wir vorab auf der Karte eingezeichnet hatten.

Wir denken, dass eine gesunde Mischung aus viel sehen und dennoch lange an einem Ort zu bleiben um dort Land und Leute kennenzulernen, möglich ist.

Wir haben uns entschlossen, unsere Reise und Website ganz unter das Motto „Slow Travel und Quick Pars“ zu stellen. Was Quick Pars sind, könnt ihr auf der Golf Seite von James nachlesen.

Uns ist bewußt, dass wir uns mit dieser Reise einen Traum erfüllen und wirklich viel Zeit haben werden. Aber Zeit ist relativ und wird selbst hier schneller vergehen als uns lieb ist. Dennoch ist es uns wichtig, möglichst viel von einem Ort kennenzulernen statt möglichst viel auf einer Karte abzuhaken.

Mit Einheimischen reden, sich Zeit nehmen um versteckte Schätze zu finden, auch mal abseits der Pfade zu schauen, mit den örtlichen Transportmitteln zu fahren statt mit Tour Bussen, und zu genießen, was wir sehen und erleben. Mit ganzem Herzen und mit unseren Augen. Das ist Slow Travel für uns.

Wir hoffen, dass wir euch auf unsere Reise mitnehmen, und euch hier und da ein paar unserer Lieblingsplätze, -restaurants, -cafes, -sehenswürdigkeiten und Golfplätze entlang unserer Route zeigen dürfen.

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  • OUR FAVOURITE NEW ZEALAND GOLF COURSE

We played 17 fantastic golf courses as we puttered around New Zealand and can say that our favourite course was Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club!! What is your favourite golf course that you have played on your holidays?

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  • MOUNT COOK

Simply amazing!
Go early in the morning to avoid the masses 😁

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  • REAL LIFE IS BETTER THAN INSTAGRAM 
We found the Moeraki Boulders on Instagram actually before we arrived in New Zealand and they looked really cool so it was definitely on our list. But they were so much more awesome in real life! We were surprised by how big and almost perfectly round they were.

Do you visit places that you found on Instagram? And if so, are you positively surprised or disappointed?

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  • ACT LIKE YOU'VE BEEN THERE BEFORE

The tee shot on the 9th at Chisholm Links is one that you will never forget. With the Pacific Ocean guarding the entire left side, anything pulled is swimming.

You can see from both our reactions that one of us had been finding fairways all day, while the other one was relieved to hit a straight ball!

Do you celebrate when you finally hit a fairway?

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  • Everywhere we travel, we love to visit lighthouses. They are fascinating to us.

Who else is drawn by them? ❤

Ich geh mit dir wohin du willst
Auch bis ans Ende dieser Welt
Am Meer, am Strand wo Sonne scheint
Will ich mit dir alleine sein

Komm geh' mit mir den Leuchtturm rauf
Wir können die Welt von oben sehen
Ein U-Boot holt uns dann hier raus
Und du bist der Kapitän

Gehen wir an Bord und fahren mit
Ich tauch den Fischen hinterher
Mach alle Türen zu und los
Vertreiben wir uns die Zeit im Meer ❤

Und wer liebt auch dieses Lied? Erkannt?

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  • 365 DAYS

Today marks one year on the road, and we can't believe how fast time flies! We have been to so many incredible places, have played golf at so many beautiful golf courses, and have met so many friendly people that we don't know what we did to deserve all of this.

It isn't always easy being away so long. We've received sad news and wonderful news while we have been travelling, and both times we wish that we could have been home with family and friends. But this is how life is and we don't have a single regret of the decision we made.

Some of you have asked us how long we will continue travelling, and well, the honest answer is that we don't know. All we know is that we absolutely love travelling and playing golf and that we could continue this forever!

What should our next destinations be and why?

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  • CURIO BAY CLIFFS

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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  • FROM TOP TO BOTTOM

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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  • WORLD'S SOUTHERNMOST TRUE LINKS

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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  • 🚨1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY GIVEAWAY🚨
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CONGRATULATIONS STYMIE GOLF SUPPLY!
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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...
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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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How to enter:
1: Follow @stymiegolfsupply and @putteringaroundtheworld (if you’re not already)
2: Like this post
3: Tag 2 friends in the comments
*Bonus Entries - get 5 additional entries if you repost and another 5 if you put this post in your story. Just make sure to tag us so we can credit you the entries.
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Thanks, good luck, and we really appreciate all of your support over this past year!
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