road trips

The first thing that comes to mind when I think ‘road tripping’ is food. But, more importantly, I want to tell you why road trips are something that are special/enjoyable for the husband and I.

My husband was notoriously referred to as the gypsy by his family before I even knew him. Reason being, he was always on the road. I never really caught on to why they called him that, until I was always in the car next to him, gradually turning into a gypsy myself. And, like him, I totally enjoyed it.

If it weren’t for our love of traveling and road tripping, it might never have led us to multiple trips down to Florida – one of them happening to be our engagement.

They say, absence makes the heart grow fonder, and that is exactly what happened in the above situation. The husband had traveled down to Florida for the winter, so he could continue to improve his golf game, while I stayed back in Canada. Even though I made frequent trips down, the husband realized that he couldn’t be without me, and proposed! This is why Florida is one of our all-time favourite places to be!

We continued to make frequent trips down to Florida because it was the easiest decision for us to make to have not only gotten engaged there, but get married there as well!

This also meant lots of road tripping for friends and family, too! 🙂

Road tripping is not something we’ve only experienced on this continent, but in Australia, as well! We made the decision to travel there after our honeymoon, and it’s one of the best decisions we’ve ever made!

The hardest part about road tripping in Australia is adapting to driving on the wrong side of the car and the wrong side of the road.

But the true gypsies that we are had it in us to make it work 😉

Had we not decided to road trip halfway across the world, we would have never:

Met new friends.

Ride in new ways.

And, saw new creatures (no sharks thank goodness)!

And, we all know that road tripping in Australia would not be a complete road trip without having a camper van (or two) at some point.

Conveniently, this was actually the cheapest method that allowed us to travel up and down the east coast of Australia. The one above (our first camper van) was manageable, but our second one was a beast. The husband would have been scared enough to drive it in North America, but now put this beast on the other side of the road and give him the most narrow and curvy roads possible. It makes you appreciate us making it home safe and sound!

Our road tripping did not end after Australia. We came home for two weeks, then as quickly as we got off the road/plane, we were back on the road. This time, we were traveling out west.

This meant driving from Ontario to British Columbia – which is where we lived in the spring/summer/fall of 2010.

And after our less than a year stay there, we were driving back east, which takes us to now.

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Road tripping was not only about the amazing places and things we got to see, but being each other’s best company. Had I done all these things with someone else (I know that doesn’t sound fitting for the getting engaged and married part, but still haha), it would not have been as amazing as it was. No amount of kilometers we put on our jeep or frequent gas fill-ups or flight costs could have made me change how we have lived together as a couple thus far. I’d actually do it all again, if I could, plus more!

And although I originally wanted to make this post today since the husband and I will be road tripping later this afternoon, it is nowhere near the magnitude of the road trips’ above. Nonetheless, it still makes you appreciate the time in the car you have with the someone you love. 🙂

And I’m always one step ahead, thinking about the next road trip we can take together. That cruise in December can’t come quick enough!


a little bit about me

I wanted to make this post since as a new blogger you may not know what I’m about or even who I am. I also wanted to make this post because something awesome happened yesterday morning, but without background info, it may just seem kinda odd.

Hi, I’m Char.

I’ll try my best not to build myself up with tacky remarks, like, ‘I’m super cool’ (even though I am). 🙂

Let’s start with the basics – I have a birthday coming up next month, which kind of scares me. I’m hitting the big ‘2-5’ and have been experiencing my quarter of a life crisis since the new year hit. I bet you’re wondering why I’d be scared about turning 25? It has nothing to do with my personal life, since I already married the guy of my dreams (see how fitting the picture below is? :)).

excuse the bad colouring - it was scanned with an ancient printer.

Or that we took an awesome honeymoon.

hollywood!

And decided to extend our honeymoon by traveling further to Australia.

Bondi Beach, Sydney

The Grotto, Melbourne

Fraser Island

It didn’t even scare me that we moved there with nowhere to live and no clue how we were going to make money. None of that scared me, so why does turning 25 do that? It’s only a number, right?

Wrong.

It’s 25; the number that eeeeverybody freaks out over!! When you reach 25, you’re suppose to have accomplished a lot, figured yourself out and got it all together.

Perhaps there is where the panic sets in. I’ve got the guy. I’ve seen some of the world. I’ve gone to school. But I still don’t have the career (which for me is having yourself figured out and having it all together). The husband hates when I say that, because I am going back to school in the fall and will have the career I want after that. So in a few years, I’ll finally be doing what I want…NBD – let’s hope my brain understands that.

I’m not trying to stray away from what I mentioned above about something awesome that happened yesterday…I’m getting there. Be patient! So the hubby and I have been married for a year and a half. Part of that year and a half included going on the honeymoon and living in Australia for four months. When we returned, we drove out west (and basically across the country) to reside there for a little bit – hubby got a job out there, which inspired the move.

When we got back from Australia, we had no vehicle. So before we moved across country, that was the first thing we did – bought bikes. Kidding! We bought a jeep!!

This is where it gets interesting…

We successfully managed to share a jeep for over a year. I don’t know how we did it, but we did it with a lot of careful planning. Can you see where this story is heading? We got a second car yesterday! And that’s the excitement behind the whole story.

But there’s another twist. This is our temporary car. See, we actually bought a jetta, but it won’t arrive until beginning to middle of May, but we needed a car now. I just got a job.

It’s been a struggle for me since completing university (in 2008) to find a job that I actually really liked. I had a great job all through school, but it was one of those jobs that you could only have if you were in school. So, I had my go at other things, but nothing lead anywhere. Which is why I’m glad to finally be going back to school for what I want to do (application submitted yesterday!), and just recently found a job in a relatable field – residential community where I’ll be working in food services. I got the job last week, and we needed a car pronto, since the hubby works in the east, so only naturally would I get a job in the west. We’re so lucky that VW worked with us to give us a ‘loaner’ car until ours comes in!

And that’s me in a little nutshell. Life really is a journey and if you learn to accept what you’ve chosen for yourself, you’ll be much better off! I’m still learning, but I really wouldn’t trade my situation for the world!

Q: What great things have you done so far in your life that you’re proud of?