We’ve been all over the map, visiting 80+ countries, which about 40% of the world’s 196 countries.
Here’s a map of the countries we’ve visited, as of September 2018.
Some fun travel stats:
In addition to visiting six continents, we’ve also traveled by ship entirely across three of the world’s oceans: the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific.
Mexico has been the country we’ve spent the most time in and it’s the only country that we’ve visited during each of the past five years of journey. We’ve now been to more than half of Mexico’s 31 states while exploring the country off-and-on for nearly a year’s worth of time. You can read more about our Mexico adventures: here.
After Mexico, these are the top ten countries we’ve spent the most time exploring:
- Canada: 75 days
- Ecuador: 74 days
- Spain: 63: days
- Japan: 52 days
- Malaysia: 50 days
- Argentina: 42 days
- South Korea: 38 days
- Phillipines: 37 days
- Thailand: 35 days
- South Africa: 34 days
Here’s an archive of our travel routes over the past five years of roaming around the world.
(Last updated: September 2018)
Segment 1: Central America
The first leg of our global tour was Central America in which we made our way from Mexico down to Colombia, entirely overland and water. Check out our top adventures, eats, and drinks in Central America from the awesome first three months of our trip!
Segment 2: Morocco + Europe
Then we crossed the Atlantic by sea snagging our first repositioning cruise deal so we could get down to exotic Morocco for a month. That was a prelude to exploring all over Europe during the summer and fall of 2014 again taking a lengthy overland journey from Spain to Turkey, taking in nearly a dozen countries in between. Spain was our favorite. We swooned over beers in Belgium. Couldn’t get enough of the Alps in Germany & Austria. Meanwhile Ukraine was the most interesting. Turkey was the most surprising (in a good way). And we still dream about all the delicious Greek food.
Repositioning Ourselves from Europe to South America without Flights!
We grabbed another last minute cruise ship deal in the Fall of 2014 to cross back across the Atlantic to visit the States. So our visit back to the States would be a short one because we’d soon set sail yet again! This time we went through the Panama Canal!
Year 1 Highlights: These were our favorite experiences from our first year roaming around the world.
Segment 3: Southern South America
That last cruise positioned us to explore the very southern reaches of South America, which began our second year of this zig-zagging trip around the world. We started in Chile and crossed back and forth into Argentina making our way to the southern tip of this continent, AKA the end of the world! Making our way through the Andes of Patagonia really satiated our craving for adventure.
Segment 4: New Zealand & Australia
After 3 months exploring Chile & Argentina, we took a 5 day flight (no, really) over to New Zealand, where all the crazy adventures continued. New Zealand has been our dream destination so we tried to pack in as much as we possibly could within the 28 days we spent there. It was awesome! We then hopped over to Australia for just a few quick days before transferring to our next continent.
Segment 5: SE Asia
Segment 6: Middle East to Middle Europe)
We caught a flight to Dubai then spent a few very interesting and hot weeks in Egypt. From there it was time to return to Europe to see some new-to-us countries starting with Hungary. We then traveled through SE Europe visiting Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, and Slovenia before finally making our way into Germany to investigate How To Travel to Oktoberfest on a Budget.
We then made a beeline to England where we caught our 4th repositioning cruise, this time returning to the US, which marked the completion of entirely circumnavigating the globe!
Year 2 Highlights: These were our favorite experiences from our second year of roaming around the world.
Here is a video recap of our third year of travel:
Segment 7: Slowing Down in Mexico
We began our third year with a bang, by taking a trip to Cuba before it had officially opened up to the rest of the US!
We then tried to slow our travels by enjoying some longer stays in Mexico. We stayed for a month each in Merida, San Cristobal de las Casas, and Oaxaca, with many adventures in between. Next we roamed back around the US for a little while and took the brand new Fathom cruise to the Dominican Republic.
Segment 8: Repositioning to Portugal & Spain
We then took yet another repositioning cruise, this time from Panama to Portugal on the Pullmantur Monarch, our cheapest cruise yet – only $159! (Read Pullmantur Monarch Review.) We then enjoyed exploring Portugal and the Andalusia region of Spain.
Segment 9: A Grand Adventure Across Africa
We ended our third year of travel with one of our biggest adventures yet – a 3 month trip across Africa. We started in Kenya and hopped on a 56-Day Oasis Overland Safari from Nairobi to Cape Town. We then spent a month traveling across South Africa on our own.
Segment 10: An Andean Adventure
We spent the first few months of 2017 exploring Ecuador. That’s where we investigated How to Travel to the Galapagos on a Budget. Back on mainland Ecuador, we took a series of boats down the Amazon to get to Peru. Of course, we had to see Machu Picchu and so we went the most adventurous way possible: The Jungle Trek. We continued southbound on this Andes adventure into Northern Argentina and Bolivia, where we had our most scenic journey – taking a Salar de Uyuni tour. Yet ultimately we returned to one of our favorite countries: Mexico, to explore the city of Guanajuato for a month.
Segment 11: A Summer Celebrating Canada’s 150 + the Start of Circumnavigating the Globe w/o Flights!
We then spent the summer in Canada, staying for a month at a time in Halifax and Montreal, with many adventures in between as the country celebrated its 150th anniversary. Ultimately this is when we decided to pursue a dream of traveling entirely around the world only by land and sea. So Halifax became our starting point for this flightless journey around the world!
After accomplishing a goal of finding a moose in the wild, we departed Canada and crossed the US by Amtrak from Chicago to Seattle. We ultimately popped back up to Vancouver so we could cruise across the Pacific all the way to Japan! Of course we stopped throughout Alaska along the way and cruising through Glacier National Park became a clear highlight of the voyage.
Segment 12: Roaming Around Northern Asia
We closed out the year spending nearly two months roaming around Japan and really enjoying it there, before crossing by ferry to South Korea. It’s there that Year #4 ended, but our flightless trip around the world continued!
Year #5 & Where to next?
We took an incredible monthlong trip through China and then hopped on two repositioning cruises that took us for 42-days, all the way from Asia to Europe! We settled into Italy for a few weeks before taking roadtrip across Europe that ended in England to catch a final transatlantic cruise back to Halifax. And that completed our mission of making it entirely around the world without flights!
Here’s the highlight reel:
After all this fast travel around the world, we’ve since retreated back to our beloved slow travel destination of Mexico. Where to next? No clue! But I’m sure it’ll be interesting.
After that? We’re not entirely sure, but I promise it won’t be boring.
We don’t really travel with much of a plan these days but always have a hundreds more places we want to see and experience. We invite you to follow along our crazy adventures (and misadventures) as we figure out where our next destination will be.
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