I’m at it again, traveling around the world. In celebration of my 40th birthday, I am heading to Tuscany and Bali, two of my favourite places in the world.
Treating myself to a business class (Aeroplan) ticket, my super crazy itinerary confirms that I am a “jet setter”! While I am visiting only two countries (on two different continents) this time, I have flight connections in 10 countries, on 3 continents, with 7 airlines! Many people wouldn’t dream of taking such a journey, and while I had little choice in the matter, for me, this itinerary is kind of exciting! (Although I can’t comment on what the experience would be like if it didn’t involve business class and all the “perks” that come with it, such as priority boarding, airport lounge access (great for small a small bite, place to work on a blog post, have a shower!), spacious plane seats and upgraded multi-course meals, and two checked luggage pieces! (Yea souvenirs!)
During my three main air travel segments, I am scheduled to travel a total of 101 hours (4.2 days), which includes airport layovers (HELLO LOUNGE !)
Yellowknife to Edmonton (Air Canada)
Edmonton to Calgary (Air Canada)
Calgary to Frankfurt (Air Canada)
Frankfurt to Brussels (Lufthansa)
Brussels to Florence (Brussels Airlines)
Florence to Zurich (Swiss Air)
Zurich to Bangkok (Swiss Air)
Bangkok to Singapore (Thai Airways)
Singapore to Denpasar Bali (Singapore Airlines)
Denpasar Bali to Taipei (Eva Air)
Taipei to Los Angeles (Eva Air)
Los Angeles to Calgary (Air Canada)
Calgary to Yellowknife (Air Canada)
During my 2015 epic solo round-the-world journey, Tuscany and Bali were among the many places I visited. Both hold a special place in my heart, so much so, that I will be returning to the very same places over the next five weeks. I look forward to reconnecting with friends and meeting new ones, unwinding with a glass or two of vino, visiting wineries, touring around with my camera, and I especially look forward to disconnecting at the Bali Silent Retreat. (Yep…silent.)
To give you a preview of what is in store for me, I’ve included a collection of photos from my most recent visit to Tuscany and Bali.I always imagined I would do something big and special for my 40th birthday. While I would have liked to be sharing this trip with special friends, I am doing so with you, the reader. If you’re interested in learning more about how this trip went (and others), be sure to like my tawnabrownphotography Facebook page, follow me on instagram (@tcblivingmylife), and for the full stories, complete with photos and videos, I invite you to subscribe to my blog (see the top right hand side of the screen).
PS…I haven’t posted on my blog for a very long time, and as many of you know, I have many experiences and places to share with you. I assure you that I have not given up, and as long as you remain interested, I will continue to write and share. Feel free to leave a comment below! I always love hearing from readers!
We look forward to reading your blog and viewing your incredible pictures. We can only imagine the excitement you feel as we look at the world vicariously through your eyes and lens!
Thanks Pops! And I look forward to hearing about your and Mom’s trip! We’ll be on big adventures at the same time, but just not together. I sure would love to go off the continent with you guys! Stay tuned for more (on Facebook primarily). Lots to celebrate, your birthday too! Love you guys!
Safe travels, looking forward to traveling along side you with the photos and stories you share.
Grazie Rhonda! (Thank you in Italian:) I’ll have more on Facebook, so good thing your tapped into that as well, as my blog posts have been very few and far between (technical glitches with my website). Stay tuned my friend!
Happy 40 Tawna, what a great way to celebrate! We are enjoying travelling vicariously with you. Kevin and I may, someday before 60, get to New Zealand and of course we will review your logs before we go. Hope you have a great adventure, filled with unique vistas, interesting people, sun and wine! xx
Thanks Kathryn for stopping by! I love, love, love New Zealand, (South Island, as I haven’t really given the north island a chance). I will try to write on my blog while I’m away, but I’ve been experiencing incredibly time-consuming and frustrating glitches with creating the post, so until I can get some expert web support, I’ll be lightly writing on my blog and more frequently on Facebook (@tawnabrownphotography) and Instagram (@tcblivingmylife). I know this trip will be no different than my others, full of experiences and memories!
Reading your blog made me choke up for many reasons…my “little girl” will be turning 40 in 4 days, and is flying around the world to celebrate! How many about to be 40 year olds do this? I know your goal is to experience new adventures and reunite with past ones! It’s hard as a mother not being able to hug you on your special birthday in person but know that I want you to enjoy yourself whatever you do on Sept 5 (and your whole trip) and know that I will be anxiously awaiting every blog entry! Stay safe…hugs & love from your favourite Mom!???❤️
Thanks Mom! And soon you and Pops will be on your own amazing adventure on the river boat cruise and extensions before and after. I’m so excited for you guys! I’ll be sure to get a hug from Mossi and others on my birthday and I’ll be thinking of you and Pops, as you guys brought me into this world! Thank you for that! I’m very excited to reconnect with the various old and more recent friends in Italy and Bali, with so many experiences ahead of me. I’m in need of this extended vacation big time. So I will be sure to enjoy every second…Just like right now, in the Air Canada Maple Leaf lounge are Frankfurt airport, where I’ve just had a tasty bite to eat and a glass of rosemary water. I might go have a wake up shower next. Xoxox.
Nothing better; it’s how I do it too !!! Who said celebrations are only for a day??? Look forward to following your happy journey.
Tawna, Happy 40th Birthday, this is a milestone birthday and a great way to celebrate it by exploring the far away lands on your adventureous travels..I look forward to your photos and stories. Enjoy you journey
Silent retreat….! I say with a smirk on my face. I don’t know how you will do it, as you always have something to say 😉 Can’t wait for the story to unfold. Cheers and have a great trip.
You are a magician with camera and I love to watch this magic.
Great to hear from you Tawna. It will be exciting to again follow your planned/unplanned travels this new year 2017.
Safe travels young lady,
Birch Bay Dave
Grazie Dave for stopping by for the visit! Having a fabulous time!! So much to share that I end up not… because I don’t even know where to begin! Patience, patience. I’ll get to it, on my Facebook photography page, instagram, blog, etc! I hope you are doing well!
Happy Birthday. What a way to celebrate. I look forward to your stories and pictures.
Stay safe.Happy travels.
Much appreciated for your bday wishes! I have tons to share, and an overwhelming amount to photos to process and stories to write up! I didn’t even scratch the surface with my year off stories, and now I have even more! xo