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It’s hard to believe that it’s been 4 months since we quit our jobs to travel the world. After hopping around the world non-stop in August, September, and October, this month it was finally time to slow down.

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Countries Visited

U.S.A, Costa Rica (Max), Canada, Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas Cruise.
Cruising in the Bahamas…

Cities/Towns Visited

Anna Maria Island, FL; Miami, FL; Nassau, Bahamas; Toronto, Canada; and Region of Guanacaste in Costa Rica for Max

It felt like we were all over the place in November. Shortly after the TBEX Conference in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, Max and I split ways. I made my way over to the other side of Florida to spend a few days with my relatives in St. Petersburg, and Max flew down to Costa Rica to take some photos at a conference at the Westin Golf Resort and Spa and do a bunch of work in preparation for the wedding. We reunited in mid-November on Anna Maria Island, where Max’s family owns a holiday home, but only for a couple of days before  Jessica (Max’s sister,) and I took off on a cruise to the Bahamas with Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Sunset on Anna Maria Island, Florida. USA
Sunset on Anna Maria Island in Florida

In mid-November, we made a spur of the moment decision to drive up to Canada (even though it was a long 20-hour journey, it turned out to be a lot cheaper to drive than fly from Florida) to catch up with friends and family. After a 10 day visit, we were back down in Florida, just in time for a short visit to Miami and to catch our flight to Costa Rica!

Distance Traveled

Max traveled 13,722kms while Oksana only traveled 7,116kms

Modes of Transportation

1 bus, 3 flights, 1 cruise, 1 long car ride, and many short car rides!  

Photos Taken

Only about 400… we were too busy spending time with family and friends! It’s no wonder our Instagram account has been quiet this month.

Max in Little Havana, Miami, Florida, USA
Max snapping away in Little Havana, Miami

Money Spent

Staying with family has definitely helped us stay way under budget this month! Other than a hotel in Miami, a few flights, bus tickets, and some meals while out with friends, we have barely spent anything at all. Our spending for the month was under $1,000.

Houses on the beach in Anna Maria Island, FLorida , USA
Houses like these on Anna Maria Island rent for well over $100-200 a night. Luckily, we stayed on the island for free!

Travel Highlights

November was more about great moments with family and friends vs. adventures on the road. Nassau, Bahamas was a bit disappointing and while we did enjoy our time in Miami, especially in Little Havana, it certainly wasn’t an amazing visit worth raving about.

Miami Beach, Florida, USA
It was a rainy day on Miami Beach…

…and Low Lights

If you had a chance to read my post about our visit to Canada, you won’t be surprised to hear that the cold dry weather in Canada was definitely the low light of our travels in November. It had a huge impact on our mood, and our ability to enjoy our time in Canada.

Favourite Eats

Mom’s homemade blinchiki (a Ukrainian version of meat filled crepes) was our favourite dish this month. I first introduced Max to blinchiki a few month ago when we were visiting Ukraine, but the restaurant variety that he tried before is not nearly as good as my mom’s creations.

Blinchiki, Ukrainian food, crepes filled with meat. Ukraine
Blinchiki in a restaurant in Kiev, Ukraine… not quite as good as my mom’s but it gives you an idea of what the dish looks like

Tea of the Month

When visiting Canada, we finally tried tea from David’s Tea, a Canadian-based specialty tea boutique that opened its doors in 2008. When we left Canada, David’s Tea was just starting out but today it’s the largest specialty tea retailer in Canada and is quickly expanding into U.S. and beyond. There are currently 150 tea varieties on offer at David’s Tea and we are not going to lie, we are impressed by what we’ve sampled so far!

After reading into David’s Tea a bit more, we found ourselves nodding to their thoughts on tea…

“Why tea?”, they say, “Because it’s healthy, delicious and fun. Because it brings people together, all over the world.”

We couldn’t agree more!

Favourite Accommodation

This month’s accommodation vote goes to my balcony cabin on board the Norwegian Escape. While I was rather disappointed by the cruising experience itself (more on that in an upcoming post), the room on the ship does deserve some praise. There was something sooo cool about waking up to the incredible views of the Caribbean Sea! It was definitely a lot more comfortable and nice than I expected and I could barely feel the ship moving!

Balcony view cabin on Norwegian Escape Cruise liner
Balcony view cabin on Norwegian Escape Cruise liner
View from the balcony on Norwegian Escape Cruise liner
Views of Miami on the day of arrival back into port

Next Month

We have finally made our way to Costa Rica – our final destination for this year! We’ll be spending the rest of the month on the beaches in Guanacaste and in full on preparations for our upcoming wedding. Our friends and family will start arriving in just a few weeks and we simply can’t wait to celebrate our BIG DAY with everyone on December 31, 2015!

Have an amazing December, everyone and Happy Holidays!

Where did you travel in November? Share your highlights with us in the comments section below!

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