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