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Taking A Chalkboard Around The World
Taking A Chalkboard Around The World
A trip around the world has always been on my bucket list. I still can’t believe that Jeff and I finally did it. We’ve just returned home to our sunny island home of Phuket, Thailand and finally have a moment to look back on our amazing journey around the world.
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Before we started this trip, I knew that we wouldn’t have the space in our luggage for souvenirs as we were going to nearly 30 different countries. Even though we have been told we packed light, I can assure you that our bags were anything but light. This inspired me to think a little outside the box for souvenir ideas.
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My favorite part about traveling is looking back on my photos long after the trip. It is a great way to put you right back to where you were and bring back memories you had long forgotten about. I wanted to do something fun and different with my photos. So I thought, “Why not bring a chalkboard?” I decided to have a photo taken of myself  holding a chalkboard with the name of the country I was in. I wanted a way to visually see each country while having a reminder of myself in that place during that time. Even if I may have been up all night, had not showered in days or was only in a country for a few hours, I wanted to remember all of it.
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Now, 28 images later, I have a fun collection of pictures that for me, sums up our 159 day, 32,281 mile trip around the world!
Taking A Chalkboard Around The World
CANADA:
Even though Canada isn’t too far from my home county, it was still really exciting to go visit! Two days in Vancouver and I was in love! Canada is a great country and Vancouver is a beautiful city!
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ENGLAND:
Since we only had two rainy days in London, and as it was my first time to England I knew I wanted the cliché photo with a red phone booth!

 

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BELGIUM:
Brussels was a beautiful city and I was surprised at how modern of a city it was. We had one of our favorite meals of the entire trip in Brussels, an absolutely amazing beef stew. This photo was taken at the bus station before we boarded to Amsterdam.
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ISRAEL:
With so much history in Israel, I had a hard time deciding where would be best to take a photo here. While we were driving with a guide through the desert we went to this cliff where you could see a beautiful monastery in the hillside. I thought that this would be a great reflection of this historical importance of Israel.

 

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IRELAND:
Green! I knew I wanted this photo to be green, but I struck it rich when we just happened to get some sunshine since it was gloomy and raining during most of our stay. Ireland may have been our first stop, but it was also one of our favorites. Read our “Complete Guide to Ireland” for our best recommendations!
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MOROCCO:
Oh Morocco! We were here for just a few hours while stopping during a cruise we took early in the year. I had always imaged Morocco as a colorful place, however Casablanca was not what I imaged. This is at the Hassan II Mosque which is the 7th largest mosque in the world.

 

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AUSTRIA:
Innsbruck, Austria is a beautiful little ski town nestled in the mountains. We were lucky enough to stay with some wonderful friends here for 2 weeks!
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SPAIN:
We were lucky enough to be in Barcelona on my birthday in January! Once again, this was a quick stop during our cruise so I can’t wait to get back to explore more!
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CZECH REPUBLIC:
We met some great friends in Prague and had an amazing time exploring this beautiful old city. While Europe has some of the best beer in the world, I’d bet most of it can be found in Prague, and at a cheap price too!
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EGYPT:
Egypt just may have been my favorite place on this trip! Not only did I fulfill a childhood dream of visiting the pyramids, but we also got to spend great time with some new friends!
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HUNGARY:
Budapest is one of the most enchanting cities in Europe. It is a great city where history meets a modern twist. I would live here in a heartbeat! This was the first time we have used AirBNB and found ourselves in this old apartment complex trying to find which apartment was ours!

 

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES:
Even though we spent most of our time in Dubai, we were still able to get out and see the beautiful desert! Jeff and I were both really impressed with Dubai and can’t wait to get back to explore more.

 

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ESTONIA:
Tallinn, Estonia is a quant little old city and has so much culture and lots to see. We were only here for one night but enjoyed walking around the old town watching the snow fall.
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FINLAND:
Finland is also on the top of my favorite places we’ve been to this year! Helsinki is a great design oriented town that is hip and embraces its rich history, although I had to take this photo while up in Lapland exploring the arctic circle and seeing snow fall for the first time in my life!
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ITALY:
We went to many places in Italy, but it was in Venice during Carnival that I wanted to take this photo. Carnival was such a unique and beautiful way to explore all that Venice has to offer.
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NORTHERN IRELAND:
While in Dublin, we decided why not take the 3 hour drive with some friends up to Northern Ireland to see the Giant’s Causeway and while we got there right after sunset we were able to catch some light for this photo!
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GERMANY:
Germany has always been on the top of my list of places to visit in Europe and this year it finally happened! Although we only had 2 days in Berlin, it was great to learn more about Germany’s vast history and how the city has transformed to a modern city with tons of artistic expression.
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HOLLAND:
I didn’t know if I should write Holland or The Netherlands but in the end it didn’t matter since we had such a great time in Amsterdam exploring the canals!

 

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PORTUGAL:
This photo is in Lisbon near the port while it was pouring rain. We had to be quick since the rain just kept washing the chalk off the board, but it made for a fun experience!
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TURKEY:
Although Istanbul has so much history and culture, it was this pop of color while walking around that caught my eye. I wanted to show a different side to such an old city.
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SWEDEN:
Since we spent an entire night at the airport in Stockholm we though it would be fun to take photos in the nearly abandoned airport at 2 in the morning.

 

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VATICAN:
The Vatican is such a beautiful place and it was very surreal to see all the paintings and murals in the museum, but it was here that meant the most to me. It really is amazing to stand here and thing about all the people that come here to see the pope.
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MALDIVES:
Holy blue ocean! The Maldives are such a beautiful place. There are 1,190 different islands so it is hard to pick just one. We stayed in Maafushi which is a local island, but as you can see we still had a resort like beach to spend our time.
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FRANCE:
Paris is a place that every girl longs to go to at least once in her life and I was no exception, I absolutely fell in love with Paris. We had an amazing 5 days here with a good friend who was kind enough to show us around this memorizing city. I can’t wait to get back and eat some more macaroons!

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SINGAPORE:
While it was not my first time in Singapore, it was great to be back and see how much this city has grown. Singapore is a beautiful city which great people and beautiful architecture.
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THAILAND:
Phuket will always be a second home to me and it is where we began and ended our around the world trip. Living here has really opened my eyes and taking this photo was really important. This photo was taken in a little lagoon in Koh Phi Phi Ley near where the majestic beach from the movie The Beach was filmed. You can see another hidden beach in the background that we could swim to. Taking a long tail boat out to this preserved island and spending the day snorkeling and soaking up the sun is my favorite thing to do in Thailand.
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MEXICO:
Growing up, my family always spent at least once if not twice a year in Mexico. This year I was fortunate enough to get the change to travel to a new place in Baja called Loreto. It is a great little fishing town located right on the Sea of Cortez.
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SRI LANKA:
Sri Lanka is a beautiful island nation located just southeast of India and visiting was a great treat for me. There are many elephants, beautiful landscapes and beaches. If you ever get the chance to visit this beautiful country, take it!
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Bio Photo Marina 150x150 My First Time: Taking a Cruise Marina Dominguez is the co-founder of Latitude 34 Travel Blog as well as a photographer and documentary film maker.

As a maturing women, Marina has dedicated her life to travel and new experiences. After working a 9-5 cubical lifestyle, Marina sold everything she owned, left her job and begun a new life with her boyfriend and travel companion, Jeff Johns. Together they relocated to Phuket, Thailand and founded Latitude 34 in which they seek to share their alternative lifestyle with the world. 

Marina is a Visual Journalism graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography where she studied photography, videography and ultimately caught the travel bug. Through creating several international documentaries, Marina realized there was more to the world than work and wanted something more. 

Paris, France
How about a visit to the magical city of Paris, France!

19 Photos that will Make you Fall in Love with Paris

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Paris is one of those cities that everyone raves about and it is not until you see the city you can really understand. Jeff and I just spent 6 long and wonderful days exploring everything Paris has to offer. We were fortunately enough to stay with a good friend who has lived in Paris for the past year and in 6 days, showed us almost everything she had discovered. We walked through countless little streets, ate dozens of croissants and bakeries all over and drank coffee in tons of the endless cafes Paris has to offer and of course had our cameras in hand to capture it all!

 

While we are working on our “Latitude 34 Guide to Paris” we couldn’t help but share some of the beauty Paris has to offer in a photo gallery. Hope you enjoy!

 

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Where Will You Be In 2014?

Where Will You Be In 2014?

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With 2014 shaping up to be our most adventurous year to date, we hope to make the year all the more memorable by connecting and meeting up with new friends, bloggers, photographers and strangers all over the globe. As many of you know, for most of 2013 we lived in Phuket, Thailand which we absolutely loved. While we will be returning to Thailand in 2014, we will be taking a very backwards and exciting route. We realized that we will be working through most of Europe, the Middle East, and India before finding ourselves back in South East Asia and want to meet up with and cross paths with as many of our friends and fellow travel loving bloggers as we can while we are on the road.

Where Will You Be In 2014?Let us all use this space as a place to loosely lay out our 2014 travel plans and see where we all might cross paths and plan a couple travel blogger meet ups. Now, if there is one thing we have learned during our life on the road, it is that plans change, and we all end up in far flung corners of the Earth without really planning it, but, let’s just pretend some things might end up going according to plan and we find ourselves in the same cities at the same time.

We will use this place to update our 2014 travel plans, post about possibly meet ups in different cities and see who is going to be around. If you have travel plans for the year ahead, simply post them below in a comment and look at the other comments for people you might be crossing paths with. We will post ideas and possible locations for meet ups for drinks, photo walks and sheer exploring of new locations.

So, where will you be in 2014? Let’s all have a fantastic year, see the world around us and inspire those around us to get up off the couch and travel like they mean it!

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Our 2014 Travel Plans (subject to massive and unpredictable last minute changes)

January – Ireland

February – England, Wales, Scotland, France

March – Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Sweden, Romania

April – Turkey, Dubai, Iran, India

May – Thailand, Vietnam

June – Thailand

July – Thailand, Japan

August – October – Thailand, Cambodia, Laos

November – Thailand

December – Australia, New Zealand, Fiji

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So there you have it, our extremely adventurous, tedious, robust and improbable 2014 travel plans. Our first few months in Europe will be mad, and we really hope to get to Iran and India before heading back to SE Asia. We know plans will change and who knows but we hope this can be a thread for us all to comment and hopefully share info, tips, contacts and travel plans.

Cheers and we hope to see you along the road in 2014!

– Jeff & Marina

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jeffjohnsheadshotJeff Johns is the co-founder and editor of Latitude 34 Travel Blog. Through 65 countries on 6 continents he has accumulated a seemingly endless stream of odd information, interesting stories and helpful tips and tricks to better travel. Jeff’s goal is to visit all 204 countries on Earth before he is too senile to remember them all.

A graduate of the Visual Journalism program at the Brooks Institute, his true passions lay in honest visual storytelling, documentary filmmaking, Thai food and a good laugh.

Together with his girlfriend Marina, they run Latitude 34 Travel Blog as a source of helpful information for those who love to travel or those who simply dream of it. If you have a comment or suggestion, send them an email at hello@latitudethirtyfour.com and they’ll respond super fast!


Rome vs. Paris!

Rome vs. Paris!

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Rome, the Eternal City and Paris, the City of Love both draw millions of tourists each year. Paris and Rome, two of Europe’s oldest capitals have an impressive array of monuments scattered throughout their streets. From the Colosseum to Notre Dame, both Paris and Rome have a very different style of architecture. Both cities are steeped in history and culture and this shows through the impressive number of monuments and architectural achievements.

We are thrilled to be visiting both Paris and Rome at the start of 2014 and are excited to explore the cities further and interested to see which one we prefer. Clearly no shortage of amazing sites and sounds in either, who knows what we will find and fall in love with! But regardless of what we do, visiting some of the world’s most recognizable monuments is high on our to do list!

Which city has the most impressive buildings and monuments is a matter of taste, so check out this cool info graphic to see how all of these famous sites match up against each other!

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Rome vs. Paris!

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jeffjohnsheadshotJeff Johns is the co-founder and editor of Latitude 34 Travel Blog. Through 65 countries on 6 continents he has accumulated a seemingly endless stream of odd information, interesting stories and helpful tips and tricks to better travel. Jeff’s goal is to visit all 204 countries on Earth before he is too senile to remember them all.

A graduate of the Visual Journalism program at the Brooks Institute, his true passions lay in honest visual storytelling, documentary filmmaking, Thai food and a good laugh.

Together with his girlfriend Marina, they run Latitude 34 Travel Blog as a source of helpful information for those who love to travel or those who simply dream of it. If you have a comment or suggestion, send them an email at hello@latitudethirtyfour.com and they’ll respond super fast!


The Most Beautiful Travel Journal You’ve Ever Seen

Sometimes you come across something on the internet that truly blows you away. Sometimes it happens to be on Facebook, and sometimes, if you are lucky, you even know the person in real life. I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse at a post of a good family friend, Sheila Harrington, she had just uploaded containing a few of her travel journal sketches from a recent family trip to Paris, France. I was absolutely blown away by the artistic style, creative beauty and overall unique nature of the drawings.

As a documentary photographer, she had captured in her drawings the very emotions, feelings and moods that I strive to capture in my photographs, but she had amazingly captured and translated them to paper with pen, ink and watercolor. Something about the drawings continued to grab my attention, detail by detail they told a story, something more than can be found in a photograph sometimes. It was as if I was reading a real life comic book, packed full of the little moments, instants that make travel what it is and set it apart from the rest of our daily lives.

“I’ve been keeping sketchbook journals for years.” Harrington says, “They are full of notes and drawings of family, friends, daily life, work, travel. My children enjoy looking back at drawings of themselves and their activities when they were tiny. When I take a photograph, it happens quickly, and I don’t need to take in the image inwardly, but I have the pleasure of reviewing it over and over afterward. With a sketchbook journal it’s not the same; there is something about drawing and writing that obliges me to look more closely and reflect, so I take in and recall the subject differently.”

I have so much enjoyed pouring over Harrington’s sketches on her website from her family trip to Ireland as well as the few pages she has uploaded from her recent trip to Paris. She will be adding much more to her website in the near future and I would strongly encourage everyone to check it out at http://sheilaharrington.org/sketchbooks/ireland/

So the next time you go on a trip, be it near or far, think about throwing in a pencil and notepad to help you remember it all, I know I will.

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Photo Tour through Paris with Divergent Travelers!

When you are asked to think of a magical city, what is the first city that comes to mind for you? For me, it’s Paris. The city is beautiful and full of iconic landmarks that will leave you breathless. You can easily spend a couple weeks here just wandering the streets and taking it all in. I was lucky to visit Paris last Fall as the brisk winter air turned the leaves and created a fulfilled Fall atmosphere. The following photo essay will take you on a walk through Paris and give you a sneak peek into what this iconic city can offer you on your next visit to Paris.

Paris Sign

** Where shall we wander to first? **

Pont Neuf Bridge over the Seine

** Stroll on the Pont Neuf Bridge- the oldest bridge in Paris to cross the River Seine. **

Place Saint-Michel

** Place Saint-Michel is a popular square in the Latin Quarter near the River Seine. **

Lock Bridge- Paris

** Visit the Lock Bridge which displays thousands of locks placed by lovers over the years. **

Mona Lisa Admirers- Louvre, Paris

** Join the masses and admire the Mona Lisa in the Louvre Museum. **

Notre Dame Cathedral

** Pay a visit to the gargoyles at the Notre Dame Cathedral. **

Concorde Place, Paris

** Take the bus to Place de la Concorde. The site of the execution of Marie Antoinette. **

Paris Fountains

** Admire the faces of the fountains while you make your way around Paris. **

Paris Artisans

** Mingle with the Artisans that setup shop on the Left Bank. **

Louvre Museum

** Visit the courtyard of the Louvre Museum and photograph the infamous glass pyramid. **

Beautiful decor

** Admire the timeless furniture at street side shops in the Latin Quarter. **

Arc de Triomphe

** Get up close and personal with the Arc de Triomphe. **

Moulin Rouge, Paris

** Hop the subway to the Montmartre District and the Moulin Rouge. **

Sacre Couer

** Hike up the hill to see the Sacre Couer and then admire the view of Paris from above. **

Wine in Paris

** Pause for a moment at a café and enjoy some wine. **

Eiffel Tower at night

** After paying a visit during the day, visit the Eiffel Tower at night for a treat. **

This is a small, small sampling of the wonders that this city can offer you on your next visit. Plan for an absolute minimum of 4 days and let yourself get lost in the beauty that Paris has to offer you.

Lina from Divergent Travelers has been traveling for 12+ years, solo and together with her partner David, while working a full time job! Between the two of them, they have already visited 31 countries and are hoping that their stories will not only inspire those of you that are thinking about the jump, but also become a place you can visit for support and information in planning and realizing your dreams! You can follow their adventures on their blog Divergent Travelers, Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks so much to Lina and David for sending us this amazing photo tour of Paris! Check them out and follow their travels on Facebook and Twitter and stay tuned for more Traveler Check-ins coming up next week!


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