Where I Have Been

Where I Have Been: The travel map I’m so proud of! :D

Click here in order to see Where I Have Been, be able to click on all the pins you see on the map, and get the details. Also, you will be able to access some reviews and posts I have published on Tripadvisor about my experiences worldwide – once again, by clicking on the map’s pins. Blue star pin? It’s one of my favorite destinations. Yellow pin? I have been there. Big yellow pin? I can give you great advice about that particular place. Green pin? That’s on my #TravelBL!

Got destinations you feel should be added to my travel bucket list and subsequently to my Where I Have Been map? Dot them down on a comment below – I love travel inspiration & can’t wait to keep flooding this map with pins!

Where I have been map

12 thoughts on “Where I Have Been

  1. You are very lucky to have travelled the world. I am 50 years old and it took this long to get to my dream destination…my native Italy. Well, not my native land, but my parents’. I always wanted to go as a teenager and young adult but it never worked out. I travelled to other places but never Italy. At 34 I got married and had two children. The opportunity came this year, when I turned 50. My children are now 12 and 14 and for the first time in my life, I finally went to my beloved Italy. I knew it would be amazing, but I never dreamed it would be “beyond spectacular”. We cruised the Mediterranean for 12 days and then travelled throughout Southern Italy, including Sicily, up through Amalfi coast and ending in Rome. I can’t tell you how much I loved each and every part we visited. Calabria has a special spot in my heart because my parents came from there and we are a beach family and saw the most incredible beaches on earth there! Tropea, I love you! Rome? THE most beautiful city I’ve ever seen or imagined. Not enough time there and was so sad to leave. The last day, when our alarm clock rang to wake us up to leave for the airport I could not stop crying. I knew I had had the most amazing trip of a lifetime and I also knew I probably wouldn’t be able to repeat it.
    So here I am. Back home for 3 weeks now. Very very blue and often cry when I think of our time there. Italy is not like going to Mexico or Hawaii….it costs alot more so it is unlikely we will go again for a long time. Even the cruise portion will probably never be done again (my husband is not a big fan of cruises).
    Its the spirit of Italy I miss the most. The life there. The warm (hot) sunny days. The beaches….oh the beaches. The people! The best I’ve ever met. I left a part of my heart there. Very hard to say goodbye and even harder to be away from it.
    Thank you for listening. You sound like you have an amazing life. Enjoy the world as much as you can. We are only here for a short time. Make the most of your life and live it with joy and love! Ciao…

    • you can always go back there Giselle. You could bring the kids and have them go to school in Italy perhaps? Or wait until they finally go off to college and then you can finally move and live a modest life in the Italian countryside.

      Remember, everything is possible in life–if there is a will, there is a way! Don’t give up on your dream of going back to your parents homeland. NEVER give up on your dreams!

  2. You are a world ambassador!. I think traveling help us understand and respect the differences among us, yet cherish the fun and excitement that comes with it.

  3. Wow Maria, you sure have seen alot of the World, got me beat hands down! I was just researching French style cafes in HCMC Vietnam when I came across your post. I was so impressed with the French influence in Vietnam that I have to go back there with my wife one day soon, but we are off to Singapore and India in 3 weeks time so that will have to wait. I am actually a New Zealander but living in the Philippines past 6 years, but I have visited and lived in Antarctica (South Pole Station, McMurdo, Scott Base and Williams Ice Runway), Chatham Islands, Australia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Pratas Island (Dongsha) and a few other oddball places like Mellish Reef, a very small sand cay out in the Pacific near New Caledonia. Life is short and there are many new experiences awaiting out there, so enjoy life and make the most of it. Thankyou for sharing

    • oh, I feel like I’ve seen nothing yet! ;-) You’ve been to several exotic places that are on my list and I haven’t even been close to visiting. I’ll definitely keep sharing and hope to visit all those places soon enough! Hope you stick around :-) thanks for visiting!

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