When I first started interNATionalcaty, I had a hard time coming up with a tagline to describe my brand. Initially, I started with “step into my interNATional world”. That lasted about a minute. As I started to travel frequently, it became “Traveling with an Adventurous Spirit”. It was like a light bulb being turned on. interNATionalcaty is an adventurous spirit.
We are toward the end of 2016 and the adventurous spirit has continued to grow. Some of my adventurous activities were not planned. It just happened! So far I have done the following:
Driving for the First Time on Right-Hand side in Dunedin
When I travel, I never drive. It is usually a cab, uber, or metro. So for the work assignment, I had to drive in New Zealand. I have never driven on the wrong side of the road. I learned the highways are called motorways. The turn signal and windshield wipers are the devil especially when it is on the wrong side. We won’t even talk about doing a reverse or u-turn because you made the wrong turn.
My second time driving in New Zealand. Still having issues with right and left. Almost hit a bus and I scared my co-worker.Driving again. I did have one minor incident toward the end. As I was turning left, I almost turned into the wrong lane. Thank God for the arrows on the road lol . I am no longer allowed to drive in New Zealand.
The Skywalk in New Zealand
How could I come to New Zealand and don’t explore Auckland….so on my one day visit, I decided to the do the Skywalk at the famous Sky Tower. During my lunch, I needed some liquid courage and had two glasses of wine. Who in their right mind would travel over 44 hours to walk on a walkway that is 192 meters high. Yeah, that would be me.
Jumped into Bassin Blu in Jacmel
When you have a fear of water but still want to be adventurous and jump into 75 feet deep water. I was brave and jumped in twice. What a beautiful place and day that I will cherish
Hiking in Maxi dress in Jacmel and Port Salut
What was I thinking? The majority of my wardrobe for Haiti were dresses — maxi dresses. Who does that? I only packed 2 Capri pants for a 10-day trip. Let’s not even talk about shoes. I was just lucky to throw in some canvas shoes in the luggage. Did I even read the itinerary for this trip? Did I get a brain fuzz about where I was going? By day 5, it became a theme to find the right dress for the most inappropriate activity.
So you all know that I have an adventurous spirit. My motto is “if it doesn’t kill me why not”. Well, I draw the line to caves especially dark caves that may or may not have bats and other things that goes bump in the night or day. Yesterday was the La Grotte Marie-Jeanne Cave exploration. I successfully did 2 1/2 caves in a strapless maxi dress and canvas shoes lol. The tour said light physical activities. I won’t fall for that again.
The Cu Chi Tunnel in Ho Chi Minh City
Today was spending the morning at Cu Chi Tunnel and going through the tunnels. The tunnels were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat (war). All I have to say, you need to under 5 feet and not be big. The American solders were not able to enter or go through the tunnels.
Jet Boating in the Sydney Harbour
The best way to end my layover in Sydney. A jet boat adventure on Sydney Harbour. If you ever have a chance to visit, I strongly recommend this activity.
Bridge Climb in Sydney
So you know I am different…I opted to do the bridge climb at night. It was about 20°C and windy. However, the view of the city, the opera house, North Sydney, and the Harbour at night was worth it. Oh, don’t I look fancy with my beanie
Bungy Jumping in Queenstown
When I arrived in New Zealand the second time, my co-worker (Andrea) said “you are going to bungy jump when we visit Queenstown for the weekend”. I was like uh. I was thinking of skydiving or zip-lining. Bungy jumping never crossed my mind.
Jet Boating on the Shotover River
Can you spot me on the Shotover Jet boat? This jet boat adventure is about 30 minutes on the Shotover River. The ride takes you through various canyons with beautiful scenery of the mountains. Also, this was the jet boat that Prince William and Catherine did when they visited Queenstown last year.
The past 6 months have been wonderful and I hope to continue to grow and inspire people through interNATionalcaty to travel with an adventurous spirit.
I hiked the Pedra Bonita in Rio de Janeiro in a maxi-dress! I hadn’t planned on hiking at all – I mean Rio is all about beaches but the weather was cold and cloudy most of the time so all the clothes I packed was basically useless…lol!
This is a nice little bucket list! I would love to do all these things….well except bungee jump…yikes! Great photos, happy travels! 🙂
I’d love to swim at that waterfall but I don’t think I’m brave enough for the rest of your trip!
I’m so jealous that you’ve been to Australia and New Zealand! And I admire your adventurous spirit, I don’t know if I’d be brave enough to bungee jump or skywalk!
You are so adventurous, i wish I was like that but unfortunately my idea of a fun adventure in a new country is trying out new food and shopping 🙂
How fun! I’d be too afraid for that sky tower. I do not like heights.
Wow girl, New zealand is in my to-do list, and this is making me tiny bit jealous 😀
I love this — “if it doesn’t kill me why not”!! I went to New Zealand and Australia in 2012 – but I didn’t get to stay as long as I’d liked to – so I didn’t get to do all of the stuff you described in this post!! So jealous! Guess I’ll have to go back now 😉
Wow girl, I’m damn jealous of you. One day that will be me.
Oh wow! This trip looks so much fun! <3 Would love to do these all someday.
I wish I had the guts to do such things! But just thinking of deep waters or heights makes me anxious 😀
Oh wow, you’ve done so many fun things! I’m jealous of your adventures, but happy you’re sharing them so I can live vicariously and be inspired to have adventures of my own.
This is amazing! You are so adventurous and really living the life to the fullest!
What an inspiring post! I can relate to it as I have either been to many of these places or wish to go someday. The trap in Vietnam truly looks interesting! I had no idea they had a skywalk in NZ. It looked so much like the edgewalk at the CN Tower here at home in Toronto!
You certainly have an adventurous spirit. I love to travel, but doing some of the things you are doing would scare me to death!
I haven’t traveled as much as I would like to have but maybe when my kids are grown and move out I can see some places!
Awesome, You look like you had a blast out there !
You look like you had so much fun. I would love to travel one day!
I want to go to New Zealand! It looks amazing!
I always ride Uber or a taxi out of country as well. I don’t know how to drive so I don’t really have any other options, unless there are trains available. Hehe.
The Skywalk looks fun and exciting! I would definitely like to try that. But a definite no for the bungy jump. Hahaha
I love all of your pictures! I really want to get out of the US and travel.
I love seeing all of your travel adventures! It looks like so much fun. I am scared of heights, so I don’t I could handle anything up high.
How cool I drove for the first time on the left in New Zealand as well! Love how adventurious you are 🙂
You are very brave! I’m a little bit jealous:) I would love to see all this places:)
Looks like nothing phases you! Such a badass cave exploring in your maxi. Def need to go on an adventure with you!
Wow! You are so brave and lucky to travel beautiful places like this. I could never imagine jump that high. So proud of you… That waterfall looks gorgeous! May you get chances to travel more beautiful places!