I’ve been very fortunate in life. I’ve worked really hard, taken some risks (like buying a one way ticket to San Francisco), and have had a lot of luck along the way. My goal in life as a young girl was to be successful and I thought the pinnacle of success was to become a CEO. My younger self was definitely on to something.
For our babymoon, Ke and I went to Suzhou! At first we thought about going to Hawaii but thanks to Scott’s Cheap Flights, we found an incredible deal to China that was even cheaper than Hawaii – only $350 roundtrip on a direct flight to Beijing. I was already feeling bummed out that our trip to France was going to be our last international trip of the year so I was pretty excited about our change of plans.
Ke and I took advantage of a great flight deal last spring and booked our first trip to France. We first spent a couple of days in Loire Valley, and then made our way to Paris where we met up with a couple of friends also traveling in Europe. We spent about 4 days enjoying and sightseeing in Paris.
4 weeks after our trip to Mexico City, Ke and I headed to France! Just like our trip to Mexico, we had planned this trip to France before I was pregnant. I was about 2 months pregnant at the time and unfortunately was hit hard with morning sickness. Despite the nausea and lack of appetite, I still had a ton of fun and love looking back on these photos. In total we spent 6 full days in France, 2 in Loire Valley and then 4 days in Paris.
Last spring, Ke and I had had an awesome time visiting Mexico City with some close friends. While I had a blast during my first time in Mexico in Cabo San Lucas, I wanted to experience the real side of Mexico. Ke had also been studying Spanish for over a year and really wanted to put his Spanish to the test.
Our next stop after Mai Chau, during our 2 week trip in Vietnam, was Pu Luong Nature Reserve! Pu Luong Nature reserve was a little hard to get to so we decided to spend two days here over the Christmas holiday. Pu Luong was absolutely gorgeous. We wanted to go a little off the beaten path and was able to find a great ecolodge with the help of friends.
After recovering from jet lag and spending a great weekend in Hanoi, Ke and I continued our tour through Vietnam. Our next two stops were Mai Chau and Pu Luong. We researched probably a dozen tours but was able to plan this trip on our own with the help of great friends.
For the Christmas holiday, Ke and I wanted to go somewhere warm and southeast Asia was at the top of the list. We had two weeks to work with and debated squeezing in two countries, Vietnam and Thailand. After doing a bit of research on ideal itineraries, we decided to travel solely to Vietnam in order to experience as much of the country as we could. We traveled to Hanoi, Hoi An, Pu Luong, Nha Trang, and Ho Chi Minh. A very busy two weeks! Our first stop was Hanoi =D
After Sun Moon Lake, the next stop on our Taiwan group trip was Alishan! While researching things to do for this trip, I wanted to see as many parts of Taiwan as possible. Alishan National Park is famous for its beautiful forests and for its sunrise and sunset.