In this latest series, I will be going through all the countries I’ve travelled to from my personal experience starting with country #2 Canada. If you haven’t gotten a chance already, read this story first to find out why I’m trying to visit all 193 UN recognized countries.
I was originally born in the Philippines (country #1 which I’ll cover at a later article because I didn’t visit the country as a tourist until I was much older) and I am of Chinese descent. Both my parents are Chinese and after taking the 23andme DNA test, it confirmed that I am indeed 99.8% Chinese (0.2% from Central Asia). When I turned 10 years old, my family moved to Canada and my life really started here. Despite not being born in Canada, I see this country as my real home and I’m proud to be a Canadian.
Canada – Country #2 Video (introduction to the series)
Dreaming of travelling to distant lands
During my time in College and in my mid-20s, one thing was clear. My mind was always off pre-occupied with just two things: chasing girls and going on adventures.
When I wasn’t plotting on how I was going to chat up that cute girl in my college class, I was thinking about how I was going to go on my next hiking adventure.
Why hiking? When I was younger, for some reason, the thought of travelling was just never in my radar. But once I got a taste of hiking, I got into it really quickly. I didn’t know it at the time but travelling was really what lured me to hiuking. From driving to the hiking trails, going on an adventure, and seeing that awesome view at the end, this was all part of what made travelling so awesome.
Some of the hikes I’ve done in the Greater Vancouver area
I never liked doing the same hikes. So, when I started getting into hiking, my plan was to create a mega-list of all the best hikes in the Vancouver area. This was the beginning of my obsession to make a check-list of places to visit and relentlessly visit all of them no matter what (which I’m obviously doing now but instead of hiking trails, I’m trying to visit all 193 UN recognized countries).
One of my biggest talents is recruiting people to join me on adventures. When I was in college, instead of studying, I would convinced my friends and classmates to come join me on the next big hiking trip. I would literally give everyone a call one at a time until I get enough people to join me on the next hiking adventures. Here is some of hikes I completed in the Vancouver area:
St. Mark’s Summit
Elk Mountain (with my two younger sisters)
High Falls Creek
Lion’s Binkert Trail
After going on so many hikes, I soon realized that I actually did not like hiking as much as I thought. What I enjoyed about hiking was the travel aspect of it. From seeing the view at the end and to the sense of adventure that comes along with it. I was willing to go through the pain of hiking just so I can see the view at the end.
Travelling within Canada in my late 20s and early 30s
When Karen and myself began dating, that’s when I got my first hand experience with dabbling with travelling.
Karen and myself didn’t make that much money so all we could afford was to travel locally. And to tell you the truth, we still had a lot of fun! So you definitely don’t really need a big budget to enjoy travelling.
Places we would visit would include:
As you can see, getting into travel really starts in places near where you live.
Whistler – Brandywine Falls
Next up USA
Before long, our wanderlust led us to start visiting the US.
At this time, Karen’s dream was to visit Harry Potterland in Florida and mine was to visit Jamaica. This is the first time I was first exposed to travel hacking and it changed my life to this day.
In the next article, I will be talking about the 3rd country I’ve visited in the world which is the United States of America.