Europe Part 2!

Sorry for the late response.  I want to thank everyone who put in a guess.  Sadly none of you were correct.  The goal that I completed was

 

Drum roll please

 

20 countries in the past four years.

 

* Skip to the bottom if you just want to try and win postcards shot by me!

 

To some it might not seem like a lot, but it feels like an accomplishment to me.  Traveling has always been an important part of my life and I feel like having the goal of 20 countries in 4 years kept me motivated to actively pursue trips and not just get in the rut of wishing I could be somewhere else.  As I mentioned before, constantly having a trip in mind tends to have a positive effect on your day to day life.

 

This goal was never about seeing as many countries as possible.  I wanted to really enjoy the countries I was going to and that’s why most of the 20 countries I visited I spent upwards of two to six weeks in them. I could have done many more if I had wanted to, but this goal was much more personal then just being able to announce an accomplishment.  The goal of twenty merely kept me focused on actively planning new trips which led to more experiences.

 

I have tried to think how much the trips have cost me.  I have been very lucky on some of them, even getting some funding, but all in all I would say 20 countries cost me around $16 000.  Now that is spending 2 or 3 months on the road ( currently in Europe for 2 months.)  So basic living expenses that would be accumulated at home are included in that estimate.

 

To me $4000 a year for multiple trips is not that much to pay.  The life experience and memories I have gained in the past 4 years are priceless to me.

 

That being said, If you feel like you don’t have the extra money to jet off right now, don’t take local travel for granted.  The more I travel the more I appreciate living in Canada and having so many adventures so close to home.

 

I have one glorious weeks left in Europe before my girlfriend and I head home for the winter. It is always sad to end a trip, but I also look forward to seeing friends and family again.  Being away always makes normal life feel a little more exciting.

 

As this trip and this year start to wind down it makes Cooper and O’Hara even more excited for the future as we have a number of new projects we can’t wait to share with you in the coming months.  Thank you to everyone who follows us on our adventures.  I hope your last two months have been filled with awesome getaways and memories!

 

P.S. Since no one guessed the correct goal ( don’t feel bad) Bryan and I have decided that if you like Cooper and O’Hara on Facebook and like this post we will randomly pick one person to receive a bundle of postcards from this trip that I personally shot.

 

Thanks for listening! Talk to you soon.

 

 

P.s.s –  This is a cool man I stumbled upon who had gathered all of these flowers that morning.  In this picture he is currently extracting the Saffron from the Flower.  This table has thousands of dollars worth of Saffron on it at the moment.

 

Italain Man collecting Saffron.

Italain Man collecting Saffron.

Tuscany mid-day

Tuscany mid-day

Florence at Sunset

Florence at Sunset

Making pasta!  the old fashion way.

Making pasta! the old fashion way.

Hiking Cinque Terre in Italy

Hiking Cinque Terre in Italy

Sunset in  Florence

Sunset in Florence

More Sunsets and boats

More Sunsets and boats

Nightime blurs

Nightime blurs

Watching Messi play in Barcelona

Watching Messi play in Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

San Sebastian, Spain

San Sebastian, Spain

San Sebastian, Spain

San Sebastian, Spain

 

-Thomas