When we were growing up, our families did a lot of local vacations every year. My Dad's family was from British Columbia so that was always the big trip, every five years or so. And Ruth's family was from England, so they returned there about as often. Other than that, vacations were always either Canada, or Northeastern United States.
I did a three week bicycle tour to England with my older sister when I was 15 years old. That was my first time outside of North America.
A few months after Ruth and I met, we did our first trip together. Can you guess where we went?
Then when we were married in 1984, our honeymoon was to Florida and Disneyworld. We drove there from Ottawa in our 1971 Buick Skylark!
In May of 1987 we were back in England with our baby Lindsey, this time driving up to Scotland for a week with Ruth's cousin and her family. Ruth went back to England by herself in 1991 with both our little children.
But with a young family and essentially one income, we didn't leave the country again until 1993. Then, Ruth and I splurged on a (almost) 10th anniversary trip to the caribbean island of Antigua.
Ruth and Kevin in Antigua, January 1993.
Hiking Gros Morne mountain in Newfoundland
In 1994 we did a two week tent camping trip to Newfoundland. I know, not a different country, but it might as well be!
After that, we did several trips with the kids, taking them to Dominican Republic twice, and once to Cuba. Our son always played competitive baseball so we were busy with his team all summer. That meant we had to take winter vacations!
In 1999, we won that trip to Copenhagen, Denmark. And we took the ferry to Sweden for lunch, so we've been to Sweden too!
After that, we were back in England in 2003, and then two weeks in Portugal in March of 2007. Since then, it has only been Canada, the U.S., and Mexico.
So there you have it. We have been to a total of only ten countries, and that includes Canada! Did you know that there are approximately 192 countries in the world? How many have you been to?
Okay, time to go vote so that we can make it to another country!
Yesterday was GREAT day for votes. Almost 200 in a day which is our best day yet, and we surpassed the 1,000 mark yesterday! Thanks everyone!
(Oh and reader Pete Olson reminded us that you can also vote from your phone if you have an internet enabled cell device. Thanks Peter!)