Hong Kong, Toronto and Thailand - all have a special place in my mind that I can call them home.
Hong Kong - where I grew up and still have many friends and relatives here
Toronto - where I lived and worked for over 20 years
Thailand - where I lived and worked for more than 2 years. I was there to help an award-winning tourism social enterprise about two hours north of Phuket. The organization, Andaman Discoveries, was set up after the 2004 tsunami, aiming to support the local communities for economic sustainability and environmental conservation through homestay and cultural tours with foreign travelers and school groups.
If you are planning a trip, please consider these hotels and tour operators:
In Asia: Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Award
In Asia and elsewhere: Virgin Holidays Responsible Travel Awards
Trips in 2015: Playa del Carmen, Mexico; Cayo Largo, Havana, Varedero, Cuba
Trips in 2014: Camping trip in Pennsylvania, US; Puerto Morelos, Mexico
Trips in 2013: Manuel Antonio, Orosi, Escazu in Costa Rica; Cozumel & Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Trips in 2012: Playa del Carmen, Mexico; road trip in the mountains of Pennsylvania, US, Hong Kong; Southern China, Helsinki, Finland; Tallinn, Estonia
Trips in 2011: Hong Kong; Sabah, Malaysia; Bangkok, Phuket, Prachuab, Thailand
Trips in 2010: Key West, Florida, US, Colorful fall foliage drives around Toronto; Watkins Glen, New York, US; Paris, France; Hong Kong, Honeymoon in the beautiful island nation of Seychelles; Luang Prabang & Vientienne, Laos; 3 weeks all around Myanmar.
Trips in 2009: Hanoi & Ho Chi Ming City, Vietnam; New York City, US; Trang, Issan, Thailand; Penang, Malaysia
There's an old Chinese saying: "It's better to travel 10000 miles than to read 10000 books." In other words, you have to actually see it for yourself, sometimes words just can't describe better.
Toronto has been my home for many years. My travel quest began after finishing university, with the majority of my trips took place within North and Central America and the Caribbeans. Many of the trips involve visiting parks and conservation areas, as I love the nature and wildlife. Recently I spent more time in Asia, as I became fascinated by the richness of the different cultures and food there.
Here are highlights of some of the great places I've been to: