hailey around the world

One thought that always brings a smile to my face when I see a breathtaking sunset or snowcapped mountains, or anything natural and beautiful is, “wow… God created this for MY pleasure.” I believe that God created our world and I love thinking about how he could have made it anyway he wanted to, but he made it so beautiful and so diverse so that we could enjoy it. I know that not everyone is wired like me, and that’s totally okay, but I am one of those people who loves exploring and experiencing God’s creation and one of my main goals while I am on this Earth is to see as much of it as I can. That being said, I wanted to put together this list of the things/places I have already seen so that I can continue to add to it throughout my travels.


The United States- (the highlights)

–       been to 23 of the 50 States
–       hiked through the Grand Canyon
–       white-water rafted the Snake River, Wyoming & in Colorado
–       kayaked off the coast of Southern California
–       paraglided off the cliffs of La Jolla, California (San Diego)
–       peaked a ~13,400 foot (4,804 m) mountain on a 6-day wilderness hike in Colorado
–       snow-skied/snow-boarded in 5 different States (Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Virginia & New York)
–       taken a helicopter ride over the Hawaiian island of Kauai
–       hiked through the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia
–       been to Disney World (FL), Disney Land (CA) and the other theme parks, multiple times.
–       Have been to NYC ~15 times
–       Tubed down the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers in Texas
–       Wake boarded in Texas and Arkansas


–       swam with Dolphins in Cancun
–       spent a day on a private beach in Cozumel
–       built houses on a mission trip to Piedras Negras
–       saw the ancient Mayan ruins


–       swam with stingrays in Grand Cayman
–       drank Red Stripe beer in Jamaica
–       went on a cruise


–       Rode a camel in Morocco


New Zealand

–       sailed/kayaked for 2 days around the Bay of Islands
–       dug a hot water pool on the beach in Coromandel
–       drank wine in the vineyards of Wahiki Island
–       canoed through glowworm caves in Waitomo
–       hiked a volcano
–       saw the Earthquake ruins in Christchurch
–       hiked to Franz Josef Glacier
–       broke my toe in Queenstown


–       drank Kava with some locals



–       lived in the town of Aschau in the Bavaria Alps for 1 year
–       straddled the border between East and West Germany in Berlin
–       went swing dancing in Hamburg
–       went to a Cuckoo clock factory in the Black Forest
–       drank beer at the Hoffbrau Haus in Munich
–       went snow-skiing, sledding and hiking in the Bavarian Alps
–       visited Neuschwanstein Castle
–       drank beer at Oktoberfest
–       roadtripped the North Sea coast
–       touched the Baltic Sea
–       danced on tables at Oktoberfest
–       drank Glühwein at the Christmas markets in Nürnberg and Rothenburg
–       ate a bratwurst at the oldest hot dog stand in Europe in Regensburg
–      partied in the streets of Munich when Germany won the 2014 World Cup with 200,00 others


–       slid through salt mine caves in Salzkammergut
–       saw an Opera in Vienna
–       strolled through Salzburg singing the music from The Sound of Music


–       walked across the oldest wooden bridge in Europe in Lucerne
–       paddle boated across Lake Lugano in Lugano
–       attended a church conference in Zurich


–       had my lunch stolen by gypsies under the Eiffel Tower
–       walked through the Louvre hung-over and saw the Mona Lisa
–       ate lots of baguettes and drank lots of wine


–       threw coins in the Trevi Fountain in Rome
–       dipped my hands in Holy Water in Vatican City
–       stood under Juliet’s balcony in Verona
–       saw the Statue of David in Florence
–       relaxed in the coastal towns of Cinque Terre
–       chilled on the beaches of Sardinia
–       ate lots of pasta, pizza, gelato and drank lots of wine


–       ate a Belgium Waffle in Antwerp

 The Netherlands

–       had cocktails on the beach in The Hague
–       biked through Amsterdam


–       was pick-pocketed in Barcelona
–       saw a flamenco show in Sevilla
–       ate paella in Valencia
–       relaxed on the beach in Dénia
–       saw original Picasso’s in Madrid
–       climbed sand dunes in Tarifa


–       sea kayaked in Dubrovnik
–       walked the city walls of Dubrovnik’s Old Town
–       explored Brac Island
–       drank Croatian beer on the promenade in Split


–       took a picture of the sunset and went to the bathroom

–       spent an afternoon in Budapest soaking in the thermal waters of the famous bathhouse Szecheyni
–       explored both the Buda and Pest sides of the Danube River


Continents: 3    (I’m still mad New Zealand doesn’t count as a continent)

Countries: 18

Oceans/Seas swam in: 9  Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean (North & South), Mediterranean Sea, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, Strait of Gibraltar, Tasman Sea, Adriatic Sea


5 responses to “hailey around the world

  1. …..and you’re only 25? What a life! BTW, you never mentioned you were pick pocketed… 😳Cheers to a lifetime of travel! 🍻

  2. That’s my Boo!

    Never knew u went to Vatican or Netherlands, cool! Nor pick pocketed in Spain.

    Keep on keeping on, girl! No telling what u will see next 75 years. Dad

    • Both Vatican and Netherlands were on the tour with Margo.. remember how we stayed with Tippi’s extended family in Holland? You definitely knew 🙂

      The pickpocketing in Barcelona was also on that trip, not the most recent one. But I caught the lady in action and ran out without anything of mine.. so maybe this doesn’t count as a full pick pocketing? haha I’d love to see your list!!

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