Simon & Lauren’s Original Round-the-World Trip

In honor of throwback Thursday (#tbt), here is a link to our original travel blog, which we started back in 2008.

I’ll give you a short version of the story here.

Lauren went to New Zealand on study abroad in 2007, and met Simon in the University of Auckland Dive Club (which he was running at the time). Fast friends, they bonded over all things scuba and underwater. They kept in contact via phone and email for nearly a year, including on impromptu visit to Big White, Canada (Lauren went to meet Simon there for a long weekend in January 2008).

Lauren & Simon in Big White, Canada, early 2008
Lauren & Simon in Big White, Canada, early 2008

Soon after that weekend, they decided to go all in and planned a round-the-world escapade. It was to start days after Lauren graduated from the University of Miami, when she would fly from Miami to Auckland to meet Simon, who had just quit his job at Fisher & Paykel Engineering. From Auckland, they traveled to Australia, the Philippines, Palau, Thailand, and Cambodia. From Bangkok, they each flew in a different direction to New York City, USA, and returned to Miami together where they collected Lauren’s car (the trusty Toyota Prius that we still have now!) and belongings. They drove to her family home in Virginia and stayed for a few weeks before driving across North America to settle in San Diego, where they started graduate school at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

I think you know the rest 🙂

married at Lauren's family home in Mathews, VA June 2011
married at Lauren’s family home in Mathews, VA June 2011
Joey joined team Freeman in August, 2013
Joey joined team Freeman in August, 2013
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