2018

Destination Arrival
1 Sydney, Australia December 31, 2017
2 Brisbane, Australia January 2, 2018
3 Cairns, Australia January 2, 2018
4 The Great Barrier Reef, Australia January 3, 2018
5 Kuruanda, Australia January 4, 2018
6 Uluru, Australia January 5, 2018
7 Melbourne, Australia January 6, 2018
8 Sydney, Australia January 7, 2018
9 Auckland, New Zealand January 8, 2018
10 Waitomoto, New Zealand January 9, 2018
11 Rotorua, New Zealand January 10, 2018
12 Wellington, New Zealand January 11, 2018
13 Picton, New Zealand January 12, 2018
14 Christchurch, New Zealand January 13, 2018
15 Queenstown, New Zealand January 13, 2018
16 Glenorchy, New Zealand January 14, 2018
17 Milford Sound, New Zealand January 15, 2018
18 Queenstown, New Zealand January 16, 2018

Monsooners: Donna “FOMO Queen” Vo, Taylan “Imperator Furiosa” Stulting, Alexandra “Venus Flytrap” De Rosa, Mary “Mad Max” Lin, Isaac “Nux” Johnson, Ann “Joey” Wen, Sampson “Alpaca” Lau, David “Good Guy Meme” Anton, Sarah “Ginger Soul” Parise, Laura “Muy Thai” Bodden, Bryce “Cowboy” Maynard, Rachel “Kiwibird” Xu

Remarks: “As yet another trip with The Monsoon Diaries comes to a close and my own travels start to wind down (I’m going to be back in the states in a week…), I want to take a second to thank this guy for being such an important person in my life.

Calvin, you have become one of my best friends over this past year and easily my favourite travel buddy. From when we first met in Russia last New Year’s Eve to these past few weeks in Australia and New Zealand, I’m so glad I’ve gotten to experience so much of the world with you. You never fail to challenge me and remind me the importance of self-love and embracing all the opportunities that life presents because life is short and there’s way too much to do and see in this world. I would never have embarked on this journey around the world if you never came into my life and helped me find the confidence to just do it if for no other reason than I deserve it. I am constantly grateful for your friendship, support, and guidance. Whenever and whenever our next travel adventure takes us, I know it will be epic.

But for now, I can’t wait to jump out of a plane with you and 3 other Monsooners as our final act in New Zealand.” – Taylan Stulting

“Goodbye all thanks for an amazing 3 weeks together. Y’all fam. Can’t wait for our reunion soon. Hit me up whenever you’re in New York ❤❤  – Ann Wen

“Hiya Calvin! I just wanted to say that your latest post is gold. It’s such a beautiful expression of your truths, which I’m sure so many monsooners resonate with.

Even though we’ve only known each other for a little while, I’m so proud of you for doing what you do and touching so many lives around you! You continue to be an inspiration, and I truly feel honored to connect with you as a friend. Sending love, always!!” – Alexandra De Rosa

“I’ve traveled with The Monsoon Diaries to 21 countries in the past year and every time is an amazing experience. I’m always challenged to grow as a person and the people I’ve met through these trips have become some of my best friends. If it wasn’t for Calvin and my fellow monsooners, I wouldn’t have taken the leap to spend the past six months of my life backpacking around the world which proved to be one of the best decisions of my life. I will always be grateful for this incredible community and I cannot wait for the next trip, whenever and wherever it may be.” – Taylan Stulting

“When you’re back to reality and suffering from PTD (post travel depression), so you’re looking through your pictures reminiscing… at 12 AM. I feel so blessed and grateful of the beautiful moments I got to experience during the last 3 weeks. I met and made friends with so many wonderful people on this journey.

I never got to experience the dorm life in college but our trip in Australia gave me a little taste of it and it was great. I’m so thankful I got to share these moments with you all and I will cherish them for the rest of my life.”  – Laura Bodden

“Thank you for planning the trip Calvin, enjoy the rest of the trip guys.” – David Anton

“When you wake up in the hostel and realize that all your travel buddies are gone… Have fun in New Zealand, y’all! It was a pleasure.” – Sampson Lau

“Thanks for bringing us all together and making this trip happen Calvin. Per usual you did good.” – Taylan Stulting

“Safe travels. It’s been real . Thanks again for putting this together and bringing us on the trip of a lifetime . Will miss you all, my family of strangers ‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍❤❤❤❤❤.” – Mary Lin

“Signed up for a 9 day adventure with a group of 7 strangers, trusting the entire itinerary with someone I met for 5 minutes, 5 years ago.  Everything about that is the complete opposite of the obsessively detailed and neurotically organized person that I usually am. I did things that I never thought I would have the courage to do, such as jumping out of a plane and free falling for 60 seconds.  With stunning panoramas around every corner, I often had trouble believing that this could be reality.  Thank you Monsoon Diaries for bringing us all together and inspiring me to challenge myself.  Will remember these Monsoon Memories with nostalgia.” – Rachel Xu

“Read the post and cried inside. Kinda tough telling people here how good Fergburger is and they just have no idea.” – Ann Wen

” ALL THE FEELS . . . NOONE WILL UNDERSTAND . . . EXCEPT US ” – Mary Lin

“No one will get anything from this trip except us.” – Taylan Stulting

“Re: ‘No one will get anything from this trip except us.’ . . .  That’s the point ” – Rachel Xu

Destination Arrival
1 Stockholm, Sweden March 24, 2018
2 Budapest, Hungary March 25, 2018
3 Bratislava, Slovakia March 26, 2018
4 Vienna, Austria March 27, 2018
5 Linz, Austria March 28, 2018
6 The Hague, The Netherlands March 29, 2018

Monsooners: Aaron “The Prodigal Son” Lam, Jazmin “Falling Overnight” Juarez, Jessica “Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind” Hong, Raubern “Waking Life” Totanes, Anthony “Midnight In Budapest” Ventimiglia, Daniela “Before Sunrise” Zarzer, Keseena “Before Sunset” Chengadu, Maria “Before Midnight” Laidlaw

Guest Stars: Jenny “Begin Again” Wang, Brittany “The One-Hundred Foot Journey”

Remarks: “When you make good memories that you know you gonna still remember 30 years later, you know you are on the right path 🙂 The best part of life is to live in the moment and live it to the fullest (in whichever sense it makes to you):

This unpredictable trip to Europe is coming to an end soon.. this whole trip has been full of amazing moments, bonding with great great people. It wouldn’t have been that intense if I didn’t meet them.. I felt connected with so many people during this trip. It started with a memorable weekend in Frankfurt, to a unique night in Berlin and continued to Prague – which was amazingly lovely and such joy kept spreading from the trip to Budapest, Slovakia and Austria.

First time I went to a country that I was pretty much clueless about, other than the name (Slovakia).. and it has been rich in experience, Vienna was ‘super geil (German for “awesome/hot”)’ with Calvin and his super amazing friend [Daniela] who has been a super amazing host with her incredibly good vibes.. I always love to meet people like this- they make me smile to the moon 🙂

I feel I can write a whole book about this trip.. but I think reading Calvin‘s blog give a perfect view of the adventures . . check out his recent post on http://monsoondiaries.com/…/the-brat-pack-reaches-bratisla…/ and if you feel he makes you travel with his post, feel free to read about all his other crazy adventures and who knows, you can join him on the next one 🙂

*This trip started with a talk over lunch with Calvin, and yhen a photo from my amazing colleagues in Frankfurt.. and I hit the airport within a few hours — love this spontaneous kind of living — everyday is a surprise :)” – Keseena Chengadu

“Thank you again for a wonderful experience. I’m at the gate waiting to board the plane. May God continue to bless you and strengthen you as you make people’s dreams and exploration a reality! 🙂 It was a blast . . .  I had a great time and met some decent people.” – Maria Laidlaw

 

 

Destination Arrival
1 Erbil, Iraq May 6, 2018
2 Halabja, Iraq May 7, 2018
3 Sulaymaniyah, Iraq May 7, 2018
4 Mar Mattai, Iraq May 8, 2018
5 Gaugamela, Iraq May 8, 2018
6 Lalish, Iraq May 8, 2018
7 Alqosh, Iraq May 8, 2018
8 Mosul, Iraq May 9, 2018

Guest Monsooners: Rik “For The Beer” Brinks, Christopher “From The Beers” Lee, Venla “Bride Of ISIS” Mai-Ikola, João “Brother Nomad” Leitão, Carol “Nurse Of The Year” Wong, Shane “Long Overdue” Horan, Abdallah “The Transporter” Abdelkader

Destination Arrival
1 Kuwait City, Kuwait May 31, 2018
2 Muscat, Oman June 1, 2018
3 Wadi Bani Khalid, Oman June 2, 2018
4 Wahiba Sands, Oman June 2, 2018
5 Nizwa, Oman June 3, 2018
6 Muscat, Oman June 3, 2018
7 Doha, Qatar June 4, 2018

Monsooners: Ann “Narcoleptik!” Wen, Mihaela “ROFLOLMAO” Kracun, Donavan “Kareem The Generous” Trieu