Travel Goals Update: January 2015

Can you believe it is the last day of January already? I really can’t. Where has this month gone? At the rate this year is flying by I’ll be writing my 2015 year end wrap-up post in no time!


Just a few short weeks ago I wrote my Travel Goals for 2015 post where I detailed what I’d like to accomplish this year. When I wrote that post I thought I’d do a check in each month to give an update on my progress and that time is already here. So how have I made out this month? Let’s check it out!



Goal #1: Reach (or exceed) specific milestones for most of my Lifetime Travel Goals

Visit 3 New Countries

3 New Countries


Visit 16 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

16 UNESCO Sites


Rideau Canal

Visit 3 Landmarks from my 100 Landmarks of the World List

3 Landmarks


Read Books Set in 30 Countries

Books Set in 30 Countries


  • This has been a slow month reading wise for me as I get back into the swing of things after the holidays but I am going to count myself 3.3% of the way towards reaching my goal as I am half way finished two books- one set in England and one set in Afghanistan.

Goal #2: #Take12Trips in 2015


12 Trips



 Goal #3: Global Eats

For this goal the kiddo and I are going to try a food from a different country each month. This month we tried a taste of Malaysia! And the verdict? Yum!

We visited a restaurant called Banana Leaf where we tried the Satay Beef with peanut sauce and the Roti Canai (Indian pancake) with curry dipping sauce for our starters. They were both pretty good but my favourite combo was the pancakes dipped in the peanut sauce. The kiddo preferred the curry sauce. For our main we had the Stir-Fried Seafood Rice Noodle dish that included shrimp, calamari, and scallops. It was very good. The kiddo figures they can hold the tentacles next time though (a peek of which are in the bottom right hand corner of the photo). They didn’t taste bad. They really didn’t taste like anything actually, just kind of rubbery. The shrimp and scallops were very tasty though.

BananaLeaf Collage

The Banana Leaf provided quick service and the waiter was super nice, helpful, and very patient as we had no idea what we wanted and spent quite a bit of time perusing the menu. There were so many things to choose from! If you live in the Houston area and would like to try this restaurant out I’d recommend looking on Living Social to see if they still have the $15 for a $30 voucher available. It was no problem to show them the voucher on my phone, however they do have a minimum of $12 to use your credit card so best to bring some cash if you think you’ll go a little over $30. They are at 9889 Bellaire Blvd. Suite 311, Houston, 77036. The restaurant is set quite far back off the street with several shops and a parking lot in front of it so you’ll have to really keep an eye out for it or you could miss it.

To quote the kiddo…”Best Malaysian place I’ve ever been to!” Of course it is also the only one he’s been to! Really though it was a nice dinner and a really neat start to our Global Eats goal for 2015.


Overall I guess I’m off to a bit of a slow start. No worries though, come February, March, and May there are all kinds of neat things to see and do on our calendar!

How are you doing with your travel goals for 2015? Off to a quick start or just getting warmed up like I am?



  • Yep, January is already gone! I can’t believe it either! I’m also having quite a slow start in the year. I’m halfway through a couple of books and I made a daytrip to Germany. Not bad :)

    I think you’ve actually done quite a lot in January. It’s great that you got to explore more of Canada, I’m sure it’s a truly beautiful country. And that Malawian food looks so yummy! I used to love the satay chicken with peanut sauce when living in the Netherlands, which I think is now a Dutch speciality they borrowed from their former Indonesian colonies.

    Enjoy February, looking forward to reading what you come up with this month :)
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    • Ah but you have a good reason for a little bit of a slow start to the year ;-) Congrats again!
      Yes I was really happy to get to see more of Canada. Typically when I go back home I don’t do quite so much but then I asked myself why wasn’t I? Just because it’s home? That’s like not taking little trips around my current home which I’m determined to do more of this year too.
      Mmmm…I bet I’d like the Satay chicken better. Wouldn’t have thought of it as a Dutch dish though.
      Thanks! I think February is going to be a fun month. A business trip in the UK next week, with a bonus weekend away in Bath that I’m so excited to see and then Dallas, TX. I can’t believe I’ve lived here for 15 years and have yet to go to Dallas! See that’s what I mean about not visiting the places close to me. :-)

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