Like an angel from heaven my friend Antonio came to me with an amazing opportunity to become an independent travel agent. I’ll be up front, because of my love for vacations and blogging he had my ear as soon as he said travel. After hearing him out and going over the process I signed up and launched my own travel portal where you, your friends, and family can now book flights, hotels, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages. That’s right! You can now book travel on caseynolan.com & booking is simple. Click on the Book Travel button on the menu bar above or click here to start planning your next trip. Also, please leverage the information and blog posts on my site to get ideas, and you’re always welcome to reach out to me by email to ask any questions. Happy travels!
One year ago today I was on a flight home from Sydney, Australia to join my colleagues at Tesla to sell through the holiday season and try to reach a new milestone in sustainable energy. A month and half later I was laid off with a severance and decided to capitalize on the separation by taking another trip to Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Thailand, Bali Indonesia, and Singapore. When I returned I had another job working from home and I was let go from that company after just 3 weeks. So I decided to take my dad to Costa Rica and visit my friends Keith, Tim and Veronica and their kids. When I returned from this trip I had another job waiting that lasted through the summer and I got to go to Venice, Florida for training. Needless to say this company dissolved and I received another severance. It was after this layoff I realized God was trying to tell me something and I knew it was time for another trip. This time around the world. I reached out to friends I knew around the planet and asked if I could visit them.
My dream was coming true, I got responses from Gökay Akin in Turkey, Ehab Maher Maamoun in Egypt, Annie Vu in England, and Mayko Chwen Wang in France. I wasn’t able to see all of them due to scheduling conflicts, but I did have the blessing to see Gokay and Ehab on two of the most epic journeys I have ever experienced. I coined this trip the World Tour where I would document as much of my trip as possible and eventually put together a novel. I also took thousands of photos that I will edit and share with the world because this was my wish come true. I traveled to 12 different countries including England, Wales, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, The Vatican, Turkey, Egypt, The United Arab Eremites, Thailand and Singapore. I took 16 flights, 2 trains, 2 ferries, 2 speed boats, numerous taxis, ride shares, buses, subways, and walked hundreds of miles around the world.
Below you will find photos of my last year with pictures of my friends and places I have been. Please enjoy them and remember the moral of my story is life isn’t always what it appears to be, opportunities present themselves in many different ways. It’s a choice we have when we decide what we do with our time. Choose wisely and you can also make your wish come true.
Arriving at the Densapar airport in Bali, Indonesia gives you quite the feeling of tranquility as the facility is rather large, modern, and not as busy as many others throughout S.E. Asia. One thing I did love about this airport is that I was fortunate to meet a new friend, our driver Oka. Not only did Oka drop us off at our hotel in Seminyak, he was our guide during our entire trip. He drove us to the site where you can purchase the world’s most expensive Luwak coffee. Oka also took us on an ATV adventure ride, to the monkey sanctuary in Ubud, to the beach, golfing, and he even hung out with us at the clubs. I cannot tell you how grateful I was to meet him. My friend Hector and I stayed at The Haven Bali hotel in the Seminyak region of the island which included a daily breakfast buffet, wonderful all you can eat dinner options, an awesome pool, and a free shuttle to the Double Six beach located on the southwest side of the island. One of the most memorable moments was getting to the ocean and having a light rain cool us off, followed by a dinner and hookah at the La Plancha Beach bar and restaurant. We also went to the clubs in Seminyak including the famous and funky La Favela which is surrounded by other night venues like the Red Carpet Champagne Bar. I will not however, I feel the better night life options can be found in Kuta Beach. Finally, if you are a golfer like me I highly recommend playing the Bali National Golf Club near Nusa Dua Beach. Bali National is one of the best courses I have played on the planet and I’ve played some great ones. Whatever you decide to do in Bali let, please let me know if you need a driver as I am sure Oka would love to take you on a tour of this beautiful island in Indonesia.