GQ trippin’ Turns 1 Year Old!

It’s insane to think one year ago today, we launched GQ trippin’.

This blog was intended to keep our family and friends updated on our adventures around the world. I never imagined it would be where it is today – to have readers, people we don’t know from over 80 countries, take part in our travels as well, it’s humbling and quite frankly, f’in awesome!

I never thought it could bring me so much joy to wake up in the morning and find a new blog comment. Or a new Facebook Like or even a RT on Twitter. But it does and for that, we

THANK YOU.

 

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It’s been a year of new beginnings. In short, we started this blog, left our jobs to travel and made a bunch of new friends. Together we’ve been traveling for 8 months, visited 13 countries and 66 cities.

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In case you’ve missed it, here is a short list of some of our favorite posts from this past year.

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One of the favorite things we get from this blog is making new friends. Through the power of social media, we were able to connect with many other people – travel bloggers. It sounded ridiculous to us at first, a scheduled “Tweet-up” to meet people we’ve only gotten to know through Twitter. But it quickly became our favorite way to make new friends.

Just this past year, we’ve wine’d down with Bobbi and Jeremy in Wellington, had dinner with Gary in Hong Kong and Craig and Linda in Kuala Lumpur.

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We drank sake from a jar on the streets of Tokyo with Dan and Audrey. We went penguin watching with Kieron and Amy on Phillip Island in Australia, and slept on Jay’s couch in Queenstown.

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So many of you are not listed above, but we hope you know how much it meant to us to have met you. You’ve inspired, motivated and shaped us. Thank you for making this year the most memorable one ever.

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We feel blessed and are grateful for the support from our family and friends – and everyone on the interweb – you’re all incredibly awesome! I hope you’ve enjoyed tagging along as we have equally enjoyed living out our dreams. Again, from the bottom of our hearts thank you for letting us be a part of your lives. I can’t even begin to describe how great the past year has been. Without your support, none of this could be possible.

 

Thanks for trippin’ by and here’s to another great year!

Gerard & Kieu

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P.S. Don’t forget to wish Gerard a Happy 29th!!
He’s doing something very special this year for his birthday.

 

 

 

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  • http://www.wanderingunstuck.com/ Lindsey

    Congratulations and Happy Birthday! Both on your 1 year blogversary and Gerard’s birthday. I hope I have such awesome things to share on my 1 year 😉

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks Lindsey! You probably will! So many amazing things can happen within that time. :)

  • http://www.chasingthewild.com/ Lindsey

    Congratulations and Happy Birthday! Both on your 1 year blogversary and Gerard’s birthday. I hope I have such awesome things to share on my 1 year 😉

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks Lindsey! You probably will! So many amazing things can happen within that time. :)

  • http://debbzie.blogspot.com/ DebbZie

    Happy birthday GQ trippin and happy birthday to Gerald too ! All the best wishes for both of you 😀

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks for trippin along this year DebbZie!

  • http://www.debbzie.com DebbZie Leksono

    Happy birthday GQ trippin and happy birthday to Gerald too ! All the best wishes for both of you 😀

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks for trippin along this year DebbZie!

  • Dalene

    Congrats guys! Wishing you plenty more!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks Dalene!

  • Dalene

    Congrats guys! Wishing you plenty more!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks Dalene!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasonjonestan Jay Tan

    Happy first year guys and happy birthday too G! It’s been such a great pleasure to have met and hosted you in my wee crib. I’ve been following your adventures since the beginning and you have inspired not just me but many of your friends, family and blog followers about life, experience, and that nothing is “it’s never too late to live your life to the fullest by exploring the world through a once in a lifetime journey “. Here’s for more years of gqtrippin! :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks Jay. You already know how special you are to us. You are an inspiration yourself. Stay great. =)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasonjonestan Jay Tan

    Happy first year guys and happy birthday too G! It’s been such a great pleasure to have met and hosted you in my wee crib. I’ve been following your adventures since the beginning and you have inspired not just me but many of your friends, family and blog followers about life, experience, and that nothing is “it’s never too late to live your life to the fullest by exploring the world through a once in a lifetime journey “. Here’s for more years of gqtrippin! :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks Jay. You already know how special you are to us. You are an inspiration yourself. Stay great. =)

  • http://www.MyBeautifulAdventures.com/ Andi Perullo

    Happy 1 Year!!!!!! Super de duper congrats. Cheers to more adventures!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      We’ll definitely cheers to that! Thanks Andi!

  • http://www.MyBeautifulAdventures.com/ Andi Perullo de Ledesma

    Happy 1 Year!!!!!! Super de duper congrats. Cheers to more adventures!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      We’ll definitely cheers to that! Thanks Andi!

  • http://mslistologist.com Annette | Bucket List Journey

    Many congrats on 1 year of adventure! Wishing you many more :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks Annette! So glad we got to check off so many things on our bucket list this year! =)

  • http://bucketlistjourney.net/ Annette

    Many congrats on 1 year of adventure! Wishing you many more :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks Annette! So glad we got to check off so many things on our bucket list this year! =)

  • http://twitter.com/OverYonderlust Erica Kuschel

    Congrats guys! I’m glad I can be along reading your adventures!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks Erica! Soon we’ll be following your tracks w/ Peru & Bolivia coming up! =)

  • ericakuschel

    Congrats guys! I’m glad I can be along reading your adventures!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks Erica! Soon we’ll be following your tracks w/ Peru & Bolivia coming up! =)

  • http://www.heelsandwheelsonline.com/ Bobbi Lee Hitchon

    A very Happy Anniversary to you two! It was so lovely meeting you on going through Narnia doors together! I’m excited to read about whats next for you both. All the best.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Ahh.. The coolest doors we’ve stepped through at a bar! Thanks Bobbi

  • http://www.heelsandwheelsonline.com/ Bobbi Lee Hitchon

    A very Happy Anniversary to you two! It was so lovely meeting you on going through Narnia doors together! I’m excited to read about whats next for you both. All the best.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Ahh.. The coolest doors we’ve stepped through at a bar! Thanks Bobbi

  • Audrey

    Congratulations on your 1 year blogiversary! We’re so glad that our paths crossed in Tokyo and we could share a classy drink together on the steps near Shinjuku station. Here’s to a great 2nd year!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks Audrey! So glad we were able to overcome the challenges of connecting in that crazy city without a phone. =)

  • Audrey

    Congratulations on your 1 year blogiversary! We’re so glad that our paths crossed in Tokyo and we could share a classy drink together on the steps near Shinjuku station. Here’s to a great 2nd year!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks Audrey! So glad we were able to overcome the challenges of connecting in that crazy city without a phone. =)

  • http://atlassliced.com Alexa Hart

    You guys have an awesome blog. I love your stories and posts and look forward to more. Super cool that you connected with so many other people on your travels. How fun!

    Really awesome what Gerard is/was doing for Charity Water for his birthday. Happy birthday!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks for trippin along Alexa!

  • http://atlassliced.com Alexa Hart

    You guys have an awesome blog. I love your stories and posts and look forward to more. Super cool that you connected with so many other people on your travels. How fun!

    Really awesome what Gerard is/was doing for Charity Water for his birthday. Happy birthday!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks for trippin along Alexa!

  • http://twitter.com/theroadforks Akila and Patrick

    Congrats and happy birthday!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks A & P. You two were definitely an inspiration for us when we started the blog. =)

  • http://twitter.com/theroadforks Akila and Patrick

    Congrats and happy birthday!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks A & P. You two were definitely an inspiration for us when we started the blog. =)

  • http://www.travelerahoy.com/ Alouise

    You two have come a long way in your one year of blogging. Congrats and here’s to many more years of travel to come.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks for the support Alouise!

  • http://www.takemetotheworld.com/ Alouise

    You two have come a long way in your one year of blogging. Congrats and here’s to many more years of travel to come.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks for the support Alouise!

  • http://twitter.com/jettingaround Jetting Around

    Congratulations and happy blogoversary! :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Gracias!

  • http://www.jettingaround.com/ Pola

    Congratulations and happy blogoversary! :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Gracias!

  • lola

    awwww. i know we haven’t met yet in real life (something that must change) but i just adore you two and all you do & stand for. FAST FRIENDS, FAST FRIENDS. i’m sure as thankful as you are for your opportunities and the people you meet, the lives you touch are equally grateful. you can just tell…i gotta a feeling! :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      A real life meetup needs to be in order. You’re so sweet. We’re trying to make the world a better place little by little. =)

  • lola

    awwww. i know we haven’t met yet in real life (something that must change) but i just adore you two and all you do & stand for. FAST FRIENDS, FAST FRIENDS. i’m sure as thankful as you are for your opportunities and the people you meet, the lives you touch are equally grateful. you can just tell…i gotta a feeling! :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      A real life meetup needs to be in order. You’re so sweet. We’re trying to make the world a better place little by little. =)

  • http://twitter.com/lazytravelers Lazy Travelers

    love this! happy birthday to the blog & the boy! xo

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks you two!

  • Lazy Travelers

    love this! happy birthday to the blog & the boy! xo

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks you two!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ldoucet2 Lisa L Doucet

    Wow… end of quite a journey! I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed living vicariously through you both! Look forward to hearing and seeing the NEXT one!!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks Lisa! Our journey isn’t over yet! We still have some places to check off before the year is over. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ldoucet2 Lisa L Doucet

    Wow… end of quite a journey! I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed living vicariously through you both! Look forward to hearing and seeing the NEXT one!!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks Lisa! Our journey isn’t over yet! We still have some places to check off before the year is over. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ldoucet2 Lisa L Doucet

    Oh, btw, happy belated bday to G!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ldoucet2 Lisa L Doucet

    Oh, btw, happy belated bday to G!

  • Nate @ House of Annie

    Happy Bloggerversary, guys, and happy birthday to G. You’ve had an incredible journey and I’m very glad to have shared that journey with you on Twitter. Aloha, Nate

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks Nate! So cool that twitter was able to connect us. Those foodie chats were mighty fun

  • Nate @ House of Annie

    Happy Bloggerversary, guys, and happy birthday to G. You’ve had an incredible journey and I’m very glad to have shared that journey with you on Twitter. Aloha, Nate

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks Nate! So cool that twitter was able to connect us. Those foodie chats were mighty fun

  • Callie

    Congratulations! You guys definitely inspired me in my 2012 travel plans. And happy 29th to G!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks Callie! Glad we could share the travel love. So many others have shaped our travels too. Now we just need to catch up with some actual blogging!

  • Callie

    Congratulations! You guys definitely inspired me in my 2012 travel plans. And happy 29th to G!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks Callie! Glad we could share the travel love. So many others have shaped our travels too. Now we just need to catch up with some actual blogging!

  • travelingted

    Happy 1 year blogging and traveling. I have signed in late in the game, but I have enjoyed your posts and look forward to more.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      You know what they say, better late than never. Many thanks for reading!

  • http://travelingted.com/ Traveling Ted

    Happy 1 year blogging and traveling. I have signed in late in the game, but I have enjoyed your posts and look forward to more.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      You know what they say, better late than never. Many thanks for reading!

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  • http://twitter.com/L_e_a_h Leah Travels

    Happy anniversary! Thank you for starting your blog, because without it, we might have never “met”. I love your word, photos, and stories. Here’s to many more countries, cities, and adventures. I only hope that our paths will one day cross.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks so much Leah! You can bet our paths WILL cross.. very glad to have “met” you too. :)

  • Leah Travels

    Happy anniversary! Thank you for starting your blog, because without it, we might have never “met”. I love your word, photos, and stories. Here’s to many more countries, cities, and adventures. I only hope that our paths will one day cross.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks so much Leah! You can bet our paths WILL cross.. very glad to have “met” you too. :)

  • http://www.travelrinserepeat.com/ John

    Very cool and congratulations! Looking forward to what you’re doing in the next year as well.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks, John! We’re looking forward to the next year as well.

  • http://www.travelrinserepeat.com/ John

    Very cool and congratulations! Looking forward to what you’re doing in the next year as well.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks, John! We’re looking forward to the next year as well.

  • lola

    happy birthday! i love that social media and travel blogging has caused our paths to cross & i truly look forward to meeting you in person in the near future! you two are rock stars :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Remember, you, me and Leah still need that photo session with G.. lol. Thanks so much for reading along. Have fun in Cambodia!

  • lola

    happy birthday! i love that social media and travel blogging has caused our paths to cross & i truly look forward to meeting you in person in the near future! you two are rock stars :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Remember, you, me and Leah still need that photo session with G.. lol. Thanks so much for reading along. Have fun in Cambodia!

  • http://twitter.com/WorkMomTravels Francesca

    So much you’ve seen and accomplished in one year! Happy blogaversary and wishes for many more!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Can’t believe it’s already been a year. Thanks for the well wishes!

  • Francesca

    So much you’ve seen and accomplished in one year! Happy blogaversary and wishes for many more!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Can’t believe it’s already been a year. Thanks for the well wishes!

  • Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    Congrats on the year and congrats on the 29th Gerard!!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Gracias Raul!

  • Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    Congrats on the year and congrats on the 29th Gerard!!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Gracias Raul!

  • http://www.ordinarytraveler.com/ Ordinary Traveler

    Congrats on one year of blogging and traveling! It sounds like it’s been a fun year.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      It’s been one of the best! Thanks. :)

  • http://www.ordinarytraveler.com/ Ordinary Traveler

    Congrats on one year of blogging and traveling! It sounds like it’s been a fun year.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      It’s been one of the best! Thanks. :)

  • https://www.facebook.com/Lifestyle.Entrepreneur Terence Chang

    Awesome! I know how that felt. My wife and I spent 7 months in China without job, stress and worries. It was the best time of our life.

    Now what’s your plan to keep going? How do support your travel?

    Scheduling tweet to meet new people. That’s great idea!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Our plan is to keep going til we can stop affording it! 7 months in China… Wow you probably got to see way more than we did. Did you explore Western China? Hopefully I can start some business on the side when I go back to full time work. I’d like to be my own boss someday. :)

  • http://www.terencechang.com/blog/ Terence Chang

    Awesome! I know how that felt. My wife and I spent 7 months in China without job, stress and worries. It was the best time of our life.

    Now what’s your plan to keep going? How do support your travel?

    Scheduling tweet to meet new people. That’s great idea!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Our plan is to keep going til we can stop affording it! 7 months in China… Wow you probably got to see way more than we did. Did you explore Western China? Hopefully I can start some business on the side when I go back to full time work. I’d like to be my own boss someday. :)

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