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“Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage.”

Paulo Coelho


Countries visited


Continents visited

Since returning from my year abroad in 2016-17, I have continued to blog about teaching and traveling on this site. Here is a list of some of my travels and upcoming plans.

February – May? 2024
South America, starting in Colombia on February 25.
September, 2023
Back to Pátzcuaro, Mexico
August, 2023
House Sitting in Boulder, Colorado. Amtrak from Denver to Salt Lake City.
July-August, 2023
Two weeks exploring Japan, including climbing Mt. Fuji
June-July, 2023
Discover Korea Fellowship (postponed from 2020)
May-June, 2023
Six weeks in Mexico: Bajio, Chiapas, Yucatan
July, 2022
National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship: Little Tokyo at the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles
April, 2022
Adventures in Guatemala with Vicky Ann!
June, 2021
Montgomery, Selma, and Birmingham Alabama as a Fund for Teachers Equity Circle fellow
(June, 2020)
Keizai Koho Center Fellowship to Japan – moved online due to COVID 🙁
(March, 2020)
TEACH Bahrain fellow, week-long study tour (postponed due to COVID)
August, 2019
Oaxaca, Mexico
July, 2019
Aesthetic Education Immersion Lab, Lincoln Center, New York City
June, 2019
Dimensions of the Middle East Institute, Duke University, North Carolina
April, 2019
One week in Mexico’s “magic towns” during Semana Santa (Cholula, Puebla, Taxco)
July – August, 2018
Fund for Teachers, Cuba
June – July, 2018
Transatlantic Outreach Program, Germany, and a visit to Prague
April, 2018
Mexico City, first time in Mexico!
November, 2017
National Council for Social Studies, San Francisco
January – June, 2017
Teaching, volunteering, traveling in Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, and Mae Ra Moe Refugee Camp
September, 2016 – January, 2017
Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching, Hanoi, Vietnam
June – August, 2016
Teaching, volunteering, and traveling in Honduras and Guatemala

Prior travels before starting this blog include:

2015 – India and Nepal (GEEO tour and volunteering on my own)

2014 – Morocco, Fulbright-Hays program

2008 – Kyrgyzstan, Teachers for Global Classrooms (then known as TEA, Teaching, Excellence and Achievement)

1996, 2000, 2003, 2010 – Return trips to Brazil and Bolivia (’96, ’10), and travel in Argentina and Chile (’96)

1997, 1998, 1999 (summers) – Studying in Mallorca, Spain and travel in Spain and Portugal

1992-1995 – Teaching in Porto Alegre, Brazil and travel throughout Brazil; trips to Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay

1990-92 – Teaching in Santa Cruz, Bolivia and travel around Bolivia and Peru

1989 – Travel in the UK and Ireland

1989 – Cross country camping trip, USA

1989 – Travel to Venezuela

1987 – Student teaching in England; travel throughout Europe

Here’s a map of places I’ve been. Check back for updates!

Where I’ve Been


  1. Julie Aquilizan
    June 24, 2016 @ 16:51

    Hi Tim,
    I am very excited for you to take the year off to travel! You are an inspiration to me and I look forward to hearing about your experiences and where you will be going. I would imagine you will learn a lot about yourself and meet some amazing people along the way!
    Thank you for your willingness and time to share your journey and enrich other’s lives!
    Take care,


    • Tim Flanagan
      June 24, 2016 @ 22:34

      Julie, you should know that Portland is on my list of places to get to over the next year, but I don’t know if I’ll make it. Maybe on the way back from Vietnam? Anyway, great to hear from you and you’re right about the learning. Feel free to visit wherever I am!


  2. Lisa Tatrai
    June 29, 2016 @ 12:48

    Hi Hi My Dearest Tim!
    Oh, I thought of you so many times, and really happy to hear your news! A great soul to go out to meet other spirit and soul – people around the globe.
    Thanks for letting me know – and for you sharing your joy of going out on this new adventure. I hope you left a good schoolyear behind you and will share and enrich others too with your experiences – all around the world! If your way comes around here, crossing this little country, be my guest at any time, now, here in Budapest, HU.
    Hugs and good luck.


    • Tim Flanagan
      July 1, 2016 @ 14:59

      Thanks for your comment, Lisa. I don’t know how far west I’ll go from SE Asia, but I do have a few places I could stay in Europe, so who knows. Glad to hear from you!


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