(or How I Want to Use Endomondo in 100 Countries and All 7 Continents)
I’m relatively new to this phenomenon of frequent traveling. I’ve been fortunate enough to have traveled as a child to places like Florida and Canada. As an adult, it’s been the past 4 or 5 years that I’ve made a real effort to travel as often as possible.
Like most human beings, I have a bucket list of places that I want to see. Also, I have two objectives that go hand in hand: I want to visit 100 countries before my life is done and I want to set foot on all 7 continents. Doing 100 countries will definitely cover 6 out of the 7 continents. Of course that exludes Antarctica. It’s not often I want to go someplace cold, but that is the one exception. (Iceland possibly being the other exception).
I’m no different than anyone else by wanting to record my adventures in far off lands. With the advent of digital phones/cameras, I take plenty of pictures. I think I took 700 in Bermuda. There is a lot of technology today in the form of apps on our smartphones that help with traveling today. If you need to find a place to eat nearby, there are apps that help you with that among other things. There is one app that I make sure to use every time we travel.
Exercise is a big part of my family’s life. My wife and I go to boot camp three times a week and try to eat as clean as possible. We supplement our workouts by taking walks around the local neighborhoods. Walking is very healthy and can help with a lot of issues like diabetes and obesity. If you can’t get to the gym, a good walk can do a lot for you.
When we walk, I like to use an app called Endomondo. It’s an app that tracks, logs and analyzes your workouts. Among other things, you can see how far you’ve walked, how many calories you’ve burned, how long it took and your rate of speed. We have been using it for years on our local walks. One year when we were in Massanutten for Thanksgiving, we went to walk off the turkey, ham and stuffing we’d eaten. I used Endomondo to track our walk. And, that’s simply how it started.
I now use Endomondo everywhere we go to record our walks. The objective is to use it on all seven continents and one hundred countries.
In no particular order, here are some of our walks.
Bermuda — This shows three different walks. The first walk was near the resort we stayed at in Grotto Bay Resort. The second walk was at Horseshoe Bay. And, the third was in the Capital of Bermuda in the city of Hamilton.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic — This was a walk at the resort in Occidental Caribe. It was a little walk on the beach, probably walking off a meal.
Cancun, Mexico — This was a little afternoon walk after dinner at Moon Palace in Cancun.
Orlando, Florida — Whenever we travel, we like to explore the local area. Also, when you stay in a resort with a kitchen, the best thing you can do is go somewhere to buy groceries. We tried the local Winn-Dixie. We were in Orlando to go to Potterworld at Universal Studios.
Maui, Hawaii — This is a walk through Kapalua Villas Resort in Maui. It was one of the biggest and most beautiful resorts where we’ve ever stayed.
Massanutten, Virginia — This was one of our best walks to work off a fantastic Thanksgiving meal.
Other walks — Our usual daily walk at home, Virginia Beach and Calvert Cliffs in Maryland.
Just for the hell of it, I used Endomondo while cutting the grass.
So, the Journey to 100 Countries and All 7 Continents has just started. We have been to Italy, Switzerland, Jamaica and Puerto Rico to name a few places. But, I wasn’t using Endomondo at that time. Since we’re at the beginning, hopefully everyone will follow along as we work on our goal. We have a long way to go, but, we’ll make sure Endomondo goes with us.