“LIFE WILL ONLY CHANGE WHEN YOU BECOME MORE COMMITTED TO YOUR DREAMS THAN YOUR COMFORT ZONE”
Can you believe it’s that time of year again? With Christmas around the corner and 2017 in sight, I thought why not take this time to reflect on how wonderful 2016 has been and to share my 10 favourite travel moments from this year.
1. Visiting the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
At the start of 2016 I was fortunate enough to spend 8 days exploring Egypt. It truly was a once in a lifetime experience and I am so grateful for it. Despite the negative image associated with Egypt, I felt safe the entire time I was there . Seeing the Pyramids first hand was unbelievable. I learnt so much about Egypt in school and grew up always seeing photos and scenes from movies that I was completely awestruck when I was there in person.
2. Attending Glastonbury Music Festival
It has been a dream of mine for many years to attend the Glastonbury Music Festival just outside of London. I remember waking up at 3:00AM and feeling so anxious as I counted down the minutes to when tickets went on sale. I couldn’t believe it when I got through! As expected, the line-up was awesome and despite it being the muddiest Glastonbury in history, I had the most epic time. I would go back in a heartbeat if it weren’t on the other side of the globe!
3. Flying over Victoria Falls in a Microlight
The Victoria Falls Microlight is nothing short of breathtaking. You’re basically seated in a motorised hang-glider as you soar above Victoria Falls from a birds eye view. There’s nothing else in the world like it! If you’re planning a trip to Victoria Falls, this is an experience you can’t miss!
4. Spotting the BIG 5 on an African Safari
Being on Safari was incredible enough, but the fact that we were able to spot all of the Big 5 (Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino) and even more (Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra, Hippo, Hyena, Warthog etc.) up close was indescribable. The image above isn’t zoomed or edited in any way, we happened to come across a heard of Elephants who were having a snack within a meter from the vehicle. At one point they started to head off again and I was convinced they were going to walk over the top of us!
5. Exploring the Incredible Temples of Abu Simbel, Egypt
It was hard for me to pick between the Pyramids and Abu Simbel, so I included both! Carved out of a mountain, Abu Simbel is unlike anything else in this world. We basically had the entire complex to ourselves which was both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because why wouldn’t you want to have this incredible site to yourself? But at the same time, it was heartbreaking to be faced with the reality that people are too scared to travel to this part of the world.
6. Climbing Lions Head in Cape Town, South Africa
During our time in Cape Town we hiked up Lion’s Head to take in the panoramic views of this beautiful South African city. Cape Town quickly became one of my favourite cities. I love that the ocean, the mountains and the wineries are all so close to each other. It really felt like home here.
7. Swimming in the infamous Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool, Singapore
To break up the long journey from Africa to Australia, a relaxing layover in Singapore was the perfect solution. I opted to stay at Marina Bay Sands so I could take full advantage of the infinity pool and truly relax before heading back to reality. The accommodation, though on the expensive, was worth it. The facilities were fantastic and I really enjoyed my stay here – certainly lives up to its hype!
8. Road-tripping down the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
Having registered for the Great Ocean Road Marathon, I took the opportunity to take some extra time off to properly explore the Great Ocean Road by car (as there wasn’t going to be much time for photo stops during the race). I flew into Avalon Airport, picked up the hired car and cruised down the coast making frequent stops. Loch Ard Gorge (pictured above) was definitely one of the highlights for me!
9. Experiencing Hong Kong’s Night Life
I’m a big believer in breaking up long haul flights, so on the way back from Europe, I spent a few days in Hong Kong to avoid jet-lag and explore a new city. I absolutely LOVED Hong Kong. Wandering through the busy streets at night, eating local street food and checking out the night markets was awesome!
10. Exploring with Audrey
Corny right? I don’t care! (hehe). In all serious though, every little road-trip and adventure with my love bus is always memorable. A part from several trips to the beach, picnics, Kombi shows and wineries, we also visited the beautiful Jervis Bay over Easter, explored more of the Southern Highlands and had our annual trip to Old Bar for the Old Bar Beach Festival.
Well there you have it! My 10 favourite travel moments from 2016. What are some of yours? Any plans for 2017?
I also want to take this time to say a huge THANK YOU to all my followers – I fell off the grid for a while this year, and am still trying to catch up, but I plan to make 2017 an even better year and look forward to sharing more of my adventures with you and of course, learning from all of you as well!
Have a safe and happy Christmas and New Years with family and loved ones.
See you in 2017!
Be sure to follow more of my adventures on Instagram