Here are, in no particular order, our top travel experiences of 2013:
We love Goa and Palolem Beach is one of our favorite spots in this warm, lush and sunny part of India.
We started 2013 at the beach with our friends. Eating Indian food, watching fireworks go off and dancing Gangnam Style with the locals. As you can see here, it was great fun!
One Dim Sum restaurant in Hong Kong was the spot where we had one of the most memorable foodie experiences of 2013. We tried a bunch of different dim sums, but there where still many other appealing ones on the menu. One day we will be back and this dim sum overdose shall have a part 2! I promise.
We don’t live a conventional life-style and that has even affected the way we got married! After a lot of hassle in India and a Hindu ceremony celebrated with family and friends, we weren’t still officially married. In good ‘ol Hollywood style, we thought of a solution to hasten the process, which was what any reasonable person would have ever come up with: go to Vegas!
The roads of the USA were meant for driving, and as road-trip lovers, that’s exactly what we did. More than 7000Km in 2 weeks, passing by the states of California, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and Washington, surrounded by gorgeous landscapes, quaint towns, big cities and A LOT of nature!
Trying snails for the first time in Lisbon was a representative step towards being even more adventurous with food. Maybe, soon enough, we will be able to face other kinds of creatures. Asia: I’ve got my eyes on you for this!
Cambodia’s countryside is beautiful. Not only because of the landscapes populated by green rice fields, but mainly because of all the friendly people who make a living in the villages and are always happy to talk and smile at passerby’s like us.
We joined Butterfly Tour, a company started by students in the city of Battambang, and they took us around the Cambodian countryside to see from up close how people go about their daily errands and businesses in the province.
Birthdays are meant to be spent with friends and family. While traveling, this becomes a little difficult. That’s why this year I decided to make new friends on my birthday. I am pleased to introduce you the coolest mouse on earth: Mickey Mouse! This is a photo we took inside his house in Anaheim, California, and here are more photos of the rest of that amazingly fun-filled day we spent in his neighborhood, Disneyland!
This year, our foodie side has grown like never before! And my appreciation for Indian food has developed immensely too. I am starting to think one life time won’t be enough to appreciate all the distinct flavors and recipes one can find all over Incredible India. I’ll keep on trying…
We were in Paris this summer and happened to miss an early morning bus to Brussels, which was supposed to be our next destination. After we were shocked at how much another bus or train ticket to Belgium would cost us, we did a little research with SkyScanner’s fly to anywhere feature. And that’s how we ended up choosing a different destination and simply flew somewhere we had never heard about before: Ostrava, in the Czech Republic. Needless to say, the trip rocked and this is proof that sometimes it’s just better to plan a little less and go with the flow a little more.
Czech Republic is a stunning country, way beyond the obvious charm of Prague.
That is, Thailand!
Nowhere else in the world have we been able to enjoy such high standards at such incredible prices. This goes for accommodation, entertainment and, above all, FOOD! Thailand, you’ve stolen our hearts.
We don’t often dream of settling down in a place, but on the odd day when we do manage to picture that kind of reality Berlin does tend to come to mind. We spent very little time in Germany’s capital this summer, but it was enough to understand that Berlin had a pulse that not many cities in Europe have. Berlin is incredibly multicultural (imagine the variety of mindsets, lifestyles and even food that this means!), artsy and affordable – everything we love in a place!
Sometimes you visit a new country and enjoy the local food but then you go back home and do not know how to re-create the experience. We had a delicious time in Cambodia and that’s why we made sure to learn a few recipes in Siem Reap before we left!
Cambodian curry for the win!
Vietnam has been in my bucket-list for years! I don’t know why or even when exactly my fascination with this country started, but finally 2013 has been the year when this dream of mine has come true! Vietnam was as amazing as I expected and it’s going to inspire more articles, visual essays and videos for a long time.
What are your top travel experiences of 2013?