An unusual year: 2016 travel recap in 12 photos

An unusual year: 2016 travel recap in 12 photos

If you have followed our adventures you know, that 2016 was an exceptional year in out lives. We were lucky to spend most of the year traveling and exploring locations we have never seen before. It was an amazing experience with a lot of beauty, adventures, new friends and new tastes. At the end of the year we try to make a brief travel recap and summarize this unforgettable 12 months.

The funny thing is: in these 12 months we have been to exactly 12 countries (apart from home). So below we have selected with the help of Instagram 1 picture from each country – to remind us of this amazing year. And you can imagine: with our photo history of thousands of pictures from each destination we have been to – selecting the 12 pictures was not an easy task. 🙂

 

1. Thailand: Bangkok and relaxing beach days

Thailand was our hub in the 3,5 months we spent in South-East Asia.  We kept returning to  Bangkok, as you can easily (and cheaply) fly from here to all surrounding countries. We also took a break on the beach in Krabi for a week. Tup Kaek Beach was a little paradise.

2. Pristine Myanmar

Myanmar is still very pristine and not flooded by tourists. The scarce touristic infrastructure also adds a lot to the charm of the country. The most memorable things of our visit were for sure our stay in Bagan and our day spent on the Inle Lake.

 

3. The temples of Cambodia

In Cambodia we found the perfect combination between cultural heritage and Robinson-feeling. We visited Angkor Wat and the other marvelous temples in the Siem Reap area. And after the hot and intense time at the temples we spent a week on the idyllic island of Koh Rong Samloem.

 

4. Diverse Vietnam

Vietnam fascinated us with its rich diversity. There was a strong contrast between the North – Hanoi and Ha Long Bay – and the Southern part – Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong delta region. In the South we could still feel the effects of the American influence. We also found the most romantic spot in Vietnam: HoiAn, the city of lanterns.

5. Abundant island of Bali, Indonesia

This abundant green island in Indonesia was one of the most vivid places during our travels. We were deeply impressed by the Balinese approach to life. We spent some days in the art city of Ubud where we could witness spectacular ceremonies. And we also took advantage of the unspoiled coral reefs and spent some days under water, diving.

6. Modern Singapore

Singapore came as quite a cultural shock to us after strolling around Southeast Asia for so long. It is modern, clean, extremely overregulated, but still colorful and very interesting.

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7. Inspiring South Africa

Our first stop in Southern Africa was South-Africa itself. Whale- and penguin-watching, wine tasting in Stellenbosch and seeing the wild flower blossom in the desert were just some of the things we could experience here.

8. Endless Namibia

In Namibia you realize how small you are. Driving days hardly seeing anyone, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes of unbelievable dimensions gave us the feeling of being on the edge of eternity. The Fish River Canyon, Dead Vlei, Epupa Falls and the Skeleton Coast were just some of the amazng impressions we took with us from there.

 

9. An hour in Angola

A rather exciting rafting excursion on the crocodile-filled Kunene River took us for a short while to Angola.

10. Botswana – nature pure

When entering Botswana we arrived to the largest open air zoo ever. We were enchanted by the diversity of wild living animals. The Chobe River area and the Okavango Delta are homes to thousands of elephants, antelopes, lions, rhinos, hippos and so much more.

 

11. Vicfalls in Zimbabwe

Another natural monument impressed us in Zimbabwe: the largest waterfall in Africa, the Victoria Falls. Next time we would love to spend more time in this country and also go on safari.

 

12. Incredible India

The astonishing architecture of forts, palaces and temples, the religion-driven way of life, the multitude of people embedded in a potpouri of all kinds of bright colors just amazed us. 3 weeks in Rajasthan, some days in the Golden Triangle, a visit to the Ganges River and a week in Goa was the perfect combination for our year-end trip.

 

Thank you for joining us on our journey – hope we could pass on our enthusiasm and maybe inspire you for your next trip.  See you again in 2017 – when we will report from our South-America trip.

 

34 thoughts on “An unusual year: 2016 travel recap in 12 photos

  • January 10, 2017 at 7:43 am
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    What a great collection of places and wonderful memories you have made in 2016. May 2017 be full of health, happiness and lots of travel adventures!

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    • January 10, 2017 at 9:51 am
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      Thank you!
      Wish you a wonderful year 2017, too.

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  • January 10, 2017 at 5:17 am
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    I am off to Thailand to start my 2017 trips. You have a wonderful year ahead.

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    • January 10, 2017 at 9:50 am
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      Thank you.
      Wish you a wonderful year and much fun during your 2017 trips!

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  • January 9, 2017 at 5:06 pm
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    Wow Julia, this 2016 will be a difficult year to beat! What’s the secret for this adventurous life? Now I am curious to know where did you spend the first year of 2017. . .

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    • January 10, 2017 at 11:21 am
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      Hi Elisa, yes, this was an extremely cool year for us. The first days of 2017 we spent at home (Xmas with family and friends), but we are already preparing for the next big trip: to South America. Have a great 2017!

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  • January 9, 2017 at 9:54 am
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    Wow that is a lot of travel in one year! You went to some incredible places including some of my favorite places in the world like Singapore, Namibia and Botswana. Hope 2017 is just as great as 2016!

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    • January 9, 2017 at 11:07 am
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      Oh yes, we are really lucky: we took a year off (still running) and so we can travel a lot. 🙂 Botswana was also one of our favorites… 🙂

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  • January 9, 2017 at 4:54 am
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    What an amazing 2016 you had! Looks like we visited quite a few of the same countries. Can’t wait to see what 2017 brings you

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    • January 9, 2017 at 7:51 pm
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      Yes, 2016 was just amazing. And 2017 will start similarly – we are heading to South-America. Which direction are you heading to this year?

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  • January 8, 2017 at 12:51 pm
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    Amazing year; you guys really made the most of it. I bet it really flew by! Hope you enjoy 2017 just as much.

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    • January 8, 2017 at 5:50 pm
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      Oh, yes a fantastic year! But honestly: time went on much slower than when daily routine is going on… 🙂 Wish you also a great 2017!

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  • January 7, 2017 at 10:50 pm
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    Wow, I so badly want to visit all of these places too!! What an exciting year for you…amazing!

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    • January 8, 2017 at 5:52 pm
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      Hi Lyssie, yes, we know. It was a very special one, and we are extremely grateful for it. Wish you a similar one this year! 🙂

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  • January 4, 2017 at 6:42 pm
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    Wooowww… you had a great year on the road in those beautiful places… And for sure, what you have achieved in 2016 will be even more in 2017…

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    • January 5, 2017 at 9:00 am
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      We hope 2017 will be similar… 🙂 But we don!t want to be to greedy! Wishing you a similar year. 🙂

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  • January 4, 2017 at 1:40 pm
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    Wow, what a year filled with awesome adventure around Asia. I only achieved and have visited one county this year and you guys have just wowed me. I like the waterfalls in Zimbabwe, it is really awesome and would love to visit if given a chance. I’ll surely pen all these places in my bucket list.

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    • January 5, 2017 at 8:59 am
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      It was an amazing year – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we grabbed it.
      Zimbabwe is amazing – the power of nature is just so tangible there…

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  • January 4, 2017 at 10:30 am
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    12 countries in a year! That is awesome! It’s too bad that Philippines isn’t among the countries you had visited. Hoping you could visit this year.

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    • January 5, 2017 at 8:57 am
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      We were also sad we did not manage the Philippines, but had to come back to Europe for the Summer, and we ran out of time.
      We do hope we can visit sometimes soon. Any recommendations where to start?

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  • January 4, 2017 at 1:57 am
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    What an amazing year of inspiring journeys you’ve had. Victoria Falls is such an awesome sight. We hope to make it there this year.

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    • January 5, 2017 at 8:55 am
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      Oh, this year was such a big gift to us! Victoria Falls is beautiful, if you have a chance fly over it. We did not do it in the end, but met people and they had just amazing photos…

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  • January 3, 2017 at 7:19 pm
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    I was kinda hoping the Philippines would be included here since you went to our neighboring countries, but it looks like my country didn’t make the cut hahaha.. Anyway, hopefully you get to visit here someday. We’re not as popular as our SEA neighbors but we also have many beautiful places to see.

    Anyway, I’m envious that you get to live a life of travel and have been to so many countries in just a year. For now, it remains as a dream of mine. But this year I am hoping to visit Thailand and Myanmar too.

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    • January 5, 2017 at 8:53 am
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      We were planning to go to the Philippines, and we were rather sad that we could not manage in the end. But it definitely remains on our bucket list! Myanmar is just amazing – have great fun there!!!! Inle Lake and Bagan are a must, but there are also so many other nice places to visit!!!

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  • January 3, 2017 at 1:33 pm
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    You have such a great eye. I LOVE your portrait images. You have really captured the people in such a beautiful light. That little girl looks so adorable! What a wonderful year you have had.

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    • January 3, 2017 at 5:36 pm
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      Hello Claire, yes, it has been a fantastic year for us. We have seen and experienced so much.
      We wish you a wonderful 2017, and may all your (travel) wishes come true. 🙂
      Thanks for the kind feedback on the pictures.

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  • January 3, 2017 at 1:31 pm
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    Amazing! 12 countries in one year sound so crazy.. Looks like 2016 has been very fruitful for you and the destinations you have visited look so special. I wish you a more eventful 2017 and a very happy new year. I loved all your pics 🙂

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    • January 3, 2017 at 5:35 pm
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      Thank you so much! We hope to be able to continue with our travels also this year. 🙂
      Wishing you a similarly eventful 2017.

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  • January 3, 2017 at 11:31 am
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    Wow..what a great travel year you had! Looks like you covered most of the places in South East Asia. I would like to know how much time would be adequate to cover Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand if done together?

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    • January 3, 2017 at 5:44 pm
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      Wow, that is difficult. It depends very much on what you want to see in Thailand and Indonesia. Indonesia consists of several thousands of islands (900 of them even inhabited). If you want to see Bali only, I would say 2 weeks is fine. If you want to see more, then you need much more time. Thailand: in 2-3 weeks you can see a lot, and it is easy to travel. Singapore is easy: 3-4 days should be enough.
      Hope we could help. When are you going?

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  • January 3, 2017 at 8:40 am
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    Wow I a man jealous of your trips! Amazing! Wish to go all those places! Going soon the spot you mentioned in Thailand!

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    • January 3, 2017 at 9:24 am
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      We know that we are extremely lucky to be able to travel so much at the moment…. Have fun in Thailand!

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  • January 1, 2017 at 5:52 pm
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    It is so great to follow your travels through this blog. Keep it up and have fun!

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    • January 2, 2017 at 9:45 am
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      Thanks, Dani! You are one of our most loyal followers… 🙂

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