In 2013 we traveled 32,000 overland miles through 17 countries across four continents…it was a heck of a year. We originally thought our around-the-world trip would stop after 500 days but then Europe started calling our name and we were just having too much fun to call it quits. So we pressed on for 175 days more into the UK, Scandinavia, and Turkey! In the process of traveling with wild abandon, we may have gotten a little behind on blogging (okay, a lot behind). Though the good news is that if you are enjoying the HoneyTrek, we have so many more incredible places to share with you in the coming year!
Here are some of our favorite moments from 2013 and a glimpse at the good stuff to come on HoneyTrek.com in 2014.
Vietnam: Taking part in the Tet New Year festivities with the Red Dzao tribe (mosh-pit style dancing, drinking chicken blood, and fire throwing included).
Laos: Watching the 100+ pachyderm procession at the ElefantAsia Festival and getting to jump in the river and scrub one behind the ears.
Thailand: Chilling in Chiang Mai, from temple hopping to dress-up parties at a lady boy costume shop (yes, that really happened).
Myanmar: Meeting the nicest people on the planet (despite living under a strict military regime until 2011).
New Zealand: Snowball fights atop the Franz Josef glacier.
Australia: Four-day liveaboard scuba trip into the depths of the Great Barrier Reef.
Philippines: Charting a new path through Bacuit archipelago, camping on islands, and diving for giant clam dinners.
Indonesia: Taking communal showers in the volcanic hot springs outside Bajawa, Flores.
Hawaii/USA: Running into topless hikers on the way to the Napali Coast hippy commune.
Scotland: Watching burly men in kilts flip a 20-foot tree end over end at the annual Highland Games.
Northern Ireland: Hopscotching across the hexagonal rocks of Giant’s Causeway.
Ireland: Campervanning 1,800 kilometers along the windswept peninsulas and drinking pints of Guinness while watching Gaelic jam sessions.
Wales: Realizing that England’s kid brother is way cooler than anyone gives him credit for.
England: Staying at a former Duke’s home-turned-hotel and sleeping in the same suite as Prince Charles and Steven Spielberg (not at the same time mind you).
Norway: Cruising the magnificent fjords all the way to the Arctic Circle and watching the neon Northern Lights dance across the sky.
Turkey: Paragliding over the travertine pools and Roman ruins of Pamukkale.
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Thanks so much for your support over the past two years and cheers to an incredible 2014!