6 Favourite Travel Memories from 2016

I think 2016 is a year most people are eager to move on from. As much as I do, I can’t help but think of some of the incredible things I did this past year during my travels. It’s such a great way to round up a few highlights and some of my favourite travel memories!

Aside from some serious fun things I did, there is one absolutely hilarious story that I think you will enjoy on my behalf!

6 Favourite Travel Memories from 2016

6 Favourite Travel Memories from 2016

6 Favourite Travel Memories from 2016

1. Ripping off half of my eyebrows at the beginning of my South Africa Trip

I had just landed in Cape Town, fresh off a 28 hour flight, did a 3 hour surfing lesson and was so exhausted that my arms were shaking at by the time it was 4pm local time. For whatever reason, I thought it was a good idea to wax my eyebrows on the bed (it was bothering me) and without a mirror. Needless to say I regretted that moment for all of 3 months after the incident ????

2. Going on a Safari

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Safari in Kruger National Park in South Africa

One of my favourite things I got to do was go on a safari, see the Big 5 and made tons of friends in South Africa. Visiting South Africa a second time around made me realize that I needed to go on a safari. When all things were booked and ready to go, I was not sure if I was going to have a great time in my group tour. Fortunately, the people in my group were incredibly polite, and respectful that I had such a great time. You would not believe how much adults can feel so entitled, forget to respect others, the environment and the animals.

3. Celebrating my Birthday Walking on a Surprise Glacier Trip

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Hiked this glacier on my 25th birthday!

In Iceland, I was so thoroughly surprised that one of our last visits during my South Shore trip was to visit a glacier. Incredibly, we lucked out in getting a guide who is also a certified glacier guide, and took us on the glacier itself. How many people can say they celebrated their 25th birthday hiking a glacier? Totally unplanned, and I’m feeling so blessed!

4. Turning an Awful Santorini trip around

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Oia, Santorini

There’s many reasons why my Santorini trip was one of the biggest disappointments despite all the pretty pictures you see on Instagram. I won’t lie that Athens and Santorini were the biggest waste of my money and I wished that I had booked another trip instead.

With some divine intervention, I turned this trip around as I met a friend who ended up becoming a really good friend of mine now on Facebook. We ended up travelling the last few days in Santorini and Athens together – so many hikes, gyros, laughter, and gelato’s along the way that put a bright spot on my trip!

5. Getting Upgraded on Flights Home

One of the many perks of travelling solo is the fact that I am always keen on getting bumped (and be granted the privilege of being upgraded) as well as getting surprise upgrades! 2016 was a wonderful of year of surprise upgrades – I got FREE upgrades thrice – yep, it was pretty neat!

  • Flying home from NYC on WestJet (1 hour)
  • Flying home from Cape Town on British Airways (28 hours)
  • Flying home from Santorini on KLM 787 Dreamliner (7 hours)

6. Going on 5 trips in October – my Birthday Month

October is my birthday month and this year was an extra special one. I visited 5 cities in the span of 3 weeks! Reykjavik, Paris, Athens, Santorini and New York were all on the table!

Over to you! What are some of your favourite travel memories of 2016?

Your travels always inspire me. I had a good laugh at your eyebrow story, but I loved the Santorini friendship story the most – surprise friendships are the best friendships!

Thanks so much Andy – that eyebrow story is one that I haven’t repeated very often to anyone outside of this blog ;P I love friendship stories too!! I was glad to have been able to met my friend!

That first one gave me a good laugh. I’m glad you were able to turn it into a positive and have it part of your favourite travel memory! That’s a shame about Santorini, I always wanted to visit but I was suspicious of whether it was simply picturesque.

Sally – DiagonSally

Thanks Sally – I will always have an interesting story to share and tell people about! Santorini was a little bit of a let down – I’m not sure about writing a post on it but I think it needs to happen! Should always share both the good AND bad!

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