Best of Our 2011 Travel

December 28, 2011

caribbean coast

As the year of our gap adventure, 2011 was huge for us travel-wise. We’d like to take a moment to make some shout-outs about the things we liked best.

Tongariro Crossing

A stop along the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in New Zealand.

Best adventure activity: Climbing Volcan Villarrica in Chile
Best attraction: Iguazu Falls, Argentina
Best beer: Brain Blasta, Porterhouse Brewing Company (John) and Emerson’s Pilsner (Andrea)

climbing volcan villarrica pucon

Climbing Volcan Villarrica in Pucon, Chile

Best city: London (Andrea) and Berlin (John)
Best country: Germany
Best new country: Colombia
Best food: Jordan

mendoza vineyard

At a vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina

Best people (friendliest): Ireland
Best hike: Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand
Best hostel: The Albatross Backpacker Inn, Kaikoura
Best hotel or resort: Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi

salar de uyuni Bolivia

At the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia

Best meal: BBQ at our mate Klemen’s place in Ljubljana
Best Museum: Terror Háza, Budapest
Best national park: Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Argentina

caribbean coast

On the Caribbean Coast in Colombia

Best organized: Switzerland
Best restaurant: Francis, Montevideo
Best tour guide: Raed from Jordan

ireland cliffs of moher

Rain and wind in Ireland at the Cliffs of Moher

Best town: Grindelwald, Switzerland
Best thing we saw that we didn’t know about when planning: Bozcaada, Turkey
Best wine: Chile

London Big Ben

Hanging out in London

grindelwald first switzerland

About to take on the zipline at Grindelwald First in Switzerland.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the following fellow travellers we met or caught up with this year who made our time extra special. Because it’s always more about the people you meet than the places you see:

Abby (The Jungle Princess), Adam (Travels of Adam), Amar and Dipti, Andi and Lucas (My Beautiful Adventures), Andrew (Grounded Traveler), Anna, Adam and Basia in Poland, Ayngelina (Bacon is Magic), Brad (LindVentures), Brendan (Brendan’s Adventures), Cheryl (Cheryl Howard), Christina (Jandal Road), Christy and Kali (Technosyncratic), Claudia and Umit, Dalene and Peter (Hecktic Travels), Dave (Go Backpacking), Eileen (Bear Shaped Sphere), Emily and Rodolfo (Don’t Call Me Gringa), Jasmine (Jasmine Wanders), Jim (Holes in My Soles), Julie (Nueva Americana), Katrina and Dario (Tour Absurd), Kerry-Ann (Audacious Freedom), Kirsten (Aviators and Camera), Klemen, Kyle and Seba (Kyle Hepp Photography), Laura and Roberto (Travel for Love), Lucy and Michael, Marcello (Wandering Trader), Marko, Melvin and Astrid (Traveldudes), Rease (Travelated), Rob and Angelica (South America Me), Robbie and Luke, Stephanie (The Travel Chica) and Tobi.

oktoberfest maas Germany

Enjoying litres of beer at Oktoberfest

petra

Petra, Jordan

What was your favourite travel experience of 2011?

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54 comments

  1. Comment by Stephanie - The Travel Chica

    Stephanie - The Travel Chica Reply December 28, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Totally agree about the best national park.  It was great to meet you this past year in BA!

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 29, 2011 at 10:37 am

      Isn’t it awesome? So wonderful to meet you too =)

  2. Comment by Sophie

    Sophie Reply December 29, 2011 at 12:07 am

    You’ve had some fabulous experiences this year. Best of luck with 2012!

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 29, 2011 at 10:31 am

      Thanks so much, Sophie! =)

  3. Comment by Greg Rodgers

    Greg Rodgers Reply December 29, 2011 at 1:07 am

    Looks like a great travel year. Happy travels in 2012!

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 29, 2011 at 10:32 am

      Cheers, Greg! And to you =)

  4. Comment by Anonymous

    Anonymous Reply December 29, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Congrats on a fantastic 2011 travel year. Thanks for highlighting your favorites.

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 29, 2011 at 10:32 am

      Thanks so much! =)

  5. Comment by Cheryl Howard

    Cheryl Howard Reply December 29, 2011 at 2:43 am

    Great re-cap. You guys have had some amazing adventures! So glad that I could meet you this year and in TWO cities … Berlin and Budapest. :)

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 29, 2011 at 10:33 am

      We’re so glad too, Cheryl!! Where shall we catch up this year? ;)

  6. Comment by Marie-Eve Vallieres

    Marie-Eve Vallieres Reply December 29, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Amazing :-) You guys have seen so many great things, can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2012.

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 29, 2011 at 10:35 am

      Thanks, Marie-Eve…all our plans aren’t made yet but will keep you posted =)

  7. Comment by Andrea

    Andrea Reply December 29, 2011 at 3:48 am

    Great roundup of your travels. I like forward to seeing what you get up to next year :)

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 29, 2011 at 10:34 am

      Haha, we do too – plans are very hazy at the moment as we don’t know where John will be working yet =)

  8. Comment by Jeremy Branham

    Jeremy Branham Reply December 29, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Great year and list of adventures!

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 29, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      Thanks so much, Jeremy! =)

  9. Comment by Abby

    Abby Reply December 28, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    What a year!! I like that best adventure and best beer were almost together — and top of your list.

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 29, 2011 at 10:31 am

      Hahaha, I blame the alphabet for that one but adventure and beer really do go together well =) Was so great to meet you!

  10. Comment by Cam

    Cam Reply December 29, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Living the dream! what a year, one I am sure you won’t soon forget! ;-)

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 29, 2011 at 10:36 am

      No, definitely not! Cheers =)

  11. Comment by Rob

    Rob Reply December 29, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    You’ve visited some wonderful places this year. Looks like the weather was pretty standard at the Cliffs of Moher :-)

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 30, 2011 at 11:13 am

      Haha – would have to be very lucky to get a sunny day!! =)

  12. Comment by vishnu kumar

    vishnu kumar Reply December 30, 2011 at 1:32 am

    You guys are lucky couple…that’s a long list….everyone landing on this page can’t deny the jealousy within… You rocked…

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 30, 2011 at 11:11 am

      Thanks so much, Vishnu!! =) Happy New Year!!

  13. Comment by Michaela

    Michaela Reply December 29, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    You look like you’re having soooo much fun!  And you’ve been to some amazing places.  What a great way to start my morning – wishing that I wasn’t sitting behind this computer screen!  What a push to get moving!  Thx!

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 30, 2011 at 11:14 am

      That’s so sweet, Michaela – thanks so much! Let us know if you need help with any of your planning =)

  14. Comment by Joolsstone

    Joolsstone Reply December 30, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Lovely set of pics, some great memories I bet. So gutted I missed you when you were here. How did Edinburgh fare anyway?

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 30, 2011 at 11:11 am

      Me too – it was so busy for us…we’ll get back to Scotland soon, I’m sure – or catch up somewhere else =) So cold and rainy in E-burgh…not sure how you can stand not having a “real” summer!

  15. Comment by Randy Kalp

    Randy Kalp Reply December 30, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Fantastic! I’ve really enjoyed following along with you guys this year. Can’t wait to see what 2012 brings!

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 30, 2011 at 11:09 am

      Always love your adventures too – hope next year brings even more awesomeness for all of us!! =)

  16. Comment by Technosyncratic

    Technosyncratic Reply December 30, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    It was so great meeting you two in London!  And I think that photo of you two huddled in your raincoats on the coast of Ireland is awesome – very location specific.  :P

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 31, 2011 at 1:04 am

      Cheers, guys!! So awesome to meet you too =)

  17. Comment by Laura

    Laura Reply December 30, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    What a year guys! It was so great to meet you in BsAs! I really hope our paths cross in 2012!

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 31, 2011 at 1:04 am

      Me too, Laura – keep in touch!! =)

  18. Comment by Christy & Scott

    Christy & Scott Reply January 1, 2012 at 4:27 am

    Those are adorable photos of you guys! You guys have had a great year!

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John January 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      Cheers, guys! Happy New Year =)

  19. Comment by emilyinchile

    emilyinchile Reply January 2, 2012 at 2:56 am

    Aww, I was reading this already thinking about saying that it was so great to meet you both in amongst all your adventures, and you beat me to it! I’m so glad we did get to meet, and I look forward to our next get together, wherever that may be.

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John January 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      I can’t wait to see you again!! Hope it’s soon!!!! Happy New Year =) xx

  20. Comment by Lara Dunston

    Lara Dunston Reply January 2, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Well you two were certainly busy! I climbed the volcano at Pucon, gulp, around 18 years ago. Was tough-going but absolutely loved it until we reached the top and I sprained my ankle just 15 metres from the top (it was winter and lots of ice). My friend who dragged his snowboard up sped down and got a rescue guy to come get me on a skidoo. Though by the time he reached the guide and I, I’d already slid halfway down the mountain on my butt. Funny what a fast-moving fog and temperature rapidly dropping can do! I drank a lot of pisco that night to numb the pain. Thanks for bringing back some fun memories. I’m sure you’ve got a gazillion great ones from the last year.

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John January 2, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      Wow!!! What a story! At least you made it to the top…sliding down was my favourite part, haha =) Thanks for sharing!

  21. Comment by Anonymous

    Anonymous Reply January 3, 2012 at 8:02 am

    wow! what an amazing year!! I can’t wait to trek to some of these places!

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John January 3, 2012 at 11:22 am

      Awesome!! Let us know if you have any questions about any of them =)

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John January 3, 2012 at 11:22 am

      Awesome!! Let us know if you have any questions about any of them =)

  22. Comment by Laurel

    Laurel Reply January 6, 2012 at 2:56 am

    You guys really have had an amazing year.  So nice to see that Germany was your favorite country!

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John January 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      John told me I would love it there…and I did! =)

  23. Comment by Andi Perullo

    Andi Perullo Reply January 6, 2012 at 4:57 am

    Thanks for the shout out darling! 2011 was amazing because I got to meet you!!! Can’t wait to see you again in 2012. Much love and safe travels!!!!!!!!!!

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John January 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      I can’t wait either!!! Here’s to many fabulous adventures for both of us in 2012!! =)

  24. Comment by Jesse Pinkman

    Jesse Pinkman Reply January 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Great picture of the donkey in Petra – and I love the scarf, and the pink and white polka dot handbag he’s wearing!

  25. Comment by Flipnomad

    Flipnomad Reply January 13, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    wow… you’ve been to so many places last 2011… Happy 2012 John and Andrea… wishing you more adventures this year:-)

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John January 14, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      Thanks so much – wishing you many wonderful adventures this year as well! =)

  26. Comment by GRRRL TRAVELER

    GRRRL TRAVELER Reply January 19, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Great shoutout for 2011.  I wish I did a post like this. =)  Love that you found the best food in Jordan. That country is really making its way into my bucket list of travels.

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John January 19, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      It’s not too late for you to do one =) Would love to know what you enjoyed the most last year!

  27. Comment by Andrew

    Andrew Reply January 22, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Thanks for the mention. I’m just now getting through some of my reading backlog. Looks like you guys had a great year. It was great fun visiting and drinking with you two. Glad that Germany made your top country. :)

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John January 22, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      So wonderful meeting you, Andrew – thanks for a great time in Freiburg and we hope to see you again. Looking like Europe is a strong possibility for our next stint so hopefully we can meet you and Ali again sometime soon!

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