Goodbye 2012: My Year In Travel

by Gap Year Escape · 3 comments

2012 draws to a close and it’s been a rather epic year for travel. Here’s a run down of my adventures in the last 12 months.

The year kicked off with my quarter-life crisis aka my birthday. I was fortunate enough to be on Mexico’s west coast in a place called La Cruz. Here I made lifelong friends and developed an obsession with fish tacos. I’m actually planning on coming back here next year and renting an apartment for a little while. The fish tacos were really THAT good. This is where we hung out during the day.

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A good friend happens to live in this little slice of paradise. The view from his balcony by day…

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And night…

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I also fell in love with this dog Shira. She spooned me once while I was sleeping. More on her later.

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The next country I hit up was Guatemala.

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Here I did this awesome thing called trekking up a volcano. Well, I say trekking up a volcano. I got tired and had to hire a pony for £8.50 to carry me to the top. I’m just terrible at walking, anywhere. The ride up was worth it though. We cooked marshmallows in volcanic air vents (still not sure if that’s safe or not) and this was the view on the way down.

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There’s awesome an awesome place in Guatemala called Lake Atitlan. There’s a few towns around the edges, some hippy infested, by generally pretty amazeballs. Cheap place to go diving too.

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By this point I miss Shira so Carla, who orders quesadillas for me and is Shira’s momma, sent me a picture to say hi.

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Not to be out done by this pooch.

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I also should mention that even though I usually solo travel, I did this trip with a buddy of mine. There were a few man date dinners involved.

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Oh yeah, if you’re in this part of the world you really should go see Tikal. It’s legit awesome.

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I feel in love with this little island called Caye Caulker in Belize. So relaxing, great snorkelling and don’t get me started on the sea food. I’m coming back here in 2013!

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After all this relaxation I went a bit nuts in Cancun for Spring Break. No photos of this event exist/have been destroyed. We do not speak of this, ever. I did go see Chichen Itza though. By the way it isn’t a bar, as a lot of American’s seem to think it is…

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An incredibly interesting place to visit and it doesn’t get old taking pictures of the decaying decadence but in my opinion, not the easiest country to backpack around. So glad I went though. Check this snap out from Havana!

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If the streets all get a bit much, you can’t go wrong with Cuban beaches.

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One of the most incredible experience of 2012 was sleeping on a sand dune under the stars in the Sahara Desert. The night sky was incredible and I just watched shooting stars until I fell asleep.

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I also met made one of best friends this year. Sure, it’s a rabbit and he looks a bit stupid but DooDoo (yes that’s his name) is a total legend. Smart too.

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I decided to be a bit of a baller and just head to Paris for lunch. Why not?! I saw the sights, ate ice cream and lay on the grass under the Eiffel Tower. Good day.

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Before it started getting too cold I squeezed in a trip to Cyprus and went to Larnaca, Limassol, Ayia Napa and Paphos. I really didn’t want to leave but before I did I caught this from my hammock.

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Straight after Cyprus I went on mancation. You know, 6 guys in Barcelona, eating, drinking, dancing to hip hop. It’s just how we roll. I can’t say it was the most cultural trip I’ve ever done. The trip mainly consisted of staying out until 5am and doing it all over again. Can anyone tell me what building this is? I have zero idea as I wasn’t paying attention on the tour and wanted gelato.

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This year I made more of an effort to explore London. Do the London things like the Natural History Museum and seeing Wicked. I’d also highly recommend doing a tour of East London’s street art and stopping off for Curry on Brick Lane.

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If that wasn’t enough I ended the year with a Snowboarding trip to Meribel in France!

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That’s it. I’m done. Not a bad travel year eh? I can safely say that next year is going to be even more awesome. I’m doing a north to south overland adventure from Vancouver down to Antarctica and then probably back up again. Just a few places…

Forget Gap Year. Think Gap Life!

To all my awesome readers, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. Here’s to 2013! xXx


{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Andreas December 24, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Here’s to a whole lot more of the same in 2013!

Cecchin December 27, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Where the hell is Barcelona?

Gap Year Escape December 29, 2012 at 3:07 PM

The picture of the church which I have no idea what it is!

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