2012 draws to a close and itâ€™s been a rather epic year for travel. Hereâ€™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 Mexicoâ€™s west coast in a place called La Cruz. Here I made lifelong friends and developed an obsession with fish tacos. Iâ€™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.
A good friend happens to live in this little slice of paradise. The view from his balcony by dayâ€¦
I also fell in love with this dog Shira. She spooned me once while I was sleeping. More on her later.
The next country I hit up was Guatemala.
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 Â£8.50 to carry me to the top. Iâ€™m just terrible at walking, anywhere. The ride up was worth it though. We cooked marshmallows in volcanic air vents (still not sure if thatâ€™s safe or not) and this was the view on the way down.
Thereâ€™s awesome an awesome place in Guatemala called Lake Atitlan. Thereâ€™s a few towns around the edges, some hippy infested, by generally pretty amazeballs. Cheap place to go diving too.
By this point I miss Shira so Carla, who orders quesadillas for me and is Shiraâ€™s momma, sent me a picture to say hi.
Not to be out done by this pooch.
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.
Oh yeah, if youâ€™re in this part of the world you really should go see Tikal. Itâ€™s legit awesome.
I feel in love with this little island called Caye Caulker in Belize. So relaxing, great snorkelling and donâ€™t get me started on the sea food. Iâ€™m coming back here in 2013!
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 isnâ€™t a bar, as a lot of Americanâ€™s seem to think it isâ€¦
An incredibly interesting place to visit and it doesnâ€™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!
If the streets all get a bit much, you canâ€™t go wrong with Cuban beaches.
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.
I also met made one of best friends this year. Sure, itâ€™s a rabbit and he looks a bit stupid but DooDoo (yes thatâ€™s his name) is a total legend. Smart too.
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.
Before it started getting too cold I squeezed in a trip to Cyprus and went to Larnaca, Limassol, Ayia Napa and Paphos. I really didnâ€™t want to leave but before I did I caught this from my hammock.
Straight after Cyprus I went on mancation. You know, 6 guys in Barcelona, eating, drinking, dancing to hip hop. Itâ€™s just how we roll. I canâ€™t say it was the most cultural trip Iâ€™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 wasnâ€™t paying attention on the tour and wanted gelato.
This year I made more of an effort to explore London. Do the London things like the Natural History Museum and seeing Wicked. Iâ€™d also highly recommend doing a tour of East Londonâ€™s street art and stopping off for Curry on Brick Lane.
If that wasnâ€™t enough I ended the year with a Snowboarding trip to Meribel in France!
Thatâ€™s it. Iâ€™m done. Not a bad travel year eh? I can safely say that next year is going to be even more awesome. Iâ€™m doing a north to south overland adventure from Vancouver down to Antarctica and then probably back up again. Just a few placesâ€¦
Forget Gap Year. Think Gap Life!
To all my awesome readers, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. Hereâ€™s to 2013! xXx