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2013: A Year in Review

2013 has been quite the year for us.

Our first full year of traveling and office free living. Let’s see how the year went by:

January: Thailand  Thailand

After 3.5 months of traveling just the two of us, in January we were finally able to see some familiar faces – first my cousins and then my parents in Thailand.  We spent the month in Bangkok and the Thai islands.

February: Myanmar

Myanmar

Ever since I started planning this trip years back it was a dream of mine to see and explore Myanmar. While I do think my expectation were a bit high it was an incredible month in a country which sees so few tourists and is changing so rapidly.

March: Thailand

Thailand

After Myanmar we flew back to Thailand to explore the West and North of the country. While we were only planning on spend a couple weeks there, somehow time go away from us and we spent more time in each place.

April: Laos 

Laos

Aside from the terrible roads and sometimes slow service Laos is simply a pleasure to be in. We met a lot of great people, both locals and travelers alike and celebrated the Lao New Year there – which is basically a 3 day long water fight. Definitely one of the highlights of our trip.

May: Cambodia 

Cambodia

Cambodia was our last South East Asian country for the year and we spent an incredibly hot month learning about its turbulent history, standing in awe of incredible ruins and relaxing on the beach. By May we were ready to leave South East Asia for something different and couldn’t have been happier to hop over to Western Europe by the end of May.

June: France

France

France is probably an amazing country on it’s own but after being in Asia, which was so foreign to us, for over 8 months, the bakeries, pastries, dairy and charming streets of Paris had me almost crying tears of joy. France was also where I had my first friend from home meet me to be followed by a week long road trip around France with my mom, so all in all only a million positive things to say about France. The weather was also a cool 70 degrees, a welcome change from the 100 degree Cambodian days.

July: Switzerland/Austria/Poland

Switzerland

Switzerland, while beautiful for its natural scenery gave us quite a shock with its absurdly expensive prices for just about everything – $40 fondue and that’s just melted cheese. We spent 10 days there with one of my friends from home, trying to pack in as many experiences in as little time as possible before we left broke. Then on to Austria, which seemed to offer similar natural scenery but for a reduced price. My friend continued to travel with us in Austria, where we picked up another friend and had a nice group of 4 for a few days there. Poland pleasantly surprised us with it’s beautiful cities, interesting museums, nice beaches and cheap prices. We were impressed.

August: Germany

Germany

We started the month with a week in Berlin, a city we had heard so many good things about and would love to spend more time in. Then spent some more time in other cities and finished off with a 4 day road trip through Bavaria, where we couchsurfed and had some great experiences meeting some interesting people.

September: HOME!

home

We weren’t planning on coming home during our 2 year trip, but found cheap flights from London and decided why not? Spending a month at home was the best decision we’ve ever made and while I thought I would spend days lounging around doing nothing I instead found myself running around like crazy trying to get in as much quality family and friend time as I could. While traveling for a year was awesome, coming home and seeing everyone and being reunited with friends and family again was just as exciting.

October: England and Scotland

Scotland

We were back on the road by the end of September and spent a little less than a month in England and Scotland. We couchsurfed a bunch and met some awesome people – the Brits really are the best – always down for a drink, my kind of people. It was interesting to travel in a foreign country but one where the native language was your own – though at times the accent was hard to decipher. In Scotland my parents joined us for a week and we went on a driving tour of the Isle of Skye region, which is gorgeous and deserves way more time.

November: Nepal and India

Annapurna Base Camp

We met up with my friend from home and her cousin in Nepal. We started the Three Passes Trek in the Everest Region together, but within days Dave came down with altitude sickness and we had to come down. Feeling down about the trek we decided to head to India early, in hopes of meeting back up with our friends later on to join in on another trek. We spent two weeks in India, traveling fast, seeing as much as possible and taking it all in. India can be difficult and frustrating, but also interesting and beautiful in its own way. For a first visit 2 weeks in the North of the country seemed like a good start. Then we headed back to Nepal to start the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek which took us up to Annapurna Base Camp at 4130 meters. Trekking success.

December: Thailand

Thailand in December

Where we started the year, we are now ending it, in Thailand. While our initial plan had us spending 6 weeks in India, we decided to switch things up and found an apartment to rent by the beach 3 hours south of Bangkok. We needed to slow down a bit and wanted to work on developing new projects so this was the perfect decision for us. My friend came to visit us for a week which made for a great end to the year.

It’s been an amazing 2013, one of the best years of our lives.

Happy New Year wherever in the world you may be and all the best in 2014.

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22 Responses to 2013: A Year in Review

  1. Your life has been inspiring to us. I wish you the best travel adventures in 2014!

    Bijaya Ghimire January 1, 2014 at 1:32 AM Reply
  2. Happy New year…Loved the article…Happy and safe travels for 2014..It will be hard to top 2013 but I know you two will try!

    Jean mom January 1, 2014 at 9:05 AM Reply
  3. Looks like a super fun year guys! You two have certainly seen much of the globe, cheers to an exciting 2014, maybe finally meet you guys in Costa Rica when Matt moves down! 🙂

    Samantha January 1, 2014 at 12:31 PM Reply
  4. Whoa! That was quite the year 🙂 Looking forward to seeing you guys again in 2014

    Savi of Bruised Passports January 2, 2014 at 4:54 AM Reply
  5. Quite some traveling you’ve done there:)
    The best for 2014!

    Sofie January 2, 2014 at 5:19 PM Reply
    • Thanks so much for you too!

      Vicky March 15, 2014 at 2:17 AM Reply
  6. What an amazing year! So much seen and done – I hope 2014 is just the same. So much out there yet to explore 🙂

    Lily La January 3, 2014 at 5:50 AM Reply
    • Thanks! Hoping for a good year!

      Vicky March 15, 2014 at 2:18 AM Reply
  7. Impressive year! I also started and ended in Thailand, with lots in between. Excited to follow your adventures in 2014!

    Silvia January 4, 2014 at 4:08 PM Reply
    • Thanks so much! Already off to a good start this year!

      Vicky March 15, 2014 at 2:18 AM Reply
  8. Wow, looks like 2013 was a great year for you al, I hope 2014 is even better!

    Michael January 5, 2014 at 4:06 AM Reply
    • Thanks so much! Hope 2014 is a great year for you too!

      Vicky March 15, 2014 at 2:22 AM Reply
  9. Hi there! Congrats on your very successful year, both in travels and business. I haven’t been able to visit your blog much, been busy with other stuff, but it’s always good to read and catch up. Thanks for the stories and the pics! If you ever visit PI it would be great to meet you guys. Cheers and happy safe travels!

    Katie January 30, 2014 at 7:38 PM Reply
    • THanks Katie we were wondering where you went!

      Dave and Vicky January 30, 2014 at 7:47 PM Reply
  10. It was a pity about the altitude sickness but good to see that you got the trek in eventually. I will be in India and Nepal in November but cannot ring anywhere if camels get altitude sickness. Oh well. Time will tell. Travel safe and keep sharing the dream.

    Dusty April 20, 2014 at 8:30 PM Reply
    • Yea the altitude sickness was definitely a shame but it did feel rewarding to be able to finish the Annapurna Trek in Nepal. Enjoy your trip to India and Nepal later this year — let us know if you have any travel questions : ))

      Vicky April 24, 2014 at 10:08 AM Reply
  11. Looks like an amazing year, hope 2014 will be more fun for you guys

    wesley June 10, 2014 at 4:30 AM Reply
    • Thanks so much!

      Vicky June 25, 2014 at 5:31 AM Reply

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