19 year old me swinging through the jungle in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. During my gap year before university, I spent two months volunteering on a conservation project in deepest darkest Peru.
Over the years I think this photo must have been copied a few times and sadly I have no idea where the original is. Thanks to facebook, I still have a copy though! It was my first experience of ‘travelling’ and it was the start of my love for exploring the world. I hold many dear memories of this time and hope to go back there some time in the future.
My travel posts have somewhat been abandoned for the past few months. However I’m now back with a vengeance and onto number 6 of my top 10 travel experiences.
I find it really difficult to sum up what I think of Las Vegas because it’s so darn weird! I think I liked it. I certainly enjoyed the 5 days I spent there and would absolutely go back again. Never have I visited a place that hot before. I can see why the place is crawling with outdoor air-conditioned escalators. When you step out of your hotel, the temperature of this place hits you so powerfully. It’s the same feeling you get when walking into a very hot sauna for the first time.
Visiting Chiang Mai in the North of Thailand generally means Elephants, Temples and Thai cooking lessons. Chiang Mai was the penultimate place of the trip, we were poor and we were templed out so when we came across a 3D/illusion art museum ‘Art in Paradise’ we were obviously going to go. (And yes, that is the name of the museum and not just me trying to sound pretentious as someone has stated..)
Electricity for six hours a day, no ATMs, no hospitals and very very limited internet. I can comfortably say that Port Barton of Palawan in the Philippines is one of the most remote places I have visited.
However what Port Barton lacks in facilities and technology, it certainly makes up for with its location and beautifully remote beaches.
Quite often missed by tourists who usually head straight up to El Nido, Port Barton remains fairly tourist free. Although this means it lacks certain desired requirements such as an ATM, it remains peaceful and serene, making it the perfect place to relax, sunbath and read plenty of books. I have never read so many books in such a short amount of time!
Beach on our doorstep
Some of my best experiences of the trip have involved animals. I’ve never considered myself to be much of an animal person, perhaps because most creatures with fur leave me suffering and sneezing for the rest of the day. Hence why I currently own a goldfish and cannot wait to have my very own tortoise.
In my third instalment I want to write about the time I got to swim with elephants. A couple of friends joined us for a two-week trip around Thailand for a holiday. An elephant ride had been on my to-do list for a while and I was rather excited by the time the day finally came around. We decided Khao Lak in Thailand would be the best place for this and we weren’t short on offers.
#2 of my best travel experiences over the last year has got to be Macau. Often described as Asia’s ‘Las Vegas’ it is definitely a must place to visit if you are in Hong Kong.
Now part of China, Macau was a Portuguese colony up until 1999. There are many Portuguese influences noticeable today especially in their food and architecture.
the gang exploring Macau
10 best experiences of 2013/14 travel
In this series I want to share with you my top 10 travel experiences of last year. I will be writing about them in no particular order, just however they decide to pop into my head.
My first one of the series is dedicated to Japan. I have to write about Japan first. It is such a beautiful place.
a lovely sunny day with Mount Fuji in the background