A very Happy and Prosperous New Year to all our readers!
As we plan and onboard the adventurous travels for 2018, we wanted to take some time to look back and reflect on how amazing last year was for us. Last year was not only the year of far-off travels but it was also the year we started shaping up this blog seriously. So not only did we learn a lot about new cultures and countries but we also learned a heck lot about the technical back end of writing a blog. And that is an awfully lot of work which we did not anticipate in the beginning. And guess what? We’ve come to love it! Which means you can expect a lot more awesome content this year 🙂
For all those reading Myticklefeet – Thank-you for motivating us to continue publishing amazing content. We really wished we had done something similar in the previous years too because this post is one for the books!
So here you go, looking back on our top travel memories from 2017 in chronological order. We hope this list can inspire your 2018 travel goals!
After finishing the year with swimming in the Great Barrier Reef we could not have asked for a better NYE than Sydney. Bringing in the New Year on a beach watching Sydney’s famous fireworks over Harbor Bridge was better than any of the NYE parties we have ever attended.
USA – WEST COAST
Driving the California Highway 1 from SF to LA had always been a bucket list and I finally did that with my girlfriends early in the year. Although we had a few hiccups with the Big Sur area being closed due to landslides we managed to swing by some unexpected places like San Luis Obispo and Solvang in Central CA. I’d really hope to come back and drive this stretch with Gaurav someday passing through Big Sur.
Not only did we enjoy gallons of beer in Munich outside of Oktoberfest we decided to take a day trip to see some famous castles. Seeing the dream Disney castle, Neuschwanstein Castle was indeed a fairytale come true. From the Alps surrounding the castle to the crystal clear lake below the hill to the summer wildflowers, everything was magical about that place. Read more about our experience on visiting the castles in Germany.
We traced the scenic landscape from the iconic movie Sound of Music and enjoyed Mozart’s music in Salzburg. Learning about the history of Salzburg, the town of Salt, in the Salt mines was fascinating while sliding down the Alpine slopes in the summer was one of a kind experience.
The off beaten path in this list, Seoul was quite a pleasant surprise. Exploring Seoul on foot, from palaces to Hanok villages and from shopping to street food, it was an interesting experience of a unique culture. And then who would have thought we would end up having so much fun getting dirty in a mud festival.
Although Tokyo was fascinating in many ways, my personal favorite was meeting a Geisha and walking down the streets of Gion in Kyoto. And Gaurav was thankful to get this opportunity to visit Hiroshima in Japan. We will, however, return to give our regards to Fuji San as we couldn’t get to meet him this time. You can read about what to expect on your first time in Japan on our recent post.
USA- EAST COAST
As Autumn was kicking in so was our adventure for chasing natural colors. We had an adventurous weekend driving down the narrow mountainous country roads of West Virginia. With no cellular network and cars zooming by us as if it was the F1 circuit, I have to admit it was a little nerve wreaking after dark. But with a stay in one of the remotest farmhouse ever, this turned out to be one of the best weekend getaways of 2017. Also since we are on the East Coast, we spent a majority of December exploring Christmas decorations around Washington DC.
And then finally we ended the year with a quick dash to one of the 7 new wonders of the world. Although we both had visited Taj Mahal before on our own many years ago, this was the first time for us visiting here as a couple. Seeing the Taj at sunrise and sunset was a dream come true.
In conclusion, 2017 took us to different corners of the world teaching us a lot about ourselves as we adapted to different cultures and people. We hope to continue this trend in 2018 and we wish the same for all of you guys as well! Looking forward to hearing more of your travel stories too this year 🙂
Happy Traveling in 2018!