This year holds some amazing travel memories for me, and it’s really hard for me to decide what the best ones were. I didn’t give this post too much thought, because if I did, I’d just keep on going. But here are some of the things that really stuck out for me as some of my best travel moments for 2012. Once again, no particular order.
Getting circle access to Stonehenge in England. Normally when you visit Stonehenge, it is packed with tourists and the actual area is roped off; you are kept quite far away. However, with proper planning and paying an extra fee (totally worth it) you can apply in advance for circle access. This is only limited to a certain number of tourists in any given day, and not only is it completely uncrowded, but you get to go right inside the circle.
Floating in the Dead Sea in Jordan. This was something I’ve wanted to do for such a long time, and it was amazing! Not only was the Dead Sea like nothing I’ve ever seen before (it really did look dead) but it’s just so cool how easily you float. It definitely lived up to the hype. Just a warning, though – it is so salty and it hurts! Got a paper cut on your finger that you weren’t aware of before? Oh, you’ll find out about it in the Dead Sea.
Seeing Montreal in the fall. I realize for anyone that lives somewhere that actually has seasons, this seems like not a big deal. But living in South Florida, I always get excited when I see fall leaves. I’ve seen foliage many times before, but going to Montreal in mid-October was some of the best I’ve ever seen – so far, that is. But I can’t really imagine it getting any better than this!
Swimming with sea lions in St. Thomas. I’ve always wanted to swim with the dolphins, and even though I still haven’t done that yet, I came close in St. Thomas. I did a sea lion swim at Coral Ocean World and it was a lot of fun. They are very sweet and smart animals, and they love to play and dance with people.
Meeting Jenna Marbles in Orlando. Although she’s a huge YouTube sensation, I’m sure some of you are wondering, “who the hell is Jenna Marbles?” Well, she’s hilarious, so if you have no idea who she is, be sure to look her up. I got to meet her in Orlando in March at a YouTube convention.
The penguin encounter in Dubai. I got to hug, play with, and take photos with penguins. Enough said.
I’m looking forward to another amazing year of traveling and making great memories.
What are some of your favorite travel moments from this past year?