2018: a year in review

Another year has come and gone. Can you believe it? We spent the entirety of 2018 away from home (well, almost). It's so wild to look back on our year and we almost can't fathom how we squeezed all of this into 365 days. Writing this blog post had us reminiscing on some hilarious times, some of our most adventurous days, and some of those sick days that weren't so pleasant. Enjoy looking back on our most venturesome year yet.

our ten most memorable moments of 2018:

1. feeding and bathing elephants in Chiang Mai with our good friends from Colorado, Annie and Marshall

2. wandering the colorful streets of Cartagena, Colombia

3. brewery and beach hopping in Gold Coast, Australia

4. laughing with the Guna children in the San Blas islands

5. eating endless amounts of fresh fruit while cruising down the streets of Sri Lanka in our own tuk tuk

6. riding bicycles through the Colca Canyon in Peru

7. that time we had a change of heart and bailed on our teaching contracts in Vietnam

8. celebrating our wedding anniversary at the mystical Machu Picchu

9. rolling down sand dunes at sunset in Cafayate, Argentina

10. showing up on our family's doorstep in Colorado and surprising them for the holidays


months on the road: 11 1/2

countries visited: 19

Indonesia

January 01 - January 24

towns/cities visited: Ubud, Nusa Penida, Senginni, Gili Air, Kuta, Jimbaran

number of buses: 1

number of flights: 2

number of beds slept in: 8


Thailand

January 25 - February 1

towns/cities visited: Chiang Mai

number of buses: 0

number of flights: 4

number of beds slept in: 1


Vietnam

February 1 - March 29

towns/cities visited: Da Nang, Hoi An, Hanoi, Sapa

number of buses: 3

number of flights: 2

number of beds slept in: 6


Cambodia

March 29 - April 13

towns/cities visited: Siem Reap

number of buses: 0

number of flights: 1

number of beds slept in: 6


Malaysia

April 13 - April 14

towns/cities visited: Kuala Lumpur

number of beds: 1


India

April 14 - May 3

towns/cities visited: Jaipur, Jodhpur

number of buses: 1

number of flights: 3

number of beds slept in: 6


Sri Lanka

May 3 - May 31

towns/cities visited: Mount Lavinia, Sigiriya, Trincomalee, Wasgamuwa, Ella, Nuwara Eliya, Koslanda, Mirissa, Colombo, Kandy

number of tuk tuks: too many to count

number of flights: 1

number of beds slept in: 13


Singapore

May 31 - June 4

number of buses: 2

number of flights: 1

number of beds slept in: 2


The Philippines

June 4 - July 2

towns/cities visited: Cebu, Alona Beach

number of buses: 0

number of flights: 1

number of beds slept in: 3


Australia

July 2 - July 10

towns/cities visited: The Gold Coast - Coolangatta, Byron Bay, Burleigh Heads

number of buses: 2

number of flights: 1

number of beds slept in: 1


New Zealand

July 10 - July 11

towns/cities visited: Auckland

number of beds slept in: 1


Argentina

July 11 - July 16 & July 28 - August 10

towns/cities visited: Buenos Aires, Salta, Cafayate

number of buses: 1

number of flights: 2

number of beds slept in: 5


Uruguay

July 16 - July 28

towns/cities visited: Colonia del Sacramento, Montevideo, Cuchilla Alta

number of buses: 6

number of flights: 0

number of beds slept in: 3


Chile

August 10 - August 14

towns/cities visited: San Pedro de Atacama, Arica

number of buses: 3

number of flights: 0

number of beds slept in: 3


Peru

August 17 - September 16

towns/cities visited: Arequipa, Pincholla, Puno, Cusco, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes, Lima, Paracas, Huacachina

number of buses: 3

number of flights: 2

number of beds slept in: 14


Colombia

September 16 - October 22

towns/cities visited: Bogota, Salento, Jardin, Medellin, Guatape, Santa Marta, Costeno, Tayrona, Cartagena, Necocli, Capurgana, Sapzurro

number of buses: 14

number of flights: 1

number of beds slept in: 14


Panama

October 22 - November 24 & December 12 - December 14

towns/cities visited: San Blas Islands, Panama City, Boquete, Bocas del Toro

number of buses: 3

number of flights: 2

number of beds slept in: 11


Costa Rica

November 24 - December 12

towns/cities visited: Puerto Viejo, San Jose

number of buses: 2

number of flights: 1

number of beds slept in: 4


The United States

December 14 - December 31

towns/cities visited: Denver, Grand Junction

number of beds slept in: 2

Happy New Year to each and every one of you! Thank you for your continued love and support. Stay tuned for more travel stories and photos in 2019!


In love & adventure,

d & b

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