Competition! Your 100 Best Travel Moments of 2014

Updated November 30th, 2017.

Competition Now Expired

“Don’t count the days, count the moments.”

Watching the sun rise over Angkor Wat in Cambodia? Or spotting a shark whilst diving in Koh Tao, Thailand? Or is it the time that you hired a motorbike and rode off the beaten track through spectacular countryside in Laos? It can be so difficult to choose your best travel moment of the year – there have been so many right? How can you possibly choose?

Sharks Koh Tao

However long you’ve been backpacking for, you’re sure to have made memories that will last a lifetime and racked up enough stories for the grandkids that they better be patient listeners!

So what if we asked you to choose your best travel moment? Just one exquisite point in time that will remain in your mind forever… what would it be?

The Collection of Your 100 Best Travel Moments of 2014:

We want to make a collection of your 100 best travel moments of 2014. From friends that you connected with, to bizarre new foods you tasted, ancient monuments that moved you, or incredible landscapes that you glimpsed… tell us what has really taken your breath away this year?

We’ll publish the Top 100 Moments here on our website to inspire people all over the world to hitch on that backpack and create their own unique adventure!

S.E.A Backpacker Consultancy

The Competition:

But that’s not all… We’ll choose two ‘Travel Moments’ that we think are particularly unique and inspiring and the writers will win a fantastic trip to Southeast Asia!

More details of the awesome prizes (worth over $700 USD!) below…

How to Enter:

How to enter? It couldn’t be easier. Type your ‘BEST TRAVEL MOMENT’ in the comments box below. Or head over to our Facebook page and type in the ‘comments’ below the relevant post.

We’ll collect the best ‘moments’ for our article and you can read them all here on New Year’s Day (with a hangover)! The winner will also be announced on New Years Day – so watch this space – to see if your 2015 is going to be even better than you thought!

(Your ‘Best Travel Moment’ must be 100 words or less. You cannot enter more than one ‘moment’ – so get deciding which is your best now!)

The Amazing Prizes!

Prize 1: One Week – Highlights & Hidden Gems of Thailand Group Adventure!

Trip provided by: Tru Travels.

Trip value: $710 USD!

On this trip you will get to experience the best that Thailand has to offer, the Thailand of picture postcards and the Thailand that many backpackers don’t get to see! It’s an action-packed one-week group adventure for backpackers who want to explore Thailand with like-minded people. From glistening temples to colourful markets, breathtaking national parks and stunning beaches – this is an amazing Thailand experience!

Tru Travels Beach Jump

Prize 2: One Week – Volunteer Teach & Beach OR Beach & Build in Koh Samui, Thailand

Trip provided by: The Bamboo Project.

Trip value: $700 USD!

These volunteer projects are run by The Bamboo Project, who work directly with local NGOs to match up volunteers with organizations who are in need of help. During your chosen one-week volunteer program, you will either be teaching English to the children at the school or helping to build extra resources for the school and brighten up the learning environment.

Bamboo

So what are you waiting for? ENTER NOW!

Submit your ‘BEST TRAVEL MOMENT’ as a comment below – or head on over to our Facebook page and add your comment to the relevant post. Then, sit back, grab a mince pie and wait for the announcement on 1st January 2015!

From everyone at South East Asia Backpacker – MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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56 thoughts on “Competition! Your 100 Best Travel Moments of 2014

  1. Adam Hancock says:

    BEST TRAVEL MOMENT COMPETITION: My favourite travel memory from 2014 was an extraordinary motorbike adventure around Ha Giang in North West Vietnam. This trip was simply incredible. Away from the typical tourist scene, we saw some astonishing scenery and witnessed the real lives of the Hmong People.It was like looking into the past as we witnessed their almost ancient-like existance.

    To complete the journey, we visited the border town of Pho Bang and looked across into China. A lovely old man invited us in for tea and although he spoke no English, the spirit of humanity showed as we interacted and laughed and joked. An awe inspiring moment on an amazing trip.

  2. Aaditi Dubale says:

    Nestled among sacks of rice, eggs, boxes and backpacks, we make our way up the Rejang River, basking in the warm Borneo sun. The seats are inside this ‘flying coffin’ speedboat, but when the crew is hanging out on top, why not join them? I’m invited to sit on the highest perch and hold on tightly as we navigate through the Pelagus Rapids to reach the numerous village longhouses and schools that dot the river banks and forests. Cruising along Malaysia’s water highway, this was the life that I had only dreamed of before.

  3. Jack PD says:

    My most memorable travel moment of 2014 was in beautiful British Columbia. A few days after I arrived in BC, I managed to stay in a camp site for free by helping out with some of the tasks. It was amazing. Nestled in between the Rockie and the Selkirk Mountains, we were in the middle of the forests with a loads of wildlife all around us.

    The memorable moment occurred when I was on my own in the camp. My friends had gone out to get some shopping 20km away. This wasn’t the first time I was on my own in BC, I had hiked by myself and have had bear encounters. But this was different. I was reading my book in the open plan kitchen and all day I heard rustling outside. I turned my head to see what it was and it was usually a freakishly large bug, a ground squirrel or a bird.

    Once again I heard the rustling, turned around to see what it was and a black bear walking into the kitchen, 10 meters or so from me. It looked at me and we both exchanged eye contact for what seemed like forever. Both of us didn’t expect either one of us to be there. My heart was beating like a drum and my body froze. I had no idea what to do. The bear spray was far away and my legs were tucked under a table. Thankfully the bear was even more scared than I was! It quickly turned around and darted into the forest.

    That was my most memorable travel moments of 2014 and of my life.

  4. Leny Keo says:

    My best travel moment of 2014 was catch the view of Bakheng Mountain to see sunset.To reach the temple, we had to hike up to the hill top. Phnom Bakheng seemed to be a very popular tourist attraction in Cambodia as there were many people hiking up with us that day.
    We reached the base of the temple about thirty minutes later. I was a little shocked seeing what was in front of me. There are lot of people try to climb up on the Bakheng Temple. we climbed up step by step to the top of the mountain.
    The hilltop was overcrowded with tourists. Looks like most tourists are obsessed with sunsets too! I learnt that because of the large number of visitors, Phnom Bakheng is now considered one of the most threatened monuments of Angkor.

    As there was nothing much to do, we waited for the sun to set. By 5:50 pm, everyone was snapping away at the setting sun. It was difficult taking a good picture. I did the best I could. I find the sunset particularly fantastic. Still, as a first timer to Bakheng mountain, I would not want to miss this for the world! It is the wonderful for me with my friend at there in my life that I never forget.

  5. Scarlett says:

    Trekking with the SaPa hill tribes in Vietnam (September 2014).
    On this day, I discovered that trekking is something that forces you to live in the now, every step as vital as your last. Your mind sits in a residual calmness.
    Now place this feeling, in the misty far eastern edge of the Himalayan
    mountains that are methodically yet beautifully carved into hundreds of petroglyphs. Surrounded by local women from 4 to 40 that effortlessly
    guide you through the unknown terrain. The result? 3 wonderful days I
    will remember fondly for the rest of my life.

  6. Melanie Swan says:

    My best travel moment of 2014 was coming back to England after 4 years of being away. I seriously ate my way through the first 4 weeks! Root veggies, beans on toast and HP sauce, bacon sandwiches (and I’m vegetarian!) I really could have kissed the tarmac at Heathrow had it not been for the exit arm that I walked through into the arrivals lounge. Travel is amazing, and coming home can be even better. All the home comforts are much more appreciated now.

  7. Kathryn Scroope says:

    My most memorable travel moment was when I went to the Perhentian Islands off Malaysia, we took a boat trip from the pier out to see the rest of the remote islands and had a boat driver who did not speak English. We pulled up in the middle of the ocean because this man knew when the tides were changing and that there was tiger sharks around us. We Jumped in and he pointed to us they were below the boat, they are the most beautiful creatures and to this day I still dream of that first dive in and seeing the colors below the surface. Turtles appeared and we swam along with them,keeping our distance but watching them come up for air! We pulled into a private shore and locals cooked us fish and we listened to the waves crash as we allowed out feet sink into the sand as the sun went down! No wifi no electricity but just nature and the ocean

  8. Sophie Kelly says:

    In Southern Tanzania 2013. Not only was this the time that I caught the ‘travel bug’ but the most amazing travel moments took place here. On safari toward the end of a volunteer trip as we all sat on the roof and watched a family of elephants soaking up the sun our truck stalled and jumped forward spooking the baby elephant. In defence the large make was angered and began to flap his ears and sound his trunk, as we fought to get back into the truck through the small hatch be elephant began to stampede towards us as our engine was still failing. Just in time we all got back in and pulled away along the dirt track still being followed. The best part is we were all unharmed and the whole surreal happening was caught clearly on video camera. We drove back to camp chatting and watching the videos looking at the in polluted night sky. I’m not sure what moment was more memorable but no words or pictures could reward enough justice to the beauty of the starry night sky and it made every day worth while. I so hope to explore more and carry on creating even more travel memories. Fingers crossed for South East Asia and Thailand.

  9. Kashish Soni says:

    Rajasthan. It was a pleasant temperature of March month. I went on a backbacking trip, totally unplanned way to reach the city of Jodhpur. Train dropped me in northern Gujarat from where I started the road journey. Truly amazing. Using local transport was the best part of the trip and with the help of locals whom I approached for restaurant and roads, assisted me in my trip and gave meaning to it.

    Best time was when i was in the midst of Aravali ranges. Breathtaking view at night from far away having only moon light giving earth a beautiful color to it.

    Wish I could travel that part of India again and again.

  10. Lucy Wilson says:

    My best moment of 2014 was back in August, when I was at Khao Sok National Park in Southern Thailand – sat in a rubber dingy on the lake, sipping on my whiskey and coke. All over a sudden rain started to pour. It was quiet and the clouds lowered – hugging the tops of the cliffs. The rain bounced on the top of the lake like crystals, and the sound was so peaceful. The floating bungalows were bobbing up and down as the sun fell down amongst them. I have never felt so refreshed, and the humidity gave me more warmth inside. It was the most perfect situation. I didn’t know being in the middle of nowhere would be so peaceful and beautiful. It was as if I was in a film, and I had to take every second of the scenery in.

  11. Torin says:

    My best travel moment of 2014 seems quite mundane after having read a few of the previous entries, but I will tell it all the same. Having just finished college, me and a few friends decided to travel around Europe together and have some fun before we all went our separate ways to university etc. We were at a festival in Northern Slovakia and the sun was just going down on some of the most picturesque scenery. So we walked to the edge of the festival site and just sat down and watched the sunset. I looked at my friends and just felt so happy to be with the people I love most in the world. (photos can be provided)

  12. MJAY says:

    On of my top moment of my journey in 2014 was when i walked the famous Tongariro Crossing in New Zealand. I started it with an english fellow i have met in the Kiwi-bus (which is another great experience in New Zealand). Being on top of this Volcano was the best i have done so far and the longer i was walking the more people i had around me. In the end of the day i walked the track with 5 other People and it was just epic.

  13. Mykael Hadala says:

    Mayalibit Bay, Raja Ampat, West Papua

    2 Weeks of Sound Hunt Trip.
    Setting Up A Recording Session For Local Tribe In The Middle Of Nowhere With Very Limited Electric Power. Manage People To Be Recorded Properly for IMAX Movie Journey To The South Pacific. A Very Challenging Task!

    Hiking & Trekking For 4 Days In and Out Raja Ampat Jungle, Up Down Those Mountain. See Many Strange Beautiful Things Along The Way.
    Maannn… That is an AWESOME Experience.

    But, not forget those thing i love… Fishing & Snorkeling at The Most Amazing Reef of Mayalibit Bay!

    It’s been a lifetime Journey For Me Who Travel a LOT to Raja Ampat!

  14. Potpot Pinili says:

    At the turn of 2014, I received my first tattoo from Apo Whang-od in the highlands of Kalinga, Philippines. At 96 years old, she is the last keeper of the traditional back-hand tap technique and the only surviving tribal honored mambabatok. It was a grueling 16-hour trip of combined bus rides and trekking through the rice terraces of the North. This ink signified the beginning of redeeming the artist’s life that I lost to the glitz of the corporate world. It also marked the start of my journey around the world to renew my commitment to living life without regrets.

  15. jub says:

    Lopburi, Thailand.
    Two night trains to Chiang Mai were sold out.
    Went to the only bar open.
    Listened to owners life story for an hour.
    Never left Thailand, but wants to go to Vietnam one day.
    Fears it’d be too hard now as his English is ‘bad’ (I disagree).
    Is caring towards every bar guest – hoping if he goes to Vietnam he is treated the same.

    Left him my email address, if he needs anything.

    Catching the train later on, made me think long and hard. Being grateful on the road for the small things is easy to forget.

  16. Melisa says:

    I like to see the life with kaleidoscope eyes and sometimes to travel to the moon… and beyond. One of this trips it was in Kuta, with my soulmate. We ended up on the beach, howling to the moon with a dog who became our guardian -and friend- all night long. We decided to join a group of Indonesian who didn’t speak a word of English, but they shared food and drinks with us. Somehow we communicated with them. The sunrise came and we were still awake in our little room. Sweat, tears, laughs, Rap, and a magical and psychedelic night left behind.

  17. Katie says:

    My best travel moment is simple. The best thing I did when travelling was meet some of the people who have inspired me and helped me along the way. Whether it was living and working with them abroad or dancing until the crack of dawn. Sometimes the best things are the people you meet along the way.

  18. Tiago M. says:

    Me and 5 friends decided to go backpacking through SEA for a couple weeks and while at Ko Phi-Phi Don, one day, we went to Monkey Beach, did snorkeling at Phi-Ley Bay, visited Maya Bay…at the end of the day, as we were headed back home, we watched the sunset from the boat and after that, when the day was already over we went swimming in the dark with the glowing plankton. Minimal speckles of light that ignite as you move in the pitch black water, illuminating everywhere around you. It was definitely our best moment of the year!

  19. Tiago M. says:

    Me and 5 friends decided to go backpacking through SEA for a couple weeks and while at Ko Phi-Phi Don, one day, we went to Monkey Beach, did snorkeling at Phi-Ley Bay, visited Maya Bay…at the end of the day, as we were headed back home, we watched the sunset from the boat which and after that, when the day was already over we went swimming in the dark with the glowing plankton. Minimal speckles of light that ignite as you move in the pitch black water, illuminating everywhere around you. It was definitely our best moment of the year!

  20. Jonathan Newby says:

    Walking the West Highland Way with my Bestie in Scotland over the summer without it raining once, the locals said we must have been touched. It was during the Commonwealth Games and in the run up to the devolution election, so the atmosphere of the villages and towns we stayed at were electric. With the stunning scenery and warm friendly locals, it was a last minute holiday that we’ll never forget.

  21. Jan Jakub says:

    My best travel moment in 2014 was a week ago when I was hitchhiking through southern Thailand. I made over 550 km from Ranong to Hat Yai in one day, but unfortunately I was dropped from the last car after sunset and still on the highway, 10 km from the town. It started raining heavily, I was soaking wet and completely hopeless. Suddenly, a motorbike with a side car full of baskets with fish stopped and the street vendor urged me in Thai to jump in. At first I declined but few moments later I was sitting on top of fish pile on my backpack – it stinks to this very day – speeding on a highway in a tremendous rain!

  22. Relinda Puspita says:

    My BEST TRAVEL MOMENT was I went to North Korea in September 2014. As a student I made a big decision because it was so expensive and the process was quite challenging for me. I haven’t had any experience transferring money abroad before, as visitors must go on tour agency to this country. I was living in Japan and the travel agency was in China. My birthday is in September, and it was my the best birthday ever!

  23. Alana says:

    My greatest travel experience to date was over this November/December where I volunteered in a school in Southern India. After arriving at the school we came to the realisation that the school had limited to no access to clean drinking water with children becoming either sick from drinking contaminated water or dehydrated from not drinking water at all. The school principle expressed her desire for the school to have a Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System which would provide the 1800 children of the school with 6.6L of drinking water per day. Our group decided we needed to do something about this so we made a video and a go fund me page and sent it viral on Facebook, Instagram, Email and Twitter to raise funds to purchase the water filtration system for the school. Within a week we had raised $6200 AUD to purchase the system, have it installed and to also have it running and maintained for a year. When I presented the money and a certificate to the school principle at the school assembly she burst into tears and hugged me saying she does not know what to say or how to thank us enough. Volunteering overseas has been the most amazing experience of my life, I have learnt so much and connected with people in a way I have never done before and had never dreamt of doing. I fell in love with a pace so outside of my comfort zone and fell in love with people that were so very different to myself. I hope to go back to that same school one day in the near future to see the system once it is up and running and to give all the kids another hug! I cried on my last day, I did not want to leave the beautiful smiling faces I got to see every day for a month.
    I have attached the two videos we made below and I strongly recommend to anyone to volunteer abroad- you will never regret it!
    http://vimeo.com/112275070
    http://vimeo.com/113898639

  24. Michael says:

    My $70 Vietnamese motorcycle died in the clouds between Nha Trang and DaLat. With a week of motorcycle experience, I was stranded on a mountain in rural Vietnam. From there I hitchhiked 25 miles to the next small town, hired a driver to bring me back to my bike, picked up the bike, and brought it back to town. Then I used my Passport as leverage to borrow money from a Vietnamese man for repairs. Not 15 minutes out of the repair shop my horn became jammed and blared the next 40 miles to DaLat. Life is wonderfully entertaining.

  25. Mike says:

    Hands down my best travel moment of 2014 was camping out on Laem Sala Beach in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park. Spending a few nights away from buckets and ear-shattering house music was a great change of pace! The only down side was sleeping in a questionable tent with no pillows or padding! However, being able to make a campfire with friends, waiting for an incredible sunrise, made it well worth it.

    Oh, I almost forgot, camping out allowed us to see the Phraya Nakon Cave Temple (definitely look it up!) before the long-tail boats unloaded hoards of tourists!

  26. Charmaine says:

    Best travel moment, playground with Burmese children near friendship bridge, waiting on my new visa.
    They were so excitable and even merrier when I pulled out a bag of crisps.
    Barely enough to go around but I managed to give them all one.
    Made my day made my moment

  27. Jo Ann Gamba says:

    My best travel moment of 2014 was in Nakhon Chaisi in Thailand at Wat Bang Phra temple. My friend and I were blessed by Master Luang Pi Nunn for 3 consecutive days. It was indeed a magical experience! Getting 3 Sak Yants and knowing the meaning of each yant back home was such a rewarding feeling. I experienced vulnerability, trust and total surrender in the whole process. I will never forget my Wat Bang Phra experience and my magic tattoos are my constant reminders. I believe in magic!

  28. Emma says:

    My best travel moment of 2014 was in central Vietnam spending the afternoon with a demolitions team from Project RENEW. I got to see live cluster munitions and UXOs found in a field just a few meters away from a family’s home. After leaving the field and getting a safe distance away, the team cleared the area and safely detonated the UXOs. Even though they were covered by sandbags, the explosion was powerful enough to feel from across the road! The people who do this dangerous work every day are heroes! Seeing those cluster munitions in person and so close to someone’s home was horrifying… but meeting people who risk their own safety for the sake of others was so inspiring and gave me so much hope!

  29. Emma says:

    My best travel moment of 2014 was in central Vietnam spending the afternoon with a demolitions team from Project RENEW. I got to see live cluster munitions and UXOs found in a field just a few meters away from a family’s home. After leaving the field and getting a safe distance away, the team cleared the area and safely detonated the UXOs. Even though they were covered by sandbags, the explosion was powerful enough to feel from across the road! The people who do this dangerous work every day are heroes! Seeing those cluster munitions in person and so close to someone’s home was horrifying… but meeting people who risk their own safety for the sake of others was so inspiring and gave me so much hope!

  30. Emma says:

    My best travel moment of 2014 was in central Vietnam spending the afternoon with a demolitions team from Project RENEW. I got to see live cluster munitions and UXOs found in a field just a few meters away from a family’s home. After leaving the field and getting a safe distance away, the team cleared the area and safely detonated the UXOs. Even though they were covered by sandbags, the explosion was powerful enough to feel from across the road! The people who do this dangerous work every day are heroes! Seeing those cluster munitions in person and so close to someone’s home was horrifying… but meeting people who risk their own safety for the sake of others was so inspiring and gave me so much hope!

  31. Resha says:

    One of my best travel moment of 2014 was in Indonesia as a 19 years old female solo traveler. I traveled to Java, Bali, Lombok and Sumbawa. I was sleep in local people house, learn some cultures, meet new people and friends on the roa, and my favorite was saw the sunrise on the hill, jumping on the cliff, snorkeling in virgin island, and just you and nature were coalesced.. No Wifi, No Sad, No Scream, just Happiness

  32. Bert says:

    Sunrise in the park on the opposite river side of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India
    Jogging at 8 in thhe morning at Palolem beach in Goa, the same Beach where Jason Bourne was jogging at the beginning of the second Bourne movie!
    India is such an amazing country and worth every minute you spend in it!

  33. Ramon says:

    My BEST TRAVEL MOMENT of 2014 was when we got soaked in the rain while dragging our feet through every corner around the Angkor Wat on a random October afternoon. Towards the end of a rainy season, we experienced a wet ancient mega-structure that we normally would not see in documentaries and short films about the temple. As the rain ended, we saw a rainbow cast over Angkor Wat with the sun about to set right before our eyes a few minutes later. Truly it was a moment of time that made our backpacking experience worthwhile.

  34. ryan says:

    Top 3 Travel moments of 2014 (I have pics with the stories too.)

    1. Kayaking down the Green River in Utah. It was the heat of the summer, surrounded by dessert cliffs with no one around for miles. It got so hot that we decided to strip down and kayak down the next set of rapids in the nude. Such a liberating feeling.

    2. Was on a house boat at Lake Powell with half the people on the boat, a few people on a speed boat and others on a jet ski. Out of nowhere came a storm causing rain and waves so big that water was nearly getting inside. Just to look out over the lake with the desert in the background and a dark ski pouring down rain as everyone hustled to get things tied down and inside was just fun.

    3. Under a glacier in Alaska in January, I stood still and heard the calm as I felt the cold on my face.

  35. claudette says:

    The best travel moments of 2014 is when I visit Golden Temple in Amritsar India.I almost give up getting the visa to India but I did not mind the hussles when I saw the place. It was really Magnificent and you can really feel the spiritual emotions that surrounds the temple. India is really a truly beautiful place I visit.Planning to come back soon.

  36. Joel says:

    One of my best travel moments of 2014 would have to be when i was on a group tour with Young Pioneer Tours in DPRK (North Korea). We were walking through a very beautiful park in Pyongyang during the Kim il-sung’s birthday celebrations. We joined a few large groups of koreans for some beer and music and were quickly dragged into the crowd where the older men and ladies were almost fighting to get the next dance. Allot of laughs and good times that day in the park.

  37. Julia says:

    I was hiking to the top of Mount Batur in Bali, Indonesia. We partied the night before (as you do) and we never made it to sleep that night. The hike began at 2am and seemed like the worst idea in the world. It was cold, dark and we had no idea what we were getting into. All I wanted to do was sleep my hangover off. After a long, couple hours of hiking we finally made it to top just in time for sunrise, right as the skies opened up and the clouds cleared. I’ll never forget the sheer magnitude of that view and how accomplished I felt.

  38. Shay Perryman says:

    My best travel moment in 2014 was at Ta Prohm. The temples and sunrise at Angkor Wat were second best, but first best was asking the father of a young monk for a picture with his son. Barely half an hour later the father found me wanting a picture of me with his son for himself 🙂

  39. Harriet says:

    my best trae moment was in Cambodia, Siem Reap, seeing all the temples also traveling down to Phnom Penh for the killing fields, also kampot! Loved koh Tao in Thailand as I did months worth of local Muay Thai boxing.

  40. Jarryd Salem says:

    5 years ago I stood on the edge of Cape Spear, the Eastern most point of the North American landscape, and stared out over the Atlantic towards Europe. My girlfriend and I had driven our van across all of Canada to reach that point, living on peanut butter sandwiches the whole way. I promised myself that one day I would be standing in Europe, looking back at where I then stood.

    This year I arrived at Cabo da Roca – the Western most point of the European mainland. I walked out to the furthest edge of the rocks, and looked back across the Atlantic. A lot has happened in those 5 years, and I am a very different person to who I was at Cape Spear. I sat and meditated, reflecting on everything that has come to pass and what led me to this very point in my life. Standing at Cabo da Roca brought on a fusion of emotions, dreams and aspirations. I was overwhelmed with happiness. I then turned my head south, towards the bottom of the African continent. What adventures will lead me over that next horizon?

    Cape Agulhas, I am coming for you!

  41. Yixiu Ng says:

    Best travel moment must be the one where my friends and I leaped into the infinity pool that was 1000 meters above sea level at Madulkelle Eco Lodge at Kandy, Sri Lanka. The weather was a cool 16 degrees Celsius with wind. We almost lost our teeth through the chattering and froze to death! Never will we jump in like that again! =P But the view was breathtaking.. Facing the Knuckles Range mountains where the sun was peeping through the clouds and overseeing the tea plantation. It was amazing..

  42. Jarryd Salem says:

    5 years ago I stood on the edge of Cape Spear, the Eastern most point of the North American landscape, and stared out over the Atlantic towards Europe. My girlfriend and I had driven our van across all of Canada to reach that point, living on peanut butter sandwiches the whole way. I promised myself that one day I would be standing in Europe, looking back at where I then stood.

    This year I arrived at Cabo da Roca – the Western most point of the European mainland. I walked out to the furthest edge of the rocks, and looked back across the Atlantic. A lot has happened in those 5 years, and I am a very different person to who I was at Cape Spear. I sat and meditated, reflecting on everything that has come to pass and what led me to this very point in my life. Standing at Cabo da Roca brought on a fusion of emotions, dreams and aspirations. I was overwhelmed with happiness. I then turned my head south, towards the bottom of the African continent. What adventures will lead me over that next horizon. Cape Agulhas, I am coming for you.

  43. Madon Angelica Padilla says:

    Best travel moment: Backpacked with another backpacker I barely know through southern Laos. From Vientiane, Pakse then Si Phan Don where the 4000 islands are. The waterfalls there would take your breath away, a moment that every traveller experiences. It happens a lot, but rarely does it truly and genuinely give you a kind of peace. It’s what most travelers hope for when we start and head off with our backpacks. It’s there and then I completely fell in love with travel. 🙂 southeast Asia has a lot hidden gems and Laos is one of them. #seabackpacker

  44. Hadhinah Felice says:

    Best Travel Moment was when I got to sled like a kid, not in the winter on the snow but in the midst of autumn on the sands at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, USA. That was amazing because no one would stopped us from having fun like kids at world’s largest gypsum sand dunes, or what I called “adult playground”.

  45. South America Backpacker says:

    Best travel moment was the moment when the sun appeared and warmed our cold and aching bodies at Machu Picchu in Peru after completing the 5-Day trek over the high Salkantay Pass. Rising at 3.15am that morning we were so tired after 5 days trekking through hail, rain and snow one day, then burning sun the next, through humid jungle and over snowy mountain passes… this moment when the morning sun lit the spectacular scenery all around made it all worth while!

  46. Nikki Backpacker says:

    My best travel moment was the moment when the sun appeared and warmed our cold and aching bodies at Machu Picchu in Peru after completing the 5-Day trek over the high Salkantay Pass. Rising at 3.15 am that morning we were so tired after 5 days trekking through hail, rain and snow one day, then burning sun the next, through humid jungle and over snowy mountain passes… this moment when the morning sun lit the spectacular scenery all around made it all worth while!

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