2017 is about to end and it’s time to revisit this year’s travel experiences.
As I started writing this post, I realized we have been to 16 countries + Antarctica this year. This all is with our full-time jobs.
How we do it, read here “Tips to travel more with a full time job”.
This year has been the craziest adventure of all.
Here Are The Highlights
We visited 5 continents and explored Antarctic to Arctic
We started our New Year 2017 standing at the edge of an active volcano
Experienced 24 hours of sun in Iceland to 0 hours of sun in Sweden
Explored some of the hidden gems like Tajikistan and Kazakhstan where we hardly met any tourist
Finally we got to see the Northern Lights
Hiked in Patagonia, Argentina which was there on our bucket list forever
It was one hell of a ride and we pledge to make 2018 even a bigger travel adventure.
So here is our 2017 travel journey.
1) Ethiopia – Jan 2017
What could be a better way to start a new year than standing on the edge of an active volcano? Colorful sulphur lake in Danakil Depression is another place in Ethiopia that took our breath away. Read our full guide on Ethiopia here.
2) Argentina – Feb 2017
We love hiking and always wanted to hike in Patagonia. Finally, this year we got a chance to experience the hiking paradise of El Chalten, Ushuaia and Bariloche in Argentina. Short time spent in Buenos Aires was quite memorable as well.
Read all our articles related to our hiking experience in Argentina here.
3) Antarctica – March 2017
Mother of All Trips where words fall short of describing its beauty. We celebrated our 1 year anniversary ticking off 7 continents. Read all our articles related to the dream destination Antarctica here.
4) Cyprus – April 2017
A quick escape from Dubai to enjoy the laid back cobble stone villages of Cyprus.
5) Oman – May / November 2017
Weekend escape from Dubai every now and then.
6) Italy – June 2017
I took a solo backpacking trip across Italy and came back convinced that Italy is worth all the hype. History, art, landscape, hiking, beaches, adventure, cuisine and oh Italian guys (thank God, it was a solo trip…hehe). It has got something for all age and interest.
7) Lebanon – June 2017
While I took a solo trip to Italy, Max took a solo trip to Lebanon. He was happy to finally check it off his bucket list.
8) San Marino – July 2017
Had a quick escape to explore world’s fifth smallest country located at 650 m above the sea level with some awe inspiring view of the coast and countryside. Read our travel guide to San Marino.
9) Vatican City – July 2017
You cannot go to Rome and miss Vatican City and hence I made sure to visit the world’s smallest country. A day was good enough.
10) Paris, France – August 2017
It was our second time in Paris. Not a great fan but it was a day stopover on our way to Iceland.
11) Iceland – August 2017
2 weeks of a road trip around Iceland left us speechless.
Rarely do you chance upon a country where each attraction is prettier than the last. Iceland happens to be one of them. There are landscapes right out of a fairy tale, magnificent waterfalls you have never witnessed before, bubbling hot springs that will take your breath away, hidden caves, dramatic canyons and surreal glaciers that go for miles. Iceland is packed with beauty and diversity and hence has become our favorite country in the world. And oh, those colors of midnight sun we will cherish for a long time. Our full guide on Iceland you can read here.
12) Copenhagen, Denmark – August 2017
Copenhagen is a colorful, welcoming, hippy style compact city with a city center largely given over to cyclists and pedestrians. It’s easy to fall in love with Copenhagen even if you have limited time during your stay. Our short stay guide on Copenhagen here.
13) Tajikistan – August 2017
Looks like we travelled a lot in August. The short time we spent in Tajikistan was full of countless opportunities to experience its incredible nature, crazy adventure and friendly people. Read our 5 day suggested Itinerary for Tajikistan.
14) Georgia – September 2017
Georgia is a surreal canvas for hikers, cyclists, horse riders, rafters, skiers and travellers of every kind. A paradise for adventurers in short and we loved it. Read our suggested itinerary for Georgia.
15) Kazakhstan – October 2017
Kazakhstan means “Land of the Wanderers” – and the country’s truly incredible landscapes, hidden lakes, marvelous mountains, its history and culture reward those who choose to explore it. Best thing is that it is not a tourist hub yet. During our time there, we met almost no tourists. Read our Kazakhstan suggested 4 day itinerary.
16) Sweden – November 2017
This is a trip where we had a lot of first experiences.
Saw Aurora Borealis, ice climbed over a frozen waterfall, braved -30 degrees, hiked on a frozen lake, spotted many wild reindeer, cuddled huskies, crossed Arctic Circle, tasted reindeer meat and for the first time we were at a place where sun doesn’t rise at all… one crazy adventure that we will remember for a very long time. Read Budget guide to see Northern lights here.
17) Sri Lanka – December 2017
And finally I am taking my mom to Sri Lanka to celebrate New Year.
So yeh, 2017 was one hell of an adventure.
Did you travel anywhere in 2017 that took your breath away? What are your plans for 2018?
Got any questions from the places we visited? Then please drop in comment section.