I have many favourite travel destinations but recently I got thinking about my favourite moments and experiences that I have had whilst travelling. Here is my list of the 11 most memorable experiences and moments I have had during my travels so far, because I just couldn’t narrow it down to 10. Do you have any favourite travel moments? I would love to hear them!
What kid doesn’t have Disneyland or Disneyworld amongst their favourite memories?! These places truly are magical, filled with rides, characters and ‘magic’ everywhere. Sixteen year old me even managed to have a Disney romance with an American boy I met at our hotel … Just don’t ask me how it turned out.
Paragliding in the Austrian Alps
This was an activity I didn’t plan on signing up for. What if die? I had thought. But everyone was signing up for it, which gave me a major case of FOMO (fear of missing out) and it ended up being one of the coolest moments of my life. Standing at the top of the mountain/hill made my heart beat so fast that I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go through with it… But it was too late; I was strapped onto the man with the parachute and all of a sudden we were running into the air… And guess what? I survived!
Kayaking in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Kayaking in Croatia was something I’d wanted to do, but we arrived back from our daytrip too late to do a kayaking tour as they had all already left. I was determined to do it, so we decided to hire our own kayaks and explore by ourselves. We paddled past the old city walls to a hidden cove with a sandy beach before kayaking back while the sun was beginning to set.
Harry Potter Studio Tour London
As a die-hard Harry Potter fan, I’d been dreaming of visiting this Studio Tour since I first heard it existed. I was mostly expecting to see props and a couple of sets from the films but it completely surpassed my expectations. I walked around in awe, unable to believe that my favourite books and movies had come to life. Even standing in the line was a magical experience, as we waited next to Harry Potter’s bedroom, aka. the cupboard under the stairs. I can only describe this experience as the most wonderful, magical day of my life.
Dinner at the Space Needle in Seattle
My first road trip during my student exchange was to Seattle, a city that I absolutely freaking loved! Instead of visiting the observation deck at the top of the Space Needle we figured it wouldn’t cost much more to eat at the revolving restaurant instead. We enjoyed a couple of courses and cocktails while watching the sunset over the city and Mount Rainier, which made for a truly awesome night that I won’t ever forget.
Road tripping to Mac Miller’s concert in Portland
We had a midweek break during my student exchange semester in Washington, which just happened to be when Mac Miller was playing at the Roseland Theatre in Portland, Oregon. Two of my friends lived in Vancouver, Washington, only about 20 minutes from Portland so we road tripped over for a couple of nights to see the concert. We explored Portland a little, before deciding we were too sober to go straight to the concert. We ended up finding a super cool Irish Bar, which resulted in us getting drunk off the best Cosmopolitans I have ever tasted in my life. I don’t actually remember too much of the concert but I know we all had a sick time judging by my hangover the next day.
Seeing snow falling for the first time in Washington
When I did my semester abroad at Washington State University it got colder as time went on and the seasons slowly changed from summer to winter. Apparently snowfall occurs most years, but it was uncertain whether there was going to be any the year of 2015. Of course though, somehow the first snow day ended up being early November. I was sitting in a class discussion and suddenly someone said ‘hey it’s snowing.’ Naturally I got up and ran to the window, freaking out as if I’d never seen snow before (I had once in my life years ago). For everyone else the snow was completely normal but for me, seeing the first snowfall on my beautiful campus was just something that made me so happy I wanted to cry. I spent the entire afternoon either outside or just looking out the window, watching the snow falling.
Exploring the Cloud Gate in Chicago (Aka The Bean)
I really loved this interactive sculpture in the heart of Chicago. It was incredibly amusing to explore your reflection from all the different angles of the bean, or even just watch other people doing it.
Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk in Sydney
My friends and I took a spontaneous trip to Sydney where we did this coastal walk one afternoon, after having brunch with views of Bondi Beach. It was a beautiful sunny day, with magnificent views of the coast around every corner we turned.
Tongariro Crossing in New Zealand
This 19km hike is an ever-changing landscape of mountainous, volcanic terrain, which I can only describe as one of the most breathtaking (literally and figuratively) and challenging days of my life. The environment was unlike anything I had ever seen before, and sometimes I felt like I was on another planet. The moment I conquered this hike was a feeling like no other.
Snorkelling in Nha Trang, Vietnam
I have been snorkelling before but for some reason I could never get the hang of it as I would always end up choking on water or not being able to see because my goggles didn’t seem to fit right. However, this time someone showed me a few tricks on how to snorkel properly and whilst it was definitely not one of the best snorkelling spots I’ve been to, I had a perfect afternoon swimming around with two of my best friends and admiring all of the colourful fish.