At the end of last year, we were freezing our tails off in Montreal wondering what adventures the coming year would hold.

Our travel plans for the year were anything but settled. Where would we travel? Would we even leave the country? What would we see? Who would we meet?

Although we thought our  year of time-crunched travel in 2011 was ambitious, 2012 far exceeded our greatest expectations. 

Suffice it to say that after exploring myriad new places at home in New England, adventuring in Central America,  moving to China, and traveling to South Korea to secure our visas for China, we feel greatly blessed and thoroughly exhausted! But we wouldn’t trade it for the world. 

We wanted to let you know we’ll be taking a break from blogging over the next two weeks as we venture into Myanmar.

In the meantime, we leave you with plenty to read as we look back on some of our favorite travel experiences and travel reflections published in 2012:

Travel Reflections:

Why I’ll never stop traveling — How a high school trip to the Nazi concentration camp of Dachau in Germany taught me the true value of travel and left me forever changed. 

Would you take a poverty tour? — This post sparked intense and constructive conversation both here on this blog and across our various social media channels. Are “poverty tours,” a growing trend, really ethical? Can they lead to positive change or are they merely exploiting vulnerable communities?

How we find time to travel (and how you can, too!) — We both work full-time jobs but still manage to make time to travel. Here are just a few of the ways we do so.

When travel loses its luster — I’m truly blessed to have traveled as much as I have, but there are days when I lose my gratitude for what I have seen and experienced. Can you relate? In this post, we share some of the ways in which we’ll be adopting a different approach to travel in the future.

I can’t believe what my eyes have seen (or, thoughts on turning 30) — Some of the most life-changing experiences I’ve had through travel over the past 30 years.

Why we’re heading in a (slightly) new direction — We surveyed you, our readers, and here’s what you had to say!

7 super shots from around the world — If you had to sum up your most amazing travel experiences in just seven photos, could you do it? Here are seven photos that inspire.

 

Travel Experiences:

Our 3-day sailing adventure with Raggamuffin Tours in Belize — Camping in a storm and watching baby sea turtles hatch were just two of the experiences that made this adventure so special.

Celebrating my 30th birthday on the Great Wall of China — I can’t believe I’m 30. And I really can’t believe I celebrated this milestone on the Great Wall!

48 hours in Tulum, Mexico — A last-minute change in our itinerary during our trip to Central America this summer led us to Tulum, Mexico. Whether you’re looking to relax or brush up on your Mayan history, here’s how you can make the most of your time in this beautiful Caribbean paradise.

Eating Churros in Peru, and what you need to know — They can explode, but usually don’t, and other useful facts about this delicious snack.

The time we got a medical exam in China and there was a hole in my pee cup — In case you’re new to this website, we moved to China in September 2012. We’ve had plenty of adventures so far, including a rudimentary physical exam that was anything but ordinary.

How to spend two weeks in Peru — My 6th grade dream was realized when we visited the Inca ruins at Machu Picchu. But there’s so much more to this amazing country than just Machu Picchu. Here’s how to make the most of two weeks in Peru.

5 day hikes worth the trip to New England — If we succeed in doing nothing else with this blog, I hope we convince you to do two things: 1.) Get out and get active, and 2.) Visit New England! Here’s how you can kill two birds with one stone.

The Perfect 3-Day Weekend: Buenos Aires — This guest post by Hillary Merwin shows how you can see and do a lot with just three days in this stunning Argentinian metropolis.

Experiencing the Olympic magic in Lake Placid, New York — I’m an Olympic freak, so a visit to Lake Placid was the perfect weekend getaway for me. Here’s how you can experience the magic of the Olympics in New York’s Adirondacks.

Top 5 snow shoe routes in New Hampshire’s White Mountains — The White Mountains are one of my favorite places in all of the U.S., even the world, and one of the best times to experience them is in the winter — by snow shoe!

A first-timer’s guide to eating Alpaca — Heading to South America? You’ll want to try the Alpaca. Here’s a humorous take on how to do it.

Stay tuned in 2013 for posts on:

— Our remaining time in the Central American countries of Belize and Guatemala
—  Volunteering overseas
— Updates from our time in China and an announcement about an exciting new business venture!
— Posts from our time in South Korea, including our visit to the DMZ and my new obsession with K-Pop music.
—  Articles on several of America’s greatest cities, including New York, Boston, and Chicago
— The difference between a traveler and a tourist … or is there one?
— Further insight into how we manage to travel while working full-time
— How to realize your own dream of living overseas
— Exciting guest posts and interviews with fellow travelers

You can also subscribe to our YouTube Channel, where you can check out video footage of our 2012 adventures and follow us into 2013. Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on our crazy adventures in real-time.

We thank you for following along with us throughout 2012, and we look forward to sharing our experiences with you in 2013.

 

Happy travels and best wishes for the coming year!