2012. What a year it has been.
It’s hard to imagine that the year is nearly over because it feels like only yesterday that we were in Egypts capital city, Cairo, ringing in the New Year.
But since then it has been a whirlwind of travel adventures for us.
2012 Travel Adventures in Photos
This is actually the first time that we have looked back on all the travel adventures we have done this year. We are so fortunate to have been to 14 countries this year.
So grab a coffee, sit back and take a moment to reflect back on the last 12 months of travel.
January 2012 – Egypt
Pyramids of Giza, Cairo, Egypt.
Egypt was the perfect start to the year. It had been a dream of mine to visit the Pyramids of Giza for a longtime and I had huge fears that they wouldn’t live up to my exaggerated expectations. Luckily the Pyramids, and Egypt in general blew my mind.
A truly magnificent country.
February 2012 – Amsterdam
Red Light District Canals, Amsterdam
We wrote a few risqué posts from our 48 hours in Amsterdam. No surprises that our “How to smoke weed in Amsterdam” and “Visiting a Peep Show” posts continue to drive thousands of visitors to our travel blog each month.
What amazed me the most about Amsterdam was the high number (pun intended) of Tourists that miss out on the highlights of Amsterdam such as the Anne Frank Museum. I guess they are too busy eating waffles, smoking weed and visiting the Red Light District,
March 2012 – 3 Valleys, France
3 Valleys Panorama, France
We hadn’t skied in over a year when we made the decision to go skiing in the 3 Valleys. The snowcapped French Alps were endless and we quickly fell in love with the area.
It’s also why we are moving there for this winter season. So you can expect lots more picturesque panoramas to come 🙂
April 2012 – Scottish Highlands
Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland
We did countless drives around Scotland, but the one that stands out the most was our trip to the Isle of Skye. A vast, windswept and rugged Isle that left us wanting more.
If only the weather was a little better.
May 2012 – Turkey
Sail Turkey with Busabout, Turkey
After shivering in Scotland for the winter we knew we had to escape to somewhere warm. Turkey proved to be one of the best decisions in the last 3 years.
We originally planned to just visit Istanbul and attend the incredibly moving ANZAC ceremony in Gallipoli. As an afterthought we tacked on a Sail Turkey cruise with Busabout. In one week lifelong friendships were forged and it has been one of the best travel adventures we have done.
June 2012 – Italy
Roman Colosseum, Rome, Italy
I get shivers looking at the Colosseum. While others may not agree with me I think it is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.
But Rome wasn’t the only highlight in Italy. For 4 weeks we toured the northern half. We hiked Cinque Terre, explored Tuscany by scooter, ate copious amounts of Pizza and Pasta, sea kayaked in Naples, visited Ferrari museums and celebrated La Notte Rosa in Rimini.
We could travel around Italy forever.
July 2012 – Running with the Bulls, Spain
San Fermin Bull Fight, Pamplona, Spain
With the blood pumping in our ears and the vibrations of hooves on the cobbles we ran for our lives during the San Fermin Running with the Bulls festival in Pamplona. Never in my life have I been more terrified, excited and pumped up on adrenaline than for those 2 minutes.
August 2012 – Budapest, Hungary
Széchenyi Baths, Budapest, Hungary
Budapest turned out to be a real eye opener for us. We hadn’t yet ventured into Eastern Europe on our travels but it had always been in the backs of our minds. It’s funny how one little trip changes everything because now we want to bike around Eastern Europe next summer.
September 2012 – Costa Brava, Spain
Ermita de Sant Elm Church, Costa Brava, Spain
This photos sums up Costa Brava for me. Gorgeous. On my second (out of three) trips to Spain this year I had the opportunity to explore the northeast of Spain in depth like a local.
October 2012 – Oslo, Norway
Vigeland Park, Oslo, Norway
Living in the UK has been great but unfortunately I could only obtain a two year visa. Before I got booted out of the country for good we did a quick visa run across the North Sea to Oslo.
In hindsight we could have chosen somewhere cheaper (Oslo is the worlds most expensive city) but it turns out that Oslo in Autumn is spectacular. The fall colours and crazy baby statues make it a really fun city to explore.
We are also planning on returning to Norway in summer because we have heard they have some of the best adventure activities in the world.
November 2012 – Whangamata, New Zealand
Clark Island, Whangamata, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
For the first time in over 3 years I nearly quit travelling when I returned home to New Zealand. See the problem with travelling is that you miss out on so much back home. Especially when your home is one of the most talked about countries in the world.
Being able to go diving or surfing in Whangamata and relax on the beach afterwards with views like this are what I miss the most. After family of course. This is what will pull me home sooner than I thought…
December 2012 – Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Wentworth Valley, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
And to top off our travel adventures for the year, another photo from New Zealand. This one was taken on the hike up to Wentworth Falls. I don’t think it needs much explanation as to why it joins the 2012 adventure travels list. Who wouldn’t want to hike here!
Lets hope that 2013 brings just as many, if not more, travel adventures as 2012 did.
Tell us your favourite travel memory from 2012 below.
Best Traveling Escapades
So you may be wondering what can you do for your three day weekend or just want to get away with the fiends for a few days. Camping could be fun, but then that requires a lot of work and heck its a vacation your on, right?
Well if you are looking to get away for the weekend and want to have a bit of fun while you are on your vacation then why not head out to a fancy hotel and experience a live casino?
Live casinos offer a wide array of entertainment and activities that are not solely confined to gambling.
Live Casino Atmosphere
If you are like most people being entertained is what you are after. It brings out your little kid. Live casinos can do this. There are a hat of activities and entertainments to watch and experiences landing from five start meals cooked by some of the best chefs around to city tours that show you some of the best landmarks in the city to magic show that really makes you question reality.
Criss Angel, we are talking about you.
Aside from these fantastic events there are also live music that can make any concert feel like a kiddy show in comparison.
Looking To Get Away?
Work can be a draining experience, and we all understand that we need to get money in order to make a living but sometimes getting away for just a few days can be the remedy to cure your rising anger or depression and there is nothing, like being able to just simply cut loose and enjoy your time – even if it is for a few days.
Traveling Can Be Fun
It probably goes without saying, but if you plan on heading to a casino then this isn’t a vacation o a family friendly location to visit – but f you and your friends are looking to just get away for the week then this could very well be the destination for you and your friends.
Sit back and relax in your hotel until the nightlife comes – and then let your inner child come out and enjoy life; free from the chaos of at the real world.
You may spend a lot over the next few days, but your mind and heart will most definitely thank you in the extended scheme of things.
Best traveling escapade ever, enjoy!
Byton’s Autonomous Tech Is Just 2 Years Away
An Introduction to Byton
With Tesla being in the news for all the wrong reasons these days, it seems like a good time for its rival Byton to introduce its own autonomous driving system.
The label, which is owned by the Chinese manufacturer Future Mobility Corporation, unveiled its new concept car by the name of K-Byte at an event in Shanghai last week.
Byton is fine-tuning the K-Byte concept by collaborating with Aurora in order to bring its autonomous systems to life. The company informed the event’s attendants that the mutual efforts are going to culminate in Level 4 autonomy, which in layman’s terms translates to an automobile’s ability to drive without any human assistance.
The Autonomous K-Byte
K-Byte, the first car which is touted to house this technology, will be driven through multiple sensors that have been placed strategically throughout the model in order to give passengers a smooth and safe driving experience.
The concept revealed K-Byte as a three-box sedan with a modern exterior design, and with a few accessories that one cannot see in regular cars at all.
K-Byte holds a distinctive side mirror design which also holds its LiGuards sensors that will allow it to navigate within the world while being in self-driving mode. Other notable embellishments include the front and rear sensors on its roof, which will incorporate the LiBow and LIDAR sensor concept which once again will be adding to the autonomous driving experience.
These design choices make it clear to anyone who takes a look at the K-Byte that it is not your run of the mill engine growler but holds much more in terms of capabilities.
According to Byton, it is already in the process of finalizing the concept car for K-Byte and will be ready to unveil it by 2020. It was also mentioned that the company will be launching a test fleet in China before rolling out the production line, letting the world experience what truly autonomous driving can mean for the human race. Between autonomous driving and easy parts availability to your door from online retailers like wWw.BestPartStore.Co.Uk, having a car is going to become a much more pleasant experience.
This all comes amidst Tesla’s various issues with its own well-publicized but under-delivered Autopilot system, which gives Byton a clear opportunity to delve into the autonomous driving sector, and who knows, we might just be foraging for Byton’s automobile parts in our end of the world instead of current giants such as Mercedes or BMW.
If Byton can achieve this feat sooner than its more popular counterpart, then it will certainly get it to the top of the list of automobile manufacturers of the future.
5 UK festivals to visit this summer
The UK is so beautiful in the summer, why go abroad when you have thousands of fun things to do right here? People travel from all over the world to see our beautiful country, so get to know the UK better.
These are some of my favourite festivals for summer 2018. They are family friendly with entertainment for both parents and children.
BLISSFIELDS 5-8 July 2018 | Winchester. Whilst you’re getting your groove on, your children will enjoy making woodland fancy dress costumes in the Angel Gardens Family Area, having paint fights and dancing their socks off at the onesie disco and everyone’s in their happy place. Address: Vicarage Farm, Woodmancott, SO21 3BL Website: blissfields.co.uk Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £100; youths £85
LATITUDE 13-15 July 2018 | Suffolk. Latitude must be the closest grown-ups can get to a real festival experience with the kiddies. You can enjoy yourself while your cuties hang out in the Enchanted Garden where there’s circus skills classes, screen printing and wildlife craft sessions. Address: Henham Park, Nr Southwold, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 8AN Website: latitudefestival.com Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £197; accompanied teens from £132.50; children from £15
GIVE 13-16 July 2018 | Leicestershire. This tiny celebration of soul, house, funk, reggae and blues, grew out of a series of club nights started by a gang of warehouse ravers in the 80s. While it is not a family festival, many regulars now bring their kids, who love it. This year, watch British Soul singer Corrina Greyson and then head to the treehouse, bouncy castle, karaoke and magic forest schools. Address: Stanford Hall, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, LE17 6DH Website: houseofhoney.org Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £175; under 18s £55; under 13s £30
DEER SHED FESTIVAL 20-22 July 2018 | North Yorkshire. Kick off the school holidays with this weekend of fun at Baldersby Park in Yorkshire, combining music, cabaret, comedy, theatre, book readings, family films, science workshops and lots of scampering in the woods. Address: Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire YO7 3BZ Website: deershedfestival.com Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £135; 6-15 year olds £45; 3-5 £10; 0-2 free
CURIOUS ARTS FESTIVAL 20-22 July 2018 | Hampshire. It’s all snail racing, midnight bat walks and bee-keeping lessons at the Curious Arts Festival, in the grounds of stately Pylewell Park. The film and poetry workshops for kids are a must. Address: Pylewell Park, East End, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 5SJ Website: curiousartsfestival.com Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £128; 5-13 year olds £23; under 5s free.
Sometimes one can get tired of driving all over the country to the festival of your choice, then you also have to think about how much alcohol you consumed the night before and whether or not you’re ok to drive. Why not ‘coach it’? Travelling by coach means you don’t have to worry about driving at all, you can just sit back and relax and enjoy the ride. Click here for some excellent discount offers and have a fabulous festival summer!
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