2012 Travel Adventures in Photos

| December 17, 2012 | 79 Comments

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

Egypt Pyramids of Giza, travel adventures,

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

Amsterdam at Night, Red Light District

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 Peak Panorama, Travel Adventures

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, Travel Adventures

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

We are so glad that we made the decision to live in Edinburgh rather than London. Scotland continues to grow on us every day with its stunning Scottish Highlands and Castles around every corner.

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

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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

Colisseum Pictures, Rome Pictures, Colosseum Panorama, Colosseum Pictures

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

Running with the Bulls, San Fermin Bull Fighting Pamplona, travel adventures

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.

The bullfighting wasn’t the only travel adventure we got involved in though. Surfing in San Sebastian for 2 weeks helped me rediscover that passion that I had forgotten while we have been travelling.

August 2012 – Budapest, Hungary

Széchenyi Baths Budapest, travel adventures

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.

Not only did we get to relax in the local Széchenyi Baths, but we also attended the Sziget Music festival and Adela faced her fears by going caving under Budapest.

September 2012 – Costa Brava, Spain

Ermita de Sant Elm Church, Costa Brava, Spain, Travel Adventures

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.

Costa Brava has all sorts of travel adventures from hot air ballooning, remote Castle villages like Besalu and cycling old rail trails. It really is the perfect place to visit.

October 2012 – Oslo, Norway

Oslo Guide Vigeland Park, Crazy Baby Statue Oslo

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 Beach, Coromandel Peninsula, 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 Falls Valley Hiking Trail Bridge, adventure travels

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.

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Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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  1. What a round up! Except for NZ and Amsterdam these are locations I’ve dreamed of but not quite made it to.. and I’m supposed to be bloody European! It’s true that when something is on your doorstep, you’re less likely to take advantage of it.

    Cannot wait to hear what adventures 2013 has for you!!
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  2. Stephen S. says:

    Man what a year! Looks like great fun. That is an epic picture of Eilean Donan!I saw you did Busabout sail turkey, and seemed like you enjoyed it. I am sailing Croatia with Busabout and debating doing the sail turkey after Oktoberfest to kill some time before TBEX Dublin
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    • Sail Turkey was definitely a highlight of this year. Met loads of people we then became friends with long term and travelled with throughout the year. I think it is a lot more chilled out than Sail Croatia to be honest. Not as many parties although nothing to stop you having a good time too.

  3. Sounds like an awesome year! Can’t wait to see what you get up to in 2013
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  4. What an amazing year you guys have had! I’ve certainly enjoyed following along and I look forward to seeing what the coming year holds for you. Enjoy the slopes in France!
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  5. Jennifer says:

    What an amazing year you both had! Here’s to hoping 2013 is even more amazing for you.
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  6. Salika Jay says:

    You guys seem to have had an amazing year. It’s always nice to read your articles. Looking forward to reading about your adventures in the coming year :)
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  7. What a great year of travels! I’ve been to many of the countries you’ve visited. However, I am still envious of a few of your adventures. I’ve got a similar photo of the Szechenyi Baths in Budapest. I went there in 2007 when a lot of people didn’t know about them (too bad I didn’t have a blog back then!).

    However, the one I am most envious of is the Scottish Highlands. I’ve covered some Scottish festivals here and have wanted to go there for a few years.
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  8. Another great year. Congratulations you guys! But 14 countries in 12 months makes our heads spin. We managed only three countries in 2012 but BOY do we KNOW Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama by now….
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    • We couldn’t believe we had been to 14 either. We spent two months in Spain and Italy so that was good that we managed to get to know them much better than the others! Would love to travel slower if we could afford to.

  9. What ana amazing year. Hope next years bring more awesome adventures!
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  10. Laurence says:

    Well, no idea how you’re going to top that lot in 2013, but I’m sure you’ve got a cunning plan ;)
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  11. Steven says:

    Sounds like (or looks like) you’ve had an awesome year! That is a great photo of the Ermita de Sant Elm Church, and what is with that wild statue in Olso..

  12. What a wonderful year! May 2013 be at least as adventure packed as 2012 for you!
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  13. Pete says:

    Great photos mate. All the best in 2013 and enjoy the slopes in France :)
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  14. Arti says:

    What a memorable 2012 you had! I was there with you most of the time! My most memorable travel trip of 2012 was my 6 day trip Japan, what a fascinating country.
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  15. What a great way to reflect on the past year. I’m totally stealing your idea :-)
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  16. A great year and enjoyed tagging along with you here. Here’s to a great 2013!
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  17. Noah says:

    Love the photos. Costa Brava, Oslo, and the Scottish Highlands are incredible shots. I really enjoyed my ten-week honeymoon, but if I had to narrow down that collection of awesome snapshots to just one, I would have to say hiking Sapa in the rain. The rice paddies were greener than I could have imagined.
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  18. Cheryl says:

    Wow, that’s one heck of a good year! Loved following your adventures, seeing your photos and look forward to following them even more closely in the new year! :)
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  19. Of all your travel pics , the most attractive is Oslo, though it’s the most expensive city, but the nature of the Autumn city attracts me !

  20. kami says:

    it truly loks like you’ve had an amazing year! hope that 2013 will be even better for you!
    and since I’m considering booking a flight to Cairo – would you say it’s safe for a solo femal traveler to go there?
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  21. Belle says:

    What an awesome tribute to 2012, as someone who has only just hit the road, I can’t wait till I can look back at all the places I would have been to over 12 months!!!
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  22. Joy says:

    Great pics! They’re so colorful. You’ve had a great year!
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  23. Felicity says:

    The photo of Budapest is beautiful. I’ve just recently followed your website and I’m always amazed by your travel. Hope you guys continue to share your travels to us

  24. I am jealous of your trips to Scotland and Budapest. I went to Hungary years ago and loved it. I think it’s one of the most underrated destinations in Europe. As for Scotland, it tops my bucket list. Awesome photo as well! Best wishes in 2013!
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  25. Erik says:

    WOW! It looks like you’ve lived four years in that past 12 months :-)

    As incredible as 2012 was for your guys, I’m hoping 2013 is as equally blessed with adventures and safe travels!
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  26. Michael says:

    Wow, wonderful pictures. Can’t wait for your latest traveling in 2013.

  27. ANGLO/Dale says:

    New Zealand has been on the lips of everyone recently, whether it has anything to do with ‘The Hobbit’ coming out at Christmas I couldn’t say, but, it looks every ounce as amazing & scenically beautiful in your pictures.

    Secretly holding out that we’ll make in there this year ;)
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  28. Love the bullfight ring photo. 14 is a lot of countries in one year!! You guys are travel machines! :D
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    • We were exhausted after it all anyway! Totally burnt out by November. Hopefully things will be just as exciting this year, but also a little slower. No one can keep it up for that long.

  29. Jenna says:

    This is one of my favorite round-ups of 2012 that I have seen. So many amazing travel destinations and photos! The Scotland photo is particularly great. I also have always wanted to see the Great Pyramids, but many other places on here are on my list, including Scotland and New Zealand.
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  30. Red Hunt says:

    Great travels, wow! The Scottish Highlands shot is super, it makes me want to be there….I love those kind of shots. And Egypt….oh Egypt, one day I’ll get there…have fun in 2013!
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  31. Beautiful photos! It certainly looks like you had a great year of travel. Best wishes for 2013!
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  32. Seems like a great year. Surprised that you went to Egypt. I am afraid it is still not safe to go there.
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  33. Kristy says:

    I am looking forward for your next travel stories this 2013! Hopefully I can also go to Egypt! I super love all the pictures you’ve posted here about your travel escapades.

  34. Lady says:

    Wow! Beautiful pics. I can’t wait to see more of your travels!
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  35. So many of these are on our Dream Destination List for 2013. Thanks for the great photo wrap up!
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  36. Dana says:

    Wow! Those are gorgeous places… and gorgeous photos! What a wonderful year of travel!
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  37. Laurel says:

    You guys have really had an incredible year! New Zealand is still on my list, can’t believe I haven’t gone yet, considering how I keep hearing how good the hiking is.
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  38. What a beautiful collection. I can only imagine what is contained in the other 9,988 photos!
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  39. Simon says:

    Great photos of 2012. My favorits are: Scotland, Clark Island and Amsterdam. I am looking forward to reading your travel reports of 2013. Take care of you!

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