I’ve been on some amazing travel adventures this year, and in my last post of 2018, I’d like to share my favorite travel moments with you.
This article is also available in Dutch.
10. Isla Taquile & Lake Titicaca
I actually wasn’t sure of visiting Lake Titicaca during my trip to Peru, but I’m really glad I did. The Uros Islands were very touristic (and a little fake), but visiting the beautiful island of Isla Taquile was absolutely amazing. You can read all about it in my travel diary.
9. Road tripping in the Valley of Fire
Valley of Fire State Park is just one hour away from the Las Vegas Strip, but it’s like you’re in a completely different world. The rocks have this bright red color and the roads are very scenic. Discovering places like this is why I love road tripping in the United States. You can check out more of my pictures in this travel diary.
8. East Side Gallery in Berlin
During my city trip to Berlin, the weather really sucked (wet snow and it was freezing cold), but I really wanted to check out the East Side Gallery. This is a long piece of the Berlin Wall, filled with amazing street art. Despite the cold, it was definitely worth a visit. You can read all about my city trip to Berlin in this travel diary.
7. Hiking in National Park Veluwezoom
In 2018 I also discovered a new place in my own country: National Park Veluwezoom. It was in the middle of winter and a beautiful day with blue skies. Perfect for a short hike in a beautiful part of The Netherlands.
6. View of Zion Canyon from Observation Point
My first big hike in 2018 was the one to Observation Point in Zion National Park (Utah, United States). A beautiful, but strenuous trail, and you’ll be rewarded with an amazing view of Zion Canyon. In this article, I’ll share a detailed itinerary of the trail to Observation Point.
5. The first time I saw Machu Picchu
After hiking for four days I got to the Sun Gate on July 26, 6.30am. This was the first time I saw Machu Picchu and I had goosebumps all over me. The sun was barely up, there were hardly any other tourists (I think there were about 20 people standing there). A moment I will never ever forget, and you can read all about it in this travel diary.
4. My first time flying business class
Every time when I travel by plane, I hope to get a free upgrade to business class. Unfortunately, that never happened, so when I saw a good deal for a business class ticket to Prague, I immediately booked it. I just wanted to experience it at least once! I enjoyed every second of it, the food was fantastic, great service, and I loved relaxing before my flight in the lounges. You can read the full story (and also see some amazing pics of Prague) in this travel diary.
3. Zion National Park without tourists
When I visited Zion National Park for the first time in July 2016 it was so crowded! I had to wait at least 1,5 hours before I could get into the shuttle bus to get into the park and during my hike to Angels Landing, I was never able to hike by myself. What a difference compared to my visit in March 2018! I and my cousin had the feeling that we were completely alone in the park, the trails were almost empty, just like the shuttle buses. It was a bit cold in the morning, but it was perfect for a hike.
2. My first climb to 3700 meters
Until last summer, I’ve never been to an altitude over 3000 meters. That changed when I stayed in the Peruvian town of Huaraz. It’s located in the middle of the Andes mountains and a perfect base for multiple hikes. The first trail (an acclimatization hike) I did, was a short one to Laguna Wilcacocha at 3700 meters. And it was hard, really really hard. It was only 6 kilometers, but it felt like it took me forever. The last 100 meters were so heavy, I honestly didn’t think I would make it to the top. But I did and I was really proud of myself. In the following weeks, I would hike up to 4200 and 4500 meters, but this first one was my biggest milestone. You can check out my travel diary on this page.
1. The Inca Trail
The absolute number one in this list was hiking the Inca Trail. I booked this trip in October 2017 and looked forward to it for months. It was a perfect hike with great weather, beautiful views, camping in the most remote places, delicious food, and good company. During the trek, I saw many hidden Inca ruïns, I really felt like an explorer. I’m so glad I did this during my final week in Peru because it was an experience I’ll never forget. In this article, you can read everything about my experience on the Inca Trail.
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