10 Dec 2016 28 Countries in 365 days of travel~ Hannah’s Top 5 countries revealed
Over the past 365 days on our RTW trip we have traveled to 28 countries and backpacked through countless cities. The first 50 days flew by so fast, and we learned early on that keeping a blog up to date and traveling is HARD work. We have so many stories and information to share with you but haven’t had enough time. Stay tuned….But I think it’s time I share with you my favorite countries.
If I only had a $1 every time someone asked me my favorite place. I don’t have a favorite place, but instead have favorite countries in every part of the world. Let’s start of with some of my travel destinations and why. I choose one from each continent we have visited:
We spent 17 days exploring Guatemala, most of our time was spent in Antigua which is still one of favorite cities in the world. I tried to learn Spanish, keyword TRIED, I have learned that 5 hours a day 5 days a week with 1-on-1 lessons is a little too much. I did learn a good amount of Spanish, I survived didn’t I? Antigua was a gorgeous city everything about it was beautiful. The architecture of the houses, churches, the volcano in the background, and even the prettiest Mc Donald’s I’ve ever seen.
Adam fell in love with Guatemala on day 1, when he realized a beer was cheaper than a diet coke. Yes, this is true for 50 cents a beer and usually 60-75 cents during happy hour at a rooftop bar. On top of cheap beer, the food was equally as cheap and good. Even though I was tortilla’d out by the end of time.
Our 3-day trek in Guatemala was a highlight for sure, but at the time of trekking, it was a low light. It was intense, and my first “real” hike. I am glad I did it but happy to say I will never do it again! I enjoyed our 3 nights at Lago Atitlan, and wish to return there for some peaceful relaxing nights.
Colombia was our first stop in South America, and completely different from Central America. We traveled to Cartagena, Cali, and Salento. We feel hard in love for the small town of Salento in the coffee zone. Salento is a small town, we would walk all around town popping in all the little coffee shops and just enjoy the day. We felt so safe here, Salento has a perfect temperature not too hot not to cold. Adam even got to see what it is like to work in the coffee fields. We know we will be back, next time probably for a month.
Malawi is a country that we fell in love with the people. I saw no evil in anyone, everyone was so happy and full of life. I felt so welcomed here, and I cannot wait to go back. Malawi does not necessary have much to offer in forms of safari wildlife or activities BUT it is a gorgeous country. We spent 5 days in different camps along Lake Malawi. We visited a school, a school without desks that has opened our eyes forever. The people of Malawi have so little and need so much help, we hope to return next year.
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Before touching down in New Zealand, every traveler we had met listed New Zealand as one of their top 3 places if not number 1. I didn’t know what to expect, I had high expectations, and I admit I wasn’t let down. We rented a campervan for 2 weeks and drove over 3000km exploring the South Island. Every turn we took we were pulling over to take a picture, as it just kept getting prettier. Make sure to check out our New Zealand video of all our favorite photos here. We did everything from skydiving, whale watching, swim with the dolphins, Milford Sound, wine tasting, hang-gliding, Fox Glacier climbing, star gazing, glow worms, and much much more. We plan to head back to New Zealand, just need to save some money as New Zealand isn’t cheap.
We first visited Thailand in 2012 on our honeymoon, which played a huge part in taking our RTW trip. This year we returned to Bangkok, and we loved it even more than the first time around. We even talked my parent’s into coming to Thailand and started in Bangkok what an adventure that was. Found an amazing cat cafe I was in heaven, not sure what my was thinking…Thailand has amazing islands and beaches, this year we discovered our new favorite Thai Island Koh Lipe, Thailand and rented an amazing beach bungalow steps from the sea it was paradise.
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We also ventured up north and settled into Chiang Mai where we rented an apartment for a month. We had a kitchen so we were able to cook some of our favorites from home, but also took a Thai cooking class so we could replicate them in our apartment. Chiang Mai just felt right we joined a gym, had friends, celebrated my 30th birthday, felt safe walking alone, amazing Thai massages for $5 an hour, got my hair done and looks amazing, and so much more. We are planning on returning next year to settle down and catch up on the blog, trying to talk Adam into a 6-month rental. FINGERS CROSSED as I am craving some authentic Thai green curry YUMMY!
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So there they are my top 5 countries. Have you been to any of them? If so, what did you think of them? If not, are they on the top of your travel bucket list?