2 years on the Road!

In some ways it feels like just yesterday that we were strapping on our packs headed to Belize to start our trip of a lifetime. In other ways it feels like another lifetime ago. We have been on the road for 2 years now. It’s hard to believe when you say it out loud, but it’s true.

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We have learned so much and experienced a lifetime of travel in just 2 short years. These past years have been both challenging and extremely rewarding. When I think back about all the breathtaking places we have seen and the amazing thing we have done it makes my eyes well up.

To celebrate our milestone we put together a short video of some of our favorite moments to help inspire your next trip.

In the past two years we touched down in 46 countries on 6 continents. We added 147 stamps to our passports, and slept in 258 different beds. (And we spent a whole bunch of money, but we will talk about that figure later this week in an upcoming post.)

In our second year of travel we tried to take it a little slower, but in our normal fashion we didn’t. Here is a quick run-down of what we did in year two of our 2+ year RTW Trip.

We started the year off leaving Africa after our 43-day overland safari. From Cape Town we flew to Koln, Germany where we had just one night before Adam’s Parents arrived to meet us for our European family road trip.

On that trip, we took our black VW station wagon from Frankfurt down Germany’s romantic road. We quick dipped into the Austrian Alps just to say we saw them. From southern Germany, we made our way to the Czech Republic spending a few nights in the beautiful city of Prague.

We also squeezed in time for plenty of beer and a trip to the home of pilsner beer, Pilsner Urquell in Plzen, CZ. After getting our fill of beer we made our way to the country of Adam’s family’s sir name, Poland. We used Krakow as our base to explore the city, the famous salt mines, and Auschwitz as there are tons of attractions in Krakow to see. Krakow ways the last stop on the family road trip, but we drove back up to Berlin to see the wall and the city.

Mary's Bridge - Fussen Germany-1

From Berlin, we caught a flight to Rome to start our Italian portion of our trip. Within minutes I had learned that I will never ever visit Europe in the summer again. Italy was very busy for us we made stops in Rome, Florence, Bolognia, Venice, and Milan. Our favorites ended up being Rome and Venice, even though everyone said I would hate Venice.

Next up was another family outing, a wedding in Latvia. Hannah’s cousin got married in the beautiful countryside of Latvia. We based ourselves in Riga and enjoyed the old Riga at night. The wedding was a great time with traditions far different than ours at home.

After Riga, we made our way to Paris for a few nights. mostly because it was the cheapest place to get home from. When deciding where to stay in Paris we ended up in a cute Airbnb right in the center. Hannah’s best friend was getting married and made for a good reason to stop home for a couple of weeks and see family and friends.

Paris France - Eifel Tower Tops - 132

Then we bounced back to Europe to continue where we left off. Our first stop was Vienna for a couple nights exploring the city. On the way out of town is where we ran into problems. We got extorted by the Austrian Police and a handful of parking tickets, not a good way to start a leg of a trip.

Sunset in Vienna
Sunset in Vienna

Next up was Croatia. We drove ourselves to the coastal town of Dubrovnik where our 7-day cruise of the islands kicked off. We had a nice cruise around the islands. See more on our Croatian cruise.

Crystal Clear Waters of Hvar | Croatia - Click to read more >>
Crystal Clear Waters of Hvar | Croatia – Click to read more >>

After we jumped off the boat it was back in the car headed north toward Slovenia. We spend a couple of nights around the stunning Lake Bled area. Crystal clear water was surrounded by tall mountains. It’s a very pretty part of the world and we wished we would have had a few more days there. However, we didn’t because we were on our way to Octoberfest in Munich.

Castle on an Island - Lake Bled | Slovenia
Castle on an Island – Lake Bled | Slovenia

Adam’s brother met us for a beer tour. We started our tour in Munich for the annual festival in Munich. We learned what not to do at Octoberfest but still managed to have a great time at the festival. From there we headed up to Stuttgart to see the automobiles that Germany is famous for and check out the race tracks in the area. Next up was Koln. The famous church was the biggest draw to the city and the Kolish beer, a style founded in this area.

Oktoberfest Munich - tips myths-27

The last stop of the beer tour was Belgium, the mecca of beers. We pretty much came to Belgium just or the beer, without much planned besides trying a whole lot of it. On the way from Koln, we stopped at a few of the Trappist breweries where the monks make some tasty beer. First up was the Achel Trappist brewery and the Westlaven. Brussels was where we put our heads at night, but besides the beer, we didn’t really care for the city. The copious amounts of good beer at the Delirium Cafe made up for it though.

Achel Trappist Brewery - Belgium - Beer Tourism - Abbey visit details and tips-1

Next up Spain. With only a few days break between visitors we had another friend from home come for her second trip with us to Barcelona, Madrid, and Greece. Barcelona was one of our favorite cities in Europe and one of the few places I think I could live in Europe.

Barcelona Spain - Catedral de Barcelona

We had a few more stops as our European tour wound down. We spent 10 days in Athens to see the sights and attend the European TBEX conference. There is still a bunch to post from this part of the trip that we just got too busy to get to.

Greece Viator-3

At the end of October, we made our way to Morocco for a two-week trip that took us all over the country. The tour was named the drunk on color tour, and Morocco lived up to it.

Into the desert | Morocco
Into the desert | Morocco

The last stop of our fast-paced fall was Turkey. We spent 4 nights in Istanbul and another few in Cappadocia. We could have spent a lot more time in Turkey but we were burnt out by then from the busy busy few months. We took a hot air balloon ride, had some great food, stayed in a cave hotel, and saw the blue mosque.

Cappadocia Turkey Square

From Turkey, we clawed on to a plane bound for Chiang Mai, Thailand to settle down for a few months. we spent from December to April living in our apartment in Chiang Mai, with a bunch of side trips of course.

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And if that wasn’t enough we left Thailand and headed back to Africa. Our safari with Acacia Africa was great last year but we missed a few things so we had to come back. This year Adam lead a photo tour from Nairobi through Uganda to catch a shot of the mountain gorillas. Also, Mozambique just opened up for overlanding again so we really wanted to get there (which is where we are currently). In total, we will spend 68 days driving a giant truck around Africa sleeping in a tent.

And that’s the quick version of our year 2 of our RTW trip!

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21 thoughts on “2 years on the Road!”

    • Yikes your at work?? I don’t remember how that feels anymore…sorry to tease you with pictures of Croatia like that!

      Hope you can escape soon and get yourself to a beach!

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  1. Congrats on your two year anniversary! I still remember first discovering your blog, just before your departure date. Not long after that, we decided to take off on our own RTW. We even left around your 1 year travel-anniversary! Look forward to following more of your adventures in the next year. If you have any plans to come to Canada when you get back to North America, come visit us in Newfoundland!
    Happy and Safe Travels!

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    • So bummed we didn’t get to meet up when in Chiang Mai! We are heading to Canada still mapping everything out as we speak…will keep you in mind. Are you back at home?

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  2. Wow, what a year. You made so many experiences, incredible. I’m now traveling for a bit more than 10 months but stayed longer in the places (mainly Ecuador and Mexico). It’s the experience of a lifetime and I wish you two all the best for your future and look forward to reading about your future trips.

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  3. Hey guys,
    I found your blog when you guys started in New Zealand, and have been hooked ever since. I check your blog weekly to see what amazing pictures you have taken and to see what you are up to next. My husband and I leave for our RTW trip in 182 days. Maybe one day we will cross paths. Keep up the great post and pics.

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  4. Hey guys,
    I found your blog when you guys started in New Zealand, and have been hooked ever since. I check your blog weekly to see what amazing pictures you have taken and to see what you are up to next. My husband and I leave for our RTW trip in 182 days. Maybe one day we will cross paths. Keep up the great post and pics.

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    • I remember the days of counting down until our trip! I didn’t get real until 99 mark….hope you are getting to stressed out yet! Glad to hear you have been following with us since NZ, that seems like ages ago.

      Hope to bump into you on the road, safe travels until then.

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  5. Wow, congrats on your 2 year anniversary! Seems like you have had quite an adventure, love your photos! Looking forward to reading and seeing photos from your 68 days African adventure. Have an awesome trip!

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  6. Sounds like an amazing adventure so far! The festival in Munich looks like a blast! Loving those beers.. It is awesome to reflect on travels., because when its happening it can be overwhelming.

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    • Oktoberfest had been on Adam’s bucket list for awhile, glad we crossed it off and had a great time doing it. It was great looking back at everything we have done over the past 2 years….

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  7. 147 stamps wow!!! That seems insane.
    Even though being on a RTW trip for 2 years is dream (and soon to be reality) – but at the same time I really can’t imagine it. Y’all are so brave! What a wild adventure – I hope you have many more years of happy adventure to come. 🙂

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  8. What a epic two years! It’s crazy how quick time flies when you are moving around a lot. We agree with you though, the World is huge and just when we cross something off our list, we add to our must see soon list. Agree with you on Barcelona, one of our favorite cities in Spain and for sure a place we wouldn’t mind living some day. I’m sure you’re looking forward to going back to Wisconsin soon! We’ll be just at 2 years when we make our next visit home. Safe travels you guys!

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    • Crazy how fast it has gone by. You guys too have been gone for 1.5 years already. We are home now, it feels good and strange all at the same time…Safe travels to you two!

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