Three years ago when we left home on June 29, 2013, we could have never imagined the travel experiences we would have. We’ve done and seen so many amazing things, looking back over the past 3 years it makes me think “holy sh*t is this really our life?” Yes, yes it is! If you would have asked me 3 years ago where I would be I sure as heck wouldn’t have guessed I’d be typing this 3-year favorite travel experience post from the Maldives. Which by the way is another amazing travel experience. So if we had to narrow down the last 3 years of travels and pick our 3 favorite travel experiences they’d be…
Our 3 Favorite Travel Experiences
#1. Going on an African Safari
Nothing will ever beat going on an African safari. We just didn’t go on one overland African safari we went on two. This was the #1 item on our bucket list and it lived up the hype we went back as we fell hard for Africa. We’ve spent 110 nights camping in Africa, which also means Adam set up the tent 109 times as I was fired after day 1 of our safari LOL.
An African safari will change your life forever. We will never be able to go to a zoo again as nothing will ever compare to the Serengeti National Park. Lions for days and we’ll never get sick of seeing these amazing creatures in their natural habitat. There is something peaceful about lying in your tent hearing the lions roaring in the distance, well at least that’s what I think (Adam not so much).
#2. Discovering Koh Lipe
We had never heard of the Koh Lipe before, it sure as heck wasn’t on our route. We were on Langkawi an island away actually in a different country (Malaysia) when we kept seeing signs for a speedboat to Koh Lipe Thailand. We were bored in Langkawi and had a few days to spare so we hopped on the next boat to Koh Lipe.
We getting on that boat was one of the best travel decisions on our trip. Koh Lipe is now our favorite place in the world, and a destination I’m sure you’ve seen us promote a lot. Koh Lipe literally is a slice of heaven and has everything we love in a beach destination. We’ve been back since our first visit and are planning to return this fall for at least 2 weeks to get some amazing drone footage and update our Koh Lipe articles.
#3. Campervanning in New Zealand
We rented the most ridiculous camper van we could find and drove around the South Island of New Zealand! We named her peaches and called her home as we drove the entire South Island on our 2 weeks in New Zealand. This was our first time living in a van and where we got the idea of building our own camper van like we did for our epic US road trip we took in the fall of 2015.
New Zealand is the most gorgeous country in the world, we pulled over at least every 15 minutes for another epic photo stop. Hannah mastered driving on the wrong side of the road while Adam was keeping up on the blog posts and scoping out the next photo stop.
We hiked Fox Glacier, Hannah went skydiving & hang gliding in New Zealand, Adam went swimming with the wild dolphins, sampled NZ’s finest wines & microbrews, and so much more. We both can’t wait to get back to New Zealand but next time we’ll spend 2+ months exploring the North & South islands.