Despite still having so many new destinations on our travel bucket list, we do already have quite some travel experience under our belts! These have given us some great memories, some funny, some sad, some beautiful, some hard… But they all have one thing in common: they make great stories. When we were reminiscing about our past trips, we concluded there are a few events that are a little more special to us and that we would love to share with you guys… So without further ado: here they are!
A magical night in Iceland
In September 2016 we did a road trip around the land of fire and ice, Iceland. Coming across waterfalls, natural hot pools, geysers, volcanoes… we have seen plenty of amazing things. You could say that this entire road trip was one unforgettable travel experience! However we experienced one particular moment that topped all of the other moments… On the 11th of September 2016 we witnessed the magical Northern Lights in Reykjahlíð near Lake Mývatn! Just the world ‘magical’ doesn’t even cut it! Magical, mystical, romantic, you name it!
We had very much been hoping to spot these lights, but you can never be sure. It all depends on the clouds, the light the moon reflects and the aurora activity. We had an app on our phone that told us the weather forecast and aurora activity each day. Every day it was too cloudy to see anything, but on that particular evening all of the pieces fell together: barely any clouds, not a lot of moonlight and a strong aurora activity! We waited in the cold for about an hour, wearing lots of warm clothes and with our camera in our hands. Suddenly we saw something appearing in the sky: it looked a bit like a bright cloud as the aurora still had a white color. We weren’t sure what it was at first but we kept following it and wondering. The bright cloud started looking greener and greener and before we knew it we were watching some amazing green lights dancing in the sky! We must have been watching them for an hour or two because suddenly we didn’t feel the cold anymore, we were just so stunned with this pure, natural beauty…
A romantic moment in Italy
Our first trip together as a couple was back in June 2015 to the beautiful city of Rome. We had plenty of romantic moments such as having dinner in great Italian restaurants or eating a delicious gelato every day (or twice a day…). We absolutely fell in love with Rome as there is so much to see and do here. Literally around every corner is a story to discover!
Our hotel was in the Via della Conciliazione, the road leading up to Vatican City, so we spent a lot of time in this area. One evening, after a long, hot day of wandering through the busy city center we visited one of the many delicious Italian restaurants. With a full belly we walked back to our hotel and along the way we came across a little store where we bought ourselves a tiny bottle of wine and two cups. The Saint-Peter’s Square might be packed with people during the day, but in the evening it gets a lot more deserted and cozy. We sat here on some steps underneath the giant obelisk where we enjoyed our cup of white wine along with some great conversation on this warm, summer evening surrounded by some of the most spectacular, historical buildings in the world…
Living off the grid in New Zealand
We have just spent about five months in New Zealand from September 2017 to January 2018 so obviously we have plenty of unforgettable experiences from this amazing trip! However when people ask us about our time in this gorgeous country and ask us what we enjoyed the most, we tend to always agree on the same experience: our WWOOF-job in a lodge in the Marlborough Sounds.
There aren’t any roads leading up to this place, so you can’t reach it by car. You can get here by either hiking the Queen Charlotte Track or by boat. The closest actual town was Picton which was about two or three hours of sailing away. We learned a lot here about self-sufficient living as we were for example taught how to fish and how to prepare it afterwards. Another example: to get some eggs we had to hike for an hour to a farm a bit further down the Queen Charlotte Track. We absolutely loved our hosts and their five hunting dogs. We shared a lot of great food, great wine and great moments which we will cherish forever.
We are very curious to hear about your most memorable travel experiences. Don’t forget to share them in the comments below!