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I can categorically state that 2013 has been the most exciting and varied travel year I’ve ever had. With Pumpkin in tow, we’ve frozen in Iceland and sweltered in Sri Lanka, we’ve filled our bellies (a bit too much) with everything from Austrian Schnitzel to Vietnamese Pho; we’ve hiked and snorkeled, felt more exhausted than ever and more relaxed than ever (sometimes on the same trip!) Firsts for me have included: a perfect sunset, a perfect rainbow, an orangutan, the largest flower in the world, a glacier, a geyser, a Communist country, a wedding anniversary and a blog!

Here are my 13 highlights from 2013. If there are any that tickle your fancy and you want to read more, just click on the photo for my previous posts! Those of you who have seen the blog before may notice that some pictures look familiar and I’ve thrown in a few teasers on some upcoming posts…

What have been your most memorable travel experiences of the year?

Wishing you all a Happy New Year!

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Relaxing at the Blue Lagoon, Iceland

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Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, Brunei

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Sailing around the towering rocks of Halong Bay, Vietnam (after nearly missing out on the trip altogether!)

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Strolling through Holland Park, London on my first wedding anniversary

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Snorkeling amongst colourful fish and beautiful coral in the Maldives

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A tiring climb rewarded by magnificent views at Sigiriya Rock, Sri Lanka

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Breathtaking purple skies in Kota Kinabalu, Borneo Malaysia

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Seeing a glacier for the first time on the South Coast Excursion, Iceland

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Getting into the Christmas Spirit at the Magic of Advent Market, Vienna, Austria

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Warming up with a cup of home grown tea in the rolling hills of Nuwara Eliya’s tea plantations, Sri Lanka

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Unwinding in paradise at Kurumba Maldives

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Culinary heaven in Hoi An and Hanoi, Vietnam

Orang-utan spotting in Borneo

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