Dear mates of wanderlust,
Is there anyone, who doesn´t like to walk along good old memory lane a bit?
Certainly, most of you are thinking about past trips (like I do) – or even dream about future adventures (like I do).
Do you picture yourself at the beach anywhere in Thailand right now? Or snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef? Ziplining through the jungle in Costa Rica? Eating a juicy burger in Santa Monica? Or enjoying the view of the Table Mountain in Cape Town?
Ok, where´s my backpack? 🙂 Just kidding…
Those breathtaking experiences
I guess, you all have had your own special moments – of course not only in travel matters – which changed your life a bit, improved it. And provide that true value, which will never leave you again. That pretty much sums up what I love about traveling. It offers so many opportunities to experience new stuff and collect moments, which will last a long time. Which genius said “Collect moments, not things”?
I call these moments “passive happy-maker”.
Once you´ve experienced these feelings and goosebumps, they will always come back – without actually re-experiencing them in “real” again. How cool is that?
Now, I want to show you some of my passive happy-makers…
New Zealand – Australia – Cook Islands
The small town of Franz Josef has a big spot reserved in my memories.
During my first visit in 2009 the town didn´t really make a good first impression. But the glacier indeed did even more. We explored the ice world within 8 hours and it was just breathtaking. When I returned to the place in 2014, I had to find out that these tours are no longer possible like that due to climate change and the consequence for the glacier. Meanwhile helicopters are used to fly on top of the Franz Josef Glacier. So I took the chance to go on my first flight with a helicopter and it was very exciting! Simply unforgettable!
A day not to forget: First touch the snow on the Franz Josef Glacier and only briefly later touch the sand on the beach in Okarito, just a short drive from Franz Josef. Snow and beach in one day? Brilliant!
The stunning wildlife of New Zealand – is there anything to add? There wasn´t a second I didn´t smile during our dolphin tour in Kaikoura! Happy factor enormously high! And the Penguins in Dunedin did the rest to impress!
At the beginning of our trip around the world in 2014/15 my sister and I had quite an emotional bumpy start. We were not sure if we made the right decision until it made “click” – on the same day for us both simultaneously. The place of enlightenment: Cooks Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula, a gorgeous beach. I can´t describe what was going on with us, but something was certainly going on and an exciting journey was waiting for us.
Together with my best friend and a scottish friend, we lived together in Australia for about three months, I jumped out of a plane in Taupo, New Zealand 😉 Haha, yeah – and it was f*** awesome 😉 The funny part is, that my skydive instructor is working six months in Taupo and the other half of the year in Austria. So I took the chance to also go skydiving with him there just a year later. Freddy is a skydive-superhero and such a funny person! Skydiving with the same guy in New Zealand and Austria – great!
Last one about New Zealand (I promise): The stunning scenery on the road between Queenstown and Glenorchy – I won´t ever forget that trip and the view.
Probably on of the most nerve-racking travel moments took place during our roadtrip between Perth and Broome in Western Australia, when we came to a flooded street. We knew we had to continue, but every millimeter through the water was mentally demanding, as we weren´t able to estimate how high the water really was and what was waiting in front of us. “Funny” fact: Two days later bushfires next to the road.
Finally arrived in Broome. We could admire a fascinating natural phenomenon. In Western Australia the Stairway to the Moon shows up, when the Full Moon rises over the coast during low tide. Incredibly beautiful.
I experienced one of the best days of my life on the Cook Islands. I´m so grateful for the possibility to visit the Aitutaki Lagoon. I still can´t put into words how awesome that trip was – for the whole story about the holiday on the Cook Islands click here.
North and South America
When I was in Quito (Ecuador) a few years ago, I booked a tour to Cotopaxi, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. From the parking lot, we only wanted to hike up to the first refuge cabin. Since the altitude lead to some breathing problems, I had to take a longer break on the short hike. Soon I was enveloped by fog and could no longer see very far. As I sat there, I suddenly got a visit from a little fox. Yes, I admit, at first I was a little scared, but as I watched him, it somehow created a pleasant atmosphere and only positive memories remained.
Grand Canyon. Do I have to day anymore?
What do you want to see when staying in the Nationalparks of Canada? A Bear, yes! (and moose, certainly ;)). You can´t imagine how happy I´ve been when I got to see my first bear in the great outdoors in Banff Nationalpark!
Last, but definitely not least: amazing Hawaii. After missing out on my first visit, I finally made it up to Diamond Head Crater and enjoyed the stunning view over Waikiki! <3