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Travel Highlights From One Year of Travel

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Travel highlights from the first 1 year of a multi-year trip. Yes, it’s true, we’re just coming up to one year of non-stop travel. It’s flown past, it really has. We thought we’d share our travel highlights, our absolute favourites, the things still fresh in our memories and the things that make us go wow! These are travel highlights from a family gap year, a multi-year gap year.

Travel highlights 1 year travel trip

Sometimes we can’t pick single one-off events to be our travel highlights, we’ll just go with an overall experience, but these are they, in no particular order. We hope they inspire you to get out there and make your own family memories in the world.

Travel Highlights One Year of World Travel


Travel Highlights – Florida

The Disney Parks in Florida. We’re crazy about Disney and the kids and I are converts to the biggest, scream-making-est rides. Read how we visited 4 Disney parks in one day and rode all the biggest and best roller-coasters. Oh that Rock and Roller-coaster! Disney Animal Kingdom was a particular favourite with the kids, with the Expedition Everest ride being a highlight of the park.


Travel Highlights – Cruising

Taking 2 Trans Atlantic Cruises We’ll never stop raving about cruising, it’s our new not-so-secret weapon in our travel armoury. Who’d have thought that the budget-est of budget travellers would end up taking 2 trans Atlantic cruises? See how to make cruising affordable here.  


Travel Highlights – Thailand

6 Weeks on Ko Phangan 6 Blissful weeks of island life in a simple villa on the beach. It was here that chef was hospitalised and where we crashed our scooter, but despite the setbacks, this time was precious. The kids perfected their kayaking and became independent on the water, we enjoyed great food ( see our guide to Thai food here) and made new friends.


Fun in Bangkok on the Khao San Rd. We always enjoy Bangkok and for us just hanging out on the Khao San Rd. is a big part of that. It’s crazy, it’s wild and it’s fun!


Chilling on the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi. Staying on a very simple barge floating on the River Kwai was a blissful time, so relaxing. Again, great food and the war history in Kanchanaburi was really intense.


Travel Highlights – Laos

6 weeks in Laos. We are in love with Laos! We hope to go back again next year, lovely people, great food, stunning scenery and temples. Visit our Laos archives here.


Airboat Ride on the Everglades. This hour or so on the Everglades was incredible, it really stands out from all the things we did in the last year. I can’t say enough good things about it, read the post here.

Travel Highlights – Guatemala

Mayan ruins at Tikal Guatemala


We spent 7 weeks in Central America. The Easter celebrations and flower carpets were incredible and we loved discovering Central American food, but Tikal was the highlight, just wow!


Sunset Dinner on Key Largo. Beautiful Key Largo, a great meal, sunset, feeding the giant tarpon, good music and a glass or two of wine. This was heavenly. We don’t treat ourselves to fancy dinners very often, but this was so worth it. We’re big fans of Florida, more posts to come.

Travel Highlights – Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka We adore Sri Lanka, her people, beaches, food, wildlife, hills, trains, buses and culture. Explore Sri Lanka with us via our Sri Lanka home page. We spent a month there in 2013, we’ll certainly be back for more.


Travel Highlights – Malaysia

Legoland Malaysia We surprised ourselves with how much we enjoyed this one, it was a great family day out and our first Lego park experience.


Travel Highlights – Canada

Seeing Niagara Falls and Visiting Canada. We saw Niagara falls frozen solid in January as part of our Canada to Key West road trip. It was stunning. We only had 3 days in Canada but that was enough to be smitten. Seeing more of Canada is very high on our priority list.

Travel Highlights – USA


The Amish in Pennsylvania. A few things were on our wish list when we left Australia, visiting the Amish in Pennsylvania was one of them, we really enjoyed this part of the world and our Amish experiences didn’t disappoint.


Travel Highlights – Spain

The Dali Museum in Figueres Catalonia. Another place that was on our pre-trip wish list. This was my 3rd visit, the kids’ and chef’s first. We loved our day in Figueres and the Theatre Museum Dali was stunning.

Travel Highlights – UK

The UK, Wales at Christmas and now fabulous London.

Travel highlights Wales
An incredible day out at the FREE museum of Welsh life near Cardiff

Being away from home has made all our hearts grow fonder. We’ve loved coming back to the UK, Wales was stunning and now London. We’ll be in London with the kids for a while enjoying the free museums, gorgeous parks and immense history of the UK’s capitol. Lots more posts to come!

Was that what you expected? Are our travel highlights similar to yours? I’m actually surprised by all the western attractions in there, this year was supposed to be all about Asia but we somehow got sidetracked. Sometimes the best experiences happen by accident. Happy travels!

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Erik Hemingway

Sunday 1st of June 2014

Loved the list and seeing all the places our world has to offer. Drop me a line if you'd like to be a part of our podcast encouraging other families.

Nick Donnelly

Wednesday 28th of May 2014

Great site. My family & I have visited some of the same destinations so I was very interested to read your experiences.

Your blog is inspiring & I am looking forward to reading more as we begin our latest trip through the Far East & NE Australia on our way to New Zealand.

Mishele @ Thewildsmithberrys

Thursday 22nd of May 2014

An amazing year! I look forward to following you in your second year. Happy Travels!! :)


Wednesday 21st of May 2014

Hey Alyson, What you have done is offer the world to your children, and they no doubt can benefit greatly from your amazing accomplishment. I commend you on your courage to just do it! Super fantastic journey! Wishing you safe and happy travels, Josie

Bronwyn Joy

Wednesday 21st of May 2014

A fantastic set of highlights, for sure! And yes, for a year that was going to be "all about Asia" you certainly got to a few places that are most certainly not in Asia! But breaking the plan is part of the fun.

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