Travel Moments – 2013

Admiring beautiful DubrovnikNow that the parties and holidays are officially over, I am back to spill some beans. Though the transition from one year to another is just a day’s difference, it’s still a good time to reflect on the past year and most certainly count your blessings. Travel is one of the greatest blessings, so here are my most memorable travel moments of 2013.

Earlier this year I visited India and returned to one of my favorite places in the world, Srinagar, Kashmir. I got to experience the amazing Shikara ride on Dal Lake at sunset again.

Shikara on Dal Lake in SrinagarInspiring Leh, LadakhI also made it to Ladakh, where the landscapes are unique and inspiring. Visiting Pangong Lake was a highlight. It took 5 hours each way via rough, hilly and snowy roads but the breathtaking views made it worthwhile.

Traffic and snow on the way to Pangong Lake Pangong Lake, LadakhMid-year I returned to the ever beautiful and romantic Paris, and this was one of the first glances I got of the stunning Eiffel Tower.

Eiffel Tower, ParisFew things can prepare you for the beauty of Dubrovnik, Croatia and its charming architecture. The view atop the Srd Hill was magnificent and walking the old city walls was truly memorable. Cruising the Dalmatian Coast on our private boat was pretty awesome too! We jumped into the crystal clear water for a swim and witnessed a spectacular sunset.

Dubrovnik - atop Srd Hill While walking the Old City Walls of Dubrovnik An insane sunset in the Adriatic SeaThe day trip to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina was a moving experience. You still see remnants of the war, like this abandoned building with bullet holes. And although it was a really hot day (40 degrees Celcius) the view of Stari Most (Old Bridge) was highly rewarding.

Abandoned war-torn building in Mostar Stari Most (Old Bridge) in Mostar, Bosnia and HerzegovinaMontenegro was another unique and fantastic country. We had very memorable experiences of jet-skiing in Kotor Bay, seeing the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks and climbing up St. Ivan’s Fortress at dusk.

Visiting the Church of Our Lady of The Rocks in Montenegro Kotor Bay from St. Ivan's Fortress at dusk, MontenegroFlorence was extra special as I celebrated my 30th birthday there. I especially loved this sight as we approached Piazza del Duomo and the highlight was getting to see Michelangelo’s famous statue of David in real – just remarkable!

Walking towards Piazza del Duomo in FlorenceMichelangelo's David in Accademia Galleria

The architecture of Rome did not fail to impress and the Colosseum was glorious as ever. The true icing however, was watching the friendly football match between Italy and Argentina at Stadio Olimpico – Wow!

The Colosseum, Rome Italy vs Argentina at Stadio OlimpicoKuala Lumpur, Malaysia also awed with this sight of the Petronas Twin Towers.

Petronas Twin Towers, MalaysiaAnd recently, as we were on the famous Star Ferry crossing from Kowloon to Hong Kong, I captured this shot of the Victoria Harbour.

Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor as seen from the Star FerryThe year ended with a fun family vacation to Phuket and this was a great day at Surin Beach.

Surin Beach, PhuketI end this post with a picture of my lovely hometown, Pattaya. Travel teaches you to appreciate things around you more. I mean, what’s the point of seeing lands afar when you can’t appreciate the beauty of what’s right under your nose?

Pattaya, ThailandFinal thoughts:

Resolutions are often associated to New Year’s but in truth, we all know that NOW is always the best time to act and make any necessary improvement in our lives.

The New Year is a great reminder to be thankful for what we have and to embrace all of life’s little moments. 2013 was kind to me and I look forward to an even better 2014. I wish all of you a spectacular 2014 and hope it’s filled with beautiful moments.

Happy New Year everyone!!

Comments: 28

  1. whywasteannualleave Jan 7 at 5:48 am Reply

    Sounds like a great year – If I had to pick one favourite European city, it would be hard but I think Florence would be it – it’s just so charming isn’t it?

    • Nita Jan 7 at 11:49 pm Reply

      It was, thanks! :) Quite difficult to pick a favourite city, but yes, Florence is indeed very charming and special :)

  2. Katie Featherstone Jan 8 at 12:13 am Reply

    Sounds like you’ve had a fantastic year. Montenegro is an interesting place to go that I’d never really thought about visiting before. It looks beautiful though.

    • Nita Jan 8 at 3:26 am Reply

      I did, Katie! Thank you :) Hope it was also a good year for you. I thought Montenegro was really beautiful, especially Kotor Bay. Wish you a great 2014!

  3. Jessica Wray Jan 8 at 2:53 am Reply

    Amazing places you traveled through this year! Kashmir looks absolutely epic. I’m really interested in the Balkans recently, and I’d love to get over there this year. Seems like it would be such a unique trip.

    Happy 2014! Have a fantastic month in Pattaya. Appreciate all that warm weather 😉

    • Nita Jan 8 at 3:13 am Reply

      Hi Jessica.. Yes, 2013 was amazing! I too hope you make it to all the places your heart desires this year.
      Greetings from a warm and sunny Thailand 😉

  4. Michael Jan 8 at 9:02 am Reply

    What a great year, such beautiful photos, love the ones from the Balkans. Hope 2014 is just as amazing!

    • Nita Jan 8 at 2:36 pm Reply

      Thank you, Michael :) The Balkans are certainly picturesque. Wish you an awesome 2014!

  5. memographer Jan 8 at 8:43 pm Reply

    Seems like you got a great 2013! Love the pics.the top one is my fave.
    Happy New Year full of good times and wonderful memories, Nita!

    • Nita Jan 8 at 11:24 pm Reply

      Thanks Alex! I love that picture too 😀 A very happy new year to you and wish you all the best for this year!

  6. jenny@atasteoftravel Jan 8 at 9:19 pm Reply

    What a fun year you had Nita…A little bit if everything! I’d love to go to Ladakh. The scenery looks wonderful but sometimes I worry about coping at a high altitude. Maybe I should stick to Paris, one of my favourite cities in the world!

    • Nita Jan 8 at 2:31 pm Reply

      Thanks Jenny! I did have a fun year :) Hope you did too and that 2014 will be great for you! Ladakh is very scenic and gorgeous, but yes the high altitude can get a bit tough. Anyways, we all know that Paris is always a good idea 😉

  7. Franca Jan 10 at 4:16 am Reply

    What a year you had Nita! We went to Mostar too whilst crossing Bosnia and we really liked it, I’d love to go back there one day after few years to see if and how it’ll change. Happy New Year :)

    • Nita Jan 10 at 1:03 am Reply

      Yes, it would definitely be interesting to revisit in a few years! Thanks Franca :) Happy New Year to you too!!

  8. Agness Jan 10 at 3:31 pm Reply

    Wow, that has been an amazing year for you Nita. So many great places explored. Wishing you all the best in 2014 and more awesome spots to discover!

    • Nita Jan 10 at 4:58 pm Reply

      Thanks so much Agness :) Looking forward to an amazing 2014 as well. Best wishes to you too!

  9. Joe Jan 16 at 4:44 am Reply

    Congrats on a great 2013! it’s awesome how diverse your travels were. If I can get to one or two of the places on your list in the next couple of years, I’ll be happy.

    • Nita Jan 19 at 11:56 pm Reply

      2013 was a good year. Thanks Joe! Wishing you an awesome year ahead filled with lots of travel :)

  10. Congratulations on a fine year of travel in 2013. I hope that 2014 sees all of your travel dreams fulfilled. You never know, we may meet somewhere on the road in the future!

    • Nita Jan 27 at 3:08 am Reply

      Hi Shane! Thanks for your kind words :) I hope 2014 will be phenomenal, adventurous, unique and eccentric for you. And it would be cool to bump into each other somewhere! Have the best year!!

  11. jill Jan 29 at 9:26 am Reply

    We’re planning to go trekking in Ladakh later this year – can I bug you for info? :) Anyway, here’s hoping for an equally amazing year if not more.

    • Nita Jan 29 at 3:16 pm Reply

      Hi Jill :) Thanks for dropping by and for the kind wishes. Hope your year is nothing short of extraordinary!
      Ladakh is so breathtaking. I’m positive you will love it. I didn’t trek there, but would be happy to help in any way I can, so feel free to ask and bug away!! 😉

  12. Nicole @ A Beach Blog Feb 2 at 12:04 am Reply

    Wow what am amazing year you had! Here’s to 2014 being even bigger and better :)

    • Nita Feb 2 at 2:10 am Reply

      Thanks Nicole :) Wishing you guys a wonderful year too!

  13. Bram Feb 14 at 7:13 pm Reply

    Wow, looks like you’ve had an amazing year. You’ve been all over the world. I love the Croatia pictures, I haven’t had the chance to go there yet.

    • Nita Feb 15 at 4:02 am Reply

      I did, Bram! Croatia is stunning; the architecture as well as the beautiful sea, so I hope you get a chance to visit soon. Thank you for dropping by. Have a great 2014 :)

  14. Arianwen Mar 9 at 1:29 pm Reply

    Being from the UK, I’d love to start making the most of it’s position and visit more places in Eastern Europe. I hope 2014 brings many more interesting adventures for you!

    • Nita Mar 9 at 4:37 pm Reply

      You definitely should :) Thanks so much and hope you have a wonderful 2014 filled with lots of fun and travel!

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