Over the past year, I went to some pretty sweet places. I spent a couple weeks in South East Asia. I hiked around Glacier National Park for a week. I took a road trip around Iceland. I backpacked through Spain and Morocco. And I trekked in Patagonia for two weeks. For those doing the math at home, that’s 5 out of 7 continents I got to explore.
Each trip was different and each destination was unique. Within these adventures, there were specific moments that stood above the rest. Here are those top moments:
4 Days Doing Absolutely Nothing in Koh Lanta, Thailand
Some places you go to just relax and forget about the rest of the world. That was the plan for part of my time in Thailand. My girlfriend and I spent 4 days in a beachside bungalow on the island of Koh Lanta. We stayed on the southern tip of the island, far away from main town, and had our own private beach. I cannot remember a more peaceful time in my life than wasting it away in a hammock, on a beach, on an island, on the other side of the world. Here is a bit more on Koh Lanta.
Hiking the Highline Trail in Glacier NP
Last summer, my girlfriend, sisters, brothers-in-law, and some good friends descended upon big sky country. I drove up to Glacier National Park in Montana from Denver, and the whole lot us of shared a big cabin in the woods. We spent our days exploring Glacier, and the highlight was driving up the Going to the Sun Road and hiking the Highline Trail. The trail took us high above the park and provided some breathtaking mountain views. Check out some more Glacier pics here.
Chasing Waterfalls in Iceland
If you want to go on the ultimate road trip, look no further than the Ring Road. My mom and I spent about 10 days in Iceland this past October and took to the road for 6 days. We drove counterclockwise around the entire country and I would use two words to describe what I saw, in the most literal way possible: unbelievable and indescribable. There were many highlights of the road trip, but exploring parts of the country where there were more waterfalls than people was just insane. Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Godafoss, and all the other foss’s were incredible and powerful. Read more about the Ring Road here.
Spending the Night in the Sahara Desert
I spent about a month backpacking through Spain and Morocco with my best bud Phil this past January. We went to a football match in Barcelona. We explored the Alhambra in Granada. We got lost in the blue city of Chefchaouen and got even more lost in the old city of Fes. But the real highlight of this trip was the day and night we spent in the Sahara desert near Hassilabied in southern Morocco. We rode camels out into the desert and witnessed the most incredible sunset while sitting atop the orange dunes with Berber turbans wrapped around our heads. Read more about the camel trek here.
Racing the Sun in Torres Del Paine
And then there was this past February, when my girlfriend and I headed to the end of the world. We spent two weeks trekking and camping in both the Chilean and Argentinian sides of Patagonia. It was almost too epic. On the last day of the 5 day “W” Trek in Torres Del Paine National Park in Chile, we woke up at 5am and in the pitch black, hiked furiously up a mountain to see the famous Las Torres at sunrise. At a frantic pace, we arrived at the summit just as the sun began to hit the granite towers. Each minute after sunrise, the towers turned different shades of red, orange, and yellow. Relive the moment here.