My Picks For Best and Worst Travel Experiences of 2012

I can hear the virtual groans now, another self-reflective slightly saccharine overview of 2012? Well no, I hope not. But it is a good time of year to think back on everything that I’ve done and what I’ve been through and I want to share the best and worst with you all. What follows are some of my favorite posts of the year about the good, bad and ugly of my travel experiences.

 

Pipiwai Trail

Best Domestic Travel Destination

I usually don’t do a lot of domestic travel, but this year I was thrilled to visit some great places here in the good old U.S. of A. My favorite has to exploring Maui, an island that was completely new to me and which continued to prove just how much I love Hawaii.

 

Best Travel Experience

This was truly difficult to winnow down. I’ve been very lucky this year and have been through some amazing travel experiences. When push comes to shove though, these are my top favorites.

 

Table Mountain

Best International Destination

Another difficult category to address, but ultimately the answers popped into my head almost immediately. Out of all of these Cape Town was probably my favorite and I cannot wait for another opportunity to return to South Africa and start exploring the rest of the country.

 

Khaosan Road in Bangkok

Worst Travel Experience

As great as travel can be, there are of course always hiccups. These experiences don’t reflect on the destinations themselves, they’re amongst my favorites. But these specific encounters were without a doubt some of the least enjoyable for me personally.

 

Best Foods Enjoyed Traveling

Food and travel go hand in hand and my most popular posts seem to be food related. In 2012 I was able to enjoy a lot of great food from a variety of cultures, from Laos to Spain and even Cape Malay cuisine in Cape Town. Out of all of those however these few are my most memorable.

Masiphumelele Township

Best Travel Lesson

Travel isn’t just about seeing pretty things and eating nice food. Hopefully we learn something about ourselves when we travel, we change and get better as human beings. It isn’t always pretty but it is this enriching aspect of the travel experience that is arguably the most important.

These are some of the travel experiences that made 2012 memorable for me – what are yours?

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By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer. Also follow Matt on Twitter, Facebook and

11 Responses

  1. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

    Happy Holidays, hope 2013 is your best year yet! What great posts you had in 2012!!!

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  2. Ian [EagerExistence]

    But everybody’s doing it, aren’t they? Wrapping up the year that was, setting goals for the new year? I know if I was prepared and had the posts pre-written, I would be on that bandwagon too.

    And to be honest, I had to look up what “saccharine” meant.

    Nice wrap-up of your year in posts. Happy Holidays Matt.

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    • Matt Long

      LOL, and I’ll have some more next week, I just personally get annoyed at myself whenever I’m too ‘fluffy’ 🙂

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  3. Noah

    It’s funny, some of my greatest misadventures this year also involved volcanoes, tour guides (having them, though), and Bangkok.

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  4. Sofie

    So cool how much you’ve been able to travel this year. I wish you a great 2013!

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  5. Jeremy Branham

    I guess this travel thing is working out for you then 🙂

    I can’t believe you went to so many places. That’s quite a year. Congrats on the transition to full time travel and best wishes for 2013!

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    • Matt Long

      Thanks Jeremy, not a full time traveler but I am a full time travel blogger 🙂

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  6. Andi

    You really did have a banner year, a great collection of experiences and I enjoyed reading along and look forward to more reading in 2013!

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    • Matt Long

      Thanks so much Andi for being such a great supporter!

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  7. Jenna

    I am glad that you ended with that note about travel not being just about going to pretty places and eating great food. The world needs all of us (I’m not referring just to bloggers, I mean everyone) to step up and help out, and all the luxury that can go along with travel often looks unnecessary. Not that I don’t love beautiful places and fantastic food & wine too… 🙂

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    • Matt Long

      To quote the Facts of Life: You take the good, you take the bad….

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