“What is your most memorable travel experience?”
Despite hearing that question countless times (especially when people learn of pohtecktoes.com), I still struggle to answer it because every travel experience is unique and I love them all for different reasons. Which is why I tend to say different things at different times, though friends will probably attribute this to my dory-like memory -_-” (sigh).
Anyway while searching for travel ideas, I started reminiscing about past trips and thought it’ll be interesting to share some of my more memorable travel experiences. Who knows, it might inspire you for your next trip too!
New Zealand Road Trip (2008)
Skydiving in Taupo
Kayaking in Abel Tasman Nature Reserve
This was the trip that sparked off my love for traveling. It was my first non school trip with friends and we toured both the North and South Islands for three weeks. Bungee, skydiving, black water rafting, kayaking, trekking, cycling… we tried as many outdoor activities as we could. It was unforgettable because not only was New Zealand beautiful, but we were free from the prying eye of our parents and teachers! :p
It was also the most well planned trip I’ve ever been and I still have the 35-page itinerary that my friend compiled!
Horse Riding in Mongolia (2010)
With my horse Sunshine
Getting ready to make camp
6D5N of exploring the Mongolian countryside on horseback is quite hard to forget. I met a group of backpackers organizing their own trip (which was way cheaper than the usual tours) and basically tagged along! We travelled from ger to ger for supplies, camped under the stars, slept with slaughtered goat heads for a night, and rode till our bums hurt. Will always remember the feeling of galloping across the plains. Never felt so free in my life!
More pictures at Horse Riding in Mongolia.
Trans-Siberian Railway (2010)
Train depot Jumping platform at Lake Baikal
Memorable for all the unconventional reasons as I travelled by rail from Central to Eastern Russia in a land where language was a huge barrier. I had a few interesting encounters and eventually ended up:
- Tussling with the train conductor as I tried hopping onto my moving train and losing my bag as a result of that tussle
- Meeting kind strangers who paid for my subsequent train ticket
- Going door to door in a village with no tourist accommodation to ask for a place to sleep
- Finding my bag after my couchsurfing host drove me to 3 different train depots in Vladivostok
Faith in humanity was restored by the end of the trip.
Hiking the Czech-Polish Friendship Trail (2013)
Day one campsite
A trip with many firsts from camping and trekking in such terrain and weather (2-12 degrees), seeing snow for the first time, battling winds and fog, to traveling only with my buddy Daniel. It was extra special too cause the trip to the Czech Republic was sponsored after I won a MioTV and Travel Channel competition.
More pictures and trek details at Hiking in the Czech Republic.
My favourite city to date. I really enjoyed the mash of traditional and modern cultures which can be conflicting yet complementary at the same time, like they are suffering from some kind of identity crisis. Mind boggling stuff. I guess I like it cause there is much to probe, many little corners to explore, and lots to eat. Not to forget the many different quirky cafes all around.
The video below says it all!
What are some of your most memorable travel experiences? Do share them with everyone below!
Edit: After completing the post I suddenly recalled that Auschwitz Concentration Camp (Krakow, Poland) and Anfield (Liverpool, England) were very memorable too! Might write something about that in the future. :p