My favourite travel moments of 2013

2013 was an incredible travel year for me. If I counted correctly, I visited 20 countries across six continents. More importantly, I had the opportunity to experience some of the most amazing places (and food!) and meet some truly inspiring people along the way. Here are some of my favourite travel moments in photos from 2013. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Winter 2012/2013

I’ll start with the winter in Amsterdam. It was one of the coldest winters I’ve experienced here and made for some amazing scenery.

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Walking on the dike in Marken – north of Amsterdam – in winter as the sun sets.

A snow canal in Amsterdam.

A snowy canal in Amsterdam.

Madrid

Another highlight was my visit to Madrid where I discovered the Mercado de San Miguel and went on an unforgettable tapas tour!

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Jamón Iberico, manchero (sheep cheese) and old sherry on the tapas tour

Marrakech, Morocco

My first visit to Morocco – and a sensory overload in Marrakech!

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The Jemaa el-Fna quare in Marrakech

Provence, France

I visited Marseille and Avignon in April and learned how to take it slow in Provence.

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The magnificent interior of the Notre Dame de la Garde basilica in Marseille.

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The Palais de Papes in Avignon

Rio de Janiero, Brazil

An unforgettable trip to a breathtaking city! I’ll never forget the sublime views of Rio from the top of the Corcovado mountain and the stunning sunset in Ipanema.

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The panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro from Corcovado.

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And the sunset at Ipanema was absolutely magical!

South Africa

Then, it was on to South Africa where I had the most incredible experiences dancing with the locals in Soweto, seeing the elusive leopard up close and being awed by a sunset in Bloemfontein.

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Dancing in Soweto.

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The leopard!

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The Nelson Mandela statue at sunset in Bloemfontein.

Montréal and Toronto, Canada

It was my first time in Montréal and I fell in love with the city in an instant! I loved its laid-back style, the friendly locals and the food was in one word… superb!

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The magnificent interior of the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montréal.

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The Toronto skyline on a stormy day.

Emilia Romagna, Italy

I spent a week in this fantastic region in Italy. History, culture, food, beaches, mountains and fast cars – Emilia Romagna has it all! And I got to visit one of the world’s smallest countries: San Marino!

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Gorgeous porticoes in Bologna.

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Beautiful San Marino.

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The stunning Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A quick visit to Kuala Lumpur and an unforgettable stay at a fabulous hotel, the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur!

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The night view from my room! I couldn’t get enough of this magnificent view!

Basque Country

My next stop was a private holiday and foodie tour of the Basque Country – gosh, the food in San Sebastian was outstanding! And the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao was simply awe-inspiring!

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Aerial view of San Sebastian.

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Amazing array of pintxos and tapas in San Sebastian.

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A full view of the Guggenheim Museum. Breathtaking isn’t it?

Mauritius

One week in paradise! I wouldn’t know how else to describe Mauritius!

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The view from my balcony at the One & Only Le Saint Geran, Mauritius.

Lower Silesia, Poland

I spent a few days in this gorgeous corner of Poland, with its thousand castles and palaces and expansive forests. And Wroclaw was just beautiful!

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The lovely town square in Wroclaw.

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Gorgeous autumn colours in Lower Silesia, Poland.

Victoria, Australia

Not long after, I made the long hop to Melbourne, Australia. The city’s energy and its cultural and culinary scenes were amazing. From Melbourne, I embarked on my first ever solo road trip and that resulted in many adventures!

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I strolled along the Yarra River to get over jet-lag and enjoy the beautiful views of the Melbourne skyline.

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I was greeted by this kangaroo at the Ballarat Wildlife Park!

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On the road to Halls Gap.

Brunei

On my way back from Australia, I stopped for a few days in this little Sultanate on the island of Borneo in Southeast-Asia. I’ll never forget that adventure in the Brunei jungle.

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Towering above the trees on our jungle safari.

Malta

My last trip to 2013 took me to Malta in the Mediterranean Sea. This country may be tiny but it’s packed with a plethora of historical, cultural and natural attractions.

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The imposing walls of Valletta, Malta.

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17 Responses to “My favourite travel moments of 2013”

  1. Wesley 14/01/2014 4:22 am
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    Damn, you been to so many nice places last year.

  2. Keith Jenkins 13/01/2014 1:32 pm
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    Thank you Nita! :-) Best wishes for a fab 2014 to you too!

  3. Nita 11/01/2014 10:31 pm
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    Wow! What a great year you had :) So many cool places. Beautiful pictures and wish you an awesome year ahead!

  4. Urdanibia 08/01/2014 3:57 pm
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    Wow all the photos are very nice photos. Your visited places were very nice. You done a good job. So whats your new years plan.

  5. Bo 07/01/2014 3:34 am
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    Great post and photos, very inspiring. Thanks!

  6. Keith Jenkins 06/01/2014 6:27 pm
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    Rob – They didn’t exist then? Hahahahahaha! ;-)

  7. Timothy W Pawiro 06/01/2014 4:10 pm
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    Woooww what a great year you have! Exploring the five continents in one year! ;-)

    Looking forward to read your next journey in 2014 :-)

  8. rob hermans 05/01/2014 9:16 pm
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    what beautiful pictures Keith, wow!! I love all the pics. …But especially the wild cat..would love to meet a wild leopard once, too. When i was in Africa (last millennium sometime), they didn’t exist yet..

  9. Keith Jenkins 04/01/2014 2:00 pm
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    Cheers Rob! Best wishes for a terrific 2014! It was great meeting you for the first time last year. Hope to catch up with you again soon. :-)

  10. Keith Jenkins 04/01/2014 1:59 pm
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    Thank you Josie! Have a great 2014 and travel safe!

    Cheers,
    Keith

  11. Keith Jenkins 04/01/2014 1:58 pm
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    A pity indeed that we didn’t get to meet in Melbourne. Oh well! I’m pretty sure we’ll have another opportunity. :-)
    Lots of exciting destinations and projects planned for 2014. Stay tuned! ;-)

    Hugs,
    Keith

  12. Kirsty Wilson 04/01/2014 10:54 am
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    WOW! All those fabulous destinations in 12 months. Jealous much! I’m still so disappointed we didn’t get to meet when you were in Melbourne. So close – yet so far away! What’s on the agenda for 2014?

  13. Josie 04/01/2014 12:05 am
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    Hi Keith,

    Wow, I counted several places I have been to, too, but over the course of several years. You sure packed in a lot in one year! What lovely places, too.

    I have a soft spot for Melbourne and a road trip that commenced and ended there. We ended up on the Great Ocean Road for two days and returned by the interior, floating from one vineyard to the next. Glorious.

    Wishing you happy and safe travels,
    Josie

  14. Rob 03/01/2014 11:29 pm
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    What a year! Wishing you a wonderful 2014.

  15. Jo 03/01/2014 10:32 pm
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    What a great year Keith! Loved your beautiful photos – as Jeff said the Mandela photo is just stunning. I was also pleased to see my hometown of Melbourne included in your travels. It is often overlooked by bloggers in favour of Sydney and the outback, but is a wonderfully quirky destination in its own right.

  16. Keith Jenkins 03/01/2014 9:31 pm
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    Woohoo! Thanks Jeff! I love the Mandela statue photo too – that’s Melvin (@traveldudes) by the way taking a pic of the statue. :-)

  17. Jeff Titelius 03/01/2014 9:21 pm
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    What a journey you had in 2013! So many fascinating places and so many discoveries too!! My faves are the Ballarat Wildlife Park image and the Nelson Mandela statue!! Absolutely stunning!! And then I have about 10 more tied for 3rd place. ; )

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