A celebration of friendships

The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.

– Hubert H. Humphrey

I truly have. I feel really blessed when I think of the many friends I have, like my childhood friends, Allan and Eugene, whom I grew up with. Though we live in three different corners of the world, our friendship has never been stronger and more meaningful. Or Renate, a lady who sat next to me on a flight from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur when I was 14-years-old. Till this day, we keep in touch via ‘snail mail’ and not a birthday or Christmas goes by without a cheery card from Renate. In this age of social media, I’ve made many more friends, many of whom I’ve since met in person. United by our passion for travel, we’ve traversed the world together and shared the best times. There are some, like Stephanie Diehl, whom I’ve not met in real life but whom I consider a dear friend – so great how such wonderful friendships can grow through social media.

As a celebration of friendships, I’ve taken some of my favourite photos from my facebook page of my travels around the world with my friends and compiled a photo essay. Cheers to friendships!! 🙂

Me with my friends Melvin, Nienke and Becki in a wintry Montréal.

Me with my friends Melvin, Nienke and Becki in a wintry Montréal.

Posing like real snowboard pro's. NOT! ;-) With Nienke and Becki.

Posing like real snowboard pro’s. NOT! 😉 With Nienke and Becki.

Sunset cruise in Cape Town.

Sunset cruise in Cape Town.

Having tons of fun at the Social Travel Summit in Hamburg.

Having tons of fun at the Social Travel Summit in Hamburg. With Adeline, Dan, Rachelle, Claudia and Audrey.

Michael, Rachelle and Becki rocking the stage at the Social Travel Summit Hamburg.

Michael, Rachelle and Becki rocking the stage at the Social Travel Summit Hamburg.

A super selfie at MATKA in Helsinki. The 'mouth' is my buddy Kash! :-)

A super selfie at MATKA in Helsinki, a practice we’ve introduced to conferences around the world when we get onto the stage. Hehe! The ‘mouth’ is my buddy Kash! 🙂

With my friends on the Galapagos Islands. What an awesome trip!

With my travel friends on the Galapagos Islands. What an awesome trip!

With Umei at a cooking course in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

With Umei at a cooking course in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Me and my besties on my birthday cruise in Amsterdam.

Me and my besties on my birthday cruise in Amsterdam.

Angelika and Melvin visiting me having fun in Weesp, a small town near Amsterdam.

Angelika and Melvin visiting me having fun in Weesp, a small town near Amsterdam.

Hanging out with Angelika, Melvin and Nick in Bologna.

Hanging out with Angelika, Melvin and Nick in Bologna.

On a hike through the spectacular interior of Reunion Island.

On a hike through the spectacular interior of Reunion Island.

Jumping with joy at the beach in Mauritius!

Jumping with joy at the beach in Mauritius!

Me and Melvin doing a TV interview in Cape Town.

Me and Melvin doing a TV interview in Cape Town.

Picnic in a vineyard in Costa Brava.

Picnic in a vineyard in Costa Brava.

A thrilling ride at the Iguazu Falls in Brazil.

A thrilling ride at the Iguazu Falls in Brazil. With Alex and Reine.

Getting drenched at the Iguazu Falls in Argentina.

Goofing around at the Iguazu Falls in Argentina with Melvin and Alex.

At INDABA in Durban, South Africa.

At INDABA in Durban, South Africa.

Up in the Canadian Rockies near Jasper.

Up in the Canadian Rockies near Jasper.

Me and Jaume in Girona. :-)

Me and Jaume in Girona. 🙂

Visiting Renate in her hometown Canberra.

Visiting Renate in her hometown Canberra, Australia.

Me and Melvin at the viewing deck of the Christ Statue, Corcovado.

Me and Melvin at the viewing deck of the Christ Statue, Corcovado.

Me and Zöe sitting on the Velvet Escape bench in the Lake District, England.

Me and Zöe sitting on the Velvet Escape bench in the Lake District, England.

Me and Janice on a hike in the Austrian Alps.

Me and Janice on a hike in the Austrian Alps.

Me and buddies in Valencia, Spain.

Me and my buddies in Valencia, Spain.

Right after getting our gelato fix in Pisa!

Right after getting our gelato fix in Pisa! With Abi, Simon, Isa & Nellie.

Cheers to all my friends!!

Cheers to all my friends!!

YOU ROCK! 🙂

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