Cambodia, Colombia, Ecuador, Israel, Malaysia, North America, Peru, Roundups, Singapore, South America, Southeast Asia, Thailand, Venezuela, Washington

2013: A Year of Travel in Photos

2013 has been a year loaded with travel, new experiences, challenges, and some pretty amazing people.  I’m incredibly grateful for every opportunity I’ve had and hope my good fortune continues into 2014.  Here are some of my favorite moments from this incredible year, from start to finish.

Koh Tao, Thailand

The beginning…ringing in 2013 on the beaches of Koh Tao, Thailand…

Koh Tao, Thailand

…with my dive instructor partner-in-crime, Addy.

Pai, Thailand

Checking things off the ol’ Thailand bucket list: one last roadtrip to Pai…

Making papaya salad in a Thai cooking class, Chiang Mai, Thailand

…a cooking class (making papaya salad here)…

Lighting a paper lantern in Chiang Mai, Thailand

…sending off one last lantern with the greatest roommates of all time (JING JING!).

Teaching English in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wrapping up an amazing year of teaching at Wichai Wittaya Bilingual School in Chiang Mai…

Teaching English in Chiang Mai, Thailand

…little beauties dressed up for their end-of-the-year performances…

Teaching English in Chiang Mai, Thailand

…my kindergarten class at their graduation ceremony.

Bangkok International Airport

Saying goodbye one last time to Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok, Thailand.

Temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Paying a visit to the world’s largest religious complex, the temples at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Angkor Wat at sunrise

Angkor Wat at sunrise.

Island of Koh Rong, Cambodia

Experiencing a little ‘budget luxury’ around Cambodia: a trip to the beautiful island of Koh Rong…

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

…with great company in the capital, Phnom Penh.

Fresh coconut near the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Sightseeing in Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur: coconuts galore…

Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

…getting ready to hike the million stairs leading up to the Batu Caves…

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

…admiring the Petronas Twin Towers during a thunderstorm.

Singapore

Visiting another expat best friend in her new city-state, Singapore…

Supertrees of Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

…the supertrees of the Gardens by the Bay by night…

Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore

…enjoying the views from the top of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel by day.

Covered in mud at the Dead Sea, Israel

Playing tourist in Israel on my way back to the states: mud bath in the Dead Sea…

Sunset in Tel Aviv, Israel

…Mediterranean sunset in Tel Aviv…

Bahai Gardens in Haifa, Israel

…gorgeous day at the Baha’i Gardens in Haifa.

At home with friends in Leavenworth, Washington

Back to the States: celebrating my 26th birthday at home in Leavenworth, Washington…

Winthrop, Washington

…my cousin gets hitched!  June 29th, Winthrop, Washington….

Leaving on a backpacking adventure, Peshastin, Washington

…time for more adventures!  Packed and ready for South America.

Santa Elena de Uairen, Venezuela

The South America chapter begins…volunteering with La Fundación Aldeas de Paz in Santa Elena De Uairén, Venezuela…

Mount Roraima, Venezuela

…a 6-day trek to the summit of Mount Roraima, Venezuela’s largest table mountain.

Streets of Cartagena, Colombia

Falling in love with the spirit of Colombia, one Cerveza Águila at a time: beautiful colonial Cartagena…

Santa Marta, Colombia

…World Cup qualifiers in Santa Marta…

Medellin, Colombia

…Atlético Nacional fans singing their hearts out at a match in Medellín…

Bogota, Colombia

…a night out at Theatron in Bogotá.

At the equator, Quito, Ecuador

Whirlwind 10 days in Ecuador: La Mitad del Mundo (GPS-calculated equator) outside of Quito…

Mountain biking on Volcan Cotopaxi, Ecuador

…high-altitude adventures on Volcán Cotopaxi…

Chiva bus in Banos, Ecuador

…chiva bus tour in the mountains of Baños.

Laguna 69 in La Cordillera Blanca, Huaraz, Peru

Peru highlights:  Laguna 69 with my faithful travel buddies…

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

…crushing the bucket list and finishing the four-day hike on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu…

Huacachina Oasis, Peru

…risking severe sand burns for a photo of the gorgeous Huacachina oasis…

Historic Center, Lima Peru

…reunions with long-lost travel companions in the capital city of Lima…

Christmas in Cusco, Peru

…feeling the Christmas spirit in alpaca sweaters and santa hats (and pants, I swear) in Cusco.

To be continued…

A very Merry Christmas and a glorious New Year to all!!  Happy 2014!

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  • Reply Jason June 22, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Awesome photos…love the one of the Leo bottle in Pai. World cup qualifiers in Colombia? Must have been insane! Looocoooombia!

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