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Travel Bloggers Reveal: Their Most Incredible Travel Moments

April 22, 2015

With so many wonderful and inspiring places around the world, it’s no surprise that travel is full of unforgettable moments and experiences. But what makes the perfect travel moment? I know that it has to be different for everyone!

That’s why for the next installment of my Travel Bloggers Reveal series, I’ve asked some of my favourite travel bloggers to reveal their most incredible travel moments. Read on to find out what they had to say! But be warned – their stories will give you a serious case of wanderlust and have you itching to travel the world.

Travel Bloggers Reveal: Their Most Incredible Travel Moments

A stay with the Berbers in Morocco…

Travel Bloggers Reveal: Their Most Incredible Travel Moments

“It’s hard for me to pick my most incredible travel moment – I try not to think of my journeys in superlatives and concentrate on the little things instead. But all of my most cherished memories centre around the human connections I make on the road, which is why I’m going to go with my stay with the Berbers in the small Moroccan town of Imintanoute. Seeing how these modest people live and learning a little more about their way of thinking was fascinating. Climbing the Atlas mountains, making bread from scratch, getting scrubbed down in a traditional (read: naked) hammam and petting donkeys was incredible… But what made it all even better was realising how similar these people are to me, despite our different lifestyles.”

– Sabina of Girl vs Globe

Hiking to Trolltunga in Norway…

Travel Bloggers Reveal: Their Most Incredible Travel Moments

“What lay before us was a rock. Not just any rock though. A cliff, suspended 700 meters above a beautiful azure Norwegian lake, nestled deep amongst the towering fjord mountains. Trolltunga was the greatest, most challenging, and certainly most painful experience of our recent travels. It’s a destination that has become increasingly more popular over the past few years. The views are unbeatable, the hike is challenging and the wildness of it is enchanting. We wrote a guide to help answer your questions about what to expect, what to wear, and how to get there!”

– Shelly and Jimmie of Norway to Nowhere

Swimming in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland…

Travel Bloggers Reveal: Their Most Incredible Travel Moments

“I must admit that swimming in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland was one of those dreamlike “bucket list” items for me. So, naturally, it was one of my most incredible travel moments. I was surprised to find out that it wasn’t a natural lagoon, but rather a day spa. The water itself is natural, but the lagoon is manmade. It is set up like a day spa where you pay to access lockers, get a robe and slippers and enjoy unlimited amounts of mud masks! When I arrived, it was nearly snowing outside, so the warm, milky blue water was like slipping into a much anticipated bath. I spent nearly 5 hours there, soaking in the water and taking in the dramatic view. If you ever find yourself in Iceland, it’s an absolute must!”

– Kiersten of The Blonde Abroad

Diving with Whale Sharks in Australia…

Travel Bloggers Reveal: Their Most Incredible Travel Moments

Diving with Whale Sharks off of the beautiful Western Coast of Australia was completely surreal. We boarded the boat, clambered (ridiculously ungracefully) into wetsuits, prepped the snorkel and masks and waited for the signal to jump. When the sign finally came it was chaos. Adrenaline pumping we entered the water – blue around us and nothing but ocean below. A moment, then, it just appeared, like a miracle. Five metres long and breathing alongside us, it was one of the most exhilarating moments of my life and I don’t think I’ll ever be over it. She let us swim beside her close to half an hour, and we watched as she banked, rolled and fed as though we weren’t there. It was spectacular and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.”  

– Robyn of The Tech Gypsy

A scenic helicopter ride in New Zealand…

Travel Bloggers Reveal: Their Most Incredible Travel Moments

“I’m a sucker for landscapes. Hit me up with some rolling hills, pine forests, and snow-capped mountains and I’ll be a happy camper. So it makes sense that one of my most incredible travel moments was one where I got to see one helluva landscape. On my first trip to New Zealand in 2007, my family decided to take a scenic helicopter flight from Mt Cook.

We landed on top of a mountain. The untouched snow crunched beneath our feet as we stepped out of the helicopter onto a plateau many kilometres above sea level. The sun reflected into our faces as we looked out over the mountain range around us. We were standing in a spot where barely anyone had stood before, only accessible by helicopter on a calm and clear day. The view was breathtaking.

I’m a frugal traveller, but sometimes you’ve just gotta splash out on something amazing. If it’s an experience you’ll only have once, then it will absolutely be worth it.”

– Ashlea of A Globe Well Travelled

Getting married in Thailand…

Travel Bloggers Reveal: Their Most Incredible Travel Moments

“I could rant and rave for hours about how Uyuni blew me away or how crazy it was to race down an active volcano on a little piece of wood.

But. But but but.  As mind-blowing as these adventures were, they don’t come close to my numero uno travel moment… And that’s the time I eloped to Thailand and got married.

Wait… what? Whom with?

Yep! Three years ago, I combined the three loves of my life: Thomas, Travel and Thailand. Getting married on a beach in Thailand is undoubtedly my best, most adventurous (travel) moment ever.”

– Miriam of Adventurous Miriam

A night of Northern Lights in Norway…

Travel Bloggers Reveal: Their Most Incredible Travel Moments

“A night of Northern Lights along with sleeping in an igloo in Arctic Norway jumps to mind when I think of some of my most memorable travel experiences. My previous attempts to see the Lights had crashed and burnt, so I didn’t pin a lot of hope in seeing Mother Nature’s fickle friend this time round. But I was in luck. The clouds had dispersed and a faint, green light began to shimmer into existence, growing stronger and stronger until the sky was awash with reds and greens. That night I slept on a bed of ice feeling surprisingly warm and cosy.”

– Shing of The Culture Map

Working in a Dutch Theme Park in Japan…Travel Bloggers Reveal: Their Most Incredible Travel Moments

“My most incredible travel moment is not really a moment but more a period of time; when I worked in theme park Huis ten Bosch near Nagasaki in Japan. This bizarre theme park celebrates anything and everything Dutch; you can buy Gouda cheese there or take a boat through the canals and even get married in palace Huis ten Bosch. They have windmills, Dutch architecture and a copy of the royal family’s golden carriage. As a Dutchie it’s very strange to see all your country’s major landmarks rebuilt true to size and what’s more; an eerily clean and organised version of Amsterdam’s canals, but I loved every second of it. The park is beautiful and I got to explore much of Kyushu and later Honshu as well. I fell in love with Japan, its people and breath-taking natural beauty and of course the food! I can’t wait to go back.”

– Monique of The Blank Map

An elephant encounter in Zambia…

Travel Bloggers Reveal: Their Most Incredible Travel Moments

“It was my very first encounter with the most magnificent and stunning African elephant, that became my most incredible and memorable travel moment. After returning from my very first elephant-back safari, I was given a bag of food to thank and reward my elephant for a wonderful day, and before I knew it, he had surprised me by kneeling down on one knee, and I soon found myself sitting face to face with one of the most beautiful creatures in the world. An experience guided by love and positive reinforcement, the elephants are trained by the compassionate human heart, enabling visitors such as myself to engage in some of the most incredible travel moments and at the same time capture the true culture and wonder that is the continent of Africa.”

– Bec of The World As Bec Sees It

Hiking the Inca Trail in Peru…

Travel Bloggers Reveal: Their Most Incredible Travel Moments“Whenever someone asks me what my best travel moment is – this day always comes to mind. That is, the day that I finished the Inca Trail and arrived at the spectacular Machu Picchu in Peru. Visiting this remarkable site had been on the top of my bucket list for a long time, and I was so pleased with myself that I was able to complete the 42km hike without too much difficulty. That final morning, we had woken up at 3am to make the final leg. When we arrived at the Sun Gate and caught our first glimpse of Machu Picchu, we were overjoyed with our accomplishment. It was an incredible moment and rewarding experience for everyone in our hiking group. Those four days were definitely the highlight of my South America adventure in 2014, and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.”

– Myself, Kelly of Endlessly Exploring

So what’s your most memorable travel moment?

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39 Comments

  • Reply Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki April 23, 2015 at 1:04 am

    So many memorable travel moments on this list, and so many of them on my travel bucket list!

    • Reply Kelly Ross May 8, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      I feel you Kaelene! I think my travel bucket list has doubled 😛

  • Reply Laura April 23, 2015 at 1:15 am

    they all sound amazing! I’ve done the Blue Lagoon and visited the fjords of Norway, but I have so many incredible things that I want to see. Luckily the world is full of them!

    • Reply Kelly Ross May 8, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      Absolutely Laura! So many wonderful places & things to experience in this incredible world! 🙂

  • Reply Alexandria April 23, 2015 at 4:15 am

    All of these are so fantastic. I’m extremely jealous of Robyn and her shark swimming adventure. I have a strange obsession with sharks.

    • Reply Kelly Ross May 8, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      That is a strange obsession 😛 You should definitely look into doing something similar! 😀

  • Reply Ashlea Wheeler April 23, 2015 at 11:04 am

    These stories are incredible! Those northern lights look SO good, seriously gotta get my ass up to Scandinavia sometime soon. Or maybe Iceland, then I can tick off Blue Lagoon as well. And I’m headed to the Inca Trail in 2 months time, which I’m unbelievably excited about!

    Thanks for including my story amongst ones from such amazing bloggers, Kelly!
    A Globe Well Travelled

    • Reply Kelly Ross May 8, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      Yes, I sooooo want to go there too! Future travel plans for us?? 😛 I’m so excited that you’re doing the Inca Trail soon! Can’t wait to read about your experience, hopefully you enjoy it as much as I did 😀

  • Reply Jennifer Stevens | Adventurous Appetite April 23, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Great post! I love reading about other people’s adventures. For me, I’d have to say either hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, or spending 3 days in a Jeep in Bolivia’s salt flats. So many amazing experiences though. I think I’ll make a list for an upcoming blog entry! 😉

    http://www.adventurousappetite.com

    • Reply Kelly Ross May 8, 2015 at 8:53 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! Definitely two incredible travel experiences that you’ve listed! Will have to have a squiz at your new post 😉 x

  • Reply Shelly @ Norway To Nowhere April 23, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Wow! We are in some pretty amazing company!! Honored to be included amongst you incredible and fearless ladies! All of these adventures are now on my “must do ASAP” list. This has me itching for some new excitement in my life… 😉

    • Reply Kelly Ross May 8, 2015 at 8:57 pm

      Absolutely thrilled to have you both take part! Agreed, my to-do list just keeps getting bigger! It’s so hard to decide what to do next when there are so many incredible options! 😛

  • Reply Robyn April 23, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Thanks for including me in this Kelly! Such brilliant experiences, and really captures the reason why we’re all travelling- to have these exhilarating memories!

    Hoping to tick off some Norwegian bucket list moments soon!

    http://www.thetechgypsy.com

    • Reply Kelly Ross May 8, 2015 at 9:03 pm

      Thank you for sharing your story with me! Absolutely 🙂 Would love to hear your Norwegian travel plans 😉 x

  • Reply Ali April 23, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Wow – my bucket list just got even longer. I’d have to say swimming with sharks and turtles in Galapagos or maybe Uyuni as my top moments but it’s hard to choose between these BIG moments and those little things that happen when travelling that just make your day. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    • Reply Kelly Ross May 8, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      Those travel moments sound amazing Ali! 🙂 x

  • Reply De'Jav April 23, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    My most memorable travel experience was either walking under the pyramids in Egypt or the waterfalls of Iguazu in Argentina/Brazil!

    • Reply Kelly Ross May 8, 2015 at 9:36 pm

      I’m so jealous De’jav. You’ve had some incredible travel moments! I would love to see the pyramids in Egypt 🙂

  • Reply Monique April 23, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Thanks for featuring me in this amazing article, Kelly! I feel really honored to be included among so many great travellers! Well done with the article, my bucketlist has become just a little bit longer..:)

    • Reply Kelly Ross May 8, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      No worries! Thank you so much for sharing your incredible travel moment with me! 😀 x

  • Reply Miriam of Adventurous Miriam April 23, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Thanks for including me, Kelly x

    • Reply Kelly Ross May 8, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      No worries Miriam! Absolutely loved your travel moment, so beautiful! 🙂 x

  • Reply EmilyAnne (Eat All Over The World) April 24, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    You just added more to my bucket list. Thanks!!

    • Reply Kelly Ross May 8, 2015 at 9:41 pm

      Haha, glad we could help! 😛 x

  • Reply Amy Mank April 25, 2015 at 3:59 am

    Your stories are truly inspiring! I can’t wait to begin visiting some of these places

    • Reply Kelly Ross May 8, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      Thanks Amy! I loved the stories these amazing bloggers shared with me too! 🙂 x

  • Reply Bec April 25, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Thank you so much Kelly for featuring me in your post, and asking me to share my most incredible travel moment! You have included some amazing travel bloggers who have had some once in a lifetime adventures, experiences which I will definitely be adding to my bucketlist as well! 🙂

    • Reply Kelly Ross May 8, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      No worries Rebecca! Thank you for sharing your amazing story with me! 😀

  • Reply Tine April 25, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Great moments! Thanks for sharing everyone!
    Swimming with whale sharks is really at the top of my list!

    • Reply Kelly Ross May 8, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the post Tine! 🙂 x

  • Reply Steph Rogers April 26, 2015 at 5:46 am

    I can’t until I experience some of these, I frequently reflect on my favourite travel moments and it always gives me a severe case of itchy feet.

    The Student Traveller

    • Reply Kelly Ross May 8, 2015 at 9:47 pm

      Definitely the same for me! I’ve got itchy feet right now 😛 x

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  • Reply Dave May 3, 2015 at 12:58 am

    All of these sound amazing!! So many great ideas for things to do. The Northern Lights is definitely up there for me.

    • Reply Kelly Ross May 8, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      Don’t they just look incredible?! I would love to see the Northern Lights too – very high on my to-do list! 🙂

  • Reply Sarah May 13, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    These are all such amazing things! I would love to feature on a future edition of ‘travel bloggers reveal’ if you’ll have me?

    • Reply Kelly Ross May 17, 2015 at 11:47 am

      Glad you enjoyed the post! I would love to have you take part in my Travel Bloggers Reveal series, I’ll be in touch Sarah 🙂 x

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  • Reply Emma October 17, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Definitely have a few destinations added to my “must travel” list now! I would really like to do the Northern Lights one day, I think it would be just amazing! Xx http://www.theemasphere.com

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