All last month my fellow travel bloggers were sharing their top photos and recommended gift ideas for travelers. Never one to hop on an overcrowded bandwagon I decided to abstain from it all. Well that and most of my photographs are not that worthy of repeated sharing, although to be fair my photography skills have improved dramatically over this last year. That is why I have finally started to watermark them.
However as 2013 was such a fantastic and fun year and I would like to commemorate it in some small way. So I present to you a visual journey through my 2013 adventures.
The HoliDaze Year In Photos
I spent the end of 2012 and beginning of 2013 in the same place I had for the last three years — California, USA. After making friends there on my six-month hippie road trip across 32 states I have returned every year to make some quick cash by trimming marijuana, regardless of where in the world I am traveling. This has been the first year I’ve missed…
During the early months of 2013 I was constantly traveling between California, Colorado, and Mexico, on the road more days than not. Then in April I returned home to Austin and began selling all of my possessions.
In less than four weeks I not only accomplished that but also planned (and I use that word loosely) the four-year RTW adventure that I am currently on.
The latter part of May and beginning of June found me in Canada for TBEX. Not only were the seminars and events fun but so too were the late night parties — especially the now infamous Walks Of Italy after-after party on Saturday night 😉
United Arab Emirates
After a short stint in the United Arab Emirates I headed on to Indonesia for what was initially a one-month trip. Little did I know that seven months later I would still be there…
Although I arrived in Indonesia in June and am still here now, in January, I have also spent three weeks exploring Malaysia, three weeks wandering around Thailand, and taken two trips to Singapore. My amazing adventures in Indonesia have already been covered a great deal in recent posts the last few months but here are a few photos you haven’t seen yet:
My list of achievements and accomplishments here in Indonesia has grown rather extensive, which is part of the reason why I am still here. However one of the things I am most proud of is the reaction to my critical post on the Bandung Zoo. Not only did it get the attention of the new mayor but a week after reading it he set aside funds to renovate and improve the zoo in a public speech 😀
For more on all my unbelievable adventures in Indonesia — including my film and TV appearances, cultural celebrations such as panjat pinang, and tips / advice / recommendations for your trip — be sure to check out all my other posts on Indonesia
My first visa run from Indonesia was to Singapore. Initially only planned to be a 2-day trip, I ended up staying here for 10 crazy expensive days.
Malaysia was a fun country, kind of like a rich Indonesia lol. I hope to return in 2014 to explore Borneo, the eastern half of Malaysia, especially Sabah.
The Land of Smiles is a very vibrant and tasty country but a bit too westernized for my tastes. At some point I will return and make it to more remote parts of Thailand but unfortunately for me on this first trip I was unable to escape the tourist path.
Yup, 2013 has been a great year. It also marks the most serious year I’ve had blogging so far. Finally I am getting in the hang of pausing my adventures every few weeks to write my experiences — something that any permanent traveler can tell you is easier said than done, especially when living an adventurous life 😉