100 MOMENTS FROM 2016

This is a little late, but 2016 was without a doubt one of the best years of my life. I travelled to 14 countries, about 40 cities/townships, made countless new friends and spent about 4months away from home in total.

While some people argue that travel keeps me from living my “real” life, travelling is my favourite part of life.

So yes I may have pushed my uni degree back a bit more, but here’s 100 memories that no one can ever take from me. You can see everywhere that I travelled here.

1. Sitting on the edge of Lincoln’s Rock in the Blue Mountains, NSW

2. Swimming over a 40-50m drop-off at Bunaken Island, Indonesia

3. Spotting the rare Black Crested Macaques in Tangkoko National Rainforest

4. Hiring a scooter and exploring Ambon Island, Indonesia (with LostNorFound)

5. Witnessing the Sahu Reka Reka dance in Ambon, Indonesia

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6. Swimming with Manta Rays at the Cleaning Station, Raja Ampat

7. Dancing with the children at Sawinggrai Village in Raja Ampat, Indonesia

8. Almost passing out while climbing up to the breathtaking Piaynemo

9. Exploring Walking Street in Pattaya’s red-light district, Thailand

10. Walking off-track to Belmore Falls (with ItsWorthAShot)

11. Started a European Inspiration Contiki Tour

12. Cruised past the White Cliffs of Dover

13. Tried space cakes in Amsterdam

14. Saw a live sex-show in Amsterdam (that was weird!)

15. Saw the collection at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

16. Climbed the iamsterdam sign

17. Rode a bike through Edam, the Netherlands

18. Sat beside Amsterdams canals

Amsterdam Canals

19. Walked through Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

20. Saw the Berlin Wall

21. Strolled around Dresden, Germany

22. Strolled through Prague by night, Czech Republic

23. Took in the panoramic views from Pragues Astronomical Clock Tower

24. Walked the Charles Bridge, Prague

25. Took in some history at Dachau Concentration Camp

26. Bought myself a dirndl for Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

27. Spent the day drinking Steins at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

Oktoberfest in Munich

28. Went whitewater rafting in Austria

29. Took a gondola ride in Venice

30. Tried pizza, pasta, gelato and coffee in Italy

31. Took in the views from the clocktower in Venice, Italy

32. Got lost in Venice

33. Watched the sunset on Burano Island, Venice

Burano Island in Venice

34. Ate pizza beside the Colosseum, Rome

35. Threw some coins in the Trevi Fountain, Rome

36. Entered the smallest country in the world, Vatican City

37. Saw the Creation of Adam in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City 

38. Took a tour of the Roman Forum and the Colosseum, Rome

39. Watched a European football game in Rome – Roma vs Astra Guirgiu 

40. Tried wine in Tuscany

41. Saw where Michelangelo and Galileo are buried in Florence, Italy

42. Got dolled up for a traditional meal and a view at Piazzale Michelangelo

43. Saw the incredible architecture of the Duomo, Florence 

44. Visited Space Disco in Florence, Italy

45. “Leant” on the Tower of Pisa

46. Saw a flashmob of drummers at Lucerne’s carnival – Switzerland

47. Went to the top of Mount Rigi

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48. Took the cliched topless shot in Switzerland

49. Tried fondu in Switzerland

50. Went on a cruise through Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

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51. Saw the flower bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland

52. Saw Paris light up at night

53. Got a kiss on top of the Eiffel Tower

54. Climbed the spiral stairs to the top of the Arc De Triomphe

55. Tried macaroons on the Champs Elysee 

56. Dinner and a show at the Moulin Rouge, Paris

57. Drank with my Contiki family at O’Sullivans next to the Moulin Rouge, Paris

58. Caught up with my relatives in London, England

59. Caught up with my relatives in Ludlow, England

60. Caught up with my relatives in Edinburgh, Scotland

61. Climbed Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh, Sotland

62. Caught up with my relatives in Manchester, England

63. Saw the Manchester derby game

64. Went out on the town with my cousins and cut my hand open (whoops)

65. Got my first x-rays in Manchester

66. Went hot air ballooning over Canterbury

67. Saw where the battle scene in Narnia was filmed (Castle Hill)

68. Went on a Hassle Free LOTR tour of Edoras

69. I jumped on a 7-day Haka Tour and met some amazing people

70. Surrounded myself with Lupins at Lake Tekapo

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71. Sat in the hot springs overlooking Lake Tekapo

72. Took in the view of Mount Cook at Lake Pukaki

73. Took the Queenstown Gondola

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74. Chilled out at an Ice Bar in Queenstown

75. Drank until morning with an Irish Cowboy at Pog Mahones, Queenstown

76. Flew in a 6-seater plane to Lake Tiano

77. Took a cruise through Milford Sound 

78. Tried “the worlds best burgers” at FergBurgers in Queenstown

79. Saw a Kiwi in Queenstown

80. Watched the sunset over Wanaka Waterfront

81. Got a shot of That Wanaka Tree

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82. Stopped at waterfalls on the way from Wanaka to Franz Josef

83. Went glacier kayaking in Franz Josef

84. Relaxed in some hot pools in the misty Franz Josef

85. Tried Haka Bombs and Karaoke at Blue Ice in Franz Josef

86. Swam with the world smallest dolphins in Akaroa

87. Watched pohatu penguins in Akaroa

88. Relaxed in the Polynesian Spa hot pools in Rotorua – as well as a mud wrap!

89. Visited The Redwoods in Rotorua

90. Ran into strangers I’d met in Franz Josef on a whitewater rafting trip in Rotorua

91. Whitewater rafted the largest commercially rafted drop in the world – 7metres!

92. Went ziplining through Rotorua’s canopy

93. Went zorbing in Rotorua! (OGO)

94. Caught up with Contiki friends in Hamilton for Crate Day

95. Shot a gun for the first time – I even hit some clays!

96. Visited Hobbiton in Matamata

97. Caught up with my Haka Tour friend and did Auckland’s Sky Walk

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98. Climbed Mt. Victoria in Devonport

99. Hiked Rangitoto Volcano, Auckland

100. Stayed with friends in Christchurch

 

You can watch most of these journeys on my YouTube channel here

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