How is 2015 over already? Wasn’t it just yesterday that the year started? 2015 has been a pretty intense year for me, with several ups and downs. I even considered stopping this blog at a few points (you may have noticed the posting frequency has ummm… become a little less frequent). I got a new career type job, moved to Sydney, separated from Dan, and was invited to TBEX Asia as a speaker.
Because of that whole pesky full time job thing. 2015 only saw me on a couple trips of shorter duration. I did however, try to pack as much action into those short trips as possible.
Best domestic travel destination in 2015
In February/ March of 2015 my mother came from Canada to visit for a time. We were living in Melbourne still at that point, so it was the perfect opportunity to do another Great Ocean Road Trip. Dan and I had done the Great Ocean Road in the winter of 2012 but had never done the route in the summer.
I adore the Great Ocean Road. It’s one of those intensely popular tourist routes for a reason – it’s absolutely stunning! winding coastal roads, lookouts everywhere, soft sandy beaches, and dramatic landscapes.
Read our guide to the Great Ocean Road here.
Best international travel destination in 2015
There is no competition here. The best international travel destination of 2015 was Malaysian Borneo without a doubt. I seriously can not rave enough about Borneo. We spent two weeks in the provinces of Sarawak and Sabah eating some of the best food of the year, hunting down extremely rare flowers, coming face to face with all sorts of wildlife, and learning about the unique tribal culture of this part of the world. I have travelled quite a bit of South East Asia and I have not yet been to an Asian destination which I would want to return to over and over… except Borneo. I would go back in a flash.
You can find links to all of our Bornean experiences here.
Best travel food experience in 2015
The capitol city of Sarawak, Kuching, was a really surprising foodie gem. I didn’t think I would find some of the best food in Asia in this small isolated city. Every meal, absolutely every meal in his city blew my mind. I had the best Laksa of my life here, visited some pretty swish Asian fusion restaurants, found a hidden Italian gem, and filled up on some super fresh and super cheat roti chanai every morning.
I was so impressed that I wrote an entire guide just to the restaurants of Kuching.
Best travel WOW moment in 2015
For me, the biggest travel WOW moment was being invited to attend TBEX Asia in Bangkok as a speaker. The invitation came at a time in my life when I was considering giving up the blog. I have been running this blog for several years now and although I have had so many doors open for me because of it, it is hard to combine all my blogging responsibilities with my full time job and full time parenting roles.
TBEX was a great experience. The Asian branch of the conference was a lot smaller and cozier than the other TBEX’s which made it really easy to meet and connect with people. I met in person some people I have been friends with online for ages, and made new connections and friends as well.
But TBEX was more than that. I had to get over my crippling fear of public speaking. I did amazingly well, but I think being on a panel with two other amazing ladies; Mariellen from Breathe Dream Go and Maggie from Fly with Maggie made the experience so much more positive for me.
Best family travel moment in 2015
2015 was also the year that I took the plunge and experienced my first cruise. It was my mother in law’s 50th birthday so the whole family came together from Australia and New Zealand to spend a week cruising the Pacific region. I was a bit worried about this at first because I easily get very very sea sick, but I managed to keep it under control.
This was such a great trip for Jacob. He got to see all of this family who we rarely see due to living in different states and had an awesome time with all his uncles especially.