Well, 2017 started off pretty slow. We had a couple of big trips, but mostly I stayed home and slept and waddled – because I was pregnant with kid #2. But then 2017 ended with us setting off on an 8 month world tour with my generous 12 months of maternity leave.
At the end of 2016 I said that I felt bad about my terrible posting frequency and I promised to improve. Well that didn’t happen. My first pregnancy was characterized by non stop nausea. This one was characterized by the worst fatigue I have ever had in my life. But now that things have settled down, I am trying to get back into a more regular posting schedule.
So let’s get into it…
Best Domestic Travel Destination in 2017
We had quite a bit of domestic travel despite my pregnancy fatigue. We spent New Years in Tasmania, and got a fair few camping trips squeezed in because I got too fat to move, but I have to say that our best domestic travel destination of 2017 was our recent Blue Mountains trip. This was our first travel experience as a family of 4 and I have to admit I was a little bit nervous. But we managed to eat out, go hiking, and stay in a hostel with an (almost) 2 month old baby and a four year old without any major disasters.
Read more here: First travel experience with baby #2
Best International Travel Destination in 2017
Ok so we only managed one international trip before we set off on the big maternity leave trip, and that was our trip to Singapore and Japan during the Easter break. After that, things went pretty quiet on the international travel front until we set off to South America in November. Since November we have been to Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile.
Ok so this is pretty hard because all of these countries have been pretty amazing. Both Argentinian and Chilean Patagonia were stunning and we went on some of the most scenic hikes of our lives. But Japan really stands out for me. There are few countries where I would consider going back to twice (I’m always setting off on something new), so for a place to make the “I want to go back here” list is pretty rare. But for a place to make the “I want to go here next” list AND be a place I have already been to…. well that’s extremely rare. But that’s Japan.
I think its partly because we only had 8 days in Japan which is not even enough time to properly see Tokyo, let alone a country as diverse as Japan. We only visited Kyoto and Tokyo, and both of those cities left us wanting more. Plus the food is amazing.
Read more here: Our Japan category!
Best Travel Food Experience in 2017
This is sort of a tie between Singapore and Japan. You can’t really eat a bad meal in either country. But I’m probably going to have to give the award to Japan because you can’t even eat bad there even if you are trying to eat bad. We would get at least one of our meals each day at either the grocery store deli or at a convenience store – I’m talking like, 7-11, and even then the food was amazing. Even the triangle sandwiches were are guaranteed to be awful in any other country int he world are actually extremely delicious in Japan.
And don’t get me started on the ramen. I might have to book a plane ticket back sooner than anticipated.
Best Travel WOW Moment in 2017
Well this award has got to go to our day at the Perito Morena glacier in El Calafate, Argentina. We thought we were actually glaciered out after visiting Glacier Vielma in nearby El Chalten (if you’ve seen one glacier you have seen them all right?), but we decided to visit Perito Moreno anyway, since it’s kind of what you do when you are in El Calfate
Wow, were we ever wrong. Not all glaciers are the same apparently, and the Perito Moreno glacier is absolutely mind blowing. The weather was foggy and drizzly and freezing cold, which added to the ambience as we wandered around all the extremely well maintained boardwalks and trails that offer views of the glacier.
Hearing the cracks and bangs as pieces of the glacier fell off into the sea was something I will never forget.
Stayed tuned for our post about visiting the glaciers of Argentina.
Best Family Travel Moment in 2017
I’m going to have to give it back to Japan on this one. The best family travel moment for us has got to be visiting the deer of Nara, near Kyoto. The friendly deer swarm you when they know you have deer cookies, and it was certainly a very new experience for Jacob and I. At first, Jake was terrified of the deer, but after he got used to them, it was almost impossible to get him to leave. He still talks about those deer, months later.
Read more here: The deer of Nara