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Happy Birthday To Us!

Happy Birthday To Us!

Today marks exactly one year since Don’t Ever Look Back first made it onto the Internet with a post explaining why the two of us were choosing long-term travel.

Despite a few doubts in the lead-up to our trip, we stuck with our decision and let us tell you this.

It has been the best decision we’ve ever made!

If you’re contemplating doing something similar to what we’re doing, go and read our post 7 reasons why you should take that round-the-world trip and travel now! Sure we’ve made some mistakes along the journey (and you will too!) and we’ve exceeded our travel budget, but the two of us have absolutely no regrets and are looking forward to what the next 12 months has to bring.

Where are we now?

USA Flag

Still in the USA - but only for another 24 hours!

After 12 weeks in the USA, tomorrow is our last full day in the country and in New York City, our home for the past 16 nights. We’ve spent time in 9 different American states and have shared with you stories from Hawaii, Seattle and our California Road Trip.

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed our time in the United States and have many more stories to share with you over the next couple of weeks, including an article about the highlight of our trip so far. But the time has come to move onto the next part of our journey…

What’s next?

Blue Lagoon Iceland

The Blue Lagoon in Iceland.

In two days we fly out of Newark Airport and into Reykjavik, Iceland for a 9-night adventure. Thanks to the awesome coordination skills of Súsanna from ICELANDisHOT, we have some magical tours of Iceland to look forward to.

Some of our Icelandic highlights will include:

  • A whale watching tour on Faxaflói Bay.
  • Relaxing in The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.
  • Super Jeep tours to the West and South Iceland.

We’re also hoping to see The Northern Lights during our time there!

After Iceland it’s off to the United Kingdom (including London for World Travel Market) before most likely flying over to Amsterdam and working our way south through Europe from there. Exciting, huh?

Shoutouts

Enjoying St. Louis Wine

Kieron, Scott and Amy at Montelle Winery in Augusta, MO.

The best part of writing on Don’t Ever Look Back is the people we come in contact with because of it! If you’ve read any of our posts, if you’ve liked us on Facebook or are following us on Twitter or if you left a comment or sent us an email – THANK YOU!

Thank you so much! If it wasn’t for all of that we probably wouldn’t still be doing this. We’ve also met some incredible people over the past 80-something days which has led to some fantastic adventures:

  • We watched some awful (yet hilarious!) karaoke with Brooke and Caroline in Sydney.
  • We’ve enjoyed margaritas on Hollywood Boulevard and explored Beverly Hills with Sheryll and her boyfriend Jonny.
  • Amy experienced the worst hangover of her life in Las Vegas courtesy of Kieu of GQ trippin (but also the best night out we’ve had so far on our adventure!).
  • Scott showed us the best of St. Louis and introduced us to the awesomeness of Gooey Butter Cake, Missouri Wine and the St. Louis Blues.
  • The two of us and The Globetrotter Girls enjoyed the best deep dish pizza in Chicago at Giordano’s.

So here’s to the first twelve months of Don’t Ever Look Back and an exciting year ahead!

Flickr Photo: Stephen_AU

26 Comments

  1. Posted October 16, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Wow, one year already – time flies!

    Congratulations guys, sounds like you’ve had an incredible year, hope the next one is even better for you both! :)
    Lauren recently posted..Eating at a Hospital Themed Restaurant in Taipei

    • Posted October 16, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

      It sure has been one hell of a year! You’d surely nearly be celebrating your one-year anniversary as well?

      We can’t wait to see what the next 12 months bring, very exciting times. :)

  2. Posted October 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations guys! It looks like you’re having an awesome time :-)
    Beverley recently posted..Australia; I’m Not From London!

  3. Posted October 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    You are MOST WELCOME, Amy. Lol. Best night out of the year for me too! One great year down.. many more fan-tab-u-lous years to look forward to. So glad we had a chance to connect in Vegas. Safe trippin’ through Europe and the rest of the world. We can’t wait to follow your journey there! Next hangover — Melbourne!! :) Happy Birthday!
    Kieu ~ GQ trippin recently posted..best mexican food finds in San Jose, CA!

    • Posted October 16, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

      Haha it was one hell of a night! If we’re back by February, we’re looking forward to taking you and G out in Melbourne!

      And maybe going for a round three in Thailand in April! :D

  4. Posted October 17, 2011 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read about all the adventures you will have in the future!
    Annette recently posted..365 Thought Provoking Questions Challenge. 256 thru 265.

  5. Posted October 17, 2011 at 2:23 am | Permalink

    Congrats guys!

    Have fun in Iceland, it is a truly amazing place.
    Erik recently posted..Photo of the Day- Grant-Kohrs Ranch NHS, Montana

  6. Posted October 17, 2011 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    Congratulations guys! I’ve loved following your blog, can’t believe it’s been a year already! I’m going to be at the world travel Market too so hopefully il see you there!

    • Posted October 17, 2011 at 11:35 am | Permalink

      Thanks Monica! Which days are you going to be at WTM? Would love to meet you there or even beforehand! :)

  7. Posted October 17, 2011 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    Wow a year already? I have been following y’all since day one. That is awesome! Congrats… a year is a long time, but I know you have many more to come!!! I’m a bit jealous you got to meet so many people I wanna meet one day!
    Jaime recently posted..Photo Round Up – Week 33

    • Posted October 17, 2011 at 11:37 am | Permalink

      Yep, one entire year! It seems like a long time but it’s really flown past, hey?

      And yes, you’ve been here since day 1 – if you look at our first post, you were the second person to leave a comment. :D

      I’m sure all of us travelers will cross paths eventually. Maybe some sort of giant epic mega-tweetup?

  8. Posted October 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Wow, guys travels look great! Iceland is going to be amazing!! Can’t wait to see the pics!! Super happy you are enjoying!!
    Jess Jones recently posted..A Perfect Day In South America: Series Launch! Baths n Beers in Baños!

    • Posted October 17, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

      It’s been one hell of an adventure so far and looking forward to writing the next chapter! Even with our lack of camera skills, I think we’re guaranteed to have some amazing photos from Iceland that’s how beautiful it is.

  9. Posted October 17, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Congrats guys, and enjoy the Blue Lagoon … it’s on my bucket list!
    James Shannon recently posted..In Motion: Live From Angkor Wat, Cambodia

    • Posted October 17, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

      Thanks James! It’s on Amy’s bucket list too, can’t wait to tick it off!

  10. Posted October 17, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    Here’s to another great year and the best decision you’ve ever made :)
    Julia recently posted..The One Where I Attended a Celebrity Wedding (Almost)

  11. Posted October 18, 2011 at 1:56 am | Permalink

    Congrats! Happy birthday to the blog :)
    Emily in Chile recently posted..Saturday in Santiago: Boudoir

  12. Posted October 18, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    Congrats, guys! It was great to meet you in Chicago last month -who knows, maybe our paths will cross again in Asia at some point ;-)

    Enjoy Iceland, it’s going to be amazing!
    Globetrottergirls recently posted..Hotel Tip Of The Week: Hotel Casablanca in Manhattan, NYC

    • Posted October 20, 2011 at 7:48 am | Permalink

      Loved meeting you two as well and we definitely have to cross paths again to get that photo! Haha.

  13. Posted October 19, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    So glad I was able to be a small part of your adventure! Cannot wait to read the updates from Iceland!
    Scott recently posted..STL > RTW

    • Posted October 20, 2011 at 7:49 am | Permalink

      Our day out in St. Louis was awesome – thanks again for taking us out! Iceland is amazing, you definitely have to include it in your itinerary if the chance arises.

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