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Happy Second Birthday To Us!

Happy Second Birthday To Us!

­­Today we celebrate the second birthday of Don’t Ever Look Back and it’s amazing how much things can change in the space of twelve months.

A year ago we were writing our first birthday post from an apartment in New York City’s Upper West Side, about to hit Iceland and Europe for the first time. We knew that the end of our round-the-world trip was near, but we still had the unrealistic idea in our heads that we’d somehow be able to continue traveling indefinitely. If only money really did grow on trees!

These days we’re both back and working in our hometown of Melbourne, saving like crazy until that next door (whatever it might be!) opens up for the two of us. It’s a waiting game that we absolutely hate but what’s meant to be will always find a way and destiny will take us to where we are supposed to be in 2013.

The Year 2012 For Amy & Kieron

Although we haven’t been constantly traveling, we’ve been lucky enough to have some amazing adventures this year built around our heavy work schedule.

We’ve explored plenty of our own backyard, checking out the best of Tasmania and spending Amy’s 25th birthday overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Amy's 25th Birthday in Sydney

The two of us have also spent a few days on luxurious Hamilton Island (including Whitehaven Beach) and visited some of Melbourne’s top attractions from the snowfields of Mount Buller to an AFL football game and the fantastic Werribee Open Range Zoo.

Oh and don’t forget the Havaianas Thong Challenge on Australia Day!

Havaianas Australia Day Thong Challenge

We were also lucky enough to venture back to South East Asia for a couple of weeks in August, spending time in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Langkawi.

Our accommodation on that trip was simply amazing with spectacular views of Kuala Lumpur, the most unique hotel we’ve ever stayed at as well as the most romantic one in Langkawi. We also checked out a $7,000 a night suite at the Marina Bay Sands but unfortunately that exceeded our budget just a little.

Our Langkawi Chalet on the Sea

While in South East Asia we experienced some exciting things – we experimented with a variety of Singaporean street food and found the best Hainanese Chicken Rice in the country. We had Singapore Slings on the Flyer and an all-you-can eat dessert buffet. And when we weren’t eating or drinking, we faced our fears head-on aboard the Langkawi Cable Car.

So even though we’ve only spent approximately four weeks of 2012 traveling (compared to nearly six months of 2011), we’ve packed an absolute bucketload into those few weeks!

So What’s Next?

Drumroll, please. We’re finally able to reveal our next big adventure…

New Zealand Flag

We’re going to the South Island of New Zealand!

Over the Christmas holidays we’ll be flying into Dunedin and spending a couple of weeks exploring the South Island. We don’t have any confirmed plans yet so if you’ve got some suggestions for us, feel free to leave them in the comments below!

In Closing…

We’re often asked what the best part of starting this blog two years ago is?

It’s YOU.

The amazing people we have connected with over the past 24 months are the reason that we’re still writing today. This was reaffirmed just last week when we caught up with some of Australia’s leading bloggers in Melbourne and realized what wonderful people there are in the travel community.

Bring on the next twelve months, whatever they may hold!

26 Comments

  1. Posted October 16, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    What a year its been for you both and we are starting to wish for a money tree ourselves with the though of returning home starting to pop into our heads. You guys have managed to keep traveling in a great ‘lifestyle balanced’ way and we hope we can do the same when this world adventure goes on hold for us to make some more cash :)

    Awesome news about the South Island!! We love NZ (a little biased as Kim’s from there) and the South Island is truly magical. We hired a camper van last time we visited and had an amazing time. Try to get to Wine by Bike (http://www.winetoursbybike.co.nz) in Blenheim to visit the Marlborough vineyards and Onsen Hot Pools in Queenstown – both fun days out enjoying the best scenery NZ has to offer.

    Cant wait to read all about it!
    Kim – Wright2Travel recently posted..An Island Stop-Over? Don’t Mind If We Do!

    • Posted October 17, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

      Hope you can make that remaining money last as long as possible – I think we’re not doing too badly in terms of work/life balance but we would love a lot more flexibility. If only it was that easy!

      We’ve still got your list of destinations from the South Island saved when we had plans to go earlier in the year but cancelled. The Wine by Bike tour sounds amazing (we’ll definitely do that!) and will be sure to take plenty of photos to share with you. :)

  2. Kieu
    Posted October 16, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    Happy birthday!! Yay.. you’re going to love South Island!

    • Posted October 17, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Kieu – we’ve gone over a lot of your posts and can’t wait to finally visit for ourselves!

  3. Debbie
    Posted October 16, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    Happy second birthday! Have enjoyed following your adventures! You guys are doing a great job with the site. Enjoy South Island :)

    • Posted October 17, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Debbie, can’t wait to share more adventures with you soon! :)

  4. Posted October 17, 2012 at 5:59 am | Permalink

    Happy Blog Birthday! I am originally from Nelson, at the top of the South Island and I highly recommend it. Abel Tasman National park nearby is also gorgeous in summer. You can hike, kayak, relax on the beach, etc.

    • Posted October 18, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Bonnie – Nelson is on our list and we can’t wait to stop off there before Blenheim and Christchurch. :)

  5. Posted October 17, 2012 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    Love Dunners, probably my favorite “big town” in New Zealand. Anything with an airport automatically becomes a “big town” in New Zealand, in my book. Akaroa, on the Banks Peninsula, outside of CHC is my favorite town in the entire country though. Just love it! You must drive the Caitlins Road, so beautiful, see the Pancake Rocks on the Wild West Coast, swim with seals in Kaikoura and just like so much else I can’t even list it all, it would go on forever. Check out my blog for everything South Island!

    Have a great time and congrats on two years!!
    Rebecca recently posted..Alaska – Another Day, Another Day in the Van

    • Posted October 17, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

      We love big towns and I’m sure we’ll love Dunedin. Will definitely go check out your blog for ideas of things to do, some of those suggestions sound awesome!

  6. Posted October 17, 2012 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you…. I wouldn’t really sing to you in person, it sounds BAAADDDDDD. Congratulations and well done on how much you’ve done in the last couple of years. It was SO wonderful to meet you both and I look forward to catching up with you again, and especially reading about your adventures to NZ, I’d love to head there at some point too.
    Loreena recently posted..Left Standing Naked.

    • Posted October 17, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

      Haha thanks Ree! We enjoyed meeting you both and hopefully we’ll be able to catch up again sometime soon! :)

  7. Posted October 17, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read about your adventures in New Zealand.
    Lindsey recently posted..I Just Booked My One Way Ticket…

  8. Posted October 17, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    Happy birthday! Sounds like you’ve had a great year, and Christmas in the south will be LOVELY! I happened to have my very first kiwi Christmas in Dunedin back in 2009.

    You’re going to love the beauty, diversity and adventure of NZ!

    Perhaps our paths may even cross in the south island – I land in Chch on the 10th I believe, and will have a rental car – I’ll be showing my grandma around to all the best spots, could be cool to meet up!
    Kate – Canuckiwikate recently posted..Photo Friday! Week 38: Remarkables Skydive

    • Posted October 17, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

      We’re flying in on the 26th so that we still get to have Christmas with the family but I’m sure it would be great there.

      Unfortunately we’re leaving Christchurch on the 8th or 9th (TBC) so I think we’ll just miss you! That sucks! Unless you can somehow fly in a couple of days earlier… :(

  9. Posted October 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday! I hope you enjoyed a HUGE piece of cake to celebrate. I’m looking forward to reading about what the next year will bring you two.
    Annette recently posted..My Love Story Told Through International Roses

    • Posted October 18, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Annette – unfortunately no cake, we had to settle for booking some flights instead. ;)

  10. Posted October 22, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like a great way to spend the holiday season! We spent like 10 days in Dunedin, so if you want any tips or burger place smackdowns, let us know! Glad to see you getting over there after the other trip that ended up not happening.
    Scott recently posted..A Stroll Around Polonnaruwa

    • Posted October 25, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

      Fantastic! We’re definitely hitting up plenty of burger places down South as well as fish and chips. Yep, we’re delighted to finally be able to make it to NZ less than 12 months after our last visit didn’t go ahead.

  11. Posted October 26, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on 2 years! I am just on the cusp of writing the 1st birthday post for my blog. I am wondering if you can give me any insights as to what I should expect from my second year of blogging, or any tips?

    I am at the point now where I am just trying to stick with in and gain some momentum, as I have been putting a lot of time in to my blog and the traffic levels just aren’t there yet. Do you have any words encouragement for me? Did traffic pick up for you in the second year?
    Shanna Schultz recently posted..Fabulous Friday Foto: A Photo of Norway Scenery

    • Posted October 29, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

      Hi Shanna – thanks and congratulations on reaching your 1st year of blogging! The second year seems to be a lot tougher than the first and often you think why the hell am I doing this for, particularly if you’re like us and not traveling as much.

      I guess the best tip we can give is NEVER GIVE UP… you might slow down but keep plugging away and you’ll eventually get to where you want to be.

  12. Posted October 29, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Hey you guys congrats on 2 years! Your blog was one of the very first I discovered where people were travelling for extended periods. I’m pretty sure I was hooked when you couldn’t get your clothes dry and lamented on Twitter! Keep up the great posts!
    Tracey recently posted..Favourite Fotos – You Get What You Pay For In Egypt!

    • Posted October 29, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much Tracey! Hopefully we’ve been able to give you some kind of good advice or inspiration over the last two years and I do remember that Twitter conversation! :)

  13. Posted November 12, 2012 at 6:26 am | Permalink

    Sorry, a bit late playing the post catch up but wanting to take a minute and congratulate you on another wonderful year!! I absolutely love your posts and are truly one of the blogs that inspired us to be part of the game! Keep on doing what you love, great things will come! Happy 2 year!
    Caro recently posted..Product review : Wimdu.com

  14. Posted November 16, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    Happy 2nd birthday guys…although this is a bit belated! Hopefully you’ll end up somewhere amazing in 2013, wherever that is – whatever’s meant to be, will be. Keep up the great blogging :)
    Tom @ Waegook Tom recently posted..Exploring the Flavours of the American Southwest

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