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Looking Back At Our 2011 Adventures In Photos

Looking Back At Our 2011 Adventures In Photos

It’s not often that we look back on this blog (after all, it’s called Don’t Ever Look Back) but 2011 was easily the best year of our lives so we just had to put together a recap of our best photos and adventures over the past 365 days.

Clarke Quay Singapore At Night

Our first traveling adventure of 2011 was in April when we visited Singapore and the Philippines. The main reason for this trip? Kieron’s parents renewed their vows in a traditional Filipino wedding and we just had to be there. Another highlight of this trip was our visit to Sentosa Island in Singapore.

Sydney Harbour

On July 23rd, our round-the-world trip officially kicked off with a short visit to Sydney. It was the first time we visited the Harbour City together and we were sure to check out Sydney Harbour, the world-famous Bondi Beach and the Chinese Garden of Friendship.

Sunset from Ala Moana Beach Park in Honolulu

We left Australian shores for the first international stop on our RTW – Honolulu, Hawaii. The two of us rode mopeds around the island of Oahu, took surfing lessons, swum with sharks and hiked Diamond Head Crater. I guess we could say that we definitely started our big journey with a bang!

Makena Beach on Maui

Our time in Hawaii also included relaxing on the beaches of Maui and visiting the amazing Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island.

Chioke the Giraffe at Woodland Park Zoo Seattle

From Hawaii we headed to the US mainland and a month on the West Coast. Some of our highlights included feeding giraffes in Seattle and road tripping from San Francisco to Las Vegas via South Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, Disneyland and even the MTV Video Music Awards.

Amy and Luna the Beluga Whale

It was then off to San Antonio, Texas where we had arguably the highlight of our trip – interacting with Beluga Whales at SeaWorld. We also enjoyed the San Antonio Riverwalk, a college football game and a Lil Wayne/Rick Ross concert but it was impossible to top our whale experience.

Cloud Gate in Millenium Park Chicago

The US Midwest was our next destination with time in Chicago and St. Louis. We took on traditional Chicago-Style Food and checked out the views from the John Hancock Observatory and Willis Tower. It was then down to St. Louis where we enjoyed free Budweiser at the original Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Missouri Wine, Gooey Butter Cake and a Blues Hockey Game (cheers Scott!).

Central Park NYC

After short visits to Niagara Falls and the US capital Washington, D.C., we made New York City our home for 17 nights. Our apartment was one block away from Central Park so we spent a lot of our time there. But our biggest adventure? Getting the train to Stamford, Connecticut to see the Jerry Springer Show.

Walking on a Glacier in Iceland

We just can’t describe how awesome Iceland was – it was easily the best destination we visited in 2011 and you probably realized that if you’re read our posts from there. The country is so unique (check out these random facts!) and we had several once-in-a-lifetime experiences here.

We saw the biggest creature in the world during a whale watching tour, overcame our jetlag at the Blue Lagoon, hiked on a glacier and were taken all around Iceland in a modified super jeep. If Iceland isn’t on your bucket list, please do yourself a favor and add it immediately!

Loch Lomond Scotland

The two of us then headed over to London where we spent 4 nights seeing the sights before embarking on a road trip of Scotland. It was then back to London (via Manchester) for World Travel Market where we met up with many of our favorite travel bloggers and even caught a celebrity or two including Brian Lara, Dannii Minogue and the future King of Spain.

Eiffel Tower

After London we flew over to the Netherlands to explore Amsterdam and check out the controversial Sinterklaas festival. It was then onto the fantastic European trains as we made our way down through Brussels, Belgium (talk about awesome food!) and finally down to Paris where we made fools of ourselves at the Eiffel Tower.

The rest of the year took us down to Kuala Lumpur and Kieron learned Muay Thai Kickboxing in Phuket while Amy attended an Eminem concert in Melbourne.

2011 was one hell of a year and hopefully we can make 2012 even better!

Thank you for following along on our adventures – we really hope you’ve enjoyed them. Be sure to sign up to our newsletter and become a fan on Facebook if you want to keep up to date with what we get up to in the New Year!


  1. Posted December 30, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Heck yea, 2011 was ridiculousness! Congrats on an amazing year. I won’t say 2012 will be even better, but I will say it’s going to be nuts. So glad to have met you, Gerard is looking forward to meeting you in person in M-Town for Oz Day. He’s been asking for barbie. Lol. Congrats again, guys! Awesome year.
    Kieu ~ GQ trippin recently posted..Temporary Post Used For Theme Detection (c2f0eef5-8aa8-4895-8ae2-59537b9f244c – 3bfe001a-32de-4114-a6b4-4005b770f6d7)

    • Posted December 31, 2011 at 12:55 am | Permalink

      It was a great year – the best we’ve had so far but hopefully it’ll be the start of something very special! We’re looking forward to catching up with you guys too… do you mean Barbie as in Amy or a barbeque? Hahaha just kidding.

  2. Posted December 30, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    I’ve loved following along with you this year on all your crazy adventures! Hope 2012 is even more amazing for you guys 🙂
    Lauren recently posted..2011: My Travels in Photos

    • Posted December 31, 2011 at 12:56 am | Permalink

      Thanks for following along since the start Lauren – it’s a little depressing for us seeing you still on the road haha but hopefully we’ll have plenty of travel still left for 2012. 🙂

  3. Posted December 30, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Was so cool to see this trip go from dream to reality and then get to play a small role in it. So, what’s next?
    Scott recently posted..My Dia De Los Meurtos in Mexico

    • Posted December 31, 2011 at 1:00 am | Permalink

      Really enjoyed our time with you in St. Louis – hope to see you somewhere in 2012! Perhaps Songkran in Thailand if all goes to plan. 🙂

      We’re doing a bit of exploring in our own backyard in January (Victoria) and February (Tasmania) before hopefully heading O/S in March to either NZ or Bali.

  4. Posted December 30, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    I think the only thing that needs to be said is: very cool =)
    Toni recently posted..Today’s post is brought to you by the letters ABC of travel

    • Posted December 31, 2011 at 1:01 am | Permalink

      Thanks Toni, it is pretty cool seeing all of the amazing things we’ve done in 2011! 🙂

  5. Posted December 31, 2011 at 1:38 am | Permalink

    Fun year, you had a lot of different adventures! Safe travels in 2012 🙂
    crazysexyfuntraveler recently posted..MY 18 BEST SUNSETS OF 2011

  6. Posted December 31, 2011 at 4:29 am | Permalink

    Ur 2011 was epic! Glad we’ve been able to follow your adventures. If we have enough funds we’re seeing if we can roll thru Sydney to see our cousins. May have to swing by ur neck of the woods! Happy New Year to u guys!!
    Carlo+Geneva recently posted..COMING SOONER RATHER THAN LATER!

    • Posted December 31, 2011 at 10:09 am | Permalink

      Thanks for following along guys – we’ve loved having you a part of our community! When would you be traveling through Sydney? Hopefully we’ll be able to catch up somewhere in Oz, that would be awesome!

  7. Posted December 31, 2011 at 4:42 am | Permalink

    You all had an amazing year! I can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store for you two! 🙂 I wonder what’s next on your itinerary? What HAVEN’T you seen??
    Claire recently posted..Excitement at Buckingham Palace

    • Posted December 31, 2011 at 10:10 am | Permalink

      Hahaha – we could write a novel on all the places we haven’t seen yet! This is only the tip of the iceberg (although we are lucky to have seen more of the US than most people!).

      The next time we’ll jump on a plane will be in February when we head over to Tasmania but there will be some exploring of Melbourne before then!

  8. Posted December 31, 2011 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    I can’t believe how much you guys packed into this year! It’s been great following along. Can’t wait to see what 2012 brings!
    Amanda recently posted..The Year in Travel: 2011 in Review

    • Posted January 2, 2012 at 10:49 am | Permalink

      Hi Amy & Kieron
      I have been reading your blogs for a couple of months now! I’m on the road now with my hubby and toddler. We are currently in the USA and loving it! We hope to travel for as long as you guys have! Keep on blogging! 🙂

    • Posted January 2, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

      @Amanda – Yet we’re still far from done! Hopefully 2012 will be full of fantastic adventures for us and you as well.

      @Priscilla – Thanks so much for leaving a comment! Hope you’re enjoying your travels, very impressed that you’re doing it all with a toddler in tow. If you ever have any questions for us, just drop us a line! 🙂

  9. Posted January 4, 2012 at 6:01 am | Permalink

    No words needed… the photos speak for themselves! Looking forward to reading about your 2012 travels.
    Scott – QuirkyTravel recently posted..Left out of the South Beach nightlife

  10. Posted January 7, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    You guys have had such an awesome year. Hopefully 2012 starts with a CWB meeting and carries on with all manner of traveling adventures.
    Chris recently posted..Theme Park Review: Dreamworld, Australia

  11. Posted January 14, 2012 at 4:13 am | Permalink

    cool, you’ve had a blast last 2011… wishing you more adventures this 2012 🙂
    flipnomad recently posted..Flipnomad’s A to Z of Travel

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