Travel Blogger Relay – Our Top 3 Travel Memories

Travel Blogger Relay – Our Top 3 Travel Memories

With the London 2012 Olympic Games officially in the history books, we’re keeping the Olympic spirit alive by participating in a travel blogger relay.

What the heck is a travel blogger relay you ask?

Well, basically it’s a campaign created by that has travel bloggers sharing their inspirational travel memories after being nominated by fellow travel bloggers (passing the proverbial baton). We are on Team Blue, a kick-ass group of bloggers coached by the lovely Christina Hegele of Jandal Road.

Waegook Tom has passed the baton to us, so its now our turn to share our top 3 travel memories, ranked by Gold, Silver and Bronze.

Choosing just 3 memories is a much harder task than you’d think. We can easily come up with a dozen travel memories worthy of the gold medal, but we have to narrow the field to just three.

Bronze medal – Discovering the Galapagos Islands

Where else in the world can humans come face to face with wildlife in their natural environment and not have them run away in fear?

The Galapagos Islands will always occupy a special place in our travel memory bank. We will always remember the morning we woke up on a motor yacht and witnessed three sharks circling our boat as we brushed our teeth. I had to do a double take – is this really happening?!

Hanging out with a giant Galapagos tortoise on Santa Cruz island, the largest living species of tortoise and one of the heaviest living reptiles on the planet

swimming with sea lions galapagos islands

Nicole snorkeling with playful sea lions

Resident sea lions couldn’t care less about our presence – they have no fear of humans

Otherworldly volcanic landscapes from the Bartolome viewpoint

Otherworldly volcanic landscapes from the Bartolome viewpoint

Silver medal – Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

When we reflect on our travels around the world there are a few moments that stand out from the rest. One of the greatest adventures we’ve had was hiking the Inca Trail to the Lost City of Machu Picchu in the Peruvian Andes.

Reflecting back on our 4-day hike, it was an incredible accomplishment for us as a couple. It pushed us, it challenged us, and it rewarded us greatly!

Sun Gate at Machu Picchu

Happy hikers as we finally reach the Sun Gate and see Machu Picchu for the first time

Machu Picchu, Peru

 An architectural marvel surrounded by lush mountains and tranquility

Mission accomplished after 4 challenging days of hiking and personal discovery

 Gold medal – Exploring the Mysterious Moai of Easter Island

There are many reasons why we’ve chosen Easter Island for the gold medal, but here are a few: (1) it’s a beautiful tropical island in the South Pacific, (2) it has a mysterious past that is quite fascinating, (3) it’s the most isolated and remote destination we’ve visited, and (4) there’s loads of outdoor adventure at your finger tips.

It’s a surreal feeling to be in the presence of the ancient Moai statues, alone and deserted on a volcanic island surrounded by wild horses and whispering trade winds.

At times we had to pinch ourselves to remind us that it wasn’t a dream, that we were actually exploring the unusual tropical island.

The remote island seems almost fictional, like something out of a childhood bedtime story. At times, it feels as if the island was never meant to be re-discovered by modern man, as if it has a dark history that it doesn’t want to reveal to the world.

Now that we’ve shared our top travel memories, it’s time to pass the baton and keep Team Blue in the race. We are thrilled to nominate Ashley and Carolyn, the Romantic and the Wino behind the Lazy Travelers.

Looking for more memorable travel moments? Check out the entries from other travel bloggers on Team BLUE:

Still looking for more travel inspiration? You can follow the Travel Blogger Relay on Twitter using the hastags #BloggerRelay and #TeamBLUE. We always appreciate a little social media loving!


We’d love to hear about your top 3 Travel Memories?
Share your experiences in the comments section below!

About Traveling Canucks

Cam and Nicole Wears are newbie parents living in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. A passion for travel and outdoor adventure has taken them to over 70 countries on 6 continents in the past 10 years. Learn more about their story here. Follow them on Instagram and subscribe to their monthly newsletter.