40 Epic Adventures by Travel Bloggers in 2014
As we reflect on the year that was, we’d like to take a moment to highlight some of the epic adventures that travel bloggers experienced in 2014. Like years past, it has been another year of incredible accomplishments!
There are hundreds of awesome travel blogs out there, so we couldn’t possibly include every one in our annual round-up. If you are a travel blogger that had a memorable adventure in 2014, please share your experience in the comments section below – I’m sure our readers will want to read about your adventures just as much as we do.
Perhaps these adventures will inspire your travels in 2015?
Winter expedition to the Missinaibi Headwaters of Northern Ontario
Dave and Deb from The Plantet D traveled to the far north of Ontario to take on the Missinaibi Headwaters in the dead of winter. They spent 11 days trekking into the Arctic Watershed on snowmobiles while pulling their gear on sleds. No pain, no gain… right?
“We had to fend for ourselves, cutting down trees for firewood, chipping through ice for drinking water and navigating our way through frozen rivers and lakes. Our days were difficult. We trekked for 8 hours a day and set up and tore down camp for another 5 to 6 hours.
I think taking on these epic challenges makes you a better person. You are alone with your thoughts day after day. You see yourself clearly and understand your limits. You surprise yourself with your strength and discover what you are capable of.”
Read more – Expeditions are Glamorous in Retrospect
Rickshaw Run in India
Sherry Ott from Ottsworld and her friend Charlie Grosso completed the challenging Rickshaw Run, a competition and fundraiser that saw them drive a rickshaw/tuk tuk from Cochin (southern India) to Shillong (northern India) – a distance of approximately 2,000 miles. Not only did they successfully complete the challenge, they surpassed their charity goal and raised $16,000. Well done ladies! Here is a video from their epic adventure.
“This was the hardest driving I’ve done. Even more difficult than the Mongol Rally. Rickshaws aren’t the easiest to learn how to drive in 3 days and then cross the country. I loved that we drove through the lesser touristed (or more aptly never touristed) villages. You felt as if you were at the red hot core of traveling when you stopped in a town where they never see tourists.
People talk a lot about living in the moment, and I must admit I’m not that great at it normally. But for those 2 weeks every fiber of my being down to my toes knew I was there – present in India. For me, the Rickshaw Run was the ultimate living in the moment – the good and the bad moments.
Read more – Rickshaw Run 2014
Hiking through the Holy Land on Israel’s National Trail
Matthew Karsten from Expert Vagabond spent a week hiking Israel’s National Trail, an epic journey that included a few days in the Negev, a few days in the Jerusalem Mountains, and a few days in the North near the Golan Heights.
“Israel’s National Trail is renowned for its mixture of unique desert landscapes, rich culture, and ancient history. National Geographic called it one of the World’s Best Hikes. Why? Because it has a little bit of everything — and you don’t need to be religious to appreciate it.
My favorite part was the Negev’s desert environment. It was not what I was expecting — very different than the type of mountains I’m more accustomed to. The heat, the changing landscape, and the solitude I found there have inspired me to visit other deserts.”
Overland travel through Central Asia on the Silk Road
Nellie from Wild Junket spent 2 months traveling along the Silk Road in Central Asia. She joined an overland expedition that began in Bishkek and ended in Istanbul, passing through six countries on the way – Kyrgyzstan,Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Turkey. Bucket list adventure indeed!
“Traveling Central Asia is the stuff of dreams, evoking images of golden sand dunes, vast steppes, yurts, and exotic ancient architecture. While amazing sights were aplenty, it was the overlanding journey itself that made the trip memorable.”
Read more – Travelling the Silk Road through Central Asia
Skydiving in Jordan at the Dead Sea
Rob from Stop Having A Boring Life cranked up the epic by jumping out of plane over the Dead Sea in Jordan. Click on the video above to see what it looks like to fly.
“I’m excited to share this video with you of skydiving in Jordan because skydiving is something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. When I finally caught my breath it was like time slowed down. I had not a thought in my mind, I was just happy. It was one of the most zen like moments I’ve had in recent memory and it’s absolutely addicting.”
Read more – Skydiving in Jordan at the Dead Sea
Getting up close with Jaguars in Brazil’s Pantanal
Dan and Casey from A Cruising Couple took a journey deep into Brazil’s Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetland, and witnessed not one, but two elusive jaguars in their natural habitat.
“We strategically based ourselves in the Brazilian city of Cuiaba. This allowed us to visit both the Southern Amazon and the Pantanal in the same trip. Not only did we get an iconic Amazonian adventure, we had an intimate encounter with a jaguar that was unlike anything we could have imagined. We gave the jaguar plenty of space and respect, and in return he swam in front of our boat, hunted along the bank of the river, and snacked on a baby cayman.”
Read more – Getting up close with Jaguars in the Pantanal
Sailing up West Africa, from South Africa to Morocco
Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere took an epic 32 day voyage up the coast of West Africa aboard a polar exploration vessel for G Adventures. During the trip, he kept a daily log and published his experiences on his blog (here’s the link).
“As is the nature of polar exploration, every year the Expedition has to reposition the ship from Antarctica to the Arctic to move from one hemisphere’s summer to the other. The company decided to make this repositioning an adventure in its own right by sailing with passengers from Cape Town all the way up the west coast of Africa. It was truly an epic journey and one of the most memorable trips of my life.”
Read more – Sailing up West Africa
Dan and Audrey from Uncorned Market had an epic East African adventure that was highlighted by the time they spent discovering Ethiopia, a fascinating yet often misunderstood nation. Their adventure included visits to extraordinary ancient churches and historical castles, hikes through incredible mountain landscapes, and, of course, a mouth-watering journey into Ethiopian cuisine (read their comprehensive overview of Ethiopian food here).
“As we followed a 78-year old monk around a cliff’s edge to the 6th century cave church of Daniel Korkor, we could imagine a staggered line of devout Ethiopians making that same journey, wrapped in the same white cotton cloth, over the course of hundreds of years.”
Read more – Travel to Ethiopia: First Impressions
Witnessing the Crescent Moon Oasis of Dunhuang, China
Brendan van Son from Brendans Adventures spent a couple months exploring China in search of its most impressive attractions. He produced a great video that highlights his favourite off-the-beaten-path destinations – here’s the video link. The Crescent Moon Oasis of Dunhuang (pictured above) is so incredible it almost appears to be unreal, like something from a movie set.
“I went way off the beaten path to get to Dunhuang and it’s desert. As if the desert itself weren’t cool enough, there’s an awesome oasis in the middle of it home to a really interesting pagoda and temple. It makes for a great place to hang out and watch the sunset.”
Read more – The Crescent Moon Oasis of Dunhuang, China
Backpacking in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland
Leigh McAdam from HikeBikeTravel.com packed her backpack and headed for Gros Morne National Park, a world heritage site located on the west coast of Newfoundland. She spent five days hiking and camping the Long Range Traverse, an unmarked route that connects the eastern end of Western Brook Pond to the Gros Morne Mountain hiking trail.
“From the dock at the far end of Western Brook Pond to the top of the gorge, there is a couple of thousand feet of elevation gain – all while carrying a backpack. We had permission to camp at the top of the gorge. Where we camped ended up offering one of the best views from any campsite I have ever stayed at. We had the entire place to ourselves. It was absolute magic.”
Exploring the Temples of Angkor in Cambodia
Matt Gibson from Xpat Matt rented a mountain bike and explored the legendary Temples of Angkor, visiting its many ruins and surrounding jungle. It was a personal journey for Matt, one that reinforces our belief that travel has the power to heal, transform and inspire. He also captured some beautiful photos, check them out here.
“Each day, I would ride 10km to the ancient city which, was, historians say, the largest city on Earth before the industrial revolution. It is said to sprawl across 1000 square kilometres and dwarfs the next-largest ancient city in the world, the Mayan city of Tikal, which covers just 150.
The jungle consumes all. With enough time, it will devour the greatest city in the world, but that doesn’t mean the city isn’t worth building. The act itself is a thing of beauty. And, if it’s built well, it will be remembered and appreciated for a long time.”
Read more – Life And Death And Angkor Wat
Snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands
Megan and Mike from Mapping Megan went snorkeling with playful sea lions and sea turtles in arguably the world’s most fascinating and remote archipelago, the Galapagos Islands.
“We snorkeled close enough to touch enormous sea turtles, were slapped around under water by playful sea lions, and swam through schools of sharks, rare coral, and colorful fish while blue footed boobies and frigatebirds circled overhead. At the end of the day we collapsed onto the beach next to an equally as exhausted sea lion, enjoying an afternoon nap under the warmth of the fierce Equatorial sun.”
Read more – Snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands
Climbing an Active Volcano in Bali, Indonesia
Audrey Bergner from That Backpacker began her journey to the peak of Mount Batur at the awful hour of 3:00 am. She hiked up the volcano during the thick darkness of night so that she could witness the morning sunrise over Bali. Her sacrifice was rewarded.
“Exhausted but not defeated, I took shelter in a little wooden shack at the sunrise point and waited for the first rays of sun to shine in the horizon. A little glimpse of orange appeared, and then the sky was slowly painted yellow, pink, and lavender. This was the reason we had chosen to climb this volcano in the wee hours of the morning.”
Coasteering in the Irish Sea of North Wales
Matt Long from Landlopers.com was introduced to a completely new adventure on his trip to Anglesey in North Wales. Coasteering is defined as “a physical activity that includes movement along the intertidal zone of a rocky coastline on foot or by swimming, without the aid of boats, surf boards or other craft. It can include swimming, climbing, scrambling, jumping and diving.” I must confess, this was my first time learning of the sport, but it looks exhilarating.
“I’m sure I’ve been happier in my life, but at that moment I couldn’t think of those moments. I was ecstatic, thrilled that I had made it through the coasteering course and, frankly, really proud of myself. It’s important to me that I try to face fears when confronted with them, to push myself as much as possible, to see just how far I’m able to go.”
Read more – Diving Into The Insane Sport of Coasteering
Visiting 47 of the lower 48 United States
Kim from So Many Places and her husband Brian from Wandering Sasquatch spent 7 months driving and camping their way to all but one of the lower 48 states. The trip came together because they landed a dream job as traveling brand ambassadors for Backpacker Magazine.
They ended up driving 32,800 miles, which is the equivalent of 1.32 times around the Earth. The trip also included visits to 6 National Parks – Acadia, Arches, The Great Smoky Mountains, Glacier, Joshua Tree, and Yosemite.
Read more – US Road Trip by the Numbers
Hiking the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu
Michael Turtle from Time Travel Turtle strapped on his hiking boots and tackled the Lares Trek, an alternative to the Inca Trail in the mountains around Cusco on the way to the sacred city of Machu Picchu. He captured some stunning photos from the trek, here’s a link to see them.
“The world looks different at 4800 metres. This is the highest altitude I’m hiking to on my journey along the Lares Trek. The air is thin up here and breathing is difficult. Every step up the thin path of loose rocks towards the summit is painful. At the top, I’m greeted with a desolation fitting for the natural conditions.”
Read more – Nature and People: The Inca Trail Alternative
Hanging with the King of the Swingers in Borneo
Abi King from Inside the Travel Lab visits the Borneo rainforest, one of the few places where orangutans live in the wild, and spends the day hanging with the King of the Swingers.
“It’s a curious viewing experience at both the rehab centre in Sepilok and the nursery at the Shangri-La. Both feeding platforms live high in the canopy of legitimate Borneo rainforest. In both places, orangutans are free to roam and return as they please. And in both places, other creatures of the jungle sneak out, swing high, swing low and scurry around to make the most of the free food on offer.”
Read more – The Orangutans of Borneo Rainforest
Hitchhiking over 1,000 miles across China
Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse had many interesting experiences as she hitchhiked solo across Yunnan and Sichuan provinces in China. If you’ve ever traveled to China you’ll know that this is quite the accomplishment!
“I traveled over 1,805 kilometers (1,122 miles) across China, half of that distance completely solo, in 13 different cars, soley on the kindness of strangers. I didn’t do it for any reason other than thrill of the adventure and opportunity to delve deeper into local culture than otherwise possible. Though I have since hung my hitchhiking hat and opted for busses, it’s an experience I’ll always treasure and remember as some of the wildest times of my travels in China.”
Read more – Hitchhiking solo across China
Learning to Sail in Langkawi, Malaysia
Erin and Simon from Never Ending Voyage crossed off a long time bucket list item when they took a sailing course while in Langkawi, Malaysia. The live aboard course was 6 nights with 5 full days’ sailing, including a day exploring the 99 tropical islands of Langkawi in the Andaman Sea.
“We spent five days living on a yacht and sailing around the idyllic tropical islands of Langkawi in Malaysia. We fell in love with the sailing lifestyle—the freedom, being outside in nature, the beauty of the sea, the exhilaration and tranquillity of moving under the power of the wind—we can’t wait to get our own boat one day.”
Read more – Learning to Sail in Langkawi, Malaysia
Paragliding over the island of Maui
Pete and Dalene from HeckticTravels.com ran off a mountain and floated like birds on their trip to the Hawaiian island of Maui. They drove to the top of Haleakala volcano and went paragliding over lush tropical landscapes and rolling green hills.
I told you I’d find something Dalene, hah!
“My eyes fixed forward for the long drive up the slopes of Haleakala with a dramatic series of sharp switchbacks. Soon only some nylon and string would keep gravity from hurtling my vulnerable self into the ground. My nervousness had turned to sheer excitement.”
Read more – Paragliding in Maui
Witnessing the Northern Lights in Iceland
Matt Kepnes from Nomadic Matt fulfilled a long time travel goal to visit the mythical lands of Iceland. During his visit, he experienced the energy of Reykjavik’s nightlife, the silence of Iceland’s desolate wilderness, the beauty of its icebergs and waterfalls, and the magic of its vibrant Northern Lights.
“Over the ten days, my love for Iceland became an obsession as I was constantly treated to bewildering landscapes and helpful locals. For such a small island, Iceland has a diverse range of landscapes and micro eco-systems. And as we traveled, hiked, and eagerly waited the Northern Lights, I couldn’t help but notice the silence. With hardly anyone or any animals around, the land seemed so still.”
Read more – Falling in Love with the Land of Elves
Family Road trip around the continent of Australia
Caz and Craig Makepeace from yTravelBlog.com are still on the epic adventure that we shared in last year’s annual round-up. Along with their two girls, Caz and Craig have been exploring all that is Australia, from the east coast to west coast and everything in between. We hope to do a similar adventure with our two boys in a couple years (around North America), so we’ve enjoyed learning from their journey.
They’ve had so many incredible adventures that it’s hard to pick one that stands out, so click on the ‘read more’ link below to read about their highlights and year-end review.
Read more – The Y Travel Blog Year in Review
Hanging out with Puffins in Elliston, Newfoundland
Christy Woodrow from Ordinary Traveler had a magical day on the rocky coastal cliffs of eastern Newfoundland. Not only did she get to experience Newfoundland’s incredible natural beauty, she was joined by dozens of cute Atlantic puffins.
“The curious puffin slowly hopped along the cliff, inching his way towards us. Once he got within about ten feet, I tried to keep my giggling to a minimum so I wouldn’t spook the adorable puffin. Apparently he felt no fear because he literally waddled up to within a few inches from our faces, stopped along the edge of the cliff, and posed for a photo shoot.”
Read more – My Day With Puffins in Elliston, Newfoundland
Experiencing an old Soviet Spa in Jalal-abad, Kyrgyzstan
Earl from Wandering Earl visited an old Soviet spa when he was in Jalal-abad, Kyrgyzstan. While taking a mud bath isn’t exactly epic, it’s the back story and the remote location that make this travel experience so interesting. The above video also includes some footage from around Jalal-abad, so take a look if you’re curious about this rarely visited part of the world.
“I was in the town of Jalal-abad, Kyrgyzstan when I learned about an old Soviet spa/sanatorium located on top of a nearby hill. With not much else to do, I decided to jump into a taxi and head over there, completely unaware at the time that the next few hours of my life would prove to be some of the most memorable of my entire 14 years of travel.”
Read more – Live From Jalal-abad, Kyrgyzstan
Hosting a Thai television food show
Mark Wiens from Migrationolgy received an interesting proposal from a Thai television station to host a documentary show about Thai food. He’s a natural fit for the program, given that he’s an Asian food junkie and he runs one of the top travel/food channels on YouTube.
“One of the things that enticed me about this particular food show, was that they showed me some examples of what we’d be filming, and it was about real Thai food. Not touristy, toned down Thai food, but real Thai food. We traveled around Thailand searching for some of the best Thai dishes, things you shouldn’t miss eating when in Thailand.”
Climbing Nigardsbreen Glacier in Norway
Bret and Mary from GreenGlobalTravel.com strapped on their crampons, grabbed their ice picks and battled some poor weather as they climbed Nigardsbreen glacier, an arm of Norway’s Jostedalsbreen, the largest glacier in continental Europe.
“There’s no better word than ‘epic’ to describe Norway, and our day climbing Nigardsbreen was one of our most epic adventures to date. As the sun finally emerged from between the clouds, we were filled with a huge sense of accomplishment for rising to Mother Nature’s challenges.”
Read more – Climbing Nigardsbreen Glacier in Norway
Sailing the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, Australia
Samuel Jeffrey from Nomadic Samuel visited Australia for the first time in 2014, an adventure that often ranks high on many Canadian’s travel wish list. While there, he and his wife Audrey boarded a large sailing vessel and explored the magnificent Whitsunday Islands, located off the coast of Queensland. They shot some video footage from the trip, you can watch it here.
“With the breeze gently running through my hair and the sun tickling my skin, I actually felt in my element as the boat gently rocked from side to side. I was enjoying my time out on the turquoise waters of the Whitsunday Islands aboard the regal Derwent Hunter.”
Read more – Sailing Whitsunday Islands
Snowboarding on Mont Tremblant in Quebec
Melvin from Travel Dudes traveled from his home in Europe to the mountains of Quebec to snowboard Mont Tremlant and experience some Canadian winter fun. He visited with a group of travel bloggers, here’s a video from the trip.
“Just a stone’s throw away from the European mainland, you can venture to the picture-perfect slopes of Mont Tremblant, Quebec, where fresh dustings of snow invite you for some adrenalin fuelled fun. Mix that with the nearby city bustle of downtown Montreal and you’re ready to totally love winter, just like the Canadians do!”
Read more – Loving Winter at Mont Tremblant, Quebec
Flyboarding in Malta
Kate from Adventurous Kate strapped on a jetpack and jumped into the cold Mediterranean water to get her Iron Man fix. What is Flyboarding, you ask? Kate says, “basically, you strap your feet to a jetpack-like creation called a flyboard, which propels water through the bottom at a speed that enables you to rise above the water.” Were do we sign up?!
“It took about 10 minutes to get the hang of it, but before long, I was flying like Iron Man! Such a cool feeling! And because the water is pulled up directly from the ocean, I could technically do it for as long as I liked! I definitely took advantage of that.”
Finding island paradise on Réunion Island
Keith Jenkins from Velvet Escape experienced island paradise on Réunion Island, a volcanic island off the coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, just 200km southwest of Mauritius. During his trip, he went whale watching, hiked in the mountains, explored lave caves, toured the island by helicopter and airplane, and went canyoning down an old lava flow that has been carved into a canyon by the river. Check out this cool video to see what Reunion Island is all about.
“Réunion was absolutely spectacular! The island is a paradise for nature lovers and those seeking an active or adventure holiday. The imposing peaks, cirques, multitude of micro-climates and landscapes, the stunning emerald lagoons and the lovely people will leave an unforgettable impression on anyone visiting this island in the Indian Ocean.”
Read more – An Instagram tour of Reunion
Riding Lenzi Bikes down Rothorn in the Swiss Alps
Erin and Josh Bender from Travel with Bender rented Lenzi Bikes, monster scooters with extra wide tires designed for the outdoors, and rode down Rothorn, a mountain in the Plessur Alps in eastern Switzerland.
“I have never experienced anything like Rothorn and if I had previously convinced myself I was a city chick, this will forever be the mountain that changed that. Nothing can quite describe the feeling of racing down the mountain on a Lenzi Bike. The crisp air in your hair and the ground whizzing past at upwards of 30km/h.”
Read more – Magical Mountain Views & Monster Scooter Mishap
Cave diving in a cenote
Nick from Goats on the Road submerged deep into the dark underground world of Dos Ojos, Mexico’s premier cenote dive. It’s a unique scuba diving experience that takes divers through a series of otherworldly cave systems.
“There was little life in the cave. The real beauty of the dive was the clear views of the amazing underwater formations. There were a few points when we passed through caverns barely big enough for two divers. Parts of the walls looked like wax had built up from thousands of candles and slowly melted down into beautifully coloured rock icicles.”
Read more – Submerging Into Cenotes: A Cave Dive In Mexico
Road tripping in the Southwestern USA
Ryan Gargiulo from PauseTheMoment.com took an epic road trip through southwestern United States that included visits to Zion National Park in and Arches National Park in Utah. They captured some great photos of the insanely beautiful landscapes found on the West Rim Trail in Zion National Park.
“I spent 12 days road tripping the southwest from Las Vegas to Denver and it was hands down one of the most memorable road trips I’ve done to date.”
Photo shoot from a swaying catamaran mast in Greece
Laurence from Finding the Universe had an interesting day sailing around the old port of Athens, Greece. The captain of the catamaran encouraged Laurence to climb the tall mast to capture some photos (you can see his leg in the photo above). It was an unexpected adrenaline filled photo shoot that he won’t soon forget.
“Before I knew it, a deckhand was helping me into a worryingly flimsy looking chair, and instructing me that, whatever I did, I should not let go of the mast. Doing so would cause me to swing about all over the place above the deck, which would be A Bad Thing. Up I went though, camera dangling, until I was about half way up the mast.”
Read more – Athens from the Sea, or, How I Nearly Died.
Paparazzi for the Pope in Bethany, Jordan
Chris Christensen from AmateurTraveler.com had an unusual travel experience when he was on assignment in Jordan – he was given the opportunity to be a photojournalist while the Pope visited the city of Bethany.
“I stood in the shade from the hot Jordanian sun near the Jordan river at the site where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. I claimed a spot under a small tree in the line of photographers. The area bristled with tripods and large telephoto lenses. Around my neck was a press pass that boar the name of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Papal seal. We were waiting for the pope.”
Read more – My Day as Papal Paparazzi
Visiting Hobbiton in New Zealand
Amanda from A Dangerous Business got to fulfill a dream by visiting Hobbiton while touring New Zealand. Hobbiton, which is a former movie set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies, is located on a private farmland near Matamata on the North Island. Given that the title of her travel blog is loosely based on a Tolkien quote, and that Hobbiton is included in the header graphic of her website, I’d say this experience was a big deal for Amanda.
“Ever since I became a Tolkien fan more than a decade ago, I found myself identifying with the “little folk” the most. If you’re even a little bit like me and have ever envisioned yourself as a hobbit in Middle Earth, then a visit to Hobbiton is a MUST. Hobbiton is the only full movie set left in-tact in New Zealand, and it draws all sorts of people — even people who aren’t fans of the films.”
Read more – Visiting Hobbiton (Yes, This Place is REAL)
Camel ride through a sandstorm in the Sahara Desert
Barbara Weibel from Hole in the Donut received an unwelcome surprise when a sandstorm hit her group while on a camel safari in the Sahara Desert of Morocco. Blinded by the fierce sand and wind, the group had to turnaround and find shelter at a nearby campsite.
“Wave after wave of caramel-colored dunes stretched to the horizon. I was so intent on capturing photos that I had forgotten about the storm, so it took me completely by surprise when it roared in from behind. One moment the sky was perfectly clear; the next moment sand was being driven through the air at such a velocity that it felt like thousands of shards of glass were slamming into my bare legs and arms.”
Read more – Earning my stripes in the Saharan Desert
Winter fun at Keystone Resort in Colorado
“Keystone Resort has decided not to ignore their youngest guests, but to make babies and their parents feel welcome. With plenty of snow fun for little ones and excellent childcare options, the entire family can enjoy the mountain and spend time with each other and their peers.”
Read more – Winter fun with babies in Keystone, CO
Experiencing Japan’s natural beauty in Shikoku
Simon Falvo from Wild-about-travel.com traveled to the island of Shikoku on her visit to Japan, exploring the cities of Kochi, Matsuyama, Ozu, and Uchiko. Her most memorable experience was a visit to the Ishiteji Temple, pictured above.
“Shikoku is famous in Japan for its 88 temples walking pilgrimage and I was fascinated by the sight of the pilgrims in their white shirts, wearing a bamboo conical hat and holding a wooden walking stick, praying in front of the temples. Shikoku was a different taste of Japan, the one I had been looking for, the one I won’t forget.”
Read more – Shikoku, a different taste of Japan
Squid Jigging in Terengganu, Malaysia
Cailin O’Neil from Travel Yourself gets the award for most unusual travel experience when she found herself competing against 200 international media people in the inaugural Squid Jigging Festival in Terengganu, Malaysia. What’s squid jigging you ask? Well, I guess you’ll just have to read her post to find out.
“2014 was the first year that the International Squid Jigging Festival was open to the public and they plan on having bigger and better celebrations and competitions each year. If you’ve never gone squid jigging, and have always wanted to visit Malaysia, I definitely recommend you look into it for 2015.”
Read more – Learning how to squid jig in Malaysia
What was our most epic adventure in 2014?
The clear winner for us was our road trip through the Canadian Rockies. We took the overnight train from Vancouver to Jasper, which was an awesome experience, and then spent 9 days traveling through Jasper National Park, Banff National Park, Kananaskis Country, Calgary and Drumheller. It was a fantastic adventure with our little boys and it reminded us how beautiful our home country is.
Well, there you have it! Some pretty epic adventures by travel bloggers this year. If you’re still searching for more adventure inspiration, check out these posts from previous years:
- 28 Epic Adventures by Travel Bloggers in 2013
- 25 Epic Adventures by Travel Bloggers in 2012
- 19 Epic Adventures by Travel Bloggers in 2011
Your turn! What was YOUR most Epic Adventure in 2014?
Share your experience in the comments section below. Feel free to leave links, we’d love to read about your epic adventure!