Our Top 3 Travel Memories

 

We are so excited to be a part of the Blogger Relay race and on team BLUE. Lowcostholidays has asked the travel community to participate in blogger relay, Olympic style!  In this competition, bloggers will be sharing their medal worthy travel memories and passing the travel relay baton on throughout the months of August and September.  A big thank you to our team BLUE captain, Christine Hegele of Jandal Road for organizing and kicking things off.

A big thanks to Chris and Tawny from Captain and Clark for passing the baton on to us…

We have had so many amazing travel moments and memories in our travels around the world.  Trying to narrow it down to the top 3 memories is a difficult task.  As we reflect back, on our travels so many memories come flooding back and it is creating these great memories that keep us traveling.  So, here we go, our top 3 travel memories:

1. Bora Bora

Visiting the tropical island of Bora Bora had been a dream of ours for so many years.  Realizing this dream was definitely a surreal moment.  The “pinch me” moment began as our flight neared Bora Bora and we caught our first glimpse of the majestic island with the rugged Mount Otemanu jutting up from its center towards the sky.

Bora Bora - Aerial

In all of our lives, we had never seen geography quite like that of Bora Bora.  Seeing it by air is probably the best vantage point to take in the central island and the ring of tiny islands, called motus, encircling Mount Otemanu.  We have never seen so many different shades of blue as we did in the crystal clear lagoon of Bora Bora. 

Bora Bora

The lagoon is teeming with sea life from brilliantly coloured tropical fish, to sting rays and sharks.  Therefore, the best way to get up close and personal with this wildlife is by staying in an overwater bungalow.  Staying directly over the water on four pilings was out of this world!  We could wake up, look through our glass topped side tables in the living room and watch the fish swim below.  Lounging on our deck was never dull as sting rays and black tip reef sharks swam by.  Being able to snorkel directly from our bungalow allowed us to get up close to many of the tropical fish, a truly memorable experience!

Bora Bora - Butterfly fish feeding

2.  Pyramids of Giza

Ever since first learning about the Pyramids in Egypt in elementary school, we have both had an incredible fascination with these wonders of the world.  We love learning about the history of the world, its people and their culture.  Our visit to the Pyramids of Giza combined all three of these things in a truly jaw dropping experience.  We first saw the pyramids from a distance and were amazed at the sheer size of the architectural feats.  Then, to imagine when they were built and how they were built further added to our incredible appreciation for the craftsmanship of the Egyptians. 

Egypt - Pyramids of Giza

As we moved closer to the pyramids and had a chance to stand at the base of the Pyramid of Khafre and stare up and up we were left speechless.  We could not get over the sheer size of each individual piece of stone as they towered above us.  How did the Egyptians haul and move such massive pieces of rock?  We literally stood at the base of the pyramid for at least 20 minutes trying to take it all in.  We didn’t even mind the blazing heat and sun beating down on us in the middle of the desert as we were fulfilling one of our lifelong dreams.  Evan even took the opportunity to ride a camel while we were visiting the pyramids, another unforgettable experience.

Egypt - Camel Ride in Giza

3. Europe 2005

In 2005, as recent graduates from University, we set out for a 7 week trip to Europe.  We were both inexperienced in travel, having only travelled within North America and never for more than two weeks.  This tour was where we first learned we love to travel and opened our eyes to everything travel had to offer.  We have been hooked ever since. 

This was also an important experience for Evan and me as a couple.  At the time, we had been dating for 5 years.  After completing our degrees and embarking on our career paths, we both felt that we were at a point in our lives where things were changing.  We had both been dreaming of travel to Europe for many years and were so excited to be going there together.  However, for both of us, we were wondering where is our relationship heading? 

Our trip began in London for a few days as we got our feet wet and learned how to navigate a foreign city.  We traveled through Europe for 3 weeks on a bus tour and had a fabulous time seeing the sights and experiencing all the special moments in every city. 

Switzerland

Upon completion of the tour, we headed out on our own to take on Slovakia, the Cinque Terre and Spain.  We spent 24 hours a day together for 7 weeks and didn’t turn on each other once, instead we grew closer.  Our travel challenges bonded us as we worked together to solve problems.  For both of us, this trip solidified that we had found our soul mate.  We learned that we worked well together in high stress situations, supported one another in difficult times and enjoyed our travels that much more because we were sharing them with each other.  After our European trip in 2005, we knew that we wanted to get married someday.  To this day, our relationship is at its best when we are traveling, there is no one else we would want to share all of those amazing moments with.

We hope that you enjoyed reading about our top 3 travel memories.   Keep up with all the amazing travel memories of some passionate travellers by following the hashtags #BloggerRelay and #teamBLUE on Twitter.  And now…we are happy to be passing the baton on to fellow travel blogger Aleah Phils from Solitary Wanderer!

GO TEAM BLUE!!!!!!!!

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13 Responses to Our Top 3 Travel Memories

  1. Love the photo of Bora Bora from a plane. Snorkelling is my favourite ocean sport! The pyramids – I havn’t seen them but standing next to one of those huge blocks would be amazing. Your first big trip as a couple is a real tester isn’t it. After only being a couple for a few months my hubby and I flew from Australia to England. Nine months later we flew back still a couple and are still together 30 years later! Great travel memories guys. *haven’t

    jan September 6, 2012 at 6:33 pm Reply
    • Thanks for the kind words Jan!

      We loved Bora Bora, as there is no other place in the world like it, geologically. We would highly recommend going there if you ever have the chance.

      It is truly surreal to stand at the base of the pyramids, especially when you think about how long ago (and how) they raised those massive stones into place! We still feel a little bit like it was a dream and we didn’t actually get there.

      It is nice to hear that others share similar stories to our Europe 2005 trip. Travel is where you really learn how you work as a team!

      evan&tracy September 7, 2012 at 8:07 pm Reply
  2. Thanks for sharing your three favourite travel memories! I liked the retelling of your 2005 trip through Europe, and how that trip helped strengthen your relationship together. Goooo BLUES!
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    fotoeins | Henry September 7, 2012 at 1:15 am Reply
    • Thank you, Henry!

      We have so many wonderful memories of Europe 2005 and it (and travel in general) keeps our relationship strong.

      Yay Team Blue!!!

      evan&tracy September 7, 2012 at 8:09 pm Reply
  3. Thanks so much for tagging me! I think I’ll have a lot of trouble with this one, I have soooo many good travel memories. In any case, will pass the baton to somebody else soon!
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    Aleah | SolitaryWanderer.com September 13, 2012 at 8:54 am Reply
    • Hi Aleah,

      It is our pleasure. We look forward to seeing your top travel memories!

      Go Team Blue!!

      evan&tracy September 15, 2012 at 12:41 pm Reply
  4. You’ve been to Bora Bora! Wow, I’m jealous. Loved those photos, and what you did there, sounds like a perfect way to spend your time and detach from everything. I’ve been to Fiji which I adored, but this looks even more amazing. It’s on the list 🙂
    Thanks for participating and for the shoutout!
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    Christina September 16, 2012 at 6:28 am Reply
    • Thanks for the comments Christina!

      Yes we were lucky enough to make our way to Bora Bora this year. It is an amazing location! There is nowhere else in the world quite like this location and geography. It should definitely be on your list!

      We have Fiji on our list as well. We have heard some many good things about it, that we thought we have to go!

      Thank you for allowing us to be a part of the team!

      evan&tracy September 16, 2012 at 10:46 pm Reply
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  6. I’m not surprise guys that Bora Bora is on number 1 best travel memories. Look at these photos taken from a plane! 🙂 Have a wonderful time!
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    Agness (@Agnesstramp) October 26, 2012 at 4:08 am Reply
    • Thanks, Agness. We were so happy with how our photos turned out, although it is hard to take a bad picture in such a naturally beautiful place. We hope that one day we will be able to return to Bora Bora.

      evan&tracy October 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm Reply
  7. This shows that you had a great journey. some place are really awesome especially the beaches and the image with some one is feeding a fish, I never seen like that before. It means Bora Bora is must visiting place for next summer vacations.

    flights to accra November 7, 2012 at 11:11 pm Reply
    • Yes, we have been very fortunate in our travels to visit some truly amazing destinations. Bora Bora is simply stunning and almost impossible to describe in words just how beautiful it is. We hope that you are able to make it to Bora Bora on your next summer vacation – you won’t be disappointed! 🙂

      evan&tracy November 9, 2012 at 11:53 am Reply

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