Top 10 Travel Moments of 2013

As we wrap up 2013, we fondly reflect on the year that was abundantly filled with travel. Although there were a lot of firsts, including my first visit to Europe, Austin, and Hawaii, there were also some familiar destinations like Whistler and Seattle. Here’s a brief summary of all our trips in chronological order.

1. Austin, Texas

Joined by 7 other friends from Vancouver, we headed to Austin for South By Southwest Interactive, a multi-day conference that showcases up and coming tech startups and features powerhouse speakers. At night, Austin plays host to dozens of SXSW events, shows, parties, and concerts at just about every venue with four walls and a roof.

Nat Geo 80's PartySXSW 2013: Eh Team

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2. London, England

London was the first stop on our #EuroPangs circuit, which would see us visit 8 cities in just over 3 weeks. It will be remembered for its many iconic sights and outdoor street markets.

Tower BridgeSteak & Chorizo pie

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3. Ibiza & Barcelona, Spain

Our trip to Spain started in Ibiza, a quaint party island known for its beautiful beaches. It was a nice break from the hustle and bustle of London, and a nice stopover before our next stop in Barcelona. With amazing food and public markets, affordable wine, and stunning architecture, what’s there not to like? It’s one of our favourite cities in the world.

Ibiza villageLa Boqueria Market

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4. Nice/Monaco & Paris, France

We started off our visit to France in Nice and Monaco, which are both quaint coastal cities. Being only a few miles away from Italy’s border, it is a region in the south of France that is quite unique, laid back, with many Italian influences. It was quite different when we went to Paris, as it’s a huge sprawling metropolis with iconic monuments and sights. As a fan of French cuisine, it was also very satisfying.

MonacoParis

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5. Berlin, Germany

Pork, beer, and a big frickin’ wall. Well, there’s more but those are the standouts for me. Rich in history and culture, Berlin was one of those cities that pleasantly surprised me.

Pork KnuckleBrandenburg Gate

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6. Ucluelet & Tofino, BC

Roughly 4 hours away from Vancouver, Tofino/Ucluelet is always a nice island getaway. If you’re an adventure seeker, cold ocean waves and beautiful hikes await you. If you’re looking for some R&R, this place will provide you with the right spa treatment, and a great view. Rain or shine, this destination is always a good idea.

Blackrock ResortTofino sunset

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7. Oahu, Hawaii

Our first time in Hawaii, and it most certainly won’t be our last. A great destination if you’re looking to escape but still want to stay in North America. We experienced some amazing food on this island. Be sure to also check out a luau while you’re there!

Tonkatsu Ginza BairinWaikiki Beach

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8. Southern California / Disneyland

Disneyland is not just a place for kids. We broke through this common misconception when we travelled to Disneyland and met some amazing Canadian bloggers. Joined at the hips for a few days in August, we also explored other parts of Southern California.

California media tripDisneyland

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9. Whistler Cornucopia

Whistler is known for its year round outdoor activities, and while tourists and locals gather up their skis, snowboards, or mountain bikes, this town also happens to be a gathering place for wine and food enthusiasts every October. We attended Whistler Cornucopia for the first time this year, and had a blast wining and dining around Whistler.

bean cassouletWhistler Cornucopia

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10. Seattle & Bellevue, Washington

Lots of people from Vancouver might be familiar with Seattle. But roughly 15 minutes away is another Washington gem. We stayed in Bellevue for the first time and experienced what this city has to offer. We’re always on the hunt for new spots to dine at every time we visit the Seattle area, and this time was no exception.

Short Rib SteakSnowflake Lane

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What were your travel highlights of 2013? Have you been to any of these destinations? Leave us a comment below and let us know!

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes in 2014!

Cheers,

Dennis & May Pang

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I am the CEO & Marketing Strategist for Motive8 Media Inc. and Popcorn. This is my personal blog, which contains highlights of my personal life. I'm into all things food, wine, and travel related.

1 Comments to “Top 10 Travel Moments of 2013”

  1. allthethingsinbetween says:

    Whoa, sounds like it was a great year of traveling! 🙂

    – Natasha

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