Happy New Year! Here’s to many happy travels in 2014, readers!
Travel is a wonderful thing, and that’s why all us at Go Go Go carry on with this blog. But traveling isn’t all sunshine and roses. Today, we’ll take a look back at the best and worst moments of our 2013 travels, in the hopes that we can use our newly gained experiences to prepare us for all the adventures ahead of us this year.
There were a couple of specific moments that were the best of 2013: the deep, bright turquoise of the sea off Cozumel, the delicious orange-blossom smells of Seville, and the insane, intricate music machines of the House on the Rock.
The worst of 2013 was the harassment and anxiety I experienced in Morocco. I knew, theoretically, what to expect, but in practice, it was so much worse than I’d thought it would be. Being shouted at, grabbed, and followed down the street–I’ve never been in a position where I felt like I couldn’t really see a place I was visiting because I was too afraid.
GIRLCAMP was a high. Camping is a nice change because you not only disconnect from your job and regular hassles, but your entire way of life. Unless you usually cook over an open fire and sleep on the ground, in which case, it’s just business as usual.
I can’t talk about my low point without leaving incriminating evidence, so I’m going to plead the 5th.
Meeting a monkey has been on my bucket list since I was a little kid, so my best travel moment was standing face to face with a troupe of white-faced monkeys at Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica, and then watching them tumble around together in the trees. Moments later we watched a momma and baby sloth hang out in a tree.
The worst travel moment? The day after we got home from Costa Rica, we both got severely ill with an intestinal infection from something we ate or drank on the trip. We spent well over a week on the couch with intense stomach cramps, only getting up to run to the bathroom, and subsisting exclusively on Pedialite and chicken broth. Future travel goals involve avoiding situations that will result in the need for a stool sample.