We wrote almost 100 travel stories about our round-the-world trip in 2012. From a shocking level of pollution on Bali’s beaches to learning how to make pasta in Italy to an uplifting moment in the village of My Lai, these 10 stories generated the most reader interest. (Click on the story title to link to it.)
Top travel stories of 2012
One of the most memorable days of our journey was spent at Batu Caves, a Hindu holy site near Kuala Lumpur. Quite by chance we happened on a family celebrating the holy rite of mundan, the once-in-a-lifetime experience when an infant has their head shaved. The family graciously allowed us to take part and videotape the event.
After witnessing mundan, we climbed the 292 steps to the holy shrine at Batu Caves. It was also a task on The Amazing Race tv show.
Food is always a popular topic for a travel story. It seems like the higher the calorie count, the higher the level of reader interest. Feast on these photos of decadent pastries in Paris. At least reading about them is fat-free, and might even burn up a few calories.
I don’t even know where to start with these.
Sometimes travel provides healing moments. Michael experienced this when he toured the village of My Lai, site of the worst massacre of civilians during the Vietnam War. Read about how his contact with a local family transcended the violence that occurred there.
A healing moment at My Lai.
While we were in Italy we participated in an interview with Steve McCurry, the photographer of the iconic image of the Afghan girl with the luminescent green eyes on the cover of National Geographic. McCurry generously shares his top photography tips.
Although we are fairly experienced travelers by now, we still make some fairly stupid travel mistakes. Learn from them, laugh at them but most of all, avoid them.
Some days we feel just like these clowns at Luna Park in Sydney, Australia.
Larissa took cooking courses in 7 countries, one of her favorites was learning the secrets to making pasta from scratch in Italy. Now she has a backup plan in case this whole travel writing thing doesn’t work out.
There’s been some good eating after all these classes.
Sometimes people are just looking for practical advice from our travel experience. Larissa the shoe lover provided it with her review of women’s travel shoes.
Travel is not all giggles and kicks. Our disappointing time on the polluted beaches of Bali showed how important it is to thoroughly research a destination before you go there, and to take some of what you read with a grain of salt. Bali is presented as a tropical paradise. Our experience there was somewhat different.
Yes, this is an actual photo of a beach in Bali. This woman seems determined to get her tan.
The Middle East was one of the most hospitable places we visited, as Michael found out on a bread line in Qatar.
Michael in his “happy place,” waiting for treats at a bakery.
Michael had a little fun with his camera on this one as he highlighted the vintage cars still on the road in Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay.
It’s not unusual to see cars from the 50s and 60s on the streets in South America.
2012 has been a blast. In 2013, we’ll be roadtripping in the United States as we work on a book about our round-the-world journey. What are your travel plans for the New Year?
Larissa and Michael are your typical middle-aged couple from Philadelphia who’ve been traveling the world full-time since 2011, seeking off-beat, historic and tasty sights. To receive our free quarterly newsletter with updates and valuable travel tips subscribe here.