Looking Back: Special Moments Around the World

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This week’s #FriFotos theme is “special moments.”  A theme that’s open to interpretation, and that I enjoyed as I sifted through my photos.

Travel, to me, is special moment after special moment — but some moments rise above all and become the moments you’ll remember decades later.  Here are a few of my favorites:

The moment of freefall as you jump from the top of a tall ship into the water, much higher than you’ve ever dreamed of attempting before — in Halong Bay, Vietnam.

The moment when you realize that everyone in town can see your underwear — in Sihanoukville, Cambodia.

Moments of culinary bliss like this, the first of five sensational courses — in Castel del Rio, Italy.

The unexpected moment when you duck into a doorway to escape an aggressive dog — and end up making several wacky new friends — in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

Moments of unspeakable perfection, like crossing the desert at sunrise atop a camel, the colors changing vividly each minute — in Wadi Rum, Jordan.

Moments of supreme accomplishment — like after climbing to the summit of Mount Snowdon, Wales.

Those moments when it’s just you on your motorbike in front of an endless road, not a single Westerner around for miles — in Saraven Province, Laos.

The moment you realize it’s 2:00 AM and you have to wake up to see the sunrise at Angkor Wat in two hours and definitely shouldn’t still be drinking at ANGKOR WHAT?! bar — in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

The moment you take to heed the advice from The Color Purple and take a moment to admire the purple flowers in spite of the fact that you’ve lost almost all of your possessions — in Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia.

The hilarious moment when you wake up in the morning, take a look at your camera to see what happened last night — and remember that you became BFFs with one of the local trannies!  — in Ao Nang, Thailand.

And there are so many moments that play with your sense of disbelief.

Am I really here, standing between these absolutely gorgeous snow-covered Alps? — in Innsbruck, Austria.

Am I really here, floating above the otherworldly landscape of Cappadocia? — in Goreme, Turkey.

Am I really here, tubing down the Mekong, that legendary river of Asia? — in Don Det, Si Phan Don, Laos.

When you travel, moments like this happen every day.  So use this as your Friday inspiration.  Get out there and explore.  However you’d like.  Fly to the other side of the world, book your family package holidays to Florida, or just drive 30 minutes to a town you’ve never visited.  Make some special moments of your own.

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19 thoughts on “Looking Back: Special Moments Around the World”

  1. This is so wonderful, so inspiring. I feel like this all the time when I travel, too! I had to smile at many of the Southeast Asia references – I had one too many at Angkor WHAT? as well, and I also had my underwear hang on that very public rack in Sihanoukville! Hilarious.

    I loved this post! I really enjoy reading about people who are living life to the fullest.

  2. This is such an inspirational post! Amazing photos too! Turkey has such an interesting landscape!
    I have encountered so many people who are against my view of travel as being an important part of developing as a human being. I just can’t give travel up. I love it and it is so important not only in my writing but as a blogger, a human experiencing the world. In the end it makes you a wiser person and some great stories to tell the grand kids!

    The Wanderfull Traveler

  3. Incredibly inspiring. I have a special tags for these photos on my computer and love to look at them from time to time when I feel low – always gets me in a better mood, whether it’s for the sheer beauty of the photo or the good memories behind it.

  4. I love your site! You are right! Women can travel alone and have a blast! I visited over 100 countries on my own before I was 30. Was not planned it kinda just happened!
    Congrats on your site!
    I have an online photo diary and when I have time I will make something out it!

    1. I almost posted THAT pic of you and the tranny back for that 7 Super Shots challenge (“A Photo That Makes Me Laugh or Smile”) — still CRACKS ME UP whenever I look at it, but I wouldn’t do that to you!

  5. hello kate, i hope you could visit the philippines soon, i’d love to tour you around the place, we have the best beaches, stir way to heaven and chocolate hills,. i live in england as well for 3 years and i can relate most of your blogs about england. i hope you can spend a month or two in the philippines. i admire you travelling a lot and i wish i could do the same way too.. always aim for the sky kate, i hope i can see you when you wish to visit here…

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