Hi everyone! It has been 3 months now since we packed our bags and started this crazy adventure to travel around the world. To be honest, it doesn’t feel that long for us, but yet it is quite a long time. Meanwhile, we traveled through 9 countries and took 6 flights that covered over 23,000 kilometers. Looks already pretty impressive, right? We visited so many incredible places, met amazing people from all around the world and woke up every morning with the biggest smile on our faces.
What have we done in the past 3 months? Where have we been? And what’s on the planning for next month? You read it in our first world trip update.
A 2-week self-drive through beautiful Namibia
The very first destination of our world trip was Namibia, a destination where we’ve dreamt about already long before we even decided to leave home. Before we left we booked a 4WD with a rooftop tent and made a 2-week self-drive through this beautiful country. We camped in the bush, enjoyed driving off-road with our 4WD and saw so many beautiful wildlife. This self-drive was certainly one of the most unforgettable adventures we’ve experienced so far.
We visited the oldest desert in the world, met a beautiful Himba tribe, spent 2 luxury nights in a beautiful glamping resort, had our first flat tire in the middle of nowhere and stared at so many wonderful landscapes and wildlife. As this was the first camping trip we’ve ever made, we had, of course, some exciting nights too. Especially when we arrived late on the campsite and still needed to cook in the dark knowing that elephants and other wildlife could cross us at any time. Namibia you stole our heart!
Besides having an amazing time in Namibia, there was also that one moment that made the entire trip completely unforgettable…
… Mik asked me to marry him on the second night of our world trip. I still can’t believe this happened… ♡ The proposal was such a magical moment… We just cooked our dinner, set up the table to take some pictures while enjoying a glass of wine, had a magical sunset on the dunes of Sossusvlei in front of us and then he went on his knees… A moment I will cherish forever! Also super cute: Mik prepared everything already before we left and surprised me afterward with a super cute video where he asked my father and grandmother’s permission. Check it out below.
4 days Cape Town
After our little road trip through Namibia, we spent 4 days at a lovely guesthouse in Cape Town before starting our overland camping adventure with Acacia Africa. Since we had already seen Cape Town two years ago, we just took the time to relax and rest after our camping trip, we hiked Lion’s head for a day and explored the coast a bit. Cape Town is such an amazing city and a place where we truly can live.
Check here all the Best things to do in Cape Town
A 40-day camping overland trip with Acacia Africa
After charging our batteries in Cape Town, we were ready to start the real adventure we were looking forward to so much: a 40-day camping overland trip with Acacia Africa crossing 7 countries in Southern Africa. It was such a wonderful adventure we will never forget! This trip was so unique and incomparable to anything we’ve done before. Not only we experienced unforgettable things like walking with rhinos, going on mokoro safari in the Okavango Delta, meeting the San Bushmen tribe, sleeping under the stars in remote campsites or facing our fear by jumping from the highest commercial bungee bridge in the world. We also met such inspiring and amazing people from all around the world. It was truly the best way to see all those countries and get the most out of the time we had. This was definitely not the last camping overland tour we did!
27 days island-hopping in Thailand
After spending almost 2 months in Africa, we booked a flight from Cape Town to Bangkok and started from this central point to travel around South East Asia. After 1 night in Bangkok, we took the night bus and ferry to the island of Koh Lanta, where we spend our days island-hopping, enjoying an authentic Thai cooking class, and exploring hidden beaches. Koh Lanta aven became our favorite island in Thailand.
Read also: Best things to do in Koh Lanta
After Koh Lanta, we went to Koh Libong, spent New Year at Koh Mook, snorkeled at Koh Kradan and ended our island-hopping trip at Phuket. We took the time to really relax after our exhausting African trip, worked on our blog, wrote some new articles, created travel movies about our adventures in Africa and had so much ‘us’ time together.
11 days Cambodia
After chilling on the island of Thailand, we were ready for some cultural discoveries in Cambodia. We flew to Siem Reap in northern Cambodia, where we stayed for 4 days. Our first visit was the temples of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world. We spent the days with temple hopping and strolling around the lovely laidback town of Siem Reap. Then, we continued our journey to Battambang where we explored the rural countryside of Cambodia. We took the bamboo train, visited the Killing Caves and saw millions of bats flying out into the night. In Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia where we are now, we wanted to know more about the dark history of the Khmer Rouge regime that only happened 40 years ago. We went to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, which opened up our eyes even more. Formerly this was a school, but for 4 years this was the famous prison, called S-21, where thousands of Cambodians were sentenced to death for crimes they didn’t commit. It’s unbelievable how many people have been killed behind closed doors from the world. Such a heartbreaking visit but really a must-do. We think it’s important that we take time to check out things like this when we travel. It’s important history and we can only hope everyone wants to be part of the future to stop things like this. So cruel!
What’s on the planning for the next 30 days?
We will continue our journey in Cambodia to the south, to explore Kampot and the island of Koh Rong. After Cambodia, we are going to cross the border to Thailand again where we will first stop for some beach days at the island of Koh Chang. After Koh Chang, we’re heading back to Bangkok where we will take a flight to Laos on the 13th of February. Oh, we are so looking forward to discovering all those beautiful places and can’t wait to share those new stories in our next world trip update… If there are any places we can’t miss or if you have some tips, please share it with us in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!
Read here our next world trip adventure: World trip update: 4 months on the road
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Mik & Valerie