I have canceled all travel plans for December to recharge my internal batteries and plan 2013. Therefore I decided that it was time for a review of 2012. It was a travel intensive year but did I travel more than 122.089 miles like in 2011?
I traveled around the Netherlands, Germany and Ireland. It mostly was a month full of weekend trips to different parts of Europe. One of the highlights in January were the Cliffs of Moher at the west coast of Ireland.
Back in Thailand and my job as marketing consultant needed most of my attention. Not much time for traveling but enough time to experiencing Bangkok and making new great friends from around the world.
I was on a business trip to Khaolak and Krabi in Southern Thailand where we were creating a branding video for a resort chain at the Andaman Sea. Incredibly busy days but we did a great job and had some days off where I was able to relax and explore the area.
After months in Thailand I decided to visit the famous Full Moon Party where I got robbed and lost all my money. It was an experience on its own but I had fun though… Shit happens and it seriously is a huge party! Check out my Big Full Moon Party Guide if you decide to visit it!
Together with a friend I visited the nearby Khao Yai National Park. Where we hitchhiked all our way through the big National Park meeting incredibly nice locals.
My contract at the marketing agency ended and I started to travel around South East Asia. In July I visited Ton Sai Beach, my favorite place in Thailand, Chiang Mai and Angkor Wat in Sieam Reap, Cambodia. A great month with many beautiful places!
Finally I had time to travel to Myanmar. Together with Ash from The Most Alive I traveled to Burma where we experienced great hospitality and saw some interesting places. It is a great and more or less unexplored country. However, more and more tourists arrive in the country and it easily gets crowded. While we barely saw westerners my friend Yvonne from Justtravelous recently complained about the many westerners while being in Bagan. If you plan to go, check my detailed cost break-down to Bagan!
I was tired of not having a home and spontaneously moved to Berlin. I got myself an amazing apartment in Kreuzberg and decided to use Berlin as my home base for my upcoming travels. Finally a place which I was able to decorate the way I wanted and where I could store a lot of clothes and don’t have to throw away something when I buy new things. But before I did all this, I went on a little vacation with my parents to Föhr in northern Germany.
I visited my home country Spain. This time I traveled to Vigo in northern Spain where I was speaking at a conference. I was there for a couple of days and got to experience Galician hospitality with a lot of delicious food and a day of sailing to the Cies islands. A great escape before it gets cold in Europe.
It was a busy month with a lot of traveling within Europe. I was in England, Switzerland, Germany and two times in Austria. London was very busy since I was there for the World Travel Market where I met fellow travel bloggers. In Austria I relaxed at the Tauern Spa in Zell Am See, a great place if you ever need a weekend break.
I’m doing nothing. But you should!
Just because I don’t travel it doesn’t mean I’m doing nothing! After one and a half years I decided that it is time for Off The Path 2.0 I just redesigned the website and hope that you like it as much as I do.
2.0? What’s so new?
– Featured Area
– New sharing tools on bottom of posts and pages
– New contact forms
– Mobile Theme (2.0!!!! Easier access to Off The Path from your mobile, try it now!)
– Bigger slider with Photo of the Week
These are just a couple of new features. I hope you like them!
Columnists: You might have noticed the columns section. Let me use this opportunity to introduce you to Kristina, Anne and Sina. All three are expats in different parts of the world and will now write a weekly column about their weekly adventures on Off The Path! Go over to their column and say hi in the comments!
As I said just because I don’t travel this month, you should! To thank you for all the loyalty during the last one and a half years I’m giving away two (2) direct flights in cooperation with Vueling.
You don’t have to do that much:
1. Leave a comment and tell me your highlight of 2012 and where you are planning to go in 2013!
2. Subscribe to my Newsletter!
I will announce the winner on the Newsletter on Christmas Eve. This is my present to you!!
If you have read until here I would just like to thank you again for amazing one and a half years and wish you a relaxed and great pre-christmas time!
P.S.: Seems like I have chilled this year, I have only traveled 55.000 miles!
The tickets correspond to direct flights round trip for two (2) people to the destination of the winners choice and subject to availability.
The application period for the tickets will be January 2, 2013 to June 1, 2013. Reservations have to be made at least fifteen (15) days prior to the date of the first flight. Holidays are excluded.
The tickets include airport charges and one (1) checked bag of up to twenty three (23) kilos.
There is no right of appeal. The prize cannot be paid out in cash, and is non-transferable.