My Top Travel Memories.

Travel memories! The flood gates have opened, so many great memories flowing out from when I was a kid up until now. Thinking back about solo travel is great, but a lot of my top travel memories are from trips with family, friends and other loved ones.

I’m sharing the travel memories below as a part of team BLUE in the blogging competition. It’s a Blogging Relay themed after the Olympics where one blogger posts and passes the baton onto another who posts, etc. Follow the hashtags #BloggerRelay and #teamBLUE on Twitter. There are prizes involved too including an iPad 2, a digital SLR camera and walking boots.

Thank you to Dave and Deb from The Planet D for passing the baton on to me and to team captain Christina of Jandal Road for including me on the team. Well here we go!

My Top Travel Memories

Gold: The South Island of New Zealand Road Trip.

The gold medal or favorite travel memory has to go to New Zealand. No words can describe it. It’s just beautiful all around. I had the chance to really see it up close during one week of road tripping around the South Island. Starting and ending in Christchurch, my brother and I stopped at Lake Tekapo, Mount Cook, Queenstown, Franz Glacier, Lake Hawea and Wanaka just to name a few. Down below is a shot from our time at Lake Wanaka. If you look closely you can notice a faint rainbow. πŸ™‚

Lake Wanaka - Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand

We saw the continuous change of the landscape as we drove going through the countryside, mountains, rainforest and prairie. We stayed in hostels, slept in the car, cooked Ramen type noodles on the side of road with a portable burner, devoured Fergburgers and frites with aioli, downed one V Energy after another, stared out into the Tasman Sea, met people from all over the world and helped to get a hitchhiker from A to B. Lot’s of great memories and experiences that I will remember forever, even more so because I experienced it all with my brother.

Fergburger, Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand

Silver: California Beach towning it in Capitola.

Lot’s of family time growing up in the scenic, coastal California beach town of Capitola off the Pacific Coast Highway in-between San Francisco and Monterey. Every stop there brought the same memories: grabbing ice cream at Souza’s, a slice of pizza at Pizza My Heart, hanging out in Mr. Toot’s Coffeehouse and relaxing at the beach and checking out all the miniature Mediterranean houses. I remember building lot’s of sand castles and digging holes in the beach and all of us having fun playing in the ocean waters.

Pacific Ocean from Capitola Beach in California

Bronze: Winery Hopping in the North Georgia Mountains.

I’ve gone to various wineries several times in North Georgia wine country, but one trip up there sticks out. It was a year ago with my immediate family and my girlfriend. πŸ™‚ The first quality time we really all spent together. We went to my favorite winery, Montaluce Winery & Estates as well as Wolf Mountain Vineyards. They all got a chance to get to know her as well she did them while experiencing great wines, cheeses, breads and scenery. Having great views of the grapes, the end of Appalachia and all the greenery made for a perfect setting and great memories. Photo from the balcony at Wolf Mountain Vineyards.

Wolf Mountain Winery - North Georgia Wine Country

The above are some great travel memories that I will always cherish. It’s time to pass on the baton, the torch if you will, for some more. It’s on to you:

Mark of Migrationology

Go Team Blue!

To follow some great bloggers and their travel memories, checkout the hashtags #BloggerRelay and #teamBLUE on Twitter.

Please reach out to team captain Christina of Jandal Road if your interested in joining team BLUE and sharing your favorite travel memories.

10 responses to “My Top Travel Memories.

  1. Ahhhh…Fergburger! You just took me back to Queenstown and sitting on the porch devouring that giant burger.

    • Sat on the grass in the heart of town and went to town on the burger and frites. Almost finished haha, couldn’t believe how big it was. Loved it! Still wanna try to tackle the Big Al someday on an empty stomach. πŸ™‚

  2. Three wonderful memories. You’re right – those times with family are very special. I live in the S.F. Bay Area, but haven’t spend any time in Capitola, which is a shame. I’ve just passed through on my way to other places. I’m a big fan of winery hopping, especially when combined with bread, cheese and scenery!

    • Thanks Cathy! Hope you can make it to Capitola sometime when passing through. Great town. πŸ™‚ Gonna be spending more time there soon yeay. Gotta love winery hopping no matter where it’s at!

  3. Aaron, love you New Zealand memories. I have to say you just had the same effect on me as you did on Leah – I could just see myself road-tripping the South Island again with our car we bought for the duration of our stay. Ah, it’s special!

    Would love to go winery-hopping in Georgia. I had no idea Georgia looked liked this, so mountainous!
    Thanks for sharing your memories!

    • Can’t wait to get back over to NZ and do some more road tripping. πŸ™‚ Georgia is beautiful north of Atlanta. Hope you make it to their wine country someday, wineries and great views everywhere. Thanks for including me on team BLUE Christina. πŸ™‚

  4. You and I are on the same page about New Zealand, brother.The place (and people) have touched me forever.

  5. I like how many people mention New Zealand so highly in their top travel memories. I don’t think I’ll be any exception as I just left beautiful Aotearoa last week. πŸ˜‰ I liked reading about your “road trip” with your brother; brings back fond memories of seeing the landscape on-board KiwiRail.

    • Thank you. πŸ™‚ Haven’t used the KiwiRail. Would be a great way to travel and see things from a different perspective there. Just last week you left, jealous! Hope to get back there soon.

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