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THE 15 MOST MEMORABLE ADVENTURES WE HAD IN 2015

We can not believe the year is already coming to an end. We had such an adventurous filled year it was hard to narrow it down to a list of only 15. From bungee jumping in Canada to shark cage diving in Cape Town here are the most memorable adventures we had in 2015. 

1. Volunteering in Costa Rica

We never would of thought our first time visiting Central America would be spent volunteering in the jungle of Costa Rica. For 2 weeks we spent our days babysitting orphaned sloths, feeding tiny monkeys, making ‘ice cream’ for kinkajous and releasing 650 baby sea turtles into the wild. Being able to experience a new country through volunteering was an unforgettable experience and we are hoping to volunteer abroad much more in 2016. Read more: Wildlife Volunteering in Costa Rica & Saving Baby Sea Turtles in Costa RIca.

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2. Submarine in Waikiki

We thought being in Hawaii was exciting enough, but exploring the depths of Waikiki through the porthole of a submarine was the icing on top. Reaching 107ft below the ocean we saw turtles and gigantic fish as we passed ship wrecks covered in corals. Read more: The Underworld of Hawaii in a Submarine.

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3. Bungee Jumping in Whistler

Bungee jumping is one of the most extreme sports ever invented, an adrenaline rush like no other, and of course we had to try it. During our weekend away in Whistler we took the plunge and fell 50m towards the rapids below with our bungee cord springing us back up metres before hitting the surface. Read more: Our Bungee Jump Experience

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4. Kayaking & Camping through Canada

We had 5 days, a kayak, a tent and 2 guides ready to experience the incredible waters of Desolation Sound. This was our first time camping ever and what a better place to have your first experience than in beautiful Canada. We spent our days kayaking from island to island, setting up our tent, and eating smores under the stars. Read more: Sea Kayak Adventure Through Desolation Sound.

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5. Ice Pick Climbing in Alaska

During our 13 day trek through Alaska one of the highlights would have to be ice pick climbing Root Glacier. Stepping backwards into the large opening and being lowered down into the Moulin with ice cold water pouring past you and a storm brewing above was one of the most scariest, yet adrenaline filled experiences imaginable and big bucket list tick for 2015. Read more: Climbing Glaciers & Northern Lights.

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6. Shark Cage Diving in South Africa

One of the most terrifying, adrenaline filled, insane things we did in 2015 would have to be jumping into shark infested waters in Cape Town. We only just experienced this crazy dive hours after writing this post and currently busy putting the vlog together for you all to see so keep your eyes out for that video – and yes all fingers and toes are still intact. 

7. Road tripping through The Canadian Rockies

To end our 3 month stint in Canada we went on an amazing road trip through the Canadian Rockies. This was the first time we had ever experienced a landscape like this, with snow capped peaks towering over us and the most vibrant turquoise lakes we had ever seen. It was an unforgettable trip and gave us a deeper love for road trips. Read more: 4 Days Exploring the Canadian Rockies.

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8. Climbing the Eiffel Tower

Ahh Paris. The most romantic city in the world. How could we not go up the Eiffel Tower. Ever since we were younger we dreamed of heading to the top, looking out over Paris below – and this year we finally made that dream a reality. Watch: The Best View Of Paris.

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9. Surfing in Tofino

During a cheeky weekend away to Tofino, a small beach town on the westcoast of Canada, we knew we had to try surfing here. Before going there we never knew surfing was even a thing in Canada, so we were surprised to find out Tofino is a world-class surfing destination. We put on super thick wetsuits and made a splash into the icy waters for a morning surf lesson. Read more: A Weekend in Tofino.

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10. Walking with Lions in Africa

To end our year we have headed to Africa and only recently finished up a week volunteering at a project just outside of Pretoria in Southern Africa. We spent the week living, playing and looking after African animals, our favourite of course were the lions. One morning we had the opportunity to take 3 teenage lions out for a walk, run and play. Seriously the coolest experience, check out our video walking along side these big cats!

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11. Hot Air Ballooning in Vegas

Another memorable adventure in 2015 would have to be when we went in a hot air balloon and rode over Las Vegas. Watching the sun rise over the mountains and city below was such a beautiful sight. This was our first time hot air ballooning, and definitely not the last! Read more: Sunrises & Hot Air Balloons in Las Vegas. 

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12. Seeing the Northern Lights in Alaska

A bucket list moment we did not expect to experience during the summertime in Alaska. Being woken up late at night by a fellow camper to see the most beautiful colours lighting the night sky was a moment we will never forget. To see our experience and check out the Northern Lights for yourself check watch our daily vlog were we filmed our reactions and the lights.

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13. Road Tripping Americas South West

During our time in Utah we decided to rent out a car and drive all the way to Las Vegas and back. On the way we stopped of at some of the most beautiful natural sights we had seen here in the USA. We stopped off and explored The Arches, The Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Zion National Park and our favourite – Antelope Canyon

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14. Diving with Giant Sea Turtles in Hawaii

When we reached the island of Oahu in Hawaii we knew there was one thing we simply had to do – scuba dive. We hadn’t dived in almost over a year and we were itching to jump back in and explore more of our vast oceans. We were lucky enough to be greeted by a gigantic sea turtle and some beautifully coloured tropical fish! We absolutely love diving and have added getting certified as a must do in 2016. Read more: Exploring The Depths of Hawaii.

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15. Leaving Home for a Year of Travel

I think we have left our biggest adventure for last. At the beginning of 2015 we set out for one hell of an adventure, to spend the entire year of 2015 travelling full time. We are still going strong after visiting 3 continents, 14 odd countries and over 40 cities! It has been one crazy whirlwind of a year and we are unbelievably excited to see what 2016 will bring and what exciting adventures are next!

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What’s your top adventure you experienced in 2015?

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  • Silke Vanlangendonck

    i am really jealous! You did amazing things! I really want to travel the world when I’m a bit older. It must have been an amazing experience.

  • Victoria Thoo

    Great list! Who did you guys do Shark Caving Diving through? I’ll be doing it when I head over to SA in Feb!

  • Nele Blu

    Wow, you had a really wonderful trip around the world! I am also a globetrotter, so I know how it feels for you to look back 🙂 But isn’t it great? My biggest adventure this year was India. It is an incredible Country! I wish you all the best for the future and happy travels! LG Nele Blu

  • Incredible, I could only dream to have a year like this!!