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An amazing year is coming to an end – our first as full-time travelers! Rather than rattle off a list of everywhere we’ve been, check out our year in pictures, from the pre-trip ‘planning’ phase to the rather unexpected place where we are ringing in the New Year!

In January we made the semi-spontaneous decision to become digital nomads and to leave London, where we had been living since 2007.

In February, we packed up our apartment and Dani drove a few boxes to her hometown of Erfurt in Germany, where she stored our stuff and said goodbye to friends and family.

Jess did the same in March, home in chilly Chicago.

In April, we met again in Britain and spent one last ‘stay-cation’ in the seaside town of Brighton, before starting off the trip of a lifetime:

We started our adventure in Las Vegas, of all places…

…before heading to San Francisco up the Pacific Coast Highway in May, the first of many road trips to come.

June saw us exploring the Arizona desert during our Tucson house-sit, then the canyons (Antelope, Canyon de Chelly and the Grand Canyon) in the north during one last road trip in the U.S.

We stopped in Los Angeles again in July…

…and from there we flew into Mexico City, where we started our Mexican adventure.

We spent August exploring Southern Mexico from Oaxaca to the Pacific Coast, San Cristobal, Palenque and the Yucatan.

In September we discovered the beautiful beaches of Belize

…and in October we began our two-month tour of Guatemala, which included Mayan villages, market towns, volcano climbing, the colonial town of Antigua and Lake Atitlan.

In November, we took a 2-week detour to El Salvador, where we found some rough Pacific beaches, hiked a volcano crater and visited colonial towns like  Suchitoto (pictured) and those on the Ruta de las Flores.

In December, we headed to Honduras, where we finished the ‘Maya trail’ by visiting the last of the series of Maya ruins at Copan. We’re ringing in the New Year at Lake Yojoa, before heading to Nicaragua to start of 2011!

Happy travels to all fellow travelers and happy New Year to all our readers out there!

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32 Comments

    1. Hey Ayngelina – right back at you! We love keeping up with where you are and what you’re up to! We really hope our paths will cross in the coming year, too! Happy New Year!!!

  1. It looks like 2010 was good to you. Beautiful pictures and beautiful stories. I’m admire you for taking the time to make this happen.

    I’m so happy you’ll be starting off 2011 in Nicaragua. It’s one of my favorite places on the planet. Enjoy!!!!!!!! 🙂

    1. Hi Jackie, thanks for the compliments 🙂 We have really enjoyed this past year and have no intentions on stopping just yet. I was in Nicaragua a bit about 7 years ago, but don’t remember that much. Do you have any recommendations since it is one of your favorite places? Thanks for stopping by and have a great New Years!
      Jess

    1. Hi Jill, thanks! Cheers and back at you for your 2011 travels. Your veggie food in Indonesia post is great and makes us really excited to go there. Now the only question is if we will actually get there in 2011! Happy New Year!

    1. Hi Kenan. Congrats on starting your global adventure! It’s the best decision we have made and I am sure it will be for you as well. As for the cost of living – we are currently in Central America, and spend between $20-30 per day. But we don’t stay in dorms usually, and you can stay much cheaper if you choose to stay in dorms. Check out our 6 month budget post and also make sure to check out neverendingvoyage.com who have great South America budget posts that help us prepare as well. Good luck!

    1. Glad you enjoyed our year in pics – it really has been an amazing year and we are even more excited for what 2011 will bring. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Hi Natalie – thanks for the compliments! And yes, get to Vegas at least once – it’s an entirely ‘other-worldly’ experience. We had an awesome time, even though we both suck at gambling! 🙂

    1. Thanks Andi! We hope 2011 will be just as good, or even better 🙂 We can’t wait to finally get to South America and hopefully also Asia later this year.

    1. Thanks Juno. We are really excited about 2011! Seeing it all in pics even surprised us with what a great year we had. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

        1. Rebecca, we are in the midst of deciding our plans for 2011. A few fellow travel peeps have outlined their 2011 agendas, so organized you all are! We’re considering a few options – you know, the world being our oyster and all that. When and if we know, we’ll let you know too. Thailand and Cambodia are definitely on our list, it’s just a question of when…:-)

    1. Hi Dalene, thanks for reading! If you need any tips/ideas, dont hesitate to shoot us an email or DM us on Twitter. It would be great to hear your ideas and recommendations as well. Cheers!

    1. Thanks, Akila! We’ve just completely changed our travel plans for the year – instead of going straight to South America, we’ll fit in some traveling in Europe (Italy’s calling!) and the U.S. during the summer months before heading to Buenos Aires from where we’ll travel through South America – we’re very excited! Where are you guys going this year? Are you traveling with the puppies?

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