The Greatest 12 months Of My Life: 2014 – A 12 months In Overview

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The Greatest 12 months Of My Life: 2014 – A 12 months In Overview

Weblog, Europe, Indonesia, Koh Tao, Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, Malaysia, Months in Overview, Music Festivals, Slovenia, South-East Asia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam

Wanting again on 2014 brings me nothing however wonderful and life-changing recollections.  I don’t even know easy methods to categorical how a lot 12 months this has influenced my life, however I’ll at all times take a look at 2014 because the 12 months after I bought all of it “considerably discovered”.  I’m solely 25 (for yet another month no less than), however I can actually say that I’ve a common concept of what I need out of life.  Journey is my ardour.  Journey is my future.  Whether or not that be engaged on a cruise ship to fund extra travels, opening up my very own hostel, instructing english, or turning into a preferred journey blogger (uncertain).  I’ve bought huge plans in 2015, and I can’t wait to discover extra of the world.  However for now, get pleasure from my little recap of what I used to be as much as for the previous 12 months.  7.5 Months in Asia, 2 months again residence in CA, and a pair of.5 months in Europe.  Take pleasure in!

January

Began out the 12 months in Bangkok.  Obtained an residence to name a “home-base” whereas I started my on-line lessons.  I undoubtedly thought I’d truly be residing in Bangkok extra completely, however then found that with a while administration, I may journey and research concurrently.

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Dave the Buddhist #bangkok

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Traveled to the islands for the primary time.  Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, and Koh Samui.  All wonderful in their very own methods.  Was capable of go scuba diving for my first time, in addition to skilled my first full-moon get together, which was fairly an expertise.

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Scuba diving within the gulf of Thailand…CHECK #bucketlist #kohtao

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February

On the primary of the month I started a brief 12 day journey to Cambodia, starting with an incredible couple days in Siem Reap exploring the Angkor Wat temples, and the well-known dawn picture.

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Awakened at 5 a.m this morning to catch this well-known dawn #angkorwat #cambodia

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After Siem Reap I made a rapid day cease in Phnomh Penh, however continued my journey to go to a pair associates in Sihanoukville.  Serendipity and Otres Seashores have been each wonderful, and I fell in love with Cambodia.  It was a brief keep, however unbelievable.

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Orange issues in #Cambodia

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After my quick journey to Cambodia, I hopped on a aircraft again to Bangkok to fulfill up with my associates on Koh Phangan for the Full Moon Social gathering (spherical two), in addition to celebrating my birthday on the 14th.  My twenty fifth birthday was nonetheless one of many highlights of the 12 months for me.  My twenty sixth is arising in a single month from now, and I do not know how I’m going to high final years.

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Throwback to dawn after the total moon get together #thailand

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After an epic party in Koh Phangan, I made a decision it was time to go on over to the magical island of Koh Phi Phi.  I used to be solely planning on spending a couple of days round Phi Phi, however bought caught there for every week or so.  I imply, how may I depart paradise?

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Sundown boat journey again to Phi Phi #thailand

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Watching the dawn after spending the evening on Maya Bay, the filming location of the well-known Leonardo Dicaprio film “The Seashore”.  Simply one in all my highlights of the 12 months.

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What I woke as much as this morning #mayabay #thailand

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March

This was simply the craziest and most fun-filled month of the 12 months.  This was my final full-month in south-east Asia, and I lived it as much as the fullest.  I started the month with an incredible journey to Hanoi and The Vietnam Backpacker’s Hostel Castaway Island tour to Halong Bay, which didn’t have the most effective climate, however met some wonderful individuals, and had one wild journey.

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After an incredible / chaotic time in Vietnam, I headed on all the way down to Bali, with a 24 hour layover in Singapore.  I actually favored Singapore, and want I had a bit extra time there.  I ended up heading again to Singapore in October, so I bought my repair.  It’s a stupendous metropolis, however manner too expensive for south-east Asia.

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Spiral #bridge #singapore

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As soon as I landed in Bali, I had no concept what I used to be in for.  I had accomplished zero analysis on what to do, and flew there only for 6 days to fulfill up with my journey crew.  They have been posted up on the Gili Islands, so I cruised over and met them there.  I had an unbelievable day on Gili Air, and was simply one in all my favourite days of the 12 months.  Noticed probably the greatest sunsets of my complete life.  It’s moments like these I’ll always remember.  The picture doesn’t do it justice, but it surely was an enormous spotlight of my first backpacking journey in Asia.

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The most effective day of my life #giliair #indonesia

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After a really transient keep in Indonesia, I headed as much as Kuala Lumpur for Future Music Pageant Asia.  It was a blast, however sadly the final day of the competition bought cancelled.  The primary two days have been epic although, and had a blast exploring the town.  Sarcastically sufficient, I didn’t like the town an excessive amount of throughout my first go to, and now I’m scripting this submit from KL, and love this metropolis!

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After Kuala Lumpur, my journey crew Cathy and Ashley and I began island hopping round Malaysia.  We traveled to the gorgeous Perhentian Islands, Penang, and Langkawi.  All of those locations are wonderful.  I feel extra backpackers want to go to Malaysia throughout their journeys.  For some purpose, this nation doesn’t get as a lot consideration as Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos.

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I am on my method to heaven… #aboveandbeyond #perhentianislands #malaysia

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Journey. Simply do it. #Nike #langkawi #malaysia

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April

With only a couple final days in Bangkok, (which ended up being fairly loopy), my first journey to South-East Asia had come to an finish.  I flew residence for a household marriage ceremony.  Congratulations to my lovely sister Stephanie and my new brother-in-law Bryce.  Their authorized final identify is definitely Jones, which is humorous, as a result of I’ve been going by Jones since highschool!

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Oh, however wait.  What else occurs in California in April…?  Hmmm….COACHELLA.  For years, I had been lacking out on the most effective competition in States, Coachella, as a result of I had been residing overseas in Italy.  Not in 2014.  Coachella completely lived as much as the hype, and I had probably the most epic weekend with a strong group of individuals.

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Fantastic thing about #coachella

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Could

This was a fairly gradual month, as I used to be attempting to determine journey plans.  When you keep in mind, I had a visit to South America deliberate, that needed to be cancelled as a result of I had two teams of associates bail on the journey final minute.  The spotlight of Could was simply my street journey to San Francisco with my buddy Kevin.  I hadn’t been up North since school, and it was an excellent drive on PCH, and a strong time chillin NorCal model.

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Foggy days in #sanfran #goldengatebridge

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Driving on PCH from SF – LA was fairly a journey. Lengthy drive, however fully price it! #carmel #bigsur #california #coast #roadtrip

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June

After my plans of touring to South America have been cancelled, I made a decision to go again to my favourite metropolis on this planet– BARCELONA.  Discovered myself an residence with some nice Catalan guys, and commenced my summer time lessons and Barcelona shenanigans.

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Look who I discovered in #barcelona #florencereunion #lionsfountain #unclejimmys #funkychicken

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One in all my favourite issues to do each Sunday was head to Piknic Electronik up on Montuic.  Wonderful day get together with lcoals, vacationers, and expats.  Simply probably the greatest elements about residing in Barcelona over the summer time.

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Piknic Electronik #barcelona

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July

Persevering with an superior summer time in Barcelona.  From L’Atlandida, Sundays on the Picknic, seaside days, and membership nights.

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Vacationer picture. #sagradafamilia #barcelona

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And I Lastly made it to Montserrat, which was probably the greatest day journeys I’ve ever taken.  I couldn’t consider what number of instances I had visited Barcelona / lived within the metropolis, and by no means visited Montserrat.

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Day journey for some Climbing in #montserrat

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August

After an epic 8 day “goodbye get together”, it was time for me to go away Barcelona, and start my travels.  The primary cease was Milan and Trieste in Northern Italy.  I had by no means been to both of those cities, and actually loved my time.

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Effectively that is fairly neat #milan #italy

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After revisiting Italy, I made my manner over to a rustic I had been dying to go to; Slovenia.  This nation is totally wonderful, and I fell in love with Lake Bled.  I made the joke that if I ever wished to chill out someplace for a couple of months to put in writing a novel, I might select Lake Bled.  It’s comparatively inexpensive, and Slovenians are extremely good.

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I may keep right here awhile #lakebled #slovenia #jonesaroundtheworld

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After a brief go to to Slovenia, I bought picked up by two of my good Dutch associates, and we made our method to Croatia for SONUS Music Pageant.  This was undoubtedly one of many craziest music festivals I’ve ever attended (and I’ve been to fairly a couple of).  Shoutout to Joost and Stijn for an superior week of tenting, consuming, and continuous wonderful techno.

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September

After an incredible summer time in Europe, I used to be dying to get again to Asia.  So I jumped proper in — and commenced my backpacking journey in Sri Lanka.  This nation by far exceed my expectations, and I had such an incredible time.  From exploring Colombo, Kandy, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Trincomalee, and Arugam Bay.  I want I had extra time there, however it could have price an excessive amount of cash to alter my ticket.  Shoutout to all of the wonderful individuals I met in Sri Lanka!  This was additionally the month I began my journey weblog!  The beginning of Jones Round The World!

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“I like that boulder. That may be a good boulder.” #Shrek #sigariyarock #SriLanka

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Strolling. #srilanka

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Jones Round The World. #backpacker #travelblogger

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I additionally spent half of September in Kuala Lumpur, and this was truly one of many first weblog posts I ever wrote.  Due to my associates I met in Langkawi, I had a free place to remain at an incredible apartment, and met some unbelievable individuals.  It was this go to that made me need to transfer right here.

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To infinity swimming pools…and past #Buzzlightyeartotherescue #infinitypools #TravelBlogger #Backpacker #Globetrotter #KualaLumpur #Malaysia

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October

Actually, if I needed to choose a favourite month of the 12 months, I must say it was October.  I spent the vast majority of the month touring by Bali and The Gili Islands.  Like touring at all times does, I met the most effective individuals in Bali, and I nonetheless communicate with lots of them.  There’s so many photos to select from, so I’ll attempt to restrict to just some.

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Had an ideal day in #paradise #bali #Indonesia #TravelBlogger #Wanderlust #Globetrotter #JonesAroundTheWorld

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Watching the dawn after the total moon get together on #GiliT #Indonesia #ChasingTheWorld #lombok #islandlife #wanderlust #Globetrotter #TravelBlogger #JonesAroundTheWorld

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I am the king of the cruise #GiliT #boozecruise #Indonesia

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Bali life is the great life. #potatohead #beachclub #seminyak #Indonesia

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Beanbags and beers for the sundown #seminyak #bali #indonesia #TravelBlogger #wanderlust #Globetrotter #nomadlife

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I like swimming.

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Due to everybody I met in Indonesia.  The instances we’ve shared won’t ever be forgotten.  I flew to Singapore for a pair days, then again to Kuala Lumpur for Halloween, which was an absolute blast.

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November

One other strong month touring largely by Langkawi, southern Thailand, and again to Kuala Lumpur for some relaxation and rest.  Langkawi continues to be one in all my favourite islands in Asia.

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We went chasing waterfalls.

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Head within the clouds.

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Pantai Cenang- Langkawi — I’ve 1 spouse, and two sons: “Wifi”, “dawn”, and “sundown”…

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After my time in Langkawi, I journeyed as much as Krabi, Ao Nang, Koh Phi Phi, and Koh Lanta.  I had some actually nice nights right here, however was plagued with some dangerous climate throughout most of it.  None the much less, the fantastic thing about these islands is breathtaking, and it was nice to go to some new locations, in addition to revisit Koh Phi Phi.

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Not the most effective climate day, however could not resist going for a swim

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Not many locations to hike on Koh Phi Phi, however the stroll as much as the point of view is nice sufficient for me.

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Simply one in all my favourite elements about south-east Asia is renting a Moto and exploring a brand new place with no plan or schedule. Simply the open street and exquisite surroundings. Getting misplaced can flip into a good larger and higher journey.

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December

Oh, the final and last month of 2014 — and boy was it an excellent one.  I began December out in Cambodia, and had the most effective time.  Began in Phnomh Penh for a pair days,  after which labored my manner all the way down to Kep & Kampot.  The Majority of my time was spent in SIhanoukville and Koh Rong (which I feel is without doubt one of the most lovely locations on this planet).  For anybody studying this who has not been to Koh Rong, Go SOON!  Tourism goes to take over fast, and this paradise won’t be the identical in a couple of years.

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Sundown in Kampot

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Gotta love Cambodian sunsets…each evening a unique portray, and tonight’s was particularly nice.

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Enjoyable on Lengthy Seashore, Koh Rong.

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Winter is coming….however not for me.

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Having fun with my time in Otres Seashore, Sihanoukville

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Recent coconut and a ebook on this sunny afternoon. Seashore life certain is nice.

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After a loopy time in Cambodia, it was time to go to Koh Chang to fulfill up with my pal Cathy.  Althogh, this took two makes an attempt as I missed one of many busses as a result of bartending till 4 A.M the evening earlier than!  Koh Chang was completely lovely, and I might defintiely suggest backpackers to make a cease there on the Thai/ Cambodian border.  It’s a a lot better border to cross at as effectively!  I additionally bought to fulfill up with two of my Dutch buddies from Eindhoven (De Gekste)!

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2 Individuals, 2 Dutchmen, 1 Boat, 5 islands, 3 bottles of whiskey, and tons of fish. That was one epic snorkeling journey

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New island. New seaside. Wanting ahead to the following few days in Koh Chang

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After Koh Chang, Cathy and I headed to Koh Samet for a little bit of restoration from the injury we did to our our bodies in Koh Chang, in addition to to relaxation up for the following journey; Wonderfruit Music Pageant.  This was Thailand’s first main music competition, and I had such a strong weekend.  Wonderful individuals, unbelievable music, and an total nice competition expertise.

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Yoga Bass in the course of the sundown throughout Wonderfruit day 2. What an superior expertise. Namaste.

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After Wonderfruit competition, Cathy and I headed to Koh Tao for Christmas.  I spent a complete of 8 or 9 days there, and it was a fairly nice time.  It was fairly unusual although, as a result of the climate was truly fairly horrible.  However it at all times cleard up at evening.  The meals was good, the events have been good, and met some wonderful individuals there as effectively.

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Merry Christmas from Koh Tao! That is my second 12 months in a row not being residence for the vacations, and I am undoubtedly missin family and friends again in California. With that being mentioned, spending Christmas in Thailand is fairly superior!

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When you’ve been questioning why I have never been posting pics recently, it is as a result of I am an fool and losty iPhone. However I am again and bought tons of pics to share. This was taken awhile again after I was nonetheless on Koh Tao throughout Christmas time. Wonderful view, nice seaside, and crystal clear water for swimming.

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On December thirty first, I made a decision it was time to journey over to Koh Phangan for the New Years Ever celebrations.  I’ll be writing a seperate weblog submit about that loopy expertise.  IMG_2340


 

Effectively, there ya have it.  The previous 12 months of my life summed up in a single weblog submit.  It really has been the most effective 12 months of my life.  I need to take this second to thank each individual I’ve met whereas touring world wide.  You guys are what making touring so wonderful.  I actually don’t have an excessive amount of plans as of now for 2015, however I’ve a tough time considering it will possibly high 2014, however I’m rattling certain I’m gonna strive.

Thanks for studying!

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