I spent most of 2012 traveling around Jamaica and did a two-part review a few weeks ago but it’s great pull out the photos again and reminisce. Thanks to Michael at Strux Travel, for helping me see my year in a whole new light. Here then is my Best of Travel 2012.
Best Domestic Travel Destination 2012
Hiking isn’t the first activity I’d pick to do on vacation but Jamaica’s Blue Mountains have always fascinated me. Last year, I decided to try to catch the spectacular sunrise I’d seen on a travel show several years ago. My guide and I left at 2:00 a.m. on a freezing cold Friday so that we’d be at the peak by daybreak. Unfortunately, sunrise caught us a few hours from the summit. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement so I’ve made a promise to myself to return.
Best International Destination 2012
My best trips are the ones where I connect with friends or family, or make new friends. In 2012, I returned to Toronto for the first time in nearly 5 years. Toronto was a second home for me during my years at university in Ottawa — it was where I’d go when I needed to escape. I still have close friends and family there so when I heard my godson was graduating high school, I knew I had to attend. I also knew I’d see my friends from school and we’d do what we always do when we get together: cook, eat, drink and talk about life at university. One of my friends is an amateur chef who used to cook us these fabulous meals when we were at school. We still depend on him to deliver.
Best local Destination 2o12
Montego Bay has several spectacular beaches but this one near the world famous Doctors’ Cave, is free. It’s also the one I go to for a walk or a swim and where I take friends.
Worst Travel Experience 2012
Thankfully, I had no bad travel experiences last year.
Best Overall Travel Experience 2012
I had several wonderful travel experiences last year but my visit to Kingston’s Holy Trinity Cathedral was the best overall. I arrived at the cathedral just after lunch only to find the doors locked. Disappointed, I walked around the historic church taking photos of the outside, biding my time, hoping someone would show. After about 10 minutes — I had asked the taxi to wait – I decided to leave. Just as I got into the cab, I heard someone say hello. It was one of the church volunteers who graciously offered to give me a tour. I’d expected the interior to be impressive but seeing it up close left me almost speechless.
Best Travel Lesson 2012
I’d have to say that my best travel lesson for 2012 and beyond is to always remain open, curious and ready for anything. Travel is more fun when we surrender to the experiences that come our way.
Thanks Michael! Wish you the best of travel for 2013.