25.12.13

My (Our) Favorite Destination 2013

As the year comes to an end, I'm going to share with you pictures of the most favorite destination 2013. Not only mine but I also ask some of my fellow Indonesian travel bloggers to share theirs.
They are a bunch of travel bloggers that I've been following for quite some time. I love their beautiful travel stories and I'm sure you will too, so please do check their blog. 

Oh! by the way, Merry Christmas! May you be blessed with love, peace and joy :)


Dina & Ryan - Dua Ransel

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"Your hair is such a mess" I guess that's what has been said by the lady in pink Saree
Because after that, she unravel my braided hair, combed my hair through until it's smooth and re-braided it.That's the thrill dressed in Saree and mingle with the local people in India. I often being stopped to have a chat with them. Hehehe.



Marischka Prudence - Life Is An Absurd Journey


Maratua Paradise is indeed a paradise. A moment I arrived I just stunned by its beauty. Crystal clear water with white sands at the bottom stretching far away from the coastline, Maratua Paradise is just at the perfect location. Turquoise water is a daily sight during stay on top of this watery paradise. A place I would come back again and again.



Adam & Susan - Pergi Dulu


Georgia, not the one in the States, is surprisingly our favorite destination in 2013. With lots of old churches dotting its fantastic mountainous landscape, Georgia has to be one of the most beautiful countries on earth. The people, despite generally not being able to speak English, display genuine warmth and hospitality that we didn't experience anywhere else in Europe. Because Georgia is a relatively a poor country, it's also cheap to travel around, making it a perfect destination for budget travelers.



Fabiola - Jalan2Liburan



In 2013, i had a pleasant and safe trips to: Norway, (revisit) Paris, Portugal, Indonesia (Wakatobi, Flores Overland, Makassar, Bau Bau), Pisa, Cinque Terre, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania and Greece. From all of those destinations mentioned, it s hard to choose which one is my favourite as every journey has a different story, however the trip to Norway in winter has a great memories i can't forget.
A good friend referred my name to join the media trip to Norway with Norwegian Seafood Council, it s not only for enjoying the marvellous panorama around Norway, but to see  &  experience the life of a happy salmons in Hardangervidda - one of Europe's largest vast mountain plateau  , and in this trip i had an opportunity to meet a new friends that i consider them now as my new family.



Aggy - DEW Traveller


My favourite destination this year has got to be Warsaw in Poland. Although this was the second time I've been there, Warsaw didn't lose its charm. The city is still as vibrant as I remembered it and it was still full of legends and stories that took my breath away. I love the food, the atmosphere and the welcoming smile of the Polish in this town.




Mumun & Vira - Indohoy


My favorite travel destination in 2013 was the Kei Islands, Maluku, at Ohoililir Beach to be exact. It's not only the fact that the beach was perfect with the softest sand I've encountered to date, but it was also other elements of the trip that made if my fav destination this year. The companions were awesome, the food was great, it was so relaxing, and yet we were actually getting paid to do it. It's hard to describe how good the trip was, wait.. it was kinda heavenly! - Mumun



One of my most memorable experiences in 2013 was watching the Pacu Jawi (cow race) in Batusangkar, West Sumatra. It's exciting and a bit tense to see whether the cow couples reach the end point of the muddy arena or burst out to the viewers! Any possibility could happen in just split seconds, and much of it depends on how obedient the cows are to the rider, who gets them start running by biting one of their tails! To me, the excitement of watching Pacu Jawi is not far off from watching a professional Muay Thai fight! - Vira

 
Bama - What An Amazing World!


I could have picked pristine beaches of Lombok, idyllic small villages of Orchid Island in Taiwan, or magnificent historical monuments in Istanbul as my favorite travel destination this year. However I pick Mount Rinjani instead, not because I had a nice and easy time there but quite the contrary it was the toughest and most challenging thing – both physically and mentally – that I’ve ever done in my life, so far. Beauty can be unforgiving sometimes, and Rinjani proved that just right. A long and arduous 3-day hike was paid off by the breathtaking view of Bali and Sumbawa from the summit of Indonesia’s second highest volcano.



Timothy - Mixed Up Already


My favourite destination in 2013 would be Melbourne where I watched the Australian Open. It was the first time I watched a Grand Slam, and it's in Rod Laver Arena! Who can imagine that I could watch Novak Djokovic played live in front of my eyes? ;-)



Firsta - Discover Your Indonesia


My favourite destination in 2013 is Ubud, Bali, because I got the chance to witness the royal cremation of Puri Agung, from the Ubud royal family. It is so amazing to know that culture is still such a strong part of the local society in Bali.



Ariev Rahman - Backpackstory


A couple of elderly were smiling in front of man's greatest erection for a woman, Taj Mahal. With its resources, I nominated India as my fave destination in 2013. In India you can see great building such as Taj Mahal, feel dirty environment in Varanasi, and meet many people including cheater, cheater, and cheater. Magically, the combination of those, had made want to visit India again, and again, and again.



Tesya - Tesyasblog


Travel begins with a dream.
We made our kiddos dream come true by visiting Hongkong Disneyland in February 2013. The Disney Parade was really amazing that kiddos had requested to see it twice. I still remember kiddos' happy face when they met their favorite Disney's character during the parade, they were so excited! Now we are ready to  make our other travel dreams come true in 2014.



Cumilebay - Perjalanan Tak Berujung


After been waiting for 5 years, I did a trip to Tinabo Island in Takabonerate in 2013.  it became my toughest trip with my friends because to reach this place, it took about 15 hours from Makassar (5 hours by car then 2 hours by ship, then 3 hours by car then continue 5 hours by ship).
Takabonerate is the third largest area with cluster of coral reefs. white clean beach with a lot of baby shark, stingray, turtles in the edge of the beach in Tinabo Island and it become an attraction itself.



Nursastri - Sastri


There are tens thousand temple in Thailand but rarely people know, where was it originally come from? Sukhothai Historical Park in Sukhothai City, 8 hours bus ride from the capital Bangkok, has the answer. This park consist 193 ruins of the first kingdom in Thailand: Sukhothai. Renting a bycycle is the best way exploring the park. The temples lay in greeny landscape dotted by lotus ponds.



Anida  - Nona Ransel


Laos is indeed one of the poorest country in Southeast Asia, but its beauty lies in its simplicity. No Starbucks, McDonald's or any other franchise network in sight, which for me that is refreshing. Nature lovers will be thrilled with abundant of unspoiled landscapes from rows of hills, caves and mountains to blue lagoon and turquoise waterfalls. Back in the cities, you'll get this unique vibe as a result of Southeast Asian culture mixed with French influence. Don't forget to ride on the right side of the road.



Wira - Wira Nurmansyah


I love the crystal clear water, powder-white sand, azure bays, world-class diverse coral beauty, endless rain forest, and adorable local people of Raja ampat. This photo is a kid trying to catch a fish with just a string. As she fished in the homeland of fish, she got a lot!



Fahmi Anhar - Destination Anywhere


My favorite destinations for 2013 were the beaches south coast of the island of Bali. Why? Because the trip was not just travelling for fun, but in order to run the project team Save Sharks Indonesia which is observation shark fishing along the beaches on the southern coast of the island of Bali. We aim to collect data for shark rescue project in Indonesia. Let's # SaveSharks!!
More info about Save Sharks, please visit www.savesharksindonesia.org



Last but not least.....my fave destination

I had zero expectation before my trip to Bosnia & Herzegovina. But as soon as I walked into the old town of Mostar, I was charmed by its beauty. The crystal clear river, buildings made of stone, colourful Turkish ornaments and friendly people - just blew me away. I've made myself promise to come back here again, one day.

So how about you? Where's your favorite destination in 2013?

41 comments:

  1. Berbagai macam destinasi favorit para blogger, dan seneng biasa gabung ;-)

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  2. I will choose Kei Island, Tinabo Island, Hongkong and ofcourse Bali for my next year destination :D

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    1. I want to visit all destinations! :p

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  3. Wuih, itu destinasinya pada keren-keren semua.
    Aku pilih Dili, pingin balik kesana lagi. Masih sepi, gak ada macet, udara masih segar, bebas pedagang tukang palak, benar-benar masih asli.

    Eh, Feliz Navidad, yah, Debz! :))

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    1. Makasihhh ya. Ayo, posting cerita tentang Dili lagi donk :)

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  4. Debb, thanks so much for featuring me.. :) The old town of Mostar looks quite tempting. I bet it is a lovely place to visit.
    Happy holidays!

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    1. Thanks to you too, Firsta. Happy holidays! :*

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  5. Gosh, knapa aku ngeliat hidupku boring baget ya abis baca postingan ini, hehehe
    mudah2han ntar bs jd org sukses, biar bs support hobi maha bginian.....

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    1. Aminnnnn....smoga ntar tertular virus jalan2 juga, hihihi :p

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  6. So excited to be featured here with my fave travel bloggers:) And I am the only travel mom here? Hehehe...Merry Christmas Debb. Kisses from our kiddos.

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    1. You're one awesome Mom, kak Tesya. Happy new year to you and your kiddos ya *smooch*

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  7. Cool.. !!!!! Hope one day i can be the real traveler n can round the world .. :) Amien

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  8. I would say Lombok & El Nido for 2013. Itu foto Mostar di Bosnia memikat banget, mbak. Gak nyangka padahal waktu perang 1990-an sering diberitakan diserang. BTW, Merry Christmas ya Mbak Debbie. Tetap bikin laper dan gatel jalan yah :D

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    1. Wah, aku blum pernah ke El Nido! Makasih yaaa, Happy New Year to you and happy travels! :D

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  9. If you asked what s my fave destination of last year, then we will have a similar answer :-)

    Txs Deb for featuring Jalan2Liburan in here....HAPPY NEW YEAR !!

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  10. Thankies lovely for featuring me! Poland will always be a favourite destination, love that country too much ;)

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    1. I love Poland too. Happy new year, dear :*

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  11. Great collection of photos and beautiful places.
    Definitely wanderlust inspiring! :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Zara. This collection of photos makes me want to travel even more :D

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  12. Glad to be a part of this post. That photo from Georgia is really breathtaking! And your favorite destination this year has been on my wishlist for quite some time now. Best wishes for 2014!

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    1. Thanks for your story and photo, Bama. Best wishes for you too for the new year :D

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  13. Wow, these are all amazing. Quite some experiences!

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    1. yup, those are indeed beautiful destinations :)

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  14. Semoga aku bisa mengunjungi semua negara itu, someday :))). Salam kenal. Sering blogwalking tapi nggak pernah ninggalin jejak hehehe

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    1. Aminnnn. Salam kenal ya Ainun, makasih udah ninggalin jejak :D

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  15. Bosnia & Herzegovina ! ga pernah kepikir ke negara itu, thanks for letting me know! :)
    For me, my most fav was Nurnberg, Germany. Small city with cute architecture and splendid christmas market :)

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    1. aku juga ga nyangka kalo Bosnia ternyata secantik itu, hihihi.
      Nurnberg aku belum pernah mampir, tapi pernah dengar cerita kalo koto itu manis. One day....one day :D

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  16. Whoa! Never thought that Bosnia & Herzegovina have a Turkish touch! Thanks for giving me some inspiration! :D
    As for me, I cant decide between Weh Island and Tj. Bira.. So, I choose both as my favorites this year :D

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    1. Hey, I've seen many beautiful pictures of Weh. I should really visit it one day :)

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  17. Lots of interesting destinations to visit!
    Thanks for sharing, Debbie and all fellow travelers.

    Happy New Year!! :))

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    1. Thanks to you too!
      Happy New Year :D

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  18. Georgia, penasaran. Ternyata di negara2 yg jarang terdengar sbg destinasi wisata, kenyataannya bagus juga

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    1. betul, benernya banyak banget tempat2 indah yang belum terekspos :)

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  19. Suka banget sama foto-foto diatas, khususnya foto lomba balapan sapi :)
    selama ini saya cuma tahunya Karapan Sapi yang ada di Madura saja, ternyata di Sumatera Barat juga ada, atau mungkin ditempat2 lain di Indonesia juga masih ada (dengan nama istilah yang berbeda tentunya)
    Indonesia bener2 MEMPESONA, Indonesia DANGEROUSLY BEAUTIFUL!

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    1. Yup, Indonesia sangat kaya budaya....sayang kalo ga dijaga kan.
      Btw di Bali juga ada acara karapan sapi yang disebut Mekepung :)

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  20. hmmm , Di liat dari foto - foto di atas keren sih , semoga tempatnya lebih keren di banding gambarnya :D
    Thanks ya mimin info nyaa , must try nih !

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