2016 Year in Review: 18 countries visited

Who said you HAVE to quit your job to travel the world? We will do it one day, but for now, we are still saving big bucks and travelling the most we can during a year. Check out our video recap of the epic year of 2016! More details to come later 🙂

Qui a dit que vous DEVEZ quitter votre emploi pour voyager autour du monde? Nous le ferons un jour, mais pour l’instant, nous économisons encore beaucoup d’argent et voyagons le plus que nous pouvons pendant l’année. Découvrez notre aventure avec notre vidéo de l’année épique de 2016! Plus de détails à venir plus tard 🙂

1 – United Arab Emirates

So many things have happened in our first full completed year in this new country that we now call home. Check out our UAE section for all the content!
Read more about the United Arab Emirates

2 – Sri Lanka

One of the few Asian countries we haven’t step foot yet and we are glad we did it in 2016, visiting Kandy, Ella, etc! We still haven’t got the chance to work on a video yet, but my god good times we had!

Things To Do In Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka: Kandy Luxury @ Theva Residency

3- Turkey 

We always wanted to visit Turkey. Even with all the stress around there, we felt we had to escape to Istanbul. We can’t back to go there as we loved the people we met and there are so many other nice places outside Istanbul to visit like Cappadocia.

Luxury Hotel In Istanbul, W Istanbul
Istanbul Travel Tips

4 – Kenya

Kenya is a beautiful gem in Africa. Our first African country and we sure did chose a good one. We checked out Nairobi and visited the Maasai Mara.

Travel Advice In Kenya
4 Things To Consider Before Going To Kenya
How To Book A Good Kenya Safari
What To Pack For Your Safari

5 – Australia 

A quick stop before our big journey in South America, because we can, so why not?! We wanted to stop in Vanuatu, but tickets were sky rocking high!

Read more about Australia

6 – Peru 

It was a great opportunity to visit our friends in Lima and see the majestic Machu Picchu. Peru is a must visit destination if you ever decide to do a journey in South America.

7 – Bolivia 

Bolivia was an amazing country with so many activities and things to do. Culturally, this country will surprise you in many ways! We have seen half of it and can’t wait to eventually come back to discover different angles of this beautiful country.

Riding The Death Road In Bolivia
Bolivia: A Day At The Uyuni Salt Flats
How To Prevent Altitude Sickness

8 – Brazil 

2016, the year of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro! As major sports addicts, we had to travel the opposite side of the world to participate to this major event. We had a blast and it was also great to discover Sao Paulo & Rio. Rio, without the festivities of the Olympics itself was simply amazing, we can’t wait to go.

9 – Tanzania 

We went to relax and work in the beautiful island of Zanzibar. We can’t wait to go back to discover the beautiful nature and climb the Mount Kilimanjaro, high up on our bucket list!

Peaceful Retreat At Upendo Zanzibar, Tazania
Private Paradise In Zanzibar @ Kilindi By Elewana Collection

10 – Viet Nam 

Our past home Viet Nam is a gem. We had to go back where we spent a week to work, study, eat and have some good time with our friends. The food was simply amazing, as usual, we encourage you to visit this beautiful country as soon as possible and to be open for delicious meals!

Street Food Tour In Saigon

11 – Singapore 

Our favorite spot to stop for a little bit to hit up some fun friends to catch up with in between Asia and the Middle East. We always love to come back and see something new every time!

12 – Oman 

We are blessed to live just beside this beautiful country. Just a few hours drive away and 45 minutes flight from the capital Muscat, Oman is filled of beautiful mountains and wadis. We have been over 3 times there back and fourth for beautiful 1000 start hotels, camping, and 5 star hotels as well. 2017 will be another year filled with new discoveries of the Sultanate of Oman.

13 – Finland 

14 – Estonia  

15 – Latvia 

16 – Lithuania 

We spent New Years Eve in Vilnius. It was cold, but totally worth it to spend another NYE in a foreign country! We can’t wait to share you more about this Baltic Trip.

17 – Qatar

We have seen Qatar quite fast in 2015. This seems to be a regular destination for us for business and the AFL in Middle East! We definitely have to go back to discover some nice luxury hotels!

18 – Thailand

We always love a stop in Thailand, it’s a normal spot to stop by for us. This year it was short visits and a Muay Thai camp in Phuket!

Fitness Training In Thailand @ Tiger Muay Thai


What countries have you been to in 2016? Share with us your amazing list, we want to know!
Dans quels pays avez-vous voyagé en 2016? Partagez avec nous votre liste, nous voulons savoir!

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  • Jennifer Hazel Quisenberry

    I love the Emirates Palace! I spent a month there a few years ago. It was divine!

  • La Vida Viva Travel

    What an incredible year for you guys! We did 17 countries last year and it was aweeeeesome so I totally know the feeling! Thanks for sharing your adventures and all the best for 2017 travels.

  • Sonia Sahni

    wow…18 countries is a lot! Which was your favourite country..and which place did you like the least? My least fav for 2016 would be Bolivia…it was so difficult on the body!

  • Kristine AARSHEIM

    I’m impressed with all of these locations. A lot of these are on my bucketlist. United Arab Emirates sounds amazing but unfortunately too expensive for my budget. How was Oman in terms of price, sights, food etc? 🙂

  • 18 countries ….now that is impressive. UAE has a lot of memories attached for me…I spend a good part of my life here. Glad to know that is home for you now.

  • Really impressive list of countries for the past year! About how much time are you able to spend in each country? I’m sure 2017 will be another well-traveled year!

    • Very good question, we try and stay as long as possible. Some smaller places only got a long weekend, but the bigger places got a few weeks 🙂

  • Wow 18 countries? I am jealous of you and would love to see that many places in a year myself! It’s not a lifestyle that suits everyone but if you love traveling, then it’s definitely worth it!

  • Wow it looks like you had a fantastic year!!! I would love to visit so many of these places, fingers crossed for this year 🙂 Love the links to your posts too 🙂

  • Christina Pfeiffer

    Hey Thuymi, that’s a pretty big list for 2016! Looks like you really went for it. I’ve been to most of those places, except for Bolivia, Brazil, Oman and Qatar. Which was your favourite destination?

    • Brazil, in combination with the Olympics was our favourite, a party and sport atmosphere made it incredible!

  • 2travellingsisters

    What a great travel year you guys had in 2016 with so many interesting places and adventures! Hope this year you travel twice the time you did last year:). Whats your favourite among all these?

    • We would love to travel twice as much as that! Brazil and Kenya were both very high on our lists, but so many options!

  • Hendrik Hünecke

    18 countries, wow this is impressive. And most impressive that they are located everywhere in the world, not only on one continent! Australia would be my personal favourite.
    How do you usually travel to see all these places – backpacking or Hotels?

    • We try and go budget sometimes and treat ourselves to luxury every now and then. A good mix keep our travel fun and clean! Always need something to look forward to!

  • Sandy & Vyjay

    18 countries is a lot, so you have covered a lot during the year. Lovely recollections, always feels so good to relive those special travel moments.

    • Thanks, we made the video so we can always have a memory of our travels 🙂

  • Prerna Sinha

    wow…I wish for now I could be in your shoes. Loved the video. Looking forward to more stories from you guys.

  • Wow that’s a great achievement! hope 2017 will be even more filled with travels!

    Xx,

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  • Neha Verma

    Wow. Quiet a feat. 18 countries in one year! Thats a dream for me

  • Looks like a busy year! So jealous you got to see so many new places – I need to travel more! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Abigail of GlobalGirlTravels.com

  • There are some amazing destinations on your 2016 list. Do you have any favourites? Would you like to re-visit any in 2017?

    • Such a good question! We loved Brazil and Kenya the most! But they all have individual charms too!! We will revisit Vietnam again, but will get stuck into some Soviet countries and maybe some Central America too!

  • Katja Knox

    Goodness. I thought I’d been around but my little list pales in comparison. You guys are so inspirational and I love reading about your adventures 🙂
    Katja xxx
    http://www.katnapped.com

  • An amazing list of countries you both have been to. Where are you planning to go next?

    • We will head to Turkey in Feb, but maybe Egypt before that if we can!!

  • It seems like 2016 was definitely your year! I hope you visit even more than 18 countries in 2017 and break the record! I love the idea of having a job and traveling at the same time!

  • Sabra of Great Green Heron

    I only went to Greece to help with the refugees. A year ago I was there. Seems like a lifetime…

  • Fantastic ”collection”! Australia is on my bucket list but i would visit any of these countries as well!

    • Mitch is from Australia, so just ask him for all the places to go!

  • Michaele

    Wow so many countries visited, many beautiful countries! Wish I had this long travel list :)))
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    • It is super hard to stay fit while traveling though, so we do a lot of hotel workouts 🙂

  • Nora Tarvus

    Wow! That’s an amazing list. Last year I visited Finland, France, UK and Portugal. This year I’m planning to drive through Europe.

    Nora / http://dreamerachiever.com

  • Woe, you had amazing 2016, you have visited really great places. Brasil is definitely on my travel wish list xo

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  • Perla Quintas

    Great video! I am impressed not only with the number of countries you visited last year but also with the countries themselves. I have seen none of them so far, but Thailand is on my bucket list. Someday.

  • Rachel Bradford

    That’s an insane list! I’ve ticked one of that list in my lifetime!! Unfortunately I didn’t travel last year, due to pregnancy and a newborn! Thinking staycations this year!!

  • Totally agree that you don’t have to quit your job to travel the world!
    Beautiful video x

  • Karoliina Kazi

    Absolutely loved your 2016 review – you’ve been to so many amazing places and documented it all so beautifully. I can’t wait to see your Finland stuff – going to look for it right now 🙂 x K

    • Finland was too cold for Mitch, his Aussie bones struggle hehe. But we both loved it!

  • Brittany Webster

    Love this! So many amazing places you got to visit…would love to travel to some of these places. Would love to see more about each place!

    • Yes there is so much to write about, expect more info coming soon!

  • Jasmin N

    Oh my goodness, I wish I could quit my job & just travel around!
    We went only to Spain & Sweden this year, had a bit tight with money because of the wedding haha 😀

    • Oh a wedding will do that to you! Good luck I hope it goes well 🙂

  • Rikki Lynn

    This is such a great video! So inspiring! I absolutely love it! Wishing you a happy and healthy 2017 full of a thousand more travels!! xo

  • Wow, and I thought I’d done well to get to eight countries! We’re so conveniently located to explore the world from here in Dubai, I love it!

    • Yes we are in the best spot, Asia, Middle East and Europe so close to us!