2016 was our first year of full-time nomadic travels, but despite our big audacious travel goals, things didn’t quite go according to plan.

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As many of you know, Oksana suffered a serious injury in February of this year, breaking her leg while surfing in Costa RicaShe recovered quickly, but her condition forced us to push back/cancel a lot of our initial travel plans for the year. We swapped physically challenging trips for easier ones, stayed open to opportunities, and made new plans as the year progressed.

Despite this initial setback and a somewhat slow start to our travel year, 2016 turned out to be a great year, full of amazing travel experiences! So to cap off the year, we are sharing a selection of our 11 top travel experiences in photos.

1. Getting Married on the Beach in Costa Rica

Max & Oksana wedding Costa Rica
December 31, 2015… Just a few hours before the clocks strike midnight!
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Oksana and Max. Mr & Mrs. Wedding. Costa Rica

READ MORE: Behind the Scenes of our Costa Rican Beach Wedding

2. Discovering the beauty of Colorado on our US Road Trip

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Driving through the Glenwood Canyon. Colorado. USA
Driving through the Glenwood Canyon. Colorado
Scenic Drive from Denver to Glenwood Springs along I-70. Colorado. USA
Scenic Drive from Denver to Glenwood Springs along I-70, Colorado

READ MORE: Ultimate Colorado Road Trip

3. Exploring Puntarenas Region in Costa Rica

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Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas

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Nuayaca Waterfall, Dominical, Costa Rica
Nuayaca Waterfall, Dominical
Manuel Antonio National Park from above

READ MORE: 12 Reasons to Visit Costa Ballena: Uvita, Dominical, & Ojochal

4. Traveling back in time in Old Havana, Cuba

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Plaza Vieja, Havana
Plaza Vieja, Havana

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READ MORE: What to do in Havana, Cuba

5. Horseback Riding in Vinales, Cuba

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Horseback riding in Vinales
Horseback riding in Vinales

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6. Visiting one of the World’s Natural Wonders – Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls, Brazil
Iguazu Falls, Brazil

READ MORE: Tips for Visiting Iguazu Falls: Argentinean Side vs. Brazilian Side

7. Marvelling at the raw beauty of Fernando de Noronha Island in Brazil

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8. Sailing along the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia

Rocky coastline in Dubrovnik
Rocky coastline in Dubrovnik, Dalmatian Coast


Sunset in the Adriatic Sea
Sunset in the Adriatic Sea


9. Getting close to nature at Croatia’s National Parks

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Central Croatia
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Central Croatia


Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Oksana in Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia


10. Witnessing La Arribada (the arrival), a bi-annual turtle hatching event at Playa Ostional, Costa Rica


11. Trekking to the Lost City in Colombia





We can’t wait for 2017!

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3 thoughts on “Our Top 2016 Travel Experiences in Photos”

  1. Lovely post. You were such a beautiful bride. Congrats on an amazing year. I look forward to tracking your moves in 2017. Cheers.

  2. Hi guys, amazing photos! How do you get those shots of the both of you? Do you ask another person or do you have a tripod with a timer? They look so good, and will be memories of the both of you that you’ll have forever! I’d love to take something similar of my husband & I on our travels, as the photos are usually only of one or the other! Tips appreciated!

    1. Hi Clare, great question. It depends on the situation. If we are on a tour or activity, we’ll usually ask someone else on the tour to take some photos of us. We frame the shot for them, set all the settings and just ask them to push the button. If we are exploring on our own, it’s either a tripod with a timer, or we have recently started taking photos with our DJI Mavic drone too. We do travel with a selfie stick too, but we hate taking it out!

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