2016 Travel Recap: Instagram Edition

I had a quick chat with a friend last week where she told me how much she and her husband unexpectedly enjoyed their recent holiday in Japan. It was their first time to go out to a foreign country on their own since they got married and soon had lovely kids. In her words, “it’s addicting”.

True enough, my husband and I have been hopping around the world since we got married. I already love traveling even before I met him but finding a partner who loves it the same way I do gives it a whole new meaning. It’s like leaving my comfort zone to discover new destinations and at the same time having the comfort of home with me. After all, home is not always a place. Sometimes, it’s a person too. ♥

19 countries and countless cities after, I feel blessed to have discovered the world with my husband in a tangible way. Our trips have allowed us to learn more about each other and taught us how to figure out our own rhythm as a couple. Knowing that we get to share so many wonderful experiences and create solid memories together make all the hard work WORTH IT. And I believe that along with the guidance of our Lord, these happy remembrances are something we’ll look back to when life gets hard.

2017 might turn out to be different with a lot of major life changes in place but I know that our story is one always meant for adventures no matter what season in life we’re at. Actually, as I think about it, the adventure never really ends – it just appears in different ways and forms, right? Whether you’re Single, Engaged, Married, Married with no kids, Married with kids, Married with married kids, or in It’s Complicated, each stage has its own challenges, thrill, excitement, and joy. It goes to prove how God intended for us to live exciting, meaningful lives.

I just want to celebrate all the adventures that Ge and I have been on this year — 11 countries, 40 cities, 17 flights and hundred thousands of calories later. :))

It was quite a stretch – working full time, working on side projects, working on dreams, saving religiously, planning carefully, taking risks, making sabbatical happen, losing our passports and a lot of pruning for personal growth – but there’s no doubt that the Lord has been our greatest helper. Always faithful, always true, forever grateful for You. Thank you, Lord, for loving and pursuing me every single day.

Here’s a recap of this year’s travels in photos.





Even when it makes no sense to sing Louder then I'll sing Your praise ???????????? #switzerland #swissalps #heavenisreal #dametraveler

A photo posted by Melai | Loved & Wanderlust (@melaidoodles) on







Where did 2016 take you? What are you up for 2017?

  • Mei

    WOW, just WOW on your travels! Sobrang galing nyo to be able to save up for travels! Haha kami ni Gerald we’re starting to slow down with our travels na hehe we hope to settle down this year, so we really need to save up for that. Once everything’s okay, back to travel na wahahaha

    Wishing you more countries to visit in 2017! :)

    • Thanks Mei! I totally understand, we’ve been to that season too where sobrang tipid namin to save up for the wedding and the life after. :) we might start to slow down this year na rin as we start a new chapter in our married life. one step at a time, diba? :)

      Excited for you! Preps are so much fun! <3

      • Mei

        Yep, one step at a time. Nakakaloka pag sabay sabay, di namin kakayanin lahat haha kaya need talaga magprioritize. :)

        • That’s actually the best way to do it. Prioritize a few things and enjoy that rather than trying to juggle everything and not feeling the moment because your too stressed. Haha! You’re doing it right. ;)

  • Can I just say that my mouth dropped open a bit as I’m scrolling your photos? Wow, just WOW. I had an idea of you travelling around from your twitter but I didn’t realize you’ve visited this many places last 2016! I only hope I get a partner in the future that would love travelling as much as I do. <3

    xo, Richel V. | Richel Goes Places

    • I saved up all my annual leaves (and some unpaid) to do this trip in one shot! Napakalayo naman kasi sa Asia kaya dapat sinusulit. Haha! But worth it, as always. :)

      Thanks Richel! I hope the same for you this 2017 – more travels and a partner in travels. <3

  • Ultimate travel goals, Ate Melaiii! <3 Haha. Grabe! I admire you for being able to travel to a lot of places last year (while keeping your job). Hope I could do the same in a few years (kapag may ipon na!) hehe. And your photos look reaaaaaaally great too!!!

    Wishing you more travel opportunities this 2017! Can't wait for you to tour us to different places. <3

    xx, The Diary Queen