It was a busy time for Canadians thanks to Christmas and Boxing Day landing smack dab in the middle of the week. For some, the holiday break meant heading back home to spend time with family. For others, it was a time to look back at the year in travel.
And what a year of travel it was.
For the bloggers at The Planet D, 2012 featured trips from the Antarctic Peninsula to the musical towns of Switzerland. Then there were the adventures of Leigh McAdams at Hike Bike Travel,who visited destinations both hot and cold across North America over the last 12 months. While some were reminiscing, others took the time to check out the snowy 'scapes of British Columbia as well as the sunny but grim graveyards of Lafayette in New Orleans.
Now, usually there's a theme that ties together all the photos featured in the weekly round-up. However, since it's the last round-up of 2012, HufPost Travel Canada is going to forego one in lieu of a message: Happy New Years to all and safe travels for everyone in 2013.
Dec. 28: Alta Lake, British Columbia
Snow blankets the warning lights at a rail road crossing on the shore of Alta Lake outside Whistler, B.C., write <a href="https://twitter.com/RebeccaAnanda">Rebecca Ananda</a>, a B.C. native who returned to Vancouver for the holidays.
Dec. 28: Venice City By Boat Tour
Like the blogger at Hike Bike Travel, the writers at The Planet D took this week to look back at their year in travel. Some of their highlights included <a href="http://theplanetd.com/9-not-to-be-missed-posts-of-2012/">a trip to the Vegas strip</a>.
Dec. 28: Peter Lougheed Park, Alberta
2012 kicked off with a trip to <a href="http://hikebiketravel.com/22921/highlights-year-2012-photos/">Peter Lougheed Park</a> for the writers at Hike Bike Travel. Skiing just outside of Banff National Park would only be the start of many adventures across North America.
Dec. 28: Christmas In Delhi
Christmas in India may be without snow but that doesn't mean some of the traditional signs aren't available. However, as Mariellen Ward writes,<a href="http://breathedreamgo.com/2012/12/christmas-in-india-the-light-and-the-dark/#more-17247"> recent events in India</a> made celebrating Christmas more complicated this year.
Dec. 28: Visiting The Dead In New Orleans
While some Canadians were dealing with snow this week, photographer and blogger, Tracy Zhang travelled to New Orleans where she <a href="http://justintimetravels.com/2012/12/24/city-lafayette/">learned about graveyards and tombstones.</a>
Dec. 21: Biking In Utrecht
Krista Rowland took this photo while walking through Utrecht, Netherlands. She says it captures two things the Dutch are known for:<a href="http://kristarowland.wordpress.com/"> bicycles and canals</a>.
Dec. 21: Back In Brixton
Brixton may have a reputation as a dodgy and dangerous neighbourhood but as Ayngelina writes,<a href="http://www.baconismagic.ca/england/brixton-market/"> it has plenty of culture and charm.</a>
Dec. 21: Coronado National Memorial
Despite its appearance, Coronado National Memorial is full of many different living things. It also makes for <a href="http://hikebiketravel.com/22830/hiking-trails-coronado-national-memorial/">a secluded hiking experience according to blogger Leigh McAdam</a>.
Dec. 21: Lights.. Camera.. Action
When it comes to lights, cameras and action, there's few places that do it like <a href="http://www.gonewiththefamily.com/gone-with-the-family-adv/2012/12/celebrating-the-holidays-at-disney-world.html">Disney World's Hollywood Studio theme park</a>. During the holidays, you can probably guess which of the three the park pulls all the stops for.
Dec. 21: Sittin' Pretty
For the bloggers at Planet D, this week marked the time to take a look back at <a href="http://theplanetd.com/year-in-pictures-best-of-2012/">the year's best travel photos</a>. Their trip to the Galapagos Islands featured some stunning shots of the local wildlife, like this iguana.
Dec. 21: Hiking In Red Rock Canyon
This photo comes courtesy of <a href="https://twitter.com/deanguest">@deanguest</a> from Twitter who snapped this shot of his hike at Red Rock Canyon, a conservation area in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dec. 21: Say Goodbye To The Sahara Sun
As the year comes to an end, the writers at Hecktic Travels took the time this week to look back some of<a href="http://www.hecktictravels.com/best-of-2012"> their most memorable trips and stand-out photos</a>.
Dec. 14: Ladurée In London
Macarons may be French in origin, but that doesn't mean you can't pick up one or two (or eight) of them when visiting <a href="http://www.laduree.fr/">Ladurée</a> in the United Kingdom. Photo credit: <a href="http://www.iphoneogram.com/u/48950765" target="_hplink">Abigail Ocreto</a>
Dec. 14: Memories Of Montreal
Sometimes work gets in the way of globe-trotting but in the case of travel blogger Candice Walsh, that just means it's time to look back at some of her earlier adventures. This shot was taken from <a href="http://www.candicedoestheworld.com/2012/12/photo-essay-love-in-montreal/">Montreal’s tallest skyscraper, Altitude 737</a>.
Dec. 14: Kayaking In Croatia
For the bloggers at Planet D, 2012 marked quite the year in travel.
Dec. 14: The Odisha Sun
This week saw <a href="http://breathedreamgo.com/2012/12/travel-tales-in-odisha/">Mariellen Ward return to Odisha, India,</a> to catch both the sunrise and sunset from the same beach.
Dec. 14: Untouched Okanagan Beauty
To paraphrase the blogger behind Bacon Is Magic, how can you resist taking a photo when <a href="http://www.baconismagic.ca/canada/british-colombia/">B.C.'s Okanagan Valley</a> provides such natural beauty?
Dec. 14: Peru
Peru may be synonymous with Machu Picchu but there's more to the country than just the world-famous Inca site.
Dec. 7: Blue Skies And Yellow Boat In Koh Tao, Thailand
Roohi Sahajpal, a freelance writer and Ryerson University graduate, travelled to the island of Koh Tao in Thailand this month after a brief escape to India in November.
Dec. 7: Skittles For Trolls
Why are there Skittles on the ground? Well, you'll have to read about it in Hecktic Travel's entry about <a href="http://www.hecktictravels.com/devils-punchbowl">their trip to the Devil's Punchbowl Country Park</a> in Menomonie, Wisconsin to find out. (Hint: it involves trolls of the non-internet variety)
Dec. 7: Memories Of Colombo
Pamela MacNaughtan, the writer behind Spunky Girl Travels didn't do much travelling this week so she<a href="http://www.spunkygirlmonologues.com/2012-in-photos/"> did some reminiscing of all her trips in 2012</a> instead. This photo of the Sri Ponnambalam Vanesar Kovil Temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka from April stood out the most to us.
Dec. 7: Finding The Right Red In B.C.
It was a quest for red that led travel blogger Ayngelina to snap this photo of blue, brown and green. You can read more about her quest to find out what kind of red wines British Columbia has in store for Canadians<a href="http://www.baconismagic.ca/canada/okanagan/"> here</a>.
Dec. 7: 'A Teardrop On The Face Of Eternity'
Mariellen at <a href="http://breathedreamgo.com/2012/12/the-taj-mahal-an-arabian-fantasy-in-india/">Breath, Dream, Go</a> had one of her dreams come true this week when she finally<a href="http://breathedreamgo.com/2012/12/the-taj-mahal-an-arabian-fantasy-in-india/"> made the trip to Agra, India to see the Taj Mahal.</a>
Dec. 7: Saguaro Silhouette In Arizona
Leigh McAdam at <a href="http://hikebiketravel.com/22515/time-travel-winter-summer-hours/">Hike Bike Travel traded in the grey skies and snow-covered of roads of Calgary, Canada</a> this week for a trip to Scottsdale, Arizona. While she was there, she snapped a photo of the Saguaro cactus as the sun sets.
Nov. 30: Fire And Ice
For those who doubt how majestic the mountains of Banff, Alberta can be, check out <a href="http://hikebiketravel.com/22250/banff-area-cross-country-skiing-cascade-fire-road/">Bike Hike Travel's</a> post this week about cross-country skiing on The Cascade Fire Road.
Nov. 30: Bird's Eye View
When it comes to relaxing, there's no better place to do it than in a hotel. Better yet, take a page from <a href="http://breathedreamgo.com/2012/11/24-hours-in-hotel-heaven/">Mariellen Ward</a>'s blog and do it from a hotel room with a stellar view.
Nov 30: King Of The Castle
This week, the the travelling duo behind The Planet D took things slow with<a href="http://theplanetd.com/the-pyrenees-photos/"> a trip to the Pyrenees </a>where they wined and dined on the mountain regions bordering France and Spain.
Nov. 30: A Nice View Of Mallard Lake
It's was almost a picture-perfect scene up at Canoe Bay for the travel bloggers at Hecktic Travels this week. But there was only one thing holding this romantic weekend-for-two back <a href="http://www.hecktictravels.com/wilderness-retreat">from a complete photo-finish</a>.
Nov. 30: Finding Inspiration In Toronto
As travel photographer Tracy Zhang writes, even a city like Toronto has a few gems <a href="http://justintimetravels.com/2012/11/26/inspiration-toronto/">worth photographing</a>.
Nov. 30: New York, City Of Dreams
This photo comes courtesy of Connie Chan, <a href="http://constance.room-noise.com/">a music photographer</a>, who made the trip to New York City earlier this week to take in the city's electronic dance music scene.
Nov. 23: Change Island, Newfoundland
What the community of Change Island lacks in size, it makes up charm and "magic". Don't expect to find any sky scrappers in this quiet town, but as travel blogger Candice Walsh points out, <a href="http://www.candicedoestheworld.com/2012/11/change-in-change-islands/">who needs tall buildings when you've got endangered ponies instead? </a>
Nov. 23: Checking Out The Louvre
You can read about art all you want but there's just something more engrossing about oil and canvass when you're in a museum. However, if you're a kid, a museum — even one as famous as the Louvre — is no substitute for Disneyland. <a href="http://www.gonewiththefamily.com/gone-with-the-family-adv/2012/11/visiting-the-louvre-with-kids.html">But as Lisa writes, children and museum trips can coexist peacefully with some preparation</a>
Nov. 23: A Lesson In Travel Photography
Sometimes all it takes is a change in scenery to rekindle one's inspiration and who can so no to the sunny, scene setting of <a href="http://justintimetravels.com/2012/11/21/a-stanford-education/">Stanford University in California? </a>
Nov. 23: There's More To A Name
Misery Bay isn't the cheeriest name for a travel destination, but names aren't everything. The Provincial Park offers something different during the summer months but <a href="http://hikebiketravel.com/22077/destination-misery-bay-provincial-park-manitoulin-island/">November is the time to see some cool rocks</a>.
Nov. 23: The Name's Bond, James Bond
If James Bond were a real person, he'd also be one of the world's most well-travelled secret agents. For now, lovers of Britain's most famous fictional spy will have to settle with him in <em>Skyfall</em>. For everyone else, let his many adventures only serve as inspiration for <a href="http://theplanetd.com/bond-locations-weve-been-to/">bloggers to travel destinations made famous by the franchise. </a>
Nov. 23: Lakes, Lakes And More Lakes
Wisconsin is mostly known for its cheese and if you're a Packers fan, it's football culture. Now, thanks to the<a href="http://www.hecktictravels.com/about"> couple behind Hecktic Travels</a>, you can add gorgeous lakes to that list.
Nov. 23: A Different Kind Of Emerald City
The city of Bangalore isn't a must-see destination for some tourists visiting India. However, if you've got a green thumb, or need a change from the hustle and bustle or New Delhi, <a href="http://breathedreamgo.com/2012/11/green-city-back-in-bangalore/">this blogger may just change your mind.</a>
Nov. 16: Amaranth, Manitoba
An abandoned house near blogger Pamela MacNaughtan's parents' house <a href="http://www.spunkygirlmonologues.com/photo-series-autumn-my-favourite-season-in-ontario/">in Amaranth, Manitoba paired beautifully with the autumn leaves</a>.
Nov. 16: Budapest, Hungary
That scene you see before you is in fact a medicinal bath in Budapest — Szechenyi Bath is the largest thermal bath in Europe, and as blogger Candice reports, <a href="http://www.candicedoestheworld.com/2012/11/photo-essay-being-badass-in-budapest/">it was all part of a visit to the city she found to be surprisingly party-centric</a>.
Nov. 16: Jostedalsbreen Glacier, Norway
It was a week of biggest and best in Europe, as blogger Tracy Zhang visited Norway's Jostedalsbreen, or Jostedal Glacier, <a href="http://justintimetravels.com/2012/11/12/respect-jostedalsbreen/">the largest in continental Europe</a>. As she put it, it was "a piece of history that had been formed thousands of years before me, and will remain thousands of years after."
Nov. 16: Rural Wisconsin
For Dalene and Peter Heck, who are house-sitting in rural Wisconsin for the next three months, the first frost meant an opportunity to — what else? — <a href="http://www.hecktictravels.com/ice-kayaking">kayak on the lake and break the ice with their paddles</a>.
Nov. 16: Norther Ontario
Loving all the James Bond stories surrounding the premiere of Skyfall? Then you may be interested to learn that Lois Maxwell, who played Miss Moneypenny in many of the films, <a href="http://hikebiketravel.com/21966/visit-moneypennys-retreat/">moved to Espanola, Ontario with her kids</a> — which blog Hike Bike Travel visited this week.
Nov. 16: Livingston, Montana
You might not expect a place in the middle of Montana to be awash in neon signs — <a href="http://www.baconismagic.ca/montana/electric-livingston/">check out the rest of blogger Ayngelina of Bacon Is Magic's pictures to get the full view</a>.
Nov. 16: Medieval Times, Toronto, Ontario
As part of her daughter's fourth grade trip, blogger Lisa of Gone With The Family <a href="http://www.gonewiththefamily.com/gone-with-the-family-adv/2012/11/medieval-times-toronto.html#more">got to enjoy the somewhat surreal event that is the Medieval Times</a>. Haven't been yet? Be warned — you have to eat with your hands.
Nov. 16: Twillingate, Newfoundland
Screech, the very strong rum sold in Newfoundland, <a href="http://ibackpackcanada.com/getting-screeched-in-at-twillingates-anchor-inn/">not only requires drinking — it also requires initiation</a>, as blogger Corbin Fraser of I Backpack Canada discovered this week.
Nov. 16: Pyrenees, Spain
Just imagine this — a stunning hot air balloon ride adrift over the majesty of the Pyrenees in Spain. Then get jealous of Dave and Deb of The Planet D, who got to do it this week, <a href="http://theplanetd.com/hot-air-ballooning-pyrenees/">and take some great pictures in the process.</a>
Nov. 16: Northern India
While the Traveling Canucks weren't technically in northern India this week, <a href="http://travelingcanucks.com/2012/11/photos-from-our-travels-in-northern-india/">their pictures of the stunning scenes of the region</a> were certainly worth a second peek, especially during Diwali.
Nov. 2: Hands In Fire
Dustin Main captured this moment in Yangon, Burma/Myanmar in a temple. "In this ritual, one places their hands to the flames, before bringing them back to their face or body," Main <a href="http://skinnybackpacker.com/hands-in-the-fire-yangon">wrote on his website, </a>. "It was hard not to be overwhelmed." Credit: <a href="https://twitter.com/skinnybackpackr">@skinnybackpackr</a>
Nov. 2 Postcards From Alberta
Hecktic Travellers Pete and Dalene Heck created an <a href="http://www.hecktictravels.com/alberta-photography">ode to their home province</a> of Alberta with a roundup of beautiful shots throughout the countryside. Credit: <a href="https://twitter.com/HeckticTravels">@HeckticTravels</a>
Nov. 2: Room With A View In Monrovia
Blogger Brendan van Son shared this great shot of the street <a href="http://www.brendansadventures.com/photo-monrovia-dusk/">from his hotel room</a> in Monrovia, Liberia. Credit: <a href="https://twitter.com/Brendanvanson">@Brendanvanson</a>
Nov. 2: Oh Hello There!
Bacon Is Magic travel blogger Ayngelina Brogan says this bison, which she snapped inside <a href="http://www.baconismagic.ca/montana/yellowstone-park/">Yellowstone Park</a>, was bigger than her car. Credit: <a href="https://twitter.com/Ayngelina">@Ayngelina</a>
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