Travel Moments That Have Sparked Joy

Travel plays a huge part in the HWO lives – we’re fortunate to be able to do so freely and have jobs that allow us to do them from almost anywhere. Travel creates so many amazing memories and we all have incredible moments that will just stay with us. In this month’s #travellinkup we’ve been asked to share our moments that have sparked joy.

Getting Engaged in Dubai

We got engaged on 1 January 2012 in the Atmosphere bar located at the top of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. I honestly had no idea that a proposal was on its way that night and was complex taken by surprise. We only have one photo of us together on that night and it was taken by a waiter. There’s a story around getting to the destination but that’s another blog post in itself!

The lake that took my breath away

In January 2017 we spent 3 weeks travelling round New Zealand. (You can read about our adventure in these posts). As we travelled from Christchurch to Queenstown we passed so many different landscape types and tourist stops. It wasn’t Lake Tekapo where the church of the good shepherd is found, it was another lake further on in our journey that really took my breath away.  Lake Pukaki was beautifully still and there were no other people around that day.  Just sitting on the edge of the lake for 30 minutes with nobody else around really gave us time to reflect on all the adventures we’d had on our holiday so far and what was still to come.

Incredible Sunsets

I’ve featured this on a travel post before. I couldn’t write a blog post without mentioning the breathtaking sunset we had in Queenstown. We could hardly believe our luck as we’d had a full on day so decided to get a bottle of wine and just chill out that evening on the balcony.

A piece of paradise with Mum

You may have already read that we travelled to Antigua in January 2019 as my Mum had a special birthday. We really pushed the boat out and stayed in the rather swish hotel Coconut Bay. When I was growing up we had some pretty hard time with money. I only went on holiday once with Mum and stayed in a caravan for a few days in the not so great Weston super Mare (where you hardly ever see the sea!). Fast forward nearly 30 years and there we were stood on the whitest of sands looking out to the blue crystal clear waters.

Where have you been that has sparked joy?!




  1. Erin
    04/03/2019 / 4:07 pm

    Aaaaah wow they look so good! All my spark moments have been at home though, maybe I should get away more lol

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  2. Lady Writes (@LadyWrites_Blog)
    05/03/2019 / 10:26 am

    That sunset photo is amazing, you’ve had some lovely moments. I can’t wait to find more destinations to bring joy x

  3. prettifulblog
    06/03/2019 / 8:22 am

    The sunset is amazing! And how cool to get engaged in Dubai!

  4. Mel
    08/03/2019 / 7:15 am

    Oh wow what beautiful photos! The sunset and lake look amazing.

  5. terriheckley
    08/03/2019 / 1:04 pm

    How gorgeous is that sunset, wow! x

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