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We asked our country specialists to give us their best travel moments from 2015 and here are our favorites!

Bathing with Elephants in Thailand
This was my partner’s first trip to Thailand; an absolute highlight of my year was watching his over-the-top excitement at everything we did — especially getting sprayed by elephants! I think I forgot how amazing Thailand is until I saw it again through new eyes.
Rainbow over Victoria Falls in South Africa
After swimming in Angel’s Pool above Victoria Falls, I was able to catch a glimpse of some rainbows coming out over the mist.
Street art in Costa Rica
Cycling through puddles on the beach, looking at street art on Isla Holbox in Mexico mid-October between thunderstorms was an unforgettable part of my recent Mexico trip.
Rainbow in mountains in Chile
Through 50 mph wind, I climbed the towers of Torres del Paine in southern Chile's Patagonia. The rain combined with the wind gave me a prickling sensation as it hit my face. With not a person in sight I crossed a river and began the climb. From a distance I could see a rainbow form at the same time that the sun appeared over the mountain horizon. 3 hours later as I reached the knife-like ridges of Torres Del Paine the weather cleared and I had the iconic view all to myself.
Local kids in Bali
While traveling through Ubud, a city rich with culture and lush landscape on the island of Bali, I had the chance to visit the Ulun Danu temple. As I was exploring the beautiful temple on the edge of Lake Bedugal, a group of young Balinese children in traditional clothing approached me with friendly smiles. We exchanged waves and curious “hellos.” It was such a special interaction that really connected me with their culture.
Hiking in Indonesia
After a 4am start myself and my guide Suwin reached the crater lake on Mt. Ijen in Eastern Java. Hundreds of workers a day carry out back-breaking work mining the toxic sulfur to sell for a little profit.
Monks at monastery in China
When we were in Zhongdian, China at the Songzanlin Monastery we managed to arrive during the final moments of prayer before lunch. Hundreds of monks were humming their prayers until the bell rang and they all darted out of the front of the temple.
Mountain view in New Zealand
The scenic flight to Milford Sound was amazing, but the nature cruise was incredible. I think this is the most impressive scenic experience I’ve had and we got to see a number of seals throughout the afternoon as well.
Piranha fishing in the Amazon, Brazil
One of my favorite moments this year was when I caught two piranhas while fishing in the Amazon in Brazil.
Sunset in Chile
I’m not generally a morning person, but there is something special about waking up in the middle of Patagonia, long before the cafés and shops open, and taking in one of the most breathtaking sunrises with nothing but the lapping water of Lago Argentina as your soundtrack. Moments like these make an early start completely worth it while traveling.
Machu Picchu
After 8 years of dreaming of my return to Peru to visit Machu Picchu, I finally stepped foot in the incredible ruins this year. The dreams in my head were not even close to the reality of this unbelievable fortress in the clouds!
Fly fishing in Japan
My first time learning how to fly fish was for thirty-six-inch rainbow trout in the peaceful streams of Lake Akan, Hokkaido, with the same guide who takes Tommy Lee Jones every time he visits. 
Festival in Peru
One of the things that I love about Peru is that you never know when a parade is going to pop up. I was in Aguas Calientes near Machu Picchu when a local Festival of the Cross procession passed by where I was having lunch.
Zen Garden Japan
Sitting in silence in a Buddhist Temple, looking out on a Zen Garden in Japan, in the pouring rain — it doesn’t get any better than that. By far, the best experience of my trip.
Moroccan musicians
Moroccan musicians
Playing Gnawa music with traditional African performers was truly a magical experience. As the sun set on the Moroccan Sahara Desert, the music seemed to echo across the empty dunes as we sat in total seclusion from civilization under the starlight sky. It didn't seem like we were from different cultures at that moment; we were one.
Whirling Dervishes in Turkey
The whirling dervishes are a mystical Sufi sect of Islam who spin in circles to praise Allah. They allow people to watch this spine — tingling rite, which is held in an ancient caravanserai (an old wayside inn to accommodate merchants and their animals), along with beautiful and quite spiritual music. It was so compelling that I bought a CD of the music to alleviate stress!
Snorkeling in Egypt
Snorkeling in Egypt
This past year I had the opportunity to go snorkeling in Egypt. It's one of the coolest places I've ever been underwater, and the Red Sea Coast is absolutely beautiful.
Climbing in waterfalls in Costa Rica
Rappelling down waterfalls in the middle of a remote rainforest in Turrialba, Costa Rica was incredible. Trusting the cable and willingly leaning backwards over a canyon while avoiding the waterfall's stream and enjoying the view was an adventure I won't forget!

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