Travel in 2017!


Happy New Year! I'm currently sitting down writing this on the 1st January 2018 and feeling like overall I had a pretty good 2017.

2017 was the first full year since leaving education where I had a full time job and didn't have a two month summer holiday. It was the year that I didn't go too far away from home, and instead chose to explore more of Europe and the UK. And you know what? It's been great. I've thoroughly enjoyed taking shorter breaks with family and friends, and it goes to show that you don't have to travel far and wide to travel and still get out of your comfort zone.

Andorra & Barcelona

Within the first week of 2017 I jetted off with my boyfriend to attempt skiing for the first time. We flew into Barcelona, where we then traveled north to spend three days in Andorra. After many (and I mean many) tears, I started to feel slightly more comfortable on the slopes and actually started to really enjoy myself. I only managed the very basic slopes by the end of our time there, but hopefully I'll attempt skiing again sometime soon in the future.

We then had one day to see the main sites in Barcelona. We managed to squeeze in a visit to La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and went on an bus tour of the city before flying home.

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In February I went on a weekend break with my mum to Luxembourg. Although the weather wasn't great, we had a lovely weekend exploring the small country. We spent one day in Luxembourg, and the second day wandering around Vianden Castle. It may not be the most well-known European country, but still one that I would highly recommend.


Towards the end of March I spent a weekend travelling around Greece with my sister. We used Athens as our base and travelled to Delphi and Meteora, and spent two days in Santorini. We then spent the last few days of our trip exploring Athens itself. Greece is a beautiful country, and one that doesn't have to just be explored during the summer months.

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In May my parents and I drove up to North Wales for a long weekend break. The main reason for the trip was to do the fastest zip-line in the world - but unfortunately this got cancelled on the day due to high winds! Nevertheless we had a great weekend taking long walks and exploring Snowdonia.

South of England road trip:

This was possibly one of my favourite trips in 2017! In June my boyfriend and I packed the car full of snacks and headed off on a 4 day mini road trip around the South of England. We visited the New Forest and Stonehenge, explored tiny villages in the Cotswolds, and spent a couple of days in Bath. It was such a relaxing trip, and it's made me want to visit more of the UK rather than always heading abroad.

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In July I jetted off with my sister once more to finally explore Portugal. It's a country we've both wanted to visit for a couple of years now so it was lovely to finally tick Portugal off the bucket list. In 5 days we visited Lisbon, Sintra, and Porto. We had amazing weather, ate good food, and saw some incredible sites - including Pena Palace in Sintra!

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In August I spent a weekend in Amsterdam with my mum. We crammed two days full of sight-seeing, exploring the canals, and soaking up history. We visited the Amsterdam museum, the Anne Frank House, and the Van Gogh museum. We did an evening canal tour, a cheese tasting experience, and I ate my body weight in fries covered in peanut satay sauce.


Norway was my far the most expensive trip of 2017, but one that I'll never forget. My boyfriend and I flew into Stavanger where we explored the small city and hiked to the top of Pulpit Rock. We then took the ferry to Bergen where we explored the Old Town and took a trip through the Norwegian fjords.


Last but no means least, I recently went to Bruges in December for my birthday. This trip was actually a surprise getaway for my boyfriend as we share the same birthday! We spent a few days eating far too much chocolate and cheese, and drinking Belgium beer. We wandered through Christmas markets, walked along the canals, and climbed to the top of the Belfry Tower. It was definitely one of my favourite birthdays yet!

So that then brings 2017 to a close. 2018 will definitely have fewer and less frequent trips, but it will still be a year full of adventure!

Where was your favourite place in 2017? Where's on your bucket list for 2018?

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