Last year was my busiest year of travelling yet. I managed to go to 19 countries in 2 continents and I couldn’t be happier with what I managed to achieve. So, as I start planning my adventures for this coming year I’ve decided to have a quick reflection on the year just gone.
Where did I go?
Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria, Finland, Estonia, Italy, The Vatican, Germany, Portugal, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Ukraine, Gibraltar, Macedonia, Kosovo & South Africa.
Where was my favourite destination last year?
Having to pick a “favourite” place is an impossible task for me as I am a ridiculously fickle person. However, I can narrow it down to my top three countries – Lithuania, Slovenia and South Africa.
What bucket list items did I manage to tick off?
This year was a pretty poor show for bucket list ticks. I only managed to do a few things from my list including – visiting Giant’s causeway, having a curry at Brick Lane and walking around Pompeii. Looks like I’ll have to work on doing more next year!
Going to Lithuania in January with Australian friends and getting to see them experience snow for the first time. The pure, child-like joy was infectious and made the whole experience magical!
Getting robbed in Ukraine. Hands down the scariest and worst travel experience so far.
Place that surprised me the most
I wasn’t expecting too much from Kosovo which made it a really interesting place to visit. I only went for a day trip from Macedonia but found the day thoroughly enjoyable.
- Slow down: I always cram my weekend travels with activities and end up finishing the trip utterly exhausted. As the year progressed I slowed down a little bit, no longer beating myself up for not seeing everything. Sometimes a city just has too much to see in a weekend, and that’s OK – it’s the perfect excuse to revisit. Also, I’ve travelled so much this year I have barely had a chance to write about my destinations – in 2017 I aim to catch up on all of the destinations I’ve missed writing about as well as writing about all the new ones I plan on visiting.
- Be safe – Nothing material is worth compromising your safety for. There are several ways to be safe which I’ve gone into in more depth in this post.
- It’s the people that make the trip – It doesn’t matter if you’re travelling with someone or if you’re on a solo adventure, the people you meet along the way (or bring with you) really make all the difference to your enjoyment of a place. I’ve been so lucky to meet amazing people this last year, hopefully some of them will join me on 2017 adventures!
Where do I recommend visiting?
Travel tip of the year
Don’t think about it – just book the trip! Think of me as the devil on your shoulder … I know I get major envy when I see my Facebook filled with travel photos from my friends and I’m sure I’m not alone there. So book a trip and make memories for yourself!
Countries visited – 19
New countries visited – 15
Plane journeys – 29
Bus/ train trips – 8
Boat rides – 10
Hostels/ hotels stayed at – 20
Miles covered – 28,847
Watch this space… I wish I was being mysterious but I’m actually just unsure at the moment. When I know I’ll let you know…