This time last year I made a promise to myself to travel as much and as often as I possibly could in 2017 and I definitely stuck to that promise. Over the course of the year, I took over 20 flights and many trains. I took 7 trips overseas and travelled to 18 cities and towns across 9 countries in Europe and North America. Here is a quick glimpse into what I got up to in 2017…
My first overseas trip of the year took me to Berlin for a weekend where I ate curry-wurst, marvelled at the beauty of the Berlin cathedral, admired the East Side Gallery and much more. It was a flying visit, but I still managed to visit most of the cities main attractions and left Germany’s capital eager to return.
Rome, Florence, Pisa, Vatican City and Brussels
In April, I headed to Italy to celebrate my 23rd birthday in style. Using Rome as a base for my Italian adventure, I visited Rome’s top attractions, explored Vatican City, ate my own body weight in gelato and took day trips to Florence and Pisa.
The beginning of a bank holiday weekend at the end of the month saw me jet off once more to spend a day in Brussels, Belgium for a quick stop over which mainly consisted of eating waffles, drinking flavoured beers at Delarium, visiting mini Europe and taking about a million photographs of the Grand Place.
From Brussels, we headed to Vienna – a city that stole my heart due to it’s impressive art scene, stunning palaces and the worlds oldest zoo. As someone that would usually prefer to explore a new city overseas as opposed to revisiting somewhere I have already been, Vienna was the first city that has ever left me yearning to return ASAP.
Boston, New Orleans, Nashville, Memphis and New York City
In June, I headed on my furthest solo travel adventure yet and spent two weeks travelling around the states and crossing some MAJOR experiences off my bucket list. I started in Boston, before falling in love with the arty city of New Orleans, discovering Nashville and day tripping to Memphis before ending the trip in New York City. It was a jam-packed two weeks which left me feeling exhausted, but the memories I made will stay with me forever.
Lisbon, Cascais and Sintra
Just a few weeks later I headed to Lisbon to see my favourite band play at NOS Alive music festival, discover the charming streets of Alfama and admire the breathtaking architecture of Jeronimos Monastery.
I also took this opportunity to take quite possibly the best day trip I have ever been on to the magical town of Sintra and seaside town of Cascais – something I consider a must do if you are in the area.
Athens and Santorini
On the hunt for some sun, we headed to Greece where we explored ancient ruins in Athens and drank cocktails with views of the Acropolis. Soon after we jumped on a plane to Santorini and spent three days admiring the sunset from a pirate ship, eating dinner with the most amazing views, hiking a volcano and falling in love with the islands beauty.
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Shortly after returning from Greece, I headed to Paris for a work trip. Although I wasn’t there for leisure, it was nice to return to one of my favourite European cities for a few days.
Craving some festive cheer, I headed to London for my last trip of 2017. My weekend consisted of Christmas shopping, getting lost in Camden markets and going on the grim reapers walking tour.
2017 was one of the best years of my life so far and I am incredibly thankful that I was able to travel so much throughout the year and create so many amazing memories.
Where did you travel to this year and what were your personal highlights?