I’m a little embarrassed that I’ve managed to have four months pass without posting to the blog. Apologies, I’ve had lot’s going behind the scenes – work work work work. I guess the work-blogging balance went a little out the window. But I thought I’d bring myself back with a round-up of 2016’s year in travel. I did something similar for 2015 which was a BUSY year. If you fancy reading all about then I’ll link this here.
I was lucky enough to travel a lot last year too and it didn’t really sink in until I sat and went through my 1000’s of photos. Thank god for that 128 GB iPhone.
The first trip of the year was a long weekend in the Lake District. True to English weather, it rained the whole time we were there (by that I mean torrential downpour, flooding). Not letting that stop us, our little hire car trundled through the muddy lake roads and we even got a couple of scenic walks in. Definitely made more cosy by our stay in a lovely little B&B in Ambleside. The hosts next to none, making fresh American style breakfasts each morning.
My very first snow trip in Les Deux Alpes, France. I cannot tell you how excited I was to be here, even with falling on my arse 70% of the time whilst learning to snowboard. The mountain views, great weather and apres-ski definitely made up for it. It’s definitely fueled my appetite for more winter trips!
Back in our favorite European country, Portugal. This time we headed to Porto for a few days for a friend’s birthday. Just like Lisbon, Porto had this major street appeal. The people are definitely some of most friendly I’ve met. I put together a mini-guide for our stay which is great if you’re on a budget!
Another trip in the UK, this time the lovely little seaside town of Barmouth. Despite more heavy rain, I had a wonderful time beach hopping and getting to know the ins and outs of this little coastal town. Even managed a scenic drive around Snowdonia and Betws-y-Coed, all areas which I highly recommend.
Staying in July, we went on one of my favorite trips of year – Paris! After visiting for the first time in January 2015, I knew instantly it’s a place I’d fall in love with. Summer bought a completely different vibe – brunch spotting, canal side lunching and a whole heap more. It was only appropriate to dedicate a post to my top Parisian summer spots.
Back to staycations, this time heading on a bit of of Yorkshire road trip. After spending a day in York, we took to the road across the Moors to Knaresborough. Perfect English summer’s day; boating down the canal, and well eating ice-cream because we it hit 18 degrees. Why not, eh.
September / October
The biggest trip of my year (each year needs one). This was spending 15 days travelling across some Adriatic sea. First stop was Montenegro and it was oh-so glorious. Dramatic mountain landscapes on every turn, a great little old town and one of the most peaceful places I’ve ever stayed. I’ll let the pictures and post do the talking.
From Montenegro, we traveled up to Dubrovnik. A contrast going for our relaxing little bay to the old town, but I wasn’t complaining. So much history, so so many Game of Thrones fans. A cheeky day trip to Bosnia, well because another day, another country right?
After mainland Croatia, we set out to some of the Croat Islands; Korcula, Vis, Hvar and then back to mainland but up to Zadar. I’m slowly getting round to writing up the content for this trip, as this spun over 2 weeks, I want to make sure I can give you all enough detail for each place. They definitely deserve it. But for now, I’ll pop in a mini postcard entry.
Finally squeezing in my last trip of year. Birthday trip to the Yorkshire coast. Staying in the lovely Raithwaite Estate in Sandsend; this weekend was all about relaxing, eating some good food and pottering around the little fishing towns.
This year I was planning to cut my holidays right down due to saving up for my first house! Scary thoughts, I know. Going on trips is definitely the more fun choice! Saying that, I can’t not go away at all so I’ve booked in a couple of cheeky budget-friendly trips already:
April – Lanzarote, Canary Islands
July – Edinburgh, Scotland
September – Algarve, Portugal
What was your travel highlight of last year?