As one of my “resolutions
” (I hate that word, don’t you?
) for 2017 is to do a little more travelling see more of the world, I thought it would be a good idea to have a little look back on some of the places I managed to get to in 2016. Not as many as I would have liked, but I’m definitely not complaining because there were quite a few little trips. I really enjoyed all of them and they were all really different.
I managed to see quite a few places in the UK too, but I’m mainly focusing on the places I went to which were across the sea in this post.
I started off the year by heading off to Paris. I hadn’t been to Paris as an adult before. The last time I went flared jeans were still in fashion. My biggest memory of the trip was the fly breaking on those jeans. They were the only pair I had with me and I was pretty embarrassed about it for the entire trip. This time around I had some amazing food. There was cafe gourmand, bread, macarons, custard tarts, saucisson, country pate, beef that was practically blue, frites. I could go on. We stayed in a very French hotel with red white and blue wallpaper. Also, I was fully converted to the beauty that is the Eurostar. How ridiculously convenient is that?
In May, I went off to Portugal with a few friends from Uni. We’re all very
different, so I’m surprised the trip worked out as well as it did. One of the joys of a holiday like that with so many different people is that you get lots of recommendations from other people. Everyone has different ideas as to what to try – things I never
would have tried had I been on my own. We started off in Lisbon
, where we stayed for two days in my first ever AirBnb
. I fell in love with the tiles of Lisbon and how colourful
it was. I did not fall in love with the hills. Afterwards, we caught the bus for two hours to a small place called Peniche
. The plan was to surf for five days and chill by the beach. I learned two things. One
– the Portugese version of National Express puts ours to shame. Two
– I hate surfing. I will never
do it ever again.
This was my big holiday of the year! I needed a holiday having just finished working on the EU referendum campaign. Ten days away on an island seemed the way to do it. Zante was boiling hot. Some days it hit 40 degrees, which might have been just a bit too hot. I managed to get one of the first tans I’ve ever had and spent most of the day lounging by the pool drinking cocktails. I’ll probably never go back to Zante. To say that I never fell in love with it would be an understatement. If you’re looking for a great place to go in Greece, this wouldn’t be it.
I think one of my main aims in life would be to spend as much time in Jersey
as I can. I’m not sure I’d want to live there, but I love going on a break there. I love
the escape from London, and there really isn’t much of a better place to head than the Channel Islands. I love the incredible beaches, the seafood and the fact that the flight there only takes half an hour.
I so badly wanted to love Iceland, but I’m not sure I did. I’m not sure its Iceland’s fault either (apart from maybe how bloody expensive
the place is, almost bankrupt worthy). It rained the entire time we were there (proper piss it down rain, not just spitting
) and it was very cold. That meant we never got to see the Northern Lights, which was half of the reason for the trip. I couldn’t get over the way the hot water smelt like sulphur and I had a miserable cold while I was there. Having said that, it was an entirely different place to visit, I ate some incredible (if slightly odd
and got to see the 25th Wonder of the World
This was my last trip of the year. I was only there for the weekend
but I absolutely loved it! We stayed in a lovely little AirBnb and managed to fit in quite a bit of stuff to do. Even though the city is quite expensive, it has such a great atmosphere. We went on walking tours and to Christmas markets
and ate some pretty nice food, including visiting an incredible food hall
And so the aim for 2017 is to see more and get a little further afield. Maybe get a few of these
Anyone else got any travel plans?