2016

Wow 2016 has flown by. Last year I did a recap of my posts/what I got up to and figured it was worth doing the same this year. If you’re curious this was my 2015. Again there are a ton of links but I quite enjoy reflecting on the year travel wise and seeing all the adventures I went on! Maybe this post is quite selfish haha.

January – I kicked off the new year by going to visit friends in Bristol. It was an amazing weekend full of dancing, fun and I guess a more personal look into my travels. I think when most people consider visiting England they think of London, Brighton or somewhere up north like Liverpool and Manchester but Bristol is a great option! I did two posts on what to do and what to eat if you fancy a gander. I also put up my trip from Barcelona which was absolutely lovely. It’s such a beautiful city and well worth exploring. Sunshine, amazing architecture and great food – what more do you need? Gaudi is a genius and just getting lost is a delight. There were also a few reviews here and there of National Express, BoltBus and Vueling.

February – A new life chapter started in this month and I moved to Israel. It was always going to be temporary but still quite a shock to the system. I had the best time and plan on going back in 2017 for a few weeks. I did a day in the life and a day out to the Horashim Forest. (I also did an updated what’s in my carry on compared to my 2015 one).

March – All things Israel kicked off! I visited three of the major cities and did several posts on what to do in each one and where to eat. Haifa was first with the Bahai Gardens, Mount Carmel and delicious brunch. Tel Aviv I divvied up with in the city activities, the outer city and amazing salads galore. I did a few more day trips to Caesarea right by Haifa and also the breathtaking Makhtesh Ramon – an absolute must!

April – A continuation andย you must hit up the holy city of Jerusalem (assuming it’s a safe time) and go to the Old City and various museums and markets.

May – I also did a sneaky video of my trip, something I’m not sure I want to continue into 2017 – we’ll see how it goes.

June – Was all about settling and getting into a life routine. I’m still unsure if I’ve got this down but it’s on the verge I think.

July – My birthday bucket list! I reassessed last year’s and wrote a brand spanking new one. I love new year resolutions, so having this mid-year challenge is great.

August – The Scandi trip I took in May/June finally got put up – can you tell I had a crazy few months job hunting/apartment hunting/life figuring out? I kicked things off with Copenhagen and a trip north to a castle, follow by activities to do in the city featuring water and on land. Copenhagen was probably one of my favourite citiesย of the year (in fact I went back a few weeks’ ago for a cheeky weekend). There’s just something so peaceful and charming about it that I absolutely love.

September – With SAS I flew toย Stockholm and got my Eurovision on. It was a very unique experience and something I’d love to do again should the right country host. Then on to Oslo to finish the Scandi trio. I saw viking ships and ski jumps to the extreme.

October – From Oslo I trained to Flam and saw some stunning countryside (definitely get out of cities when you can and experience rural life). Then the trip ended in Bergen with fish, views and fjord magic. From one trip to another and I went to Valencia with Air Europa. This was a bucket list item to go to La Tomatina in Spain!

November – I finally got to go to La Tomatina! After years of looking it up and having it in the back of my mind, I took the plunge and went. It was really mad and something I’m not sure I’d do again haha but so so so glad I did.

December – Finished up my Spain posts with taking the AVE Renfe Train to Madrid. I did a last minute update before the new year and summed up what’s next! Happpppppy new year!

Discussion

Nicosia - Borders & Mosques

Day Out - Aphrodite's Rock

Paphos - Castle & Sights

Day Out - Cinque Terre

Florence - Duomo & David

Day Out - Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day Out - Mayfield Lavender Farm

Taipei - Jiufen and Yehliu GeoPark

Taipei - 101

Yangshou - Li River

Day Out - Longji Rice Terraces

Guilin - Sun & Moon Pagodas

Shanghai - Bund and Temples

Xi'an - Terracotta Army

Day Out - Great Wall of China

Beijing - Temple of Heaven

Beijing - Tiananmen and Forbidden City

Helsinki - Seurasaari

Helsinki - Cathedral & Suomenlinna

Day Out - Lantern Festival London

Vatican City - Peter and the Pope

Day Out - Pompeii

Rome 2 - Colosseum and Forum

Rome - Food, Trevi and Pantheon

Madrid - Bear and Tree

Hotel One Shot Prado 23 Review

AVE Renfe Train Review

Day Out - La Tomatina

Valencia - Aquarium & Gulliver

Air Europa Review

Adventure - Scandinavia 2016

Bergen - Boats and Fish

Flรฅm - Hikes and Views

Oslo - Vikings and Ships

Oslo - Vigeland and Ski Jump

Stockholm - Abba & Meatballs

Copenhagen - Land

Copenhagen - Water

Day Out - Frederiksborg Castle

Adventure - Israel 2016

Jerusalem - Places to eat and drink!

Jerusalem - Old City

Jerusalem - Museums and Markets

Day Out - Makhtesh Ramon

Tel Aviv - Places to eat and drink!

Tel Aviv - Outside the city

Tel Aviv - In the city

Day Out - Caesarea

Haifa - Places to eat and drink!

Haifa - Wadi Nisnas & Mount Carmel

Haifa - Bahai Gardens

Day in the Life - Tel Aviv

Day Out - Horashim Forest

#13 - Israel

Barcelona #2 - Montjuic & Barri Gotic

Barcelona #1 - Gaudi

Bristol - Things to eat and drink!

Bristol - Things to do and see!

Day Out - Sherwood Forest

#12 - Xmas

Day Out - Winterville London

Zurich - Outside the city

Zurich - In the city

Day Out - Harry Potter Studio Tour

Adventure - Japan 2015

Tokyo 2

Nara & Hiroshima

Osaka

Koyasan

Kyoto 2

Kyoto

Tokyo & DisneySea

Tokyo

Boston Islands - What to see and do!

Boston - What to eat and drink!

Boston - What to see and do!

Seattle - What to see and do!

Adventure - British Columbia 2015

British Columbia 3 - Victoria

British Columbia 2 - Vancouver

British Columbia 1 - Whistler

Adventure - Alaska 2015

Juneau - Outside the city

Juneau - In the city

Whittier - Glaciers, Bears & Whales

Anchorage - Outside the city

Anchorage - In the city

Denali - ATVs, Huskies and a Moose

Louisville - What to see and do!

Little Rock - What to see and do!

Oklahoma City - What to see and do!

Kansas City - What to see and do!

St. Louis - What to see and do!

Memphis - What to see and do!

Great Smoky Mountains #2 - Hike and Fog

Great Smoky Mountains #1 - Bears & Dixie Stampede

Lake Erie Roadtrip #2 - Cleveland, Xmas and Rock & Roll

Lake Erie Roadtrip #1 - Toronto to Detroit

Fargo - What to see and do!

Reykjavik - Outside the city

Reykjavik - In the city

NYC Winter #2 - Markets, Lights and Trees

NYC Winter #1 - The Christmas Cluster

Day Out - The First Thanksgiving

New Orleans - What to see and do!

Montreal - Food Walking Tour

Montreal - Dos and Don'ts

Austin - What to eat and drink!

Austin - What to see and do!

Ghent in a day

Bruges in a day

Brussels in a day

Lisbon Day #3 - Tiles and Trams

Lisbon Day #2 - We Hate Tourism and Sintra

Lisbon Day #1 - Parque das Naรงรตes

Mountain Roadtrip #6 - Potatoes, Temple and Pride

Mountain Roadtrip #5 - Deer, Lakes and Cowboys

Mountain Roadtrip #4 - Yellowstone

Mountain Roadtrip #3 - Dudes, Spirits and Towers

Mountain Roadtrip #2 - Storms, Bison and Mount Rushmore

Mountain Roadtrip #1 - Denver, Snow and Red Rocks

Baltimore - Crabs, Old Bay and Beer

Las Vegas #2 - The Strip

Las Vegas #1 - Neon Museum, Hoover Dam & Fremont St

Day Out - Santacon NYC 2013

Balloon Roadtrip #4 - Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2013

Balloon Roadtrip #3 - Albuquerque

Balloon Roadtrip #2 - Flagstaff to Farmington

Balloon Roadtrip #1 - LA to Flagstaff