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How on earth are we now reaching the end of 2017? HOW?! I’m sure that I blinked and suddenly we had shot from May to December. 2017 has been a year of very extreme highs and very extreme lows for me but this blog is a happy place used for celebrating the beauty of travel, so I’ll only focus on those nice elements!
Everyone has a “bucket list” of some description, even if you may not call it that. Some people want to own a Ferrari, others want to get their dream job, I on the other hand want to travel to as many corners of the world as physically possible.
This year, I’ve taken fewer trips but they have definitely been more extensive than in previous years. I was flicking through my Instagram photos recently thinking “wow, I’ve done some pretty cool things this year”, so here’s a big old round-up!
The first adventure of the year took Callum and I to Morocco which was particularly exciting as it was my first time on the African continent (little did we know at this point that 2017 would feature two Africa adventures)! We were in Morocco for 5 days and every single day was filled with a different adventure; my favourites being:
Exploring the gorgeous tiled palaces and architecture of Marrakech
Getting lost in the sounds, smells and sights of the souks (and trying to resist buying ALL of the gorgeous plates)
Taking lots of Instagram shots in the gorgeous Jardins Marjoelle (the previous home of Yves Saint Laurent)
Driving through the winding roads of the Atlas Mountains enjoying the epic views
Isles of Scilly
Next up, two of my friends and I went to visit another friend who was living in the Isles of Scilly. While many won’t have this trip on their “bucket list”, it was the perfect trip to relax and spend time with some amazing people.
Taking a road trip from the East to the West of the UK with my besties (with lots of singing obviously)
Experience glorious sunshine and clear blue seas which I didn’t think were possible in the UK!
Spend some quality time with three incredible people
For once, taking the time to relax and detox
Eating ALL of the amazing food on the islands
This was our spontaneous trip of the year. With cheap Ryanair flights and a whole bundle of Hilton hotel points at our disposal, we decided to have a quick Summer break to Luxembourg which exceeded all of my expectations!
Managing to book flights and accommodation for a total of £20!
Cycling through the vineyards of the Moselle Valley in the glorious sunshine
Obviously also tasting the wines in the aforementioned vineyards…
Wandering around the picturesque town of Vianden and exploring it’s impressive castle
Exploring Luxembourg City in the height of Summer and somehow avoiding all of the crowds (Luxembourg is a hidden gem)!
2017 was the year that I became a Chartered Tax Advisor and no longer had to study whilst working full time. You know what this means? More spare time and more annual leave! I hadn’t taken a holiday longer than a week for 4 years, so this was a real treat and of course, I picked my #1 bucket list destination!
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