2015 Review: My Year In Travel

December 30, 2015 admin Travel 0 comments
8 destinations in 7 countries over 6 trips. In 2015 I truly caught the travel bug. The previous two years I got to know the idea of travelling solo and found out how easy it was just to book a flight & hotel and go exploring. Only having to work to fund it all stopped me doing more!

January: BERLIN, Germany

One of those major capitals I had yet to see. I wasn’t expecting a lot on a cold January week but this was just to get to know the place. Of course there’s all the history which certainly makes you think as you walk around. But it’s that history that means Berlin has this strange mix of old and new that lacks the historical centres I’m drawn to in other European cities. Cold in more than one sense. Potentially much nicer in the summer months though.

Alexanderplatz, Berlin

May: VIENNA, Austria

Eurovision! A show that rolls my interests in music, media and travel in one. For the first time I visited on the week of the finals, so the city was welcoming visitors from all over with stalls, performances and live screenings. Austria I know well and is a favourite plus I’ve visited Vienna before, though for less than a day. I had the chance to explore the city’s attractions and get my Sacher Torte fix!

‘Eurovillage’ at Rathausplatz, Vienna

June: AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands

Again?! This would be a third time! This wasn’t a solo or family trip for once – my good friend and fellow Taylor Swift fan Lauren had the idea of travelling with her and one of her friends over to Amsterdam. A gig at The Ziggo Dome followed by some sightseeing. Special.

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

August: HELSINKI, Finland & TALLIN, Estonia

The family holiday. My travels have influenced my parents so now they want to see more of northern Europe. We decided on these two new countries & cities. We stayed in Helsinki and for one of our days took a short ferry trip across to Tallin. Beautiful sights everywhere and a very relaxed culture. The weather was perfect (warm, blue skies) and we could of easily stayed longer.

Helsinki

Tallin

October: OSLO & TROMSO, Norway

Iceland and Norway were two Scandi/Nordic countries I needed to visit. Both being cold countries they’d suit an October trip well. I stumbled on a town in Norway called Tromso which looked mad at first being this remote and very cold place high on the map. But then knowing I’d likely see the Northern Lights it looked like a good adventure! So as you can see I did see the lights – after many hours of feeling the coldest I’ve ever felt that is! If I had a bucket list that’d be one thing ticked off.

Just outside Tromso centre

December: GOTHENBERG, Sweden

I guess I couldn’t let the year go without visiting my favourite Sweden. Slipped in on a normal weekend off work, I wanted to see something festive. Liseberg Amusement Park delivered with it’s pretty lights, snow and Christmas markets. The city itself was a little Copenhagen meets Stockholm. Straight avenues with bike lanes and trams. I hired one of their city bikes and moved around town like a local. In a day I felt like a could live there. I’ll be back!

Liseberg, Goteborg

Where Next?

April 2016: NEW YORK CITY, USA
I’ve long put this off but I’m finally going to make it happen! I fly out on my birthday for a 4 day trip.

May 2016: STOCKHOLM, Sweden
The joy of Eurovision is it takes you to a new city every year. This time it takes me to my favourite city and I’m lucky enough to have a ticket to the grand final at the Globen Arena. Madness.


Reykjavik, Iceland? Bergen, Norway? Scandi Road Trip? West Germany Road Trip? Return to The Alps? Budapest, Hungary?

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