Nine Trips Out Of England In 2017 – Travel Rundown

Nine Trips Out Of England In 2017 – Travel Rundown

2017 was a great year for travel for me as despite not getting out of the country every single month like I did in 2016 I managed to tick off some bucket list places and enjoy my first few trips with my boyfriend. I was out of the country for eight of the twelve months with January, July, August, and December being my off months. Although I did manage two trips in May so a whopping nine times out of England in 2017.

I feel very fortunate that I travel as much as I do and it’s all about a lot of planning and preparing, being very good with my finances and working around all those weekends and bank holidays.

February – Amsterdam, Holland

My very first trip of the year was back to Amsterdam. It’s somewhere I’d been to once before a few year’s back but a city that I did zero exploring of so I had a lot on my wishlist this time around. Me and my friend were in the city for two nights, three days and managed to cram quite a lot into our time without feeling like we were crazy busy all the time.

We managed a canal tour, a visit to Anne Franks house, loads of museums, Crepe eating, Saw the Red Light District and attended a gig so all in all a very successful long weekend.

Paris Notre Dame

March – Paris, France

March saw me and my boyfriend take our very first trip away together and it was a quick one night stay in Paris to celebrate his birthday. I managed to plan and sort out the trip without him knowing but I did cave and tell him a few week’s before we jumped on the Eurostar.

I’d been to Paris quite a few times but he hadn’t so I wanted to take him to some of the key spots which included climbing Notre Dame, exploring the Louvre, taking a Seine river cruise and just enjoying the hustle and bustle of the streets of Paris. I always find that there’s a lot to do in the city, so much so that I headed back just a few months later. Click here to see the Paris Tourist Map in order to plan your trip.

Hawaii Lava hits ocean

April – Hawaii, United States

April saw me take my largest trip of the year, and perhaps one of the scariest I’ve done. I booked to go to Hawaii with Trek America back last Summer and it was going to see me spend 8 days with strangers camping around the big island of Hawaii and see me take five flights within the space of 10 days.

The trip itself was fantastic and I saw so much during my time that I’ll never forget although I do wish I’d had an extra night or two at the end to relax before flying home but that’s what I did to minimize the time I had to take off work.

Trek America as a company are fantastic and I’d highly recommend them, although next time I’m hoping to do a BLT trip where I don’t have to camp.

May – Belfast

My next trip with the boyfriend saw us head to Belfast for three days over the early Bank Holiday weekend. We had a super chilled time while still seeing plenty of things like the Titanic exhibition and going on a Game of Thrones tour.

I definitely want to head back and explore more, especially doing a trip to Giant’s Causeway.

May- Crete

About three days after getting back from Belfast I jetted off to Crete with two of my friends for five days of pure relaxation. Yes, we did do a massive hike one day but other than that we laid on beaches, chilled out and ate lovely food.

I tend to be on the go a lot when I go on holiday’s so having one as chilled as this was really nice.

June – Paris, France

In June I headed back to Paris for two nights for the sole purpose of going to two live shows; Good Charlotte and Simple Plan. I am a huge advocate of going to live music shows outside of the UK as I think they’re such an experience and something that everyone should do.

While we were away I managed to tick a few things off my bucket list such as going up the Montparnasse Tower and visiting a bakery which I’d been meaning to go to.

Prague St Vitus

September – Prague, Czech Republic

While my boyfriend was on a golf weekend I headed to Prague for three days with my best friend to explore the new city and go to Bone Church which was number one on my list of places to see. We managed to do a half day trip out to Kutna Hora alongside a boat trip, exploration of the cathedrale, climbing to the top of a bell tour, taking photos at the John Lennon wall, a hop on, hop off bus tour and plenty more.

I did have a good time in Prague no doubt about it but I was expecting to fall head over heels in love with the city but I didn’t

Ischia Boat Views Castle

October – Ischia, Italy

October saw me head on my very first press trip which was four days on the island of Ischia just off the coast of Naples in Italy. Having never been on a press trip before I had no idea what to expect but the island was stunning, the people friendly and the food insanely tasty. I spent the four days being driven around and shown the wonders of the island alongside being filled full of some of the tastiest food I have ever eaten.

I can’t thank Imperatore Travels enough for inviting me along and Workham Hotels who helped sort out the details from this side

Colosseum

November – Venice & Rome, Italy

My final trip of the year was mine and my boyfriend’s proper holiday for the year which covered our first anniversary. We decided to go all out on this holiday and book nice fancy hotels and do things properly. We went to Venice for 4 days and then took a train down to Rome for a further 4 days.

We absolutely fell in love with Venice despite the weather not being perfect as it was just so nice not having cars around and the whole place felt relaxing and just pretty. Rome was the complete opposite and so busy despite being out of season and while I loved it and there was so much to do I think we’d possibly only go back to Venice again.

Alongside going out of the country I enjoyed Staycations in Oxford, Blackpool, and Bournemouth.

Did you go anywhere in 2017?

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This post was written in collaboration with Paris Pass but all thoughts are my own and the trips of course!

22 Comments

  1. Joanna
    December 15, 2017 / 7:30 pm

    It looks like you had many wonderful trips during 2017. I’d like to go to Ischia one day, I have visited the Amalfi Coast before but none of the islands. What are your plans for 2018?

  2. December 15, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    You have done really well Rhian and visited some beautiful places. If you ever go to New Zealand and need somewhere to stay, I have family there with spare rooms 🙂 I look forward to following your adventures in future.

  3. December 15, 2017 / 8:58 pm

    You have really done some fab travel. I love Paris and the Eurostar is awesome to get there, super easy x

  4. Nina
    December 16, 2017 / 12:27 am

    You’ve been so busy! Crete is one of my favourite places to visit during summer, it’s so beautiful! I’m so jealous you got to visit Hawaii too, lucky you! I visited Venice during summer and it was incredible, I loved the little winding streets and the canal boats gliding alongside us!

  5. December 16, 2017 / 5:40 am

    WOW. How very wonderful to see and do so much in life. It certainly must feel quite enriching.

  6. December 17, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    I only travelled within the UK this year but have been living vicariously through your blog and Instagram updates, I’ve loved seeing where you’ve been heading off to

  7. December 17, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    You have had such a fab year! I would love to go to Hawaii. Look forward to seeing your plans for next year

  8. December 17, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    You went to some great places! I only went to Centre Parcs this year but I’ve got my honeymoon next year so I’m very excited! X

  9. December 17, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    I’d love to go back to Anne Franks’ house one day; you should definitely head back to Belfast and see more of the Antrim Coast – Giant’s Causeway is phenomenal! x

  10. December 17, 2017 / 10:43 pm

    You have done some amazing travel and I’m sure have some amazing memories. Italy is my choice, I would love to go to Italy and Rome x

  11. December 18, 2017 / 8:40 am

    Wow what amazing experiences. I like the sound of the Hawaii trip although I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to go with everyone being strangers

  12. December 18, 2017 / 9:56 am

    That’s a fantastic year of travel! I didn’t do much travel at all this year, other than back and forth between Berlin and Edinburgh in preparation for our big move.

  13. December 18, 2017 / 11:32 am

    I am a little jealous haha you have been to so many amazing places this year! I have always wanted to go to Ireland and Amsterdam

  14. December 18, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    Wow, you’ve managed to cram a lot of exploring into a year! You must have some amazing memories from your trips.

  15. December 18, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    What a great travelling year you’ve had this year! I missed your July travels to Hawaii somehow.. so I’m going to go read all about it now!

  16. December 18, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    I’ve been to Paris , Amsterdam and Prague too ,loved them. Hawaii I’d only dream of going to and Italy ! You had one hell of an amazing year of travelling !!

  17. December 18, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    Wow! Impressive. We made it out of the country a grand total of once for 2 weeks in France. Hoping to go to Italy for our 10th anniversary next year.

  18. December 19, 2017 / 11:56 am

    I’m actually jealous that you’ve been on that many holidays in one year. trek America is something I’ve been wanting to do at some point.

  19. December 19, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    I think it is amazing that you have been able to visit so many amazing countries this year. I would love to go to Italy and Belfast as my best friend is from there and it has always appealed to me!

  20. December 19, 2017 / 5:27 pm

    Oh wow, all these trips sound amazing. I’m a bit jealous. I’d love to do a trip a month but that would be a bit difficult with two littles in tow. Still, you’ve given me some food for thought here Cx

  21. December 22, 2017 / 6:50 pm

    I so want to go to Italy and Greece again! For me, my next holiday should be a sunny place. Nothing else! I need some heat. What a fab list! I wish my year had been so exciting!

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