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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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?