So as the year is coming to a close I wanted to take a moment and look back at my 2017 travel highlights. All the awesome day trips, holidays and adventures I’ve taken part in this year. So if you’re looking for things to do around London or places to visit for your next trip hopefully this blog will help you too!
1. Easter breaks in Scandinavia
April marked my first trip to Scandinavia. On the itinerary were Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo. Out of the three Copenhagen was my absolute favourite and I loved the colourful buildings of Nyhaven and the relaxed atmosphere of the city. Stockholm had decorative underground stations, a beautiful hostel and snow, whilst Oslo had its a Folk museum which felt like you were stepping into another world.
2. Summer (and celebrations) in Bruges
August arrived and with it came my boyfriends birthday. To celebrate I’d arranged a long weekend in Bruges. It was to be full of praline, walks along the cobbled streets and beer (or gin once we got sick of pretending to like beer). And it didn’t disappoint. I’d love to visit this medieval city again, perhaps one winter when it’s decorated in snow. And to also stuff my face with chocolate again.
3. Night at the Museum
One of my favourite evenings of 2017 was spent at the Natural History Museum during one of their Lates. We had a delicious tapas before arriving just around the corner at Tapas Brindisa full of incredible patatas bravas and sangria. It felt weird to be walking around the museum at night, cider in hand but it really was a fun night. We got to explore the library, which in all my years of visiting I’ve never seen open, as well as catching a glimpse of the new Hintze Hall and Hope the Whale. And I must say it was truly impressive.
4. Nature Walks
Image Credit: Dan Moore
This year has included some fantastic walks around the parks and woods in and around London. Living in the city means you have to make the most of the green spaces when you can, so on a weekend we like to spend as much time exploring outside. For the first time I visited Knole Park (it’s better than Richmond in my opinion), Oxleas Woods and Sydenham Hill Woods. Oxleas is an ancient woods in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and is said to be over 8,000 years old. Sydenham Hill Woods is a little less spectacular but it’s close to home. Here you’ll a dished railway and will find a street art piece by the talented Louis Masai.
5. New York in November
My last holiday of 2017 turned out to be my first visit to the United States of America. For me, New York has always been high on the list of places I want to visit and it really didn’t disappoint. Everywhere you turn is another iconic building, and is it just me but doesn’t it all feel so familiar? We walked a lot, ate a heap of fantastic food and had the best time. We did so much to summarise in this blog but do look out for many more posts in my New York series.
And that’s it from me for 2017! The above were just some of the 2017 travel highlights for me, although I could have included a whole lot more! It’s been a busy year for me travel wise and 2018 is set to be even crazier. Whatever your plans are or wherever you are, have a great New Year and a wonderful 2018.
Until next time.