We’re already half way through the first working week of 2016, and here I am, already thinking of my next holiday! But before I share my new travel wish list for the year ahead, I thought I’d look back on all the lovely places I saw for the first time in the last 12 months.
This time last year, I posted about the Top trips of 2014 and my wish list for 2015. I’m proud to say I have made good on two of my resolutions, and I’ve even topped another one. Read on to find out more…
Top trips of 2015
Amsterdam, surprisingly more famous for things other than cheese. I must have had a ton of edam… on a stick, on its own, in a sandwich, on toast. It was an absolutely amazing city with great art, architecture and shopping. For insider tips, check out my post about the city of freedom.
So many trips to Italy, and I had never set foot in Florence. I fell utterly in love with the little cobbled streets, the comforting scent of old wooden furniture, and the languid waters of the river Arno. I didn’t even notice the tourist crowds, but that was probably to do with the constant pizza-followed-by-gelato delirium I was in throughout the holiday. To see it all for yourself, head over to my Florence blog post.
Last January I posted about wanting to visit Scotland, and so I did! Even if you’re not a massive fan of whisky, you’ll quickly realise it’s quite vital to have a sip (or two) every now and again when exploring Edinburgh in the biting wind. Even though the weather in Scotland can sometimes be harsh, it is a positively incredible country, and I definitely intend on going back. If you’d rather admire it from a distance, start with all the spots I checked out, all meticulously described in my haunting tales of Edinburgh.
2. Andalucia, Spain (Granada, Cordoba & Seville)
Three cities in five days, probably the most intense trip I’ve had this year, but boy, was it worth it! It was also the second of my 2015 wish list items that became a reality. The Alhambra Palace was stunning, and the gardens were the pearl in its glorious crown. See it all for yourself in my post about Granada. The next city charmed me off my feet and I perched on top of its highest tower for a splendid view. Make sure you take a look at some of my most favourite pictures from my time in Cordoba. And last, but by no means least, the remarkable capital of Andalucia offered all of the above and more. Find out about all of my adventures in Seville.
1. Costa Rica!
I posted about wanting to go to Mexico in 2015, but when I started my research, I came across a Costa Rica holiday deal that just could not be missed. The experiences I had there were undoubtedly second to none. I have not been able to blog about it yet (the amount of pictures I have to go through is unbelievable), so I don’t want to spoil too much. Look out for it very soon!
2016 Wish List
All the places I went to last year, were places I hadn’t visited before. I hope that I can continue the tradition of firsts into this year as well.
Southern & Northern Ireland
Having seen a little bit of Scotland in 2015, I’d like to head north again, and explore Dublin’s night life, Belfast’s architecture, and The Giant’s Causeway, one of the UK’s most famous natural landmarks.
As I’ve already been north of Rome a few times, I wouldn’t mind venturing to the southernmost parts of this extraordinary country. Places like Naples, Sorrento and Capri, rich in cultural heritage and beautiful beaches. And let’s pretend the food isn’t one of the main reasons why I keep going back to Italy!
New York City
I have never set foot in the US of A, so I’d be happy to see pretty much anything there, but naturally, New York is at the top of the list.
For my long beach holiday, I can’t help but wish for something similar to Costa Rica, and I thought Jamaica offers similar experiences in its own unique way. Bright blue, crystal water – check; endless beaches of fine sand – check. Nature and wildlife – check, check.
Probably too ambitious, but I would love to go to Cuba before it changes too much. I’d like to see the classic cars in the charming vintage setting of Havana’s streets, and dance the night away with a mojito in hand. Ah, the simple things in life!
Let me know your New Year’s travel resolutions! Any tips for the destinations on my wish list?