2016, what a year! But I’ve got to admit, before composing this list I truly thought I hadn’t done much this season. In a few ways the entire year has flown by into the blink of an eye but in alternative methods it is felt like the longest year of all.
What exactly I did in January feel like a lifetime ago, or like they took place to some other person. When I think about my trips from the beginning of the season it is like thinking about a film I watched years ago or even a fantasy I’m able to just keep in mind fragments of.
That’s one of the numerous reasons i really like maintaining a weblog. In years into the future, or simple months in my instance, I’m able to scroll back through my archive and look in wonder at all what exactly I did. I’ve a written record of all of the my thoughts and memories and photos to trigger emotions and many other memories used to don’t dare write on pages with this blog.
We developed this variety of 2016’s shows while scrolling back through my Instagram feed. I stumbled upon things I’d entirely forgotten about, like an morning hours coffee Elle and I also enjoyed while you’re watching the sunrise over Edmonton (see pic here), or the look on George’s face the very first time he rode along for a bicycle (see here), or just how pregnant I looked while exploring the cool underground grottos in Southern France (see right here) and how much enjoyable I’d jet skiing the new in Florida (see here).
Searching through my photos made me personally realise just how much we treasure these small memories. For me personally, Instagram isn’t an endless stream of very carefully curated pictures being completely in the pipeline become great looking. Instagram is my corner of the internet in which I share snapshots of memories which’s how I like it.
Therefore here it really is, my 16 features from 2016…
no. 1. My child kid
Definitely, the highlight of the year occurred just a couple weeks hence and ended up being the delivery of my 2nd son, Joseph. It’s crazy to imagine that at the start of the 12 months I’d no concept I’d have baby by the finish of the season!
number 2. Budapest, Hungary
My absolute favourite journey in 2016 was a 5-day day at Budapest with Elle. We visited in January when it had been cool, sharp and beautiful and I fell mind over heels in deep love with this town. Elle and I also additionally simply had a great deal fun together and we’ve vowed doing an identical journey in 2017. We simply need to determine where to go as we would like to get everywhere!
Browse our websites from Budapest here.
no. 3. Valencia, Spain
My 2nd favourite trip of the year had been a solamente trip to Valencia. This trip amazed me for just two reasons; firstly as it was a solo journey and I also frequently hate travelling solo but next because I knew absolutely nothing about Valenica before I visited therefore I didn’t expect it to be this type of gorgeous town. Why had nobody explained relating to this place prior to!
If you’re searching for a chilled out city break with year-round sunlight, a lovely town, an attractive beach, amazing food and loads to accomplish however suggest Valencia.
Read my blogs from Valencia here.
# 4. Menorca, Spain
Ahhh, Menorca, the spot I invested numerous a childhood summer holiday. We returned to Menorca in spring and I saw it from the totally new viewpoint. As and adult I appreciated more than simply the splash parks while the ice cream vendors.
Read my Menorca websites right here.
#5. A road journey in Southern France
It was another trip Elle and I took together after which went our separate means on individual road trips. Southern France is simply so jaw droppingly stunning and I amazed myself by enjoying another solo journey.
Consider a lot more of our Southern France posts right here.
# 6. Skiing in Tignes, France
If you told me that skiing with a one-year-old will be the many relaxing getaway of the season I would have thought you’re lying, but it surely was. We went away with Mark Warner sufficient reason for lovely nannies, evening babysitting, great skiing instructors and delicious meals this turned out to be the right family members cold weather holiday.
Read all about my Mark Warner ski trip here.
#7. A spring weekend in London
This was a trip you do not be prepared to see on list. We accustomed live in London and I look at the town on a regular basis for work and weblog meetings, just what made this one therefore special? Basically, I was offered a large spending plan and told to pay it on my perfect week-end in London. In order that’s exactly what Elle and I did so we had a fabulous time!
Read about a great 2 times in London.
#8. Florida Keys, USA
I’m never ever planning to state no up to a week in Florida sunlight if the British is within the depths of cold temperatures. This was a very fun trip plus lovely destination – made even more fun because i eventually got to spend time with my writer buddy Vicky Flip Flop.
See my Florida Keys blog posts here.
#9. Algarve, Portugal
Employing a big villa in Portugal has become something of a family tradition as this is the next year I went away with George and my parents. We’ve even booked to accomplish it once again next year!
Read the Portugal property we stayed at right here.
#10. Montana, United States Of America
It was an epic journey with Expedia. It absolutely was full of outdoorsy such things as climbing and ship trips, horseback riding and exploring. Nights were invested watching the sunset over lakes while toasting marshmallows more than a campfire. It was pure bliss.
See my Montana posts right here.
#11. Northern Ireland
It was my first visit to Northern Ireland and we made it our objective to search out a few of the Game of Thrones filming scenes and iconic areas just like the Giant’s Causeway. Which was an important bucket list item ticked!
Discover my perfect itinerary for week-end in Northern Ireland.
#12. Family glamping in France
I’ven’t written about this trip yet as I’m saving all of it for the following month. Sam, George and I also hired a vehicle and visited some fabulous glamping spots in France. Our journey ended up being with Les Castles who specialise in family members camping trips. I can’t wait to generally share our journey because we had that good time.
#13. Edmonton, Canada
For those who haven’t heard of Edmonton then don’t stress, you’re not by yourself. It’s the main city of Canada’s Alberta province and is a astonishing town that’s a perfect gateway to many other shows of Canada. Elle, Elizabeth and I also travelled online together for the first Travel Hack Team journey.
See all of us websites from Edmonton right here.
#14. Paris, France
My last journey abroad before I’d Joseph had been a chilled week-end in Paris. They say that Paris is often a good idea and I couldn’t concur more!
Consider my review from super trendy Renaissance Paris Republique Hotel in which I stayed.
#15. UK foodie adventure
This is more a series of 5 small trips in the UK as Elle and I lay out on a objective discover new foodie trends. We began in New Malden in the west London to use Korean food, Bristol for Caribbean meals, York for Nepalese food and North Wales for sustainable seafood safari. It had been epic and exposed my eyes to many places in the united kingdom that I’d never ever even considered visiting before.
Take a good look at the foodie articles right here.
#16. A summer time at home
It could not appear to be it from looking over this list but 2016 had been in fact a reasonably chilled year for me personally in comparison to other years. I did son’t travel as much as normal, mostly because i needed become with George and because I happened to be pregnant. I invested more time in the home, especially through the summer time towards the end of my pregnancy, and I positively adored it. I liked hanging out with my children and buddies, enjoying our home that we’d renovated the season before and generally maybe not rushing from journey to the next!
We had many day trips around Wales, several camping trips and weekends away and I also simply generally enjoyed relaxing at home. I became never ever a fan of ‘relaxing weekends’ before so I guess I’m growing older!
Among my favourite weekends away ended up being whenever we went camping in Beddgelert in North Wales.
I truly don’t understand what 2017 provides. I thought there’d be described as a great deal less travel but I already have three trips booked and I’m preparing additional. I’m hoping I’ll be composing another post this time around next year!