My 2015 Travel Round Up
I started 2015 with absolutely zero holiday plans, but it's ended up being the busiest travel year I've ever had. Just thinking about all of the fab places I've been lucky enough to visit puts the biggest grin on my face - travel is definitely one of the most important things to me, it just makes me feel so happy and inspired.
My travels have been quite varied, from local UK breaks, to brand new countries and cities that I had never explored before. Here's my 2015 travel round up...
We're pretty lucky that Sam's parents live in Anglesey - it's one of the most beautiful places that I've ever been and we've even chosen to have our wedding there in 2017. We started the year off with a long weekend by the sea in January and were lucky enough to visit again in August - I can't wait to spend lots more time there next year as we plan our big day!
I travel to London at least once a fortnight for work, but it's rare that I get the opportunity to enjoy the city at my own pace. In February Sam and I headed down for a weekend and we had the best time wandering down the Southbank and eating delicious food at Spuntino. We have another weekend in the capital city booked for Feb 2016 and I can't wait - let me know if you have any good restaurant recommendations.
May saw us take our first trip abroad of 2015, a weekend of sun, delicious food and port in Lisbon. We explored the city, visited Sintra and Cascais and thoroughly relaxed - it was perfect. I didn't expect to love Lisbon half as much as we did (there was so much to do!), but it has definitely made me hungry to explore more of Portugal and Porto is now firmly on our "to-visit" list.
Next up was a weekend away with the girls to Hamburg in Germany. We booked it on a bit of a whim, based solely on where the flights were cheapest, and we had no idea what the city had in store for us. We ended up having THE BEST weekend, filled with lots of prosecco and faux beach bars and a very mad night out. Hamburg had far more to offer than I first assumed - the harbour area is beautiful and the lakes were beautiful. It definitely made me keen to explore more German cities.
A few weeks later I caught the train down to Norfolk to visit my best friend Fi. It was my first time visiting this part of the UK and I was astounded at how beautiful it was. We sunbathed on the beach, pottered around the shops in Burnham Market and explored the beautiful Holkham Estate. After a few weeks of chaos, a relaxing weekend in the countryside and by the sea was EXACTLY what I needed, and I'm so happy to have had this sunny weekend with my lovely pal.
For the bank holiday weekend in August I headed across to Paris with my Mum and sister and we had the best weekend ever. The sun scorched down on us and we gorged on delicious steak and plenty of red wine. We even relived our childhood by visiting Disneyland for the day and we had so much fun - I don't think I've ever laughed so much! I always feel lucky that we're such a close family and I really hope we get to squeeze in another weekend break in 2016.
Iceland is probably the most beautiful places I have ever visited - I spent every second of our three days there completely in awe, it really is such an incredible country. We squeezed so much into our short trip, including the Golden Circle tour, a dip in the Blue Lagoon and seeing the breathtaking Northern Lights, but there is still so much we didn't manage to do. I think everybody should visit and I'm pretty certain that Sam and I will be back at some point in the next few years.
8) New York
We headed straight from Iceland to our favourite place in the world - New York! This was our third trip to the Big Apple together and the fact that we got engaged there made it the most special one yet. It was also the first time we had visited in summer, and we had such a fab time subathing in the parks and drinking champagne in rooftop bars. I will never not be obsessed with this amazing city, and it makes me a little bit sad that we probably won't get to visit next year, but I know we'll be back soon.
We took a couple of trips to Scarborough this year - one in the summer and one to stay at the beautiful Ox Pasture Hall. I love the English countryside so much - the fact that it's pretty much always grey and drizzly, the bright lights of the funfair, and of course, the fish and chips. There really is nothing quite like a few good lungfuls of sea air, and I'm hoping to explore more of the Yorkshire coast next year.
Last but certainly not least was the weekend trip to Oslo that we took a couple of weeks ago. We booked the flights on a whim as they were so cheap, but we had the fabbest weekend ever, and it has made me so keen to book a few more weekend breaks in the new year. It also fired up our Scandinavia obsession which I can't wait to indulge further when we visit Copenhagen in March.
What were your 2015 travel highlights?