With a new year (and a new decade – still not over that!) comes new reflections. And today, I’m reflecting on the incredible travel opportunities that came to me in 2019.
Truthfully, I felt a little bit silly putting ‘travel’ as one of the categories on this blog when I created it in 2018. Even though there was so much of the world that I was longing to see, I was (and still am!) far from a seasoned traveller and, with no 2019 trips on the horizon at the time, I had a feeling that it would become a slightly neglected corner of my blog.
I couldn’t have been more wrong. 2019 saw me not only overcome my anxieties towards travelling but completely fall in LOVE with seeing the world. Granted, this list will still seem short to a lot of people, but for me it was a huge list of opportunities and one that I feel incredibly lucky to have experienced.
The year involved an amazing mixture of trips – some to places that I’ve been to multiple times and some to completely new locations. It’s safe to say, I ticked a LOT of things off my bucket list and well and truly caught the travel bug in the process.
So, without further ado, let’s get into it!
Oh, beautiful Iceland. Jordan and I booked a (slightly spontaneous) trip to Iceland at the start of the year (with a view to it being our only trip of 2019 – ha!) and we quickly became completely enamoured with this incredible country. It was completely different from anything either of us had experienced before and, if you are toying with paying a visit, I can’t recommend it enough.
We explored all along the south coast of Iceland and had four incredible days of waterfalls, glaciers and hot springs. You can read our full Iceland itinerary here as well as my tips for travelling to Iceland here. On New Year’s Eve we got into a discussion about our favourite holiday destinations of all time and Jordan and I both agreed, Iceland won it for us. I’m already itching to get my snow boots back on and pay another visit.
From snow boots to sangria! In June I paid a visit to a quiet corner of the Spanish countryside with my best friend for a few days of total relaxation. We stayed at Casa Colina, a beautifully rural B&B in the hills of Andalusia, where I’ve been lucky enough to stay a few times over the years.
This holiday was all about switching off and regaining my energy in the middle of wedding season. I went for a few days without social media, and instead focussed on enjoying the sunshine, hiking in the hills of the Spanish countryside and consuming all of the incredible food and wine I could manage. Perfect.
My favourite city on earth and the place that probably holds the biggest piece of my heart. I felt SO very fortunate to be asked to visit New York not once but twice in 2019 for work and it was every bit as incredible as I remember it being from my previous visits.
There’s a buzz about New York which can’t quite be put into words. A dizzying magic which has to be experienced to be believed. I’m going to be sharing more about travelling to New York over the coming months, but if you’re looking for a city break and you’ve never seen the city that never sleeps – book a trip and see it for yourself!
My second trip to Spain in 2019 took me to the hills above Dénia with Jordan’s family. We rented a villa in Monte Pego which was beautiful and only a short drive from lots of beaches and towns. If you are looking for a place to visit for a family holiday, this is the perfect location!
Our trip was full of watersports, beach days and hiking (side note, take LOTS of water if you decide to hike a mountain!) and it was the perfect way to switch off and spend quality time together.
Rounding things off with our biggest trip of 2019! When Jordan’s cousins (who live in South Africa) got engaged in the Spring we suspected that a trip to Cape Town for the wedding may be on the cards sometime soon. On saying that, we certainly didn’t expect it to be as soon as September!
After almost eight years with my Zimbabwean boyfriend, I was desperate to finally see Africa so we set about planning a trip around the Western Cape, finishing things off with an incredible safari. From the waterfront to the wine regions and everything in between, I completely fell in love with South Africa and I will DEFINITELY be back!
2019 was the best year of my life and so much of that is down to these incredible trips. When I look back on the year, I will always have such happy memories – my only regret is not buying an annual travel insurance policy!
Although I don’t have much travel planned for 2020 at the moment, there’s still plenty of time yet and there are still LOTS of places on my list! Be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with my daily going’s on and any upcoming trips.