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2017 Travel Wrap Up

. Sunday, 24 December 2017 .
2017 has been a great year for me in terms of travel. I've visited Glasgow, Prague, Budapest, Tanzania and most recently, Berlin. I vlogged all of those adventures over on my YouTube channel so if you like travel vlogs I'd definitely recommend you check them out. I've already made a blog post all about the trips I hope to take in 2018, but I thought I'd take this time to reflect on the adventures I've been on this year.
Urquhart Castle

Glasgow

My first trip of the year was to Glasgow, because despite living in the U.K all my life I had been to Scotland! (I've also never been to Wales or Ireland, so they're both on my list!) For me this trip was a perfect example of learning to appreciate places closer to home. For me travelling has always meant hopping on a plane to a totally different place but this trip showed me that that doesn't have to be the case. The definite highlight of this trip was my day trip to the Highlands - this is something I would recommend to anyone visiting Scotland! The beauty of that place is just indescribable. The Hungarian museum was also a definite highlight of the trip - I'm a big history nerd and this free museum contained some really awesome pieces! In particular, a lot of medical history, such as preserved specimens, bones and old fashioned medical tools. 

Prague

Charles Bridge
I have to admit I didn't love Prague quite as much as I did other cities I've visited. I can't really put my finger on why, maybe it's just because I went to Budapest immediately after and loved Budapest so much that it made Prague look not as great in comparison. A major downside for me in Prague was that a lot of the things to do and places to see were quite expensive! In most cities there are free museums and even the ones you do pay for aren't particularly expensive. But that just was not the case in Prague! In terms of accommodation and food Prague is pretty cheap, but to do stuff is definitely not! However The Charles Bridge is definitely an incredible place to visit, it's busy and touristy but the river is stunning and the architecture of the bridge itself and the surrounding areas is stunning. Prague Castle is also a must for me; it's situated on top of a hill so the views over the city are breathtaking and you could easily spend an entire day exploring the castle and everything inside the complex. 
Views from Gellert Hill

Budapest

I left Prague on an overnight bus and arrived into Budapest in the early hours of the morning. Budapest just blew me away, I loved every minute of my time here and just really didn't want to leave! I thoroughly enjoyed the bike tour that I did of the city as it was a great way to cover a lot of ground, gain a bit of perspective on the city and work out what I wanted to see/do on the rest of my trip. I climbed a mountain (which was definitely a hill but felt like a mountain) to get some incredible views out over the city. You also cannot miss out on visiting the Roman Baths, there are multiple throughout the city and they are all so unique. I visited Széchenyi Baths first thing in the morning and it was perfect, there were barely any people there and essentially I never wanted to leave. Buda Castle is another must do when in Budapest; the castle is set on top a hill and you also have the National Gallery and a history museum within the complex. Plus you get great views over the city. 

Tanzania

Making myself comfy in a tree
Undoubtedly the highlight of my travelling year. I was fortune enough to spend just under a month in this incredible East African country. It was a totally foreign experience for me and one I will treasure. I spent most of my time here volunteering as a nurse (a very eye opening experience!) but also was fortune enough to go on a 4 day camping safari, explore Arusha and the surround area and visit Zanzibar for a few days. My trip didn't get off to a good start when I was left at the airport for over 3 hours waiting to be collected by the volunteer company (needless to say, I definitely just wanted to go home at this point!) but once I got my head around 'African time' - i.e. nothing happens anywhere close to the time you're told it will happen - it didn't really bother me. I also came away with a great appreciation for the healthcare services that we have available to us in the U.K; it was devastating to see people literally dying because they could not afford the care they needed. 

Berlin

Artwork on the Berlin Wall
My final trip of the year was to Berlin, Germany. Mainly because I wanted to visit a city I had never been to before but also because the Germans are famous for their Christmas markets. I was a little worried that I wouldn't enjoy my trip because I truly hate being cold and it makes me seriously miserable. But even the cold couldn't spoil this trip, I loved every minute of it and never wanted to come home! The Christmas markets were incredible, especially at night when everything was lit up. There is also SO much to do in this city that I didn't feel like I'd even scratched the surface in just 5 days. A highlight had to be the visit I took to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp - a very sobering but important day I think. It's about 45 minutes outside of Berlin by train and a very worthwhile day trip. The East Side gallery is something else not to miss, some of the artwork on that wall is just out of this World! I also loved the Natural History museum, because again I'm a massive history nerd, and some of the exhibits were fascinating! 

Where have you visited in 2017?

If you enjoyed this you might also enjoy these blog posts:
Tips for Your African Safari
10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Tanzania
Travel Lovers Gift Guide   
2017 has been a great year for me in terms of travel. I've visited Glasgow, Prague, Budapest, Tanzania and most recently, Berlin. I vlogged all of those adventures over on my YouTube channel so if you like travel vlogs I'd definitely recommend you check them out. I've already made a blog post all about the trips I hope to take in 2018, but I thought I'd take this time to reflect on the adventures I've been on this year.
Urquhart Castle

Glasgow

My first trip of the year was to Glasgow, because despite living in the U.K all my life I had been to Scotland! (I've also never been to Wales or Ireland, so they're both on my list!) For me this trip was a perfect example of learning to appreciate places closer to home. For me travelling has always meant hopping on a plane to a totally different place but this trip showed me that that doesn't have to be the case. The definite highlight of this trip was my day trip to the Highlands - this is something I would recommend to anyone visiting Scotland! The beauty of that place is just indescribable. The Hungarian museum was also a definite highlight of the trip - I'm a big history nerd and this free museum contained some really awesome pieces! In particular, a lot of medical history, such as preserved specimens, bones and old fashioned medical tools. 

Prague

Charles Bridge
I have to admit I didn't love Prague quite as much as I did other cities I've visited. I can't really put my finger on why, maybe it's just because I went to Budapest immediately after and loved Budapest so much that it made Prague look not as great in comparison. A major downside for me in Prague was that a lot of the things to do and places to see were quite expensive! In most cities there are free museums and even the ones you do pay for aren't particularly expensive. But that just was not the case in Prague! In terms of accommodation and food Prague is pretty cheap, but to do stuff is definitely not! However The Charles Bridge is definitely an incredible place to visit, it's busy and touristy but the river is stunning and the architecture of the bridge itself and the surrounding areas is stunning. Prague Castle is also a must for me; it's situated on top of a hill so the views over the city are breathtaking and you could easily spend an entire day exploring the castle and everything inside the complex. 
Views from Gellert Hill

Budapest

I left Prague on an overnight bus and arrived into Budapest in the early hours of the morning. Budapest just blew me away, I loved every minute of my time here and just really didn't want to leave! I thoroughly enjoyed the bike tour that I did of the city as it was a great way to cover a lot of ground, gain a bit of perspective on the city and work out what I wanted to see/do on the rest of my trip. I climbed a mountain (which was definitely a hill but felt like a mountain) to get some incredible views out over the city. You also cannot miss out on visiting the Roman Baths, there are multiple throughout the city and they are all so unique. I visited Széchenyi Baths first thing in the morning and it was perfect, there were barely any people there and essentially I never wanted to leave. Buda Castle is another must do when in Budapest; the castle is set on top a hill and you also have the National Gallery and a history museum within the complex. Plus you get great views over the city. 

Tanzania

Making myself comfy in a tree
Undoubtedly the highlight of my travelling year. I was fortune enough to spend just under a month in this incredible East African country. It was a totally foreign experience for me and one I will treasure. I spent most of my time here volunteering as a nurse (a very eye opening experience!) but also was fortune enough to go on a 4 day camping safari, explore Arusha and the surround area and visit Zanzibar for a few days. My trip didn't get off to a good start when I was left at the airport for over 3 hours waiting to be collected by the volunteer company (needless to say, I definitely just wanted to go home at this point!) but once I got my head around 'African time' - i.e. nothing happens anywhere close to the time you're told it will happen - it didn't really bother me. I also came away with a great appreciation for the healthcare services that we have available to us in the U.K; it was devastating to see people literally dying because they could not afford the care they needed. 

Berlin

Artwork on the Berlin Wall
My final trip of the year was to Berlin, Germany. Mainly because I wanted to visit a city I had never been to before but also because the Germans are famous for their Christmas markets. I was a little worried that I wouldn't enjoy my trip because I truly hate being cold and it makes me seriously miserable. But even the cold couldn't spoil this trip, I loved every minute of it and never wanted to come home! The Christmas markets were incredible, especially at night when everything was lit up. There is also SO much to do in this city that I didn't feel like I'd even scratched the surface in just 5 days. A highlight had to be the visit I took to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp - a very sobering but important day I think. It's about 45 minutes outside of Berlin by train and a very worthwhile day trip. The East Side gallery is something else not to miss, some of the artwork on that wall is just out of this World! I also loved the Natural History museum, because again I'm a massive history nerd, and some of the exhibits were fascinating! 

Where have you visited in 2017?

If you enjoyed this you might also enjoy these blog posts:
Tips for Your African Safari
10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Tanzania
Travel Lovers Gift Guide   

4 comments

  1. such a cute post, youve made me want to just go and travel right now!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it!
      I'm the same whenever I read about other people's adventures haha

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  2. Tanzania must be absolutely amazing! I am o envious! I wanna go there to! And Kenya! I have lived in Glasgow and went to Berlin a few years ago! Germany and Canary Islands where my destinations this year! France too but it is easy as my family lives there xx corinne

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  3. You traveled so much! That is so awesome! I didn't get a chance to travel much, but hoping to change that this year. :)

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