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2018 Travel Wrap Up

. Tuesday, 15 January 2019 .
I wrote one of these posts last year and loved the experience of doing so; reminiscing on my adventures is one of my favourite things to do (besides going on new adventures!) 2018 wasn't the best year for travel I've ever had, but I still managed to visit four new countries. 2018 was a pretty crazy year for me; I was the most stressed I have ever been, worked 7 days a week for 3 months straight, finished my degree, moved to a new city on the other side of the country and started my graduate job. Despite all that, I somehow managed to squeeze in trips to Sri Lanka, The Maldives, Wales and Oslo.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka was an incredible trip for me on so many levels. It was my first time back in Asia since my first ever solo backpacking trip in 2014. I also gained some work experience whilst out there as I was participating in a mental health programme and finally it was my first time working with a company for a large-scale project. I joined Plan My Gap Year's Mental Health and Psychology programme as part of my final elective programme in order to complete my Mental Health Nursing degree. I was also working with PMGY whilst out there, creating video content for their social media platforms. Sri Lanka as a country is not somewhere that had ever really crossed my mind before this trip, however it has quickly become one of my favourite countries and definitely somewhere I would return to - which is rare for me as I usually like to keep going to new places. If you want to know more about my time in Sri Lanka, I've written a blog post summarising everything!

The Maldives

The Maldives isn't somewhere that I thought i'd visit in a million years. In my head it was this incredibly luxurious place that only the rich and famous could afford to visit. In reality, it's a lot more affordable than you'd think if you know how to do it right. I stayed on a local island called Maafushi, which is much cheaper than staying on one of the private resort islands. It was every bit as beautiful as you would expect the Maldives would be. Unfortunately I was there during rainy season and it rained a lot of the time I was there, but that has just made me more determined to go back! I went as a long weekend through PMGY as it is one of the weekend trips they offer if you're volunteering in Sri Lanka. I cannot describe how incredible The Maldives are. I've never been much of a beach person, but I genuinely didn't want to leave.

Wales

Wales is actually somewhere that I've wanted to visit for quite a while! I've mentioned previously that I want to have visited all of the UK and Ireland before embarking on a round the world trip in a couple of years time, so I was keen to get started with Wales now that I live a bit closer to it. This was mine and my boyfriend's first adventure away together so that made it even more special. We only went for a couple of days but we managed to climb to the top of Snowdon and zip-wired through some underground caves. I won't insert a picture of us at the top of Snowdon in this blog post as it was so ridiculously wet and windy up there we both look like messes!

Oslo, Norway

This was a trip that I actually booked pretty spontaneously back in August. I knew I wanted to go somewhere in December after having an incredible time in Berlin last year, so jumped onto the Skyscanner everywhere feature and booked myself the cheapest flights I could find for some random dates in December. So off to Oslo it was! In hindsight maybe it wasn't my brightest idea because I very quickly learnt that although the flights were cheap, everything else in Norway is VERY expensive! It also wasn't the easiest place to visit in the winter thanks to the low temperatures (it got down to -16 with wind chill while I was there!) as well as the lack of day light that meant most places were only open 10/11am-3/4pm. However I loved every minute of my time there, despite it not being somewhere that I probably would have thought to visit had it not been for the cheap flights. A definite highlight for me was the Viking Ship Museum - they have one of the best preserved Viking ships in the World and the history nerd in me was unbelievably excited by it all!


So i've now visited a grand total of 8% of our great planet and 24% of Europe - I can't wait to see what the rest of the world has in store for me!

Where did you travel to in 2018?

I wrote one of these posts last year and loved the experience of doing so; reminiscing on my adventures is one of my favourite things to do (besides going on new adventures!) 2018 wasn't the best year for travel I've ever had, but I still managed to visit four new countries. 2018 was a pretty crazy year for me; I was the most stressed I have ever been, worked 7 days a week for 3 months straight, finished my degree, moved to a new city on the other side of the country and started my graduate job. Despite all that, I somehow managed to squeeze in trips to Sri Lanka, The Maldives, Wales and Oslo.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka was an incredible trip for me on so many levels. It was my first time back in Asia since my first ever solo backpacking trip in 2014. I also gained some work experience whilst out there as I was participating in a mental health programme and finally it was my first time working with a company for a large-scale project. I joined Plan My Gap Year's Mental Health and Psychology programme as part of my final elective programme in order to complete my Mental Health Nursing degree. I was also working with PMGY whilst out there, creating video content for their social media platforms. Sri Lanka as a country is not somewhere that had ever really crossed my mind before this trip, however it has quickly become one of my favourite countries and definitely somewhere I would return to - which is rare for me as I usually like to keep going to new places. If you want to know more about my time in Sri Lanka, I've written a blog post summarising everything!

The Maldives

The Maldives isn't somewhere that I thought i'd visit in a million years. In my head it was this incredibly luxurious place that only the rich and famous could afford to visit. In reality, it's a lot more affordable than you'd think if you know how to do it right. I stayed on a local island called Maafushi, which is much cheaper than staying on one of the private resort islands. It was every bit as beautiful as you would expect the Maldives would be. Unfortunately I was there during rainy season and it rained a lot of the time I was there, but that has just made me more determined to go back! I went as a long weekend through PMGY as it is one of the weekend trips they offer if you're volunteering in Sri Lanka. I cannot describe how incredible The Maldives are. I've never been much of a beach person, but I genuinely didn't want to leave.

Wales

Wales is actually somewhere that I've wanted to visit for quite a while! I've mentioned previously that I want to have visited all of the UK and Ireland before embarking on a round the world trip in a couple of years time, so I was keen to get started with Wales now that I live a bit closer to it. This was mine and my boyfriend's first adventure away together so that made it even more special. We only went for a couple of days but we managed to climb to the top of Snowdon and zip-wired through some underground caves. I won't insert a picture of us at the top of Snowdon in this blog post as it was so ridiculously wet and windy up there we both look like messes!

Oslo, Norway

This was a trip that I actually booked pretty spontaneously back in August. I knew I wanted to go somewhere in December after having an incredible time in Berlin last year, so jumped onto the Skyscanner everywhere feature and booked myself the cheapest flights I could find for some random dates in December. So off to Oslo it was! In hindsight maybe it wasn't my brightest idea because I very quickly learnt that although the flights were cheap, everything else in Norway is VERY expensive! It also wasn't the easiest place to visit in the winter thanks to the low temperatures (it got down to -16 with wind chill while I was there!) as well as the lack of day light that meant most places were only open 10/11am-3/4pm. However I loved every minute of my time there, despite it not being somewhere that I probably would have thought to visit had it not been for the cheap flights. A definite highlight for me was the Viking Ship Museum - they have one of the best preserved Viking ships in the World and the history nerd in me was unbelievably excited by it all!


So i've now visited a grand total of 8% of our great planet and 24% of Europe - I can't wait to see what the rest of the world has in store for me!

Where did you travel to in 2018?

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