This has been the most incredible year of travel in my life so far. 12 different countries were visited, some more than once, and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on these wonderful experiences. I know just how lucky I am.
Jarv surprised me a few days before this trip in March, which I had no idea was coming. He told me we'd be meeting up with our couple friends from New York, and I managed to wrangle the destination out of him. I fell in love with Iceland. Truly, madly, more than I ever could have dreamed I would. I don't do well in the cold, and I don't enjoy winter very much, but everything fell in place for our long weekend and we were greeted with endless blue skies and calm weather. I didn't mind one bit that it was below zero the entire time. See more here.
Soon after, we embarked on a two week journey to the opposite side of the world - Japan and Australia. I was thrilled to finally experience both countries for the first time. Japan was everything I had hoped and expected it would be, and more. See more here.
Having desperately wanted to visit Sydney for as long as I can remember, this was a huge tick off my bucket list. All of Australia was fantastic, and I would move to Sydney in a heartbeat. See more here.
I've been going to Italy for years, and in particular to Florence with Jarv for the past 3 years. Florence is magical, utterly romantic and beautiful in every corner. So, yes, I hope to continue this new tradition for years to come! See more here.
Dating a half Spanish man certainly has many perks, one of them being that I now get to add Valencia to my annual list of places to go. In the summer, we try and get to Perello for a few days of beachside relaxing, and we managed to make it back for xmas this year, too. See more here.
As my brother lives here, it's very easy for me to hop on the Eurostar and be at his apartment in less than 2 hours. I stole away for a few days to visit him (when my mother was also visiting) and got to check out the nearby beautiful town of Ieper. See more here.
After returning from Belgium, I joined Jarv on a trip to see his sibling. His sister was living in Sweden at the time so we joined her for a short but sweet weekend in the first Scandinavian country I've been to. See more here.8. Turkey
Soon after that, we headed to Turkey, a first for both of us. I experienced so many culinary delights and saw so much of the country's history, learning so much about the culture, food and people. The highlight for me was trying kazandibi, a gorgeous, sticky, milky dessert made with chicken breast. See more here.9. Dubai
One of the more extravagant of our holidays this year, Dubai was another first for us both. Consisting of a lot of fine dining, mall time, sweating by the pool and even an awesome snowboarding lesson, it was the perfect escape from grey, rainy London. See more here.
It had been about seven years since I last holidayed in Thailand (my family and I used to spend two weeks a year in Phuket). Although it was only a quick stopover on the way to our next destination, it felt amazing to be back. See more here.
Five days in beautiful Bali was all we needed to rejuvenate and regroup. After a hectic year of travel, most of which entailed a lot of running around trying to see it all, Bali was a haven of relaxation. From scuba diving to swimming to simply rewinding in the oasis that is Alila, Bali was idyllic. See more here.
Another stopover on our way home from Bali, we had 24 hours in Taipei with my dear friend Sammi, who showed us around the city. See more here.
Were there any amazing places you visited this year? What were your favourites?