Faraway Lucy’s 2016 in Travel
This year I managed to travel to four new countries, as well as several places within the UK. Alongside the places listed below I also took short trips to Cardiff, Manchester, Leeds and London. Since I won’t be at university for the next year (you can read up on what my plans are here) I hope 2017 will bring me lots of new exciting travels. Home without Caitlin doesn’t feel like home so it’s safe to say I am eager to escape and forget about the past two months. So without further ado, here is a round up of all the places I visited in 2016.
Hitchhiking to Berlin
My first trip of 2016 was certainly the craziest of my adventures this year (and of my whole life, if I’m honest) but I lived to tell the tale. In February I participated in my university’s Jailbreak hitchhiking from Devon to Berlin, whilst raising over £700 for local charities with two of my friends. I’d already visited Berlin in February 2015 so we didn’t stay in the city for long, but the whole experience was amazing.
Devon and Cornwall
Following my end of year exams I decided to drive my car down to Exeter to visit various places around Devon and Cornwall. My favourite places we visited were Salcombe, the English Riviera and The Minack Theatre. We also went glamping for two nights in North Devon at the amazing Loveland Farm.
Chiang Mai was by far my favourite place I visited this year (or even of all time). The city was just amazing and so chilled out. We explored plenty of markets, ventured into the jungle, visited countless temples, went ziplining in the rainforest, volunteered with elephants and hung out with friends. It was one of the best and most surreal weeks of my life.
I went to Copenhagen with such high hopes but was not as impressed as I thought I would be. It was probably because it rained 90% of the time we were there, so that certainly put a downer on the trip. However, we had the most hilarious day giggling like school girls at Tivoli Gardens, the oldest operating amusement park in the world. This was one of my favourite days of the entire year so I guess that made up for the crappy weather.
Amsterdam, on the other hand, I absolutely loved and I really wasn’t expecting to. This just goes to show that you can’t judge a book by its cover. We had an amazing time exploring some weird and wacky museums (Bodyworlds and the infamous Sex Museum), hiring a canal bike, cycling around Vondelpark and the city (which was way more stressful than it should have been), wandering aimlessly around the canals and tourist spots, and having a fun time with our mates. Oh, and the weather was fantastic, so this definitely made a difference.
Ah, beautiful, beautiful Ibiza. I was not expecting to like you either. I am the last person you’d ever expect to see in Ibiza. It’s really not my scene but I couldn’t help but be persuaded by Icelolly.com’s #icelollyinIbiza press trip. We had an amazing time paragliding, partying at the Zoo Project, seeing Craig David at Ibiza Rocks, watching the sunset at Cafe Mambo and lounging around our gorgeous all-inclusive hotel.
My final big trip of 2016 was to Killarney, Ireland, one of my favourite places in the world. This was for my family’s ‘Trip of a Lifetime’ where over 50 of my family members from England, Ireland, the US, Australia and New Zealand reunited in Killarney for a week of fun. Unfortunately I was ill for half the trip so missed out on some of the antics but still managed to visit some beautiful parts of the Emerald Isle.
So where did you manage to visit in 2016? What was your favourite place? Leave all your recommendations below – it’ll help me plan my adventures for 2017, and boy am I excited!
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