A list of places I’ve been, in order (I think).
1. England. I wasn’t going to include my home country but I have visited some absolutely stunning places in England. A few favourites include the Lake District, every time it surprises me. I also loved Bath when I went in 2019, a beautiful city! York is close to my heart as I’ve celebrated many anniversaries and birthdays there. And of course Liverpool. I went to university nearby the city and every time I went to Liverpool it stole my heart! And it’s a great night out!
2. Spain. This was the first foreign country I ever visited. I was under a year old so I don’t remember the first time, or the second, or third or fourth. My parents fell in love with the country. Every year up until I was around 17, I went to Spain. Sometimes twice or even three times a year when eventually they bought an apartment over there. Most holidays were spent on the east coast. Some years we went to the Balearic Islands of Mallorca, Menorca. As well as Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. Years later I’d take my friends as well as my boyfriend to my parents apartment on the east coast of mainland Spain. Then in 2012 me and my 6 best friends from high school went to Tenerife in the Canary Islands. I also visited Lanzarote again with my boyfriend and Mallorca again on a university trip. When I went to Barcelona in 2016 (a gift from my partners mum) I fell in love! It became a favourite city of mine instantly!
3. Scotland. I’ve only ever been to Edinburgh in Scotland but I loved it. I was young and it was with my parents. I can’t remember much but it was great.
4. Ireland. I’ve only been to the Republic of Ireland but I would love to visit Northern Ireland too. My first trip to Ireland was to Bray in county Wicklow. I was only 11 but I remember it being gorgeous. Then we traveled to Dublin and what an amazing place! After this I’ve been to Dublin another three times. In 2012 I surprised my boyfriend for his 19th birthday with a trip there. He loved it. Then in 2015 a group of friends went there for a friends 21st, we drank LOTS and then again in 2018 I organised for a surprise trip for my boyfriend again this time for his 25th birthday inviting 23 of his friends!!-(never again!) But it’s a city I always associate having a great time in. I’ve never been disappointed there, it’s always a blast.
5. The Netherlands. I’ve only been to Amsterdam when I was younger. Me and my parents cycled around the city, I remember it being beautiful! We went to Anne Franks house which was emotional, even at a young age I remember getting teary eyed. I think it must have been around 2006.
6. Finland. More specifically Lapland. This was in 2007 for my mums birthday. We were only there for a day but it was one of the best days of my life. We went in the winter time so it was dark all day long which was unlike anywhere I’d been before. The snow was incredible, the people were so friendly and the activities were amazing! Sledging was the best. It’s somewhere I definitely want to take any future children I have.
7. Belgium. In 2008 for my grandmas 80th birthday me and my family took a ferry to Bruges. We had such a lovely time. I remember the food being amazing and the city being beautiful! I’d love to go back there again.
8. France. I’ve only visited Paris once in 2009 with my family and then again in 2015 with my boyfriend. Both times I climbed the Eiffel Tower and both times I loved it. The food in Paris was amazing!
9. Austria. When I was at school I was luckily enough to go on two ski trips to Austria! The first was 2009 and then again in 2010. We stayed in Saalbach which is southwest of Salzburg. I fell in love with skiing on these trips, having only been to indoor skiing places before. I remember the hot sun shining down on my face whilst I skied down mountains singing to myself to calm my nerves. The adrenaline of skiing was nothing like I’d ever experienced before. It was such an incredible feeling. I’d love to go back there.
10. Italy. The first place in Italy I went to was Pisa, I don’t remember a great deal other than of course the Tower. I do remember having delicious pizza there though. Then I went to Florence on the same trip with my parents. Then in 2017 me and my boyfriend went to Rome for a few nights. The food was incredible, so much taste and flavour. The history was fascinating for sure.
11. Australia. This was mine and my boyfriends first holiday together, we were 18 and had only been together for 6 months, it was 2012. We stayed with family I have over in Sydney. This was our first taste of being away together and what a place to go to! We were there for 3 weeks and we loved it! We climbed the Harbour Bridge in an afternoon and saw the sun setting, it was spectacular! We ate pancakes at the Rocks, went to Manly (which we fell in love with), walked for miles exploring different areas of the city as well as driving to Canberra for a day. Of all the places I have visited, Sydney holds a very special place in my heart.
12. Greece. In 2013 I went to Crete with my boyfriend. We stayed in the old town and it was really pretty. I remember the food being delicious and the sea being the bluest ever!
13. Wales. In 2016 I went to Wales for the first time, specifically North Wales. Since then I’ve been a few more times as one of my best friends lives there. It’s such a beautiful area.
14. Hungry. We flew into Budapest airport in 2017. We loved it! It was one of the cleanest cities I’d ever been to. We went to the Szechenyi Baths, this was definitely a highlight of the trip as well as the sightseeing bus (we tend to use these buses in a lot of city trips we go to, they’re a great way of seeing the city in a short amount of time). From Budapest we flew to Rome.
15. Vatican City. Technically this is the worlds smallest country so I thought I would include it separately to Italy. We went here in 2017 and it was great! So fascinating but very busy (always book in advance, online!).
16. Thailand. I’ve done a whole blog post on this trip so I won’t go into too much detail, other than saying it was the most incredible place I probably ever visited.
I love travelling but with Covid and travel restrictions in place, it’s made me really miss exploring and relaxing on beaches and visiting unique areas. When you can’t do something it makes you really want to do it; travelling is no different. I can’t wait to be somewhere new again and soak up the culture and see the sights.
Here’s hoping for amazing adventures in the near future!