2016: Year In Review

January/February

Due to the post-Christmas lull, I was in need of a holiday to brighten my spirits and so I booked a trip to Copenhagen the last weekend of January/start of February. I knew I would love this city but I didn’t realise quite how much, I genuinely think Copenhagen is my favourite city so far! You can read all about my trip here.

Danish Pastry Holm's Bager Smorrebrod in Schonnemann Snaps

March/April

Work, work, work, work, work, work…got to pay for all the travel somehow!

May/June

In May I ventured to Hong Kong and then to the Philippines where I spent the first part of June. I loved both places but I especially fell for the Philippines. The beaches are just stunning! You can read all about my trip here and here.

Tai O Fishing Village

ATV Chocolate Hills

Tarsier

Hammock Bohol Beach Club

Taal Volcano

July

July was a bad month for me as I came down with Dengue fever following my trip to the Philippines. I was incredibly ill and off work for some time whilst I recovered. I am still not 100% now, and it is quite a few months down the line! Please don’t let this put you off the Philippines though, it is still one of my favourite places and to be honest, I could have caught Dengue fever in many other places I have been to throughout the years, I was just unlucky in this instance.

It was also my little brother’s PHD graduation, which despite me feeling horrendous and only managing half the day, I still really enjoyed and I felt so, so proud of him! I enjoyed a lovely stay at the Leopold Hotel in Sheffield and you can read about it here.

August

Still recovering from Dengue, so again, it was a slow month.

September

This was an amazing month for me as I finally qualified as a Solicitor. It had taken 5 years of study and 4 more years working to get to this point, and I am so proud to finally be able to say that I am fully qualified.

I also ventured down to London twice in September, the first time was for the Bloggers Festival and I met some amazing bloggers that I am now proud to call friends. You can check their blogs out here:

Jessica @ Journeys with Jessica

Mel @ Footsteps on the Globe

Kate @ Kate Goes Global

I was also featured in Blogosphere Magazine in their In The Spotlight Section and I got to meet some of my blogger idols including Victoria of In The Frow, who was the cover star for that particular issue. I also got to stay at the Mondrian London too! You can read about the event here and my review of the Mondrian here. Whilst in London I got to enjoy afternoon tea at Sketch London and it was awesome! You can read about this here. I also met the lovely Katie, Arora and Ciara and you can follow their blogs here:

Katie @ Lil’ Black Boots

Arora @ Arora Appleby

Ciara @ A Wandering Blog

October

This was my birthday month and I discovered the awesomeness of South Lakes Zoo, I even became friends with a real kangaroo!

November

A quiet month for travel but I did spend some time exploring Manchester’s Christmas markets! My blog also had it’s 1 year anniversary!

December

This was a busy month of travel! I started the month with a trip to Northern Ireland to visit family and ended the month in Riga, which was a magical, festive trip before Christmas, and my last one of 2016. You can read my Riga posts here.

Overall, I had a pretty good year full of travel! I actually managed 4 out of 5 of my 2016 travelutions, which is pretty good going considering I work full time! I now need to put together my 2017 travelutions! Here’s to 2017 and let’s hope it’s full of even more travel opportunities!

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