2016: Travels in Review

This year has truly been an awesome year of travels, urban wanders and cultural treats.  I have wandered and explored endlessly and had lots of great moments.  The highlight of my year has most definitely been Brazil and the Olympics – that will be a lifetime memory!

I will have lots of other memories from this year – friendships deepened, life reflections, friendships gained, characters met along the way and little interactions that just cause me to burst into absolute laughter!

Here is a whizz through my visuals of my year of travels…it was extremely hard to pick just one to summarise a place so some may have two or three. Enjoy!

UK based travels

Ascot – This is definitely a place I need to come back to visit again so as to experience happier times here.  I took this wandering the grounds I was staying at and feeling kinda glum but yet this scene gave me some peace.

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West Kirby and The Wirral Pennisula –what I like to call the North West’s little secret.  I took myself up here for a retreat away from everything, everyone for a time of solitude and reflection.  It really is amazing how nature can cheer the soul.  There will be a future blog post about this unknown place…for now just enjoy in the pics

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Ilkey, Yorkshire – I was here for a hen do weekend (bacherlorette party for those who understand the American terms better).  It was a beautiful little village where we got up to lots of chocolate fun (see post)

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Rooftop views of Yorkshire

River Coquet and Brinkburn Priory, Northumberland – what a beautiful time was spent here both personally and for the views and wanders along the river.

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Brinkburn Priory
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Walking along River Coquet

Birmingham – I’m never far from this place given my university is based here.  I got to see a little bit more of it this year as I dragged myself away from the library.  The city centre has some gorgeous Georgian architecture.

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Oxford – I’m not sure there will ever be a year that I am not visiting here; it is my home away from home! I went for a walk through Magdalen Wood with my cousin.

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Bath – my first time visiting this gorgeous city but certainly not my last, especially since I got to visit the Jane Austen centre!

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View of Bath city from Alexandra Park
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Bath Abbey

Adventures abroad

Dublin, Ireland – a business trip took me here but I got to sneak in a walk along the canal before the rain forced me back to my hotel.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – so much done and seen in this city!

Salvador, Brazil – this Afro-Brazilian city was awash with art, culture and music

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Ilha Grande, Brazil – an island of jungle treks and gorgeous beaches

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Paraty, Brazil – this was a colonial beauty of relaxation and food!

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Foz de Iguazu, Brazil – a world wonder

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Cataratas del Iguazú, Argentina – nipped over the border to compare views (see post)

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Prague, Czech Republic – for a cheeky frosty Christmas getaway before the year ended

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St Charles Bridge and the River Vltava
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Beautiful streets of Prague

and of course my many wonderful wanderings in London which you can peruse on my Instagram account.

I hope 2017 will be filled with a lot more adventures.

Happy New Year!!!

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Love the 5 to 9 Traveller xx


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