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2016 – The Year of Travel

Rather than write a month-by-month account of this year like I did in 2015 and 2014, I decided to focus on one aspect of this year I have loved…travelling.

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Ian and I have been lucky enough to have several exciting holidays this year and all of them hold really special memories from dancing in a Russian nightclub at 1am to drinking mojitos on the streets of Havana to zip-lining through the Jamaican rainforest to sailing around Boston Harbour in the sunshine!

UK

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Not all of our trips have been abroad this year – I love exploring the UK just as much. We had several fun trips to London in 2016 (my favourite being for New Year’s Eve when we went to watch ‘Wicked’), took a mini-break in Wells, went camping in Tewkesbury and celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary on the beach in Devon

Cuba

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Probably my favourite destination of the year, the days we spent in Havana were amazing. I have wanted to visit Cuba ever since I studied Caribbean Literature at university and it was such a fascinating trip. We wandered the streets drinking mojitos and daiquiris and admired the beautiful classic cars cruising along. I am desperate to return.

Jamaica

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We spent a day here and it was as cool and as chilled-out as I was hoping. We went through the rainforest on zip-wires before enjoying jerk chicken and Red Stripe beers on the beach.

Grand Cayman

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An interesting place to visit and a beautiful destination for a beach holiday. I didn’t see much more than the beaches but we certainly had a lovely, relaxing day here dipping our feet in the Caribbean Sea.

Mexico

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We had a great tour of the island of Cozumel where we squeezed in a chocolate factory, the beach, tequila tasting, an artisan market and fish tacos and margaritas! It has pushed mainland Mexico to the top of my to-visit list.

France

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I spent a long weekend in a beautiful house for my best friend Cat’s hen weekend earlier this year. Maybe not the best-planned trip, but we enjoyed an awful lot of cheese, champagne, macarons and a day in Aix-en-Provence.

Berlin

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Ian and I had a mini-break here and experienced our first (and disastrous!) AirBNB. Despite a rocky start with our accommodation, we had a fab time exploring the city, stopping off at several beer gardens.

Sweden

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A couple of days in Stockholm have started off an obsession with the Scandi countries, somewhere I hadn’t really visited before. We didn’t have long here but did get to visit the Vasa Museum, eat cinnamon buns, wander through the Old Town and see a beautiful sunset.

Estonia

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I finally made it to Tallinn and it was as beautiful as I had hoped. Quaint, cobbled side streets, castles and lovely, old buildings, I really liked it here.

Russia

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I never thought I would be visiting Russia but we spent a day exploring St. Petersburg and I was really taken with it. It is a spectacular city, with vast, iconic buildings steeped in Russian history. We managed to see most of it plus a good amount of people watching on the main street through the city, the highlight being the stunning Saviour of the Spilled Blood Cathedral.

Finland

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I absolutely loved Helsinki. We stumbled upon several small markets and wandered along the port. I fell in love with the interior shops and am determined to return and savour some of the local restaurants.

Boston

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Our final trip was a week in Boston. We love visiting the States and both really enjoyed Boston. It was a cool time of year to visit to experience Halloween and the run-up to the presidential elections and we managed to watch an ice-hockey and a baseball game as well as sampling a lot of lobster and local craft beers.

That was actually a really fun post to write as I love looking back through old photos and remembering when and where they were taken. I really do believe that travel broadens the mind and money spent on adventures and experiences is never wasted. Here’s hoping for many more escapades in 2017! xxx

Cozumel, Mexico

The final destination on our Caribbean cruise was the Mexican island of Cozumel, known for great beaches, scuba diving and Mayan ruins. It was a slightly overcast day when we were there so we made a last minute decision to go on a tour of the island, stopping off at a few different places.

First of all we went to ‘Discover Mexico’, a small museum that displayed Mexican art and crafts, mini replicas of historic monuments (having just studied the Aztecs with my class, I loved this!) and we also watched a Mayan flying group who did the whole performance with no safety ropes! This was interesting, if a little touristy.

Next, we went to the Mayan Cacao Company – anywhere with chocolate is going to win my vote! Here we tried some chocolate mole and tortillas, flavoured our own chocolate and had several other tasters.

We stopped off at the first church of the island, which was built next to some Mayan ruins. There was also a market there where I bought a cute guacamole serving bowl.

Then it was onto a tequila factory. We tried four types of organic tequila which tastes much better than the type I usually have as shots with salt and lemon (followed by horrendous hangovers!) This was good stuff although so overpriced so we decided to wait until we found a supermarket to buy ours.

We made a quick stop off at a beach to enjoy the view and I found several cute hermit crabs.

Before heading back to the ship, we decided to go for lunch as you can’t go to Mexico and not try some proper cuisine and a margarita! The restaurant we went to did not disappoint and I had the biggest margarita followed by freshly made guacamole and fish tacos.

We just had time to buy some hot sauce, tequila and mezcal before it was time to go back to our ship. Rather than feeling like we didn’t have enough time on this island, it has only whetted my appetite to come back and visit mainland Mexico properly!