To a wonderful 2018!

And just like that, 2017 has come to an end. Another year gone by and a new one just waiting to be filled with memories. How time flies!

Aside from last week’s post, it had been quite a while since you’d heard from me but I sadly haven’t been travelling since going to Greece in September. I had already more than blown my entire travel budget and days off work for 2017 by then so I had to do without any trips for the rest of the year. That of course didn’t stop me from planning my travels for 2018. And boy, what an exciting year it will be!

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But before diving into that, I want to look back on the amazing travel year that was 2017. I have been on a total of five trips last year and I have the best memories from all of them.

I started the year the best way anyone could; with a trip to London in January with my very best friends. It was three days filled with laughter, amazing food and of course some sightseeing. I was absolutely thrilled to finally – after already having been in London three times before! – visit Westminster Abbey. It was a long time overdue for a place that holds so much history. And it was even more impressive than I could have imagined.

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In February of last year I then embarked on the biggest of my trips of 2017; Three weeks travelling through Vietnam. It was my first time in Asia and it definitely won’t be my last time. Vietnam and its people have really stolen my heart. From South to North I have made the best memories and especially our trek through the rice fields of Sapa will stay with me forever.

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A new achievement was accomplished in May 2017 when I went on my first solo trip ever. It was so exciting yet daunting. Would I feel lonely? Would it be weird stepping into a restaurant by myself? What if I ended up hating it? But all those worries were unnecessary as all went so smooth. I loved being on my own and doing everything my way. Copenhagen was also the perfect destination to take my first steps into solo travel. Not that from now on I’ll ditch all company because I’m still very much a people person, but since my pace is often considered very fast, being on my own means that I won’t have to slow down or adapt to others. That can be nice every once in a while. So yes to solo travel, but definitely not every time!

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Thanks to some last minute arrangements at work I was able to join my parents and sister in what might have been our last family trip in quite a while, if not ever. That alone made it so special. We went to Nauders, Austria for a week in August and spend our time hiking in the area and discovering the closeby cities and towns. I have spend many summers in Austria when I was younger, so it often felt like being thrown back in time.

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And then last but not least; my week to Athens and Santorini in September. What should have been a big Erasmus reunion turned out to be a trip with just three people, but it still was so much fun. I can’t recall having laughed and joked so much ever. It was a blast. Santorini was also one of my top bucket-list destinations so I’m so grateful to have finally seen this stunning island and its famous views and sunset.

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After experimenting with travel video during my trip to America in 2016, I have also made some videos of this year’s travels which I haven’t shared with you yet. You can find them all here and have a new look on my travels: VietnamCopenhagenGreece. I hope to continue making these videos for my coming trips so subscribe to my channel if you don’t want to miss any of them.

So that was 2017. My heart is still so full looking back on last year. It was definitely one to remember. But luckily I have something to look forward to as well. I already have a couple of trips booked for 2018 and I’m so excited about them.

After skipping a year, my dad and I are travelling together again this year. This time we’re heading to Morocco in March for a 12 day roadtrip. We’ll start in Fez and continue to Rabat, Casablanca and Marrakech before spending some time in the Atlas mountains and the Sahara. We’re both quite nervous about this trip as it’s known that as a tourist you’re often harassed but the promise of the beauty of this country will hopefully make it all worth-while. If anyone has any tips both on the sights or how to avoid harassment, please let me know!

For a few years in a row now I have been travelling in September and this year will be no exception. And it will be big! This September I’m heading to West-Canada. In two weeks my friends and I will drive from Vancouver and Vancouver Island to the famous Rocky Mountains. Exciting doesn’t even begin to cover how I feel about this. Most of it is planned so far but ideas are always appreciated.

And I guess that will be it for 2018. Canada will take a huge ass chunk from my travel budget so with the – luckily – less expensive Morocco that will probably be all my budget can take. That is of course what I say now because it’s known that I have a hard time saying no to travel invites. So maybe a small citytrip… Who knows. I’ll definitely keep you updated here this year as well.

And whatever your plans are, I hope you’ll all have a brilliant year with many new experiences and just a lot of love, happiness and safe travels!

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