To say this year has been busy is a bit of an understatement. It suddenly dawned on me the other day that this year I’ve visited 9 different cities across 3 different continents, and that’s without counting all of Thailand and Melbourne from December. As I’ve been on my travels I’ve tried to document and share guides, learnings and photos of all these exciting places. However, with a full on, full time job, this becomes pretty difficult. So I decided to do a little round up. In this post I’ll share a few of my favourite photos from the past year and share with you a few stories and highlights from my trips…
There’s nothing quite as spectacular as celebrating New Years Eve in Sydney. Although we only spent 3 days there, I fell in love with Sydney. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else in Australia if I ever thought about relocating there. It reminded me of a super chilled version of London, but with sunshine!
Hmm… So our trip to Brisbane was interesting. We planned to spend 5 days in Brisbane because we were visiting a friend. Little did we know, 5 days in Brisbane is pretty long and we got bored very quickly. We had a great time at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and did a day trip to Byron Bay, but apart from that there wasn’t anything particularly special there.
Going to the Gold Coast was not on our original itinerary. In fact, we were actually meant to go to the Whitsundays for 5 days but it got rained off because the whole of the Whitsundays was flooded. So instead we got on a bus an ventured down to the Gold Coast, which was the best decision of our whole trip. As touristy as this places can be, we had an amazing time here, because it was actually sunny! The beach goes for absolute miles, so hire some bikes and go for a ride along the coast.
Bonus: Byron Bay
Although Byron Bay isn’t a city as such, I had to mention it within this post because we actually ended up visiting the town twice during our time in Oz. This place is as fun as it looks and we enjoyed both of our trips to Byron Bay, even if it did rain for the duration of the first one. There’s so many cute boutique shops and cafes here I could have spent a fortune! And if you like a bit of a walk, take a trip up to the lighthouse, the views are amazing.
New York City
So New York was pretty unexpected. This was my first ever work trip to the US and actually my first time in the states! Completely unplanned, I was shocked to be going away so soon after Australia. However it was just as great as I’d always dreamed of. We had lots of sunshine the first few days and then the following day we woke up to snow! Find out all about our trip in my New York on a budget city guide.
I think my favourite place I’ve visited this year has to be LA (New York is close second). Which makes me a little sad because I didn’t get to share any of it with Andy, but ah well, there’s always next time. I loved LA so much I actually wrote two blog posts about the city, the first one what I learned and loved and the second being an Instagram guide, check them out to find out what I got up to.
I actually started writing a blog post about my trip to San Francisco but then realised I actually deleted most of my trip photos by accident so that was that. San Francisco was another work trip, and this time I was completely on my own so I didn’t enjoy it as much as my previous two. I was ill the majority of the time and I suffered from pretty bad jet lag, but I still got to go out and explore some of the city. Check out this post to see a few photos from an impromptu photoshoot we ended up doing whilst location scouting over there.
Returning to Malta for the first time in 10 years was a lot of fun. I loved rediscovering this beautiful mediterranean island- there’s so much to do and see! We actually went away with my Grandparents which was super cute and had a really nice break in the sunshine for a week. Find out what we got up to on our holiday here.
Inspired by our fun little road trip at the start of the year to Bruges, we thought we’d finish the year by going to the Brussels Christmas market. The whole trip was a bit of a whirlwind after spending a lot of it delayed at Le Shuttle but it was still a nice few days away. As usual, we ate lots of great food, drank lots of coffee, visited the christmas market and even bought a mirror for the hallway! If you ever get chance to go, make sure you visit the Grand Place light show, it’s stunning.