Happy New Year! I’m finally back! I’ve been back in the UK now for two weeks and I’m not going to lie, I’d still rather be in America. As we’re in the New Year now, I thought I’d do a little 2017 round-up post. These are my favourite type of posts to look back on. I’ve got so much content to share with you and I’ll get cracking with my USA diary posts over the next couple of days so stay tuned!
2017 was an insane year where I finally went on my dream USA trip. I still can’t believe I went across the pond solo but I came away with some amazing friends for life. I also went on some other amazing European City Breaks, worked with some of my favourite brands and I can’t wait to go on more adventures in 2018.
Nothing exciting ever happens in January. I even wrote a blog post about how I’d done nothing aside from decorating my office space. In 2018, I’m hoping to book a last minute trip in January and actually do something interesting!
At the beginning of February, I flew off to Copenhagen with my Mum. Denmark has been on my Travel Wishlist for a very long time and it didn’t disappoint. Despite the sub zero temperatures, Copenhagen was ever so magical in the snow and had the best food.
February also saw my blog turn 7 years old, I also went to the Gin Festival in York and went down to Birmingham for The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show with the Caravan & Motorhome Club.
I spent 98% of March in Leeds attending different blogging events, seeing family and going to a few concerts. I finally got to see King of Leon after waiting like ten years and I also saw Craig David with Emma & Sophie.
April was the start of a crazy couple of months. I was invited along to the opening of Ferrari Land at PortAventura with 365 Tickets. It was certainly a pinch me opportunity and I ended up having the best three days exploring both theme parks with Hayley. I’m still super proud of myself for going on Red Force at Ferrari Land which is the tallest and fastest ride in Europe.
Later on, in April, I packed my bags again and went on an adventure down south. I visited Brighton for the first time and stayed in a cute little cabin with the Caravan and Motorhome Club. Brighton is also another place with insanely good food and somewhere I want to go back to in 2018. We also headed up to Windsor for a couple of days which is another place I’d never been. Obviously, we spent the day exploring Windsor Castle and all the beautiful little streets.
The last stop on my little trip was my first Traverse Conference in London. I stayed with Lucy and Jessica in an Air B&B and spent three days attending parties, seminars and meeting lots of amazing travel bloggers and professionals. It was a really great event which I’d 100% recommend attending. I’ve already got my ticket for Traverse 2018 which is in Rotterdam.
May didn’t start out so well, I ended up fracturing my foot and spraining my ankle. There isn’t some dramatic story, I literally fell out of my house and ended up in A&E having to wear a boot for 8 weeks. Not an ideal situation 3 days before a trip to Disneyland Paris for the 25th Anniversary Celebrations but we ended up having a really great trip. It was our last trip using the Annual Passes so I probably won’t be back for a few years now! At the end of May, Radio 1’s Big Weekend came to Hull and I was really lucky and got tickets for both days.
Hayley & I jetted off to Barcelona for a week in June. I’d been to Barcelona before but it’s one of my favourite places as there’s just so much to do and see or you can just chill on the beach. I was still hobbling about so we decided to go on a Sightseeing Bus which was a really great way of getting around.
In June, I also finally went to Italy. For years, I’ve been banging on about going to Italy and Cheapflights.co.uk challenged me to go to Milan on a budget. We had £450 for two of us for three days and although it’s quite an expensive city, it’s certainly do-able. I definitely will be going back to Italy, the food was incredible. Rome is next on my list!
July was a month of music, sunshine and festivals. Haydy and I went to Benicassim Festival in Spain with Festicket and had the best week. We sunbathed and drank Sangria during the day and headed to the festival at night where we saw people like The Weeknd, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Kasabian & Liam Gallagher. We also had some time in Barcelona before flying back where we just chilled eating ice cream and shopping along Las Ramblas.
My next festival of 2017 was YNOT in the Peak District which turned out to be a very interesting experience. As soon as Charlee and I arrived at the festival, the rain started and It didn’t stop until the final day got cancelled. We did manage to see Stereophonics and an exercise class with Mr Motivator but pretty much everything else was a washout. I ended up writing a blog post on how to survive music festivals in bad weather.
August ended up being a very quiet month spending time with friends and family and going on a few local trips. I attended a Gin Masterclass at the Botanist where I don’t think I’ve ever drunk that much gin but it was pretty amazing. August was also my 23rd Birthday but I kept it quite lowkey.
September started with a quick trip over to Manchester to do the Crystal Maze for Charlee’s 21st Birthday. It was the most fun and I’d 100% recommend doing it. I’m wanting to go do it again in the New Year.
After waiting what seemed like 65 years, we eventually went down to London to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. We had booked our tickets ages ago and it was finally time. The play was pretty amazing and the next day we went to the Warner Bros Studio Tour in Leavesden, it was my third visit but they had some pretty cool additions.
If you’ve not been following me, I’ve actually spent the past couple of months travelling around America. I even popped up to Canada for a couple of days. I’ve got so much content coming your way in 2018 so I won’t bore you with endless details just yet. The first couple of weeks were spent doing the Southern BLT Trek America tour from New York to Los Angeles. We passed through so many amazing places such as Nashville, New Orleans, Monument Valley and Las Vegas. I then spent a couple of weeks in California before driving down the West Coast and then flying back over to New York and Florida. It truly was an incredible trip. I’m so gutted to be back but it’s time to save up again for another adventure.
I’m actually really looking forward to 2018. I don’t have anything booked yet but I’m determined to go on a few trips in the next couple of months. In the meantime, I’ve got so much content for my blog and I’m feeling super inspired at the moment.