“Travel far enough, you meet yourself.”
Travelling has always been something we’re both keen on, and since I’ve had the privilege of visiting some amazing countries and landmarks this year, I thought I’d share my top destinations from 2017!
1. Havana, Cuba
If you follow me on any social media, you probably saw that I visited Cuba for two weeks at the end of June (since I still can’t stop talking about it). I can honestly say it was the best trip I’ve ever been on, and visiting the capital, Havana, for two days was definitely one of my highlights during the fortnight I spent there. The culture, the people, the history (and obviously, I have to mention the gorgeous weather) stole my heart. I also have to point out that I have never felt as safe in any capital city (and I’d class myself as fairly well travelled now) than I did in Havana! Anyway, I’ll have to stop gushing or I’ll essentially be writing a whole post expressing my love for Cuba. All I’ll say is, I would 100% recommend considering it for any sort of holiday, whether you prefer to be adventurous or sit on the beach, Cuba has it all! (I promise I’m not working for a tour company…)
2. Reynisfjara Beach, Vík, Iceland
I’ve visited Iceland before but I didn’t get a chance to take a trip to Reynisfjara Beach in Vík. This is somewhere I’ve wanted to see for a very long time, so I was so happy that I managed to go there on my trip to Iceland in April (even if it was just a brief trip). The special thing about Reynisfjara is the column like cliffside, and of course, Iceland’s black sand.
3. Villa Clara Province, Cuba
Back to Cuba! I spent the majority of our Cuban holiday in the Villa Clara province of the country, which is around the middle of the island and covers from Santa Clara (a key city in the Cuban revolution) right across to the gorgeous Cayo’s where you’ll find the majority of tourists in the area. I stayed at Cayo Santa Maria by the postcard-Carribean beaches, and also visited Santa Clara and a few smaller towns in between the two.
4. Castleton, Peak District, UK
A bit closer to home, Castleton is somewhere I’ve visited many times in my life, since I grew up about half an hour away from it, but I had to include it on this list! Castleton is in the heart of the Peak District in the north of England, and is a quintessential little English village filled with the mines that it’s famous for, castles, cobbled streets and plenty of hills to climb.
5. York, UK
Despite living not too far away from York my whole life, it took me a long time to actually visit it! York is just as gorgeous and magical as I hoped it would be, from the winding Shambles to the little tea shops dotting every corner.
6. South Iceland
Whilst in Iceland, I also got to see a lot of the South coast of the country, including the Seljalandsfoss and Gljufrabui waterfalls, the Eurasian-American tectonic plate rift, and Reykjavík.
7. London, UK
I have to be honest – I don’t really like London. It’s too crowded, everyone is always rushing, and every time I’m there I’m just counting down the moments until I can get back up north! However I had to mention my trip to London this year as the reason I was there was so I could attend YALC! I had a great time at YALC and it was definitely my favourite trip to London. I also finally got to go to Camden market and absolutely loved wandering around all the quirky stalls there!
8. Manchester, UK
So I’m not sure if Manchester counts since it is my home city, but I just had to include it! Manchester has always been a city close to my heart (what with me growing up on the edge of it) but I can honestly say it’s such a great city to visit. It’s full of culture, art and hidden gems. If you’re planning on taking a trip, I’d definitely recommend taking a stroll around the Northern Quarter – you’ll find amazing street art, a tonne of unique cafes and coffee shops, plus my 13 year old selfs favourite indoor market full of stores selling alternative clothes, jewellery, posters and basically everything your inner goth might need – Afflecks Palace!
Our 2018 Travel Itineraries
Next year, we’re both planning on doing a lot more travelling – here’s both of our top five picks!
1. Machu Picchu, Peru
I have always wanted to visit Machu Picchu, and after years of thinking it’d never be possible, I’m finally going to try and do it this year!
2. Cuba (again!)
So if it wasn’t obvious, I quite clearly want to go back to Cuba ASAP. Hopefully I’ll be able to do a joint trip to Peru and Cuba.
3. Edinburgh, Scotland
I’ve somehow never been to Scotland but I’d absolutely love to take a little trip to Edinburgh this year. It looks absolutely beautiful and hopefully I can take a few day trips further into the Scottish countryside from there!
4. Dublin, Ireland
Dublin is another city that I feel as though I could easily travel to from where I live, but I’ve never been.
5. Budapest, Hungary
I fell in love with Eastern European cities after visiting Prague a couple of years ago. Although there are a few cities around Europe that I’m yet to see, Budapest intrigues me (plus it’s apparently quite a cheap city to visit, and I’m always looking for ways to travel on a budget).
1. Salzburg, Austria
So I’m not as well travelled as Becky but hopefully in 2018, we will visit the beautiful city of Salzburg together! I’ve already listed some of the landmarks I want to visit including Mozart’s House, Fortress Hohensalzburg and the House of Nature.
2. Prague, Czech Republic
This city has always been on my list of places to travel and that need became even stronger when Becky travelled there this year and I saw all the snaps! The colourful buildings in the Old Town Square, the intricately designed astronomical clock and St. Vitus Cathedral just look so magical.
3. Hay-On-Wye, Wales
Ok, so a bit closer to home but if you are a book blogger, you need to visit this small village at least once in your life – it is pretty much dedicated to book shops including a shop called Murder & Mayhem which sounds like it was built for me (thank you to @bookishsteph1 on Instagram for recommending this place to me.) I also believe a lot of book bloggers are meeting in Hay-On-Wye from Friday 30th of March to Sunday 8th April!
4. Rome, Italy
Who wouldn’t want to visit Rome? I think it’s on everybody’s to-visit lists but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to visit and see the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum and the Piazza di Spagna. However, I have heard this isn’t the best place to go as a single female solo traveller. I’m not sure how true this is but please be aware and do your research before you visit!
5. Moscow, Russia
For me, Moscow has always been somewhat of a dream location. Somewhere I’ve always wanted to travel but never really put into reality. I remember seeing photographs of the Moscow Metro on a television show and falling in love with the architecture there and in surrounding areas. For me, it encapsulates ideas of ballet dancers and snow and something completely different to where I’ve been before. If I manage to get there in 2018, it’d be a dream come true.
What places did you visit this year? And where would you like to visit in 2018?
Let us know in the comments!
Lots of Love,
Angharad & Becky