2017 has been the year that I ticked off 4 new places and my total countries visited reached 31. Now, to me, this doesn’t sound that many but I remind myself that I’ve visited many different cities and towns within a lot of those countries. And clearly visiting the USA doesn’t add any new tallies to my total.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ticking off countries purely to say that I’ve been to x number. I love visiting new places and experiencing new cultures. That said, I want to see as much of the world as I can within my lifetime and am slowly working my way through what this beautiful planet has to offer. I’m reluctant now to book trips to countries that I’ve visited before.
Compared to recent years, 4 new countries is quite a low number. However, the places I’ve visited have been absolutely awesome so I’m happy with quality if not quantity this time round! Here’s a round up of where I’ve been in 2017:
Scandinavia hasn’t really been on my radar travel- wise until this year, possibly something to do with the lack of beaches and cost of visiting. That all changed this year.
I headed off for a weekend in Copenhagen with friends in March this year and really, really liked it. You can read more about my trip here.
It was absolutely freezing and super pricey but everywhere was so pretty! And the vibe was just very laid back and cool. That trip made me eager to explore more of Scandi and what it has to offer. After all, the people in that neck of the woods are thought to be the happiest in the world!
The oldest street in Copenhagen
Next up was a birthday trip to Poland with my other half. I know most people head to Krakow and I’d definitely like to visit, but I just felt it wasn’t the right place for a birthday weekend. I’d want to visit Auschwitz, which isn’t necessarily how I’d want to spend a birthday. I also wanted to head somewhere that wasn’t too heavy on the tourist front.
I’m so glad we booked to go to Warsaw. It was incredible; I totally fell in love with the Polish capital and would rate it as one of my favourite ever cities, particularly in Europe. The vibe was really chilled out, there was so much to see and do, and omg if you haven’t tried peroigis, do so right away! Amazing.
I wrote a little guide to the city; here if you fancy having a nosy.
Warsaw Old Town
Warsaw Old Town
Warsaw Neon Museum
As I wrote about in this post, all-inclusive holidays aren’t usually for me. I’m happiest with my backpack and Lonely Planet guide, living the flashpacker experience.
That being said, I loved this family trip to Cuba. The hotel was incredible and luxurious and I managed to explore a fair bit of what is an interesting, vibrant but sometimes frustrating country.
It was different to anywhere I’ve ever visited before, check out my travel tips here if you’re planning to visit. Even if not, I put together a post containing lots of pretty pictures; Cuba is by far the most photogenic place I have ever visited!
Royalton Cayo Santa Maria infinity pool
Last but not least was my only solo trip of the year. I decided in September that I wanted to visit more of Scandinavia before the year was out and booked a flight to Stockholm, along with accommodation at City Backpackers Hostel.
I LOVED Stockholm. Although I really liked Copenhagen and had an amazing time with friends, Stockholm did steal my heart a little bit. As with Copenhagen, everything was super pretty and it had the chilled Scandi vibe. But even more than that, it had so many interesting things to see and do. I really discovered a bit of a love for art, especially when exploring the amazing installations featured in stations across the metro network.
I also went on a super cool Millenium tour (more here) of the city, which I got way too excited about given that the trilogy are some of my favourite books ever!
Also, two words: Swedish meatballs. I don’t actually think the locals eat them but oh my god they are bloody delicious. Give me all the gourmet venison meatballs and lingonberries, yum!
Stockholm Old Town
Early morning reflections
Stockholm Old Town
Art in Stockholm metro station
2017 has definitely been a year of ups and downs and some big changes in my personal life; more about that here. But travel-wise, it’s only been positive! I’ve surpassed my goal of 30 countries before 30 four years early, so I’m upping the number to 40. Not quite the same ring to it, but it’ll do.
I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store.
Where have you been in 2017? What’s been your favourite trip or travel moment? I’d love to hear from you!