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2017: A Year of Travel

January 12, 2018

2017: A Year of Travel

January 12, 2018

A couple of weeks ago I posted about my highlights of 2017, however I decided to leave out anything travel related as it was enough for a whole post in itself. I’ve actually been dying to write this post for a long time, but the last two weeks have been so busy with the launch of my freelance business that I have accidentally neglected my blog, oops…

2017 was definitely the year of travel for me and I hope that my new venture pays off so much that I can make 2018 just as, if not more, travel filled.

I visited new countries, went back to countries I had fallen in love with and really discovered what it is I want from travel – to be able to see and experience as much as I can, while I can ✨


PARIS


The year started off to a trip to Paris which was a Christmas gift from the boyfriend. We decided rather than getting Christmas gifts we wanted to travel somewhere new, and Paris was high up on both of our lists. We spent three full days in Paris, however for the second day we went to Disneyland Paris as it seemed a once in a lifetime opportunity – until I got so excited I immediately booked a four-day trip there as we left. 

The trip was…. interesting. It POURED it down the whole time we were there and it made it quite difficult to do anything as it was that torrential being outside for a few minutes meant you were drenched through. When I worked at London Zoo I SWORE I would never be one of those people that bought a poncho but by the end of the three days I had to, it was that bad.

A Magical Day at Disneyland Paris ▪️ A Weekend in Paris: Day 1 ▪️ A Weekend in Paris: Day 2 ▪️ Picture Perfect Holidays?

roman gardens chester


CHESTER


One weekend we decided we were fed up of sitting around and doing nothing that we jumped on a train and made our way to Chester. Considering we live so close I was amazed we had never visited before as it was the cutest, quaint city I have been to in the UK. We walked the city walls, visited the Roman Museum and ate our body weight in food at an amazing American diner on the river. 10/10 would recommend.

A Day Trip to Chester


WROCLAW


Wroclaw, Wroclaw, Wroclaw – where do I start?

I had no idea how much my trip to Poland would change the way I thought about travel, but visiting a place that was NEVER on my radar and falling head over heels for it has made me want to visit as many places as I possibly can – even if I’ve never head of them before!

The buildings, the people, the food, the atmosphere – absolutely everything about it was perfect, which is why I booked a second trip in June.

72 Hours in Wroclaw ▪️ Wroclaw Dwarf Hunting ▪️ 7 Reasons Wroclaw Should be your next City Break

weekend in amsterdam


AMSTERDAM


Booked as a girly weekend to get away and explore a new city, my trip to Amsterdam was definitely that. Although we didn’t cover much ground I had an incredible weekend and I realised how much I love going away with the girls. As much as I loved the city, I sometimes think it’s the people you go on holiday with that make it, not where you visit. 

We ate lots of good food, drank A LOT of cocktails and shots, walked the canals for hours, saw a million tulips (even if they were wooden) and so much more. I’m actually hoping to go back to Amsterdam and explore more, hopefully before the year is out.

A weekend in Amsterdam ▪️Amsterdam: Teleport Hotel Review ▪️ My Amsterdam Highlights ▪️Why I Love Amsterdam

wroclaw view


WROCLAW (AGAIN)


Having fallen in love with Wroclaw in April when I visited with Ashton, I had to go back a second time, this time with my boyfriend. The weather was A LOT kinder to us this time around and we spent an incredibly sunny weekend walking around the food festival, stumbling on a random colour festival, taking a boat tour around the city and drinking lots and lots of 50p beer.

I’m actually STILL not done exploring Wroclaw so guess who is going back at the end of January 2018? Yep, this girl right here. 

22 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Wroclaw ▪️Wroclaw Holi Festival


MALLORCA


Ah, Mallorca. What an eventful weekend.

Planned to be a fun and relaxing weekend spent by the pool drinking cocktails with the girls, that is NOT HOW IT TURNED OUT. When I got to the airport on the Thursday night I managed to do the stupidest thing I have ever done and I lost my passport. I panicked, cried, panicked some more and somehow managed to sort out an emergency passport before I flew home three days later.

The weekend was still spent by the pool (and on the Magaluf strip) but the whole time I was worried about whether or not I would be making it home as planned.

Lesson. Well. and. Truly. Learnt. 

A Weekend in Mallorca ▪️ Why I Love the Beach ▪️ What I Wore in Mallorca ▪️ That Time I Lost my Passport ▪️ VLOG: A Weekend in Mallorca


CROATIA


After a brief travel break while I waited for my new passport to arrive I kick started being able to travel again with my first press trip of the year. I was invited to spend the week in the most stunning villa I have ever seen with my boyfriend and my brother.

This was hands down one of my favourite trips of the year as I fell in love with Split, got to spend some much needed time relaxing in the sunshine and pushed myself to do things I probably would have been too scared to do before.

A Week in Paradise with Clickstay ▪️ Preparing for a Week in Croatia ▪️ Climbing Marjan Hill, Croatia ▪️ Climbing Klis Fortress and Conquering my Fears ▪️ VLOG: Croatia Days 1-4 ▪️ VLOG: Croatia Days 5-8


DUSSELDORF


The week after Croatia I was invited to Dusseldorf by Cheap Flights to see if I could complete their challenge. All I needed to do was spent £500, all in, on a weekend away for two in Germany. The trip went incredibly fast but I loved exploring a new city in a familiar country and we had THE BEST and most Instagramable Airbnb apartment.

The #CheapFlightsChallenge in Dusseldorf ▪️ VLOG: The #CheapflightsChallenge – A Weekend for two in Germany?!


PARIS (AGAIN)


The week after Dusseldorf (October was a busy month) I flew to Paris for the weekend with my boyfriend. We decided to do the trip again after the first time was a wash out and as Buy a Gift had gifted me with a European Hotel Stay for Two, it made sense to fly out a few days before our Disney trip and do some more exploring.

We decided to get a Hop On Hop Off tour bus on our only full day in the city and it was such a good idea as we covered so much ground. Although we didn’t get off at every stop we were still able to see everything and we learnt so much along the way. I’m tempted to start doing this whenever I visit a new city!

10 Things to Do in Paris ▪️ VLOG: Two Days in Paris


DISNEYLAND PARIS


DISNEYLAND PARIS OMG.

My trip to Disneyland was one of the most incredible trips of the year, purely because of how magical it is. I’m such a big kid and both me and my boyfriend are HUGE Disney fans so it is basically the perfect destination for us.

In four days we still didn’t manage to get everything we wanted done so I am 100% planning another trip back in the near future. WATCH THIS SPACE.

A Guide to Disneyland Paris for Non-Ride-Goers ▪️ Cheyenne Hotel Review ▪️ VLOG: Disneyland Paris Days 1-2

Here’s to an incredible, travel filled 2018.

Kirsty Leanne

xoxo

 

 

  • jess January 12, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Sounds like you have had an awesome year! This year I’m really hoping to make travel a priority again as I really miss swanning off when ever the opportunity arises

    Jess x
    alrightblondie.com

  • Emily Ray January 12, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    I love that you fell in love with Wroclaw so much you went TWICE! What a fab year of travel for you. Also, I totally feel you on the passport front – I lost my passport 5 hours before my flight home from Cuba and completely missed my flight. Absolute nightmare – I’m still recovering!

    • Kirsty Leanne January 17, 2018 at 4:18 pm

      Hello Emily, oh god yes! It’s so beautiful! I go again next week for the third time in the space of ten months, ha ha!

      Oh gosh!! What happened? How did you get home?!

  • Imogen January 15, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    What an incredible insight into your year! I really want to experience Croatia looks like you had a great travel filled year 🙂 I loved your talk at #blogatthebeach on Saturday thanks for being incredibly inspiring :)x Imogen

    imogenrose.co.uk

    • Kirsty Leanne January 17, 2018 at 4:15 pm

      Thank you, I am so pleased you loved my talk, I was so nervous! Croatia is incredible, definitely go if you get the chance! x

  • Julia January 19, 2018 at 8:37 am

    Wow you’re so lucky, you got to go to such incredible places in 2017! Happy travel plans for 2018, I’m sure you’ll go to more amazing places as well 🙂

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • Kirsty Leanne February 20, 2018 at 1:31 am

      Thank you Julia, I hope 2018 is just (if not more) adventure filled! xx

  • Kelly January 29, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    We always do a hop on hip off bus tour when we visit a new city – it’s great for getting your bearings, finding out some history and deciding the places you want to spend more time at.

    • Kirsty Leanne February 20, 2018 at 1:28 am

      I have only started doing them recently but I have found it really helps!

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