I feel like I’ve been a pretty bad travel blogger this year. I’ve not actually done all that much travelling due to a busy schedule and other responsibilities. But I thought I’d give a rundown of my 2018 travel highlights nonetheless.
Fortunately, I have a pretty epic year planned for 2019 with a seven day trip to Iceland planned in January, four days in New York City in February and a couple weeks in Thailand sometime in April. And that’s just the first 4 months! The rest is yet to be planned but I have some pretty cool ideas in the pipeline, so hopefully next year’s review should be more action-packed.
January – Fuerteventura, Canaries – 7 days
Our year started with seven days in Fuerteventura with friends. It was a fairly last minute decision to jet off for some winter sun and the second time I visited Fuerteventura in a year. We really enjoyed our week of respite from the winter and got to see quite a bit of the island. While I had been to Fuerteventura before, Jamie hadn’t, so it was nice to show him the nice spots on the island.
Personally, I wouldn’t be that keen to return to Fuerteventura again. I feel we saw all there was to see and there are too many places to go in the world to return.
If you’re thinking of travelling to Fuerteventura, we stayed in this beautiful villa booked through HomeAway.
February – Foppolo, Italy – 5 days
February saw us jetting off to Italy for a few days in the ski resort of Foppolo. This was my first proper attempt at snowboarding (aside from half a day in Yosemite National Park in 2015) and I must admit I have mixed feelings about doing it again!
The first day, everything was going swimmingly – I even started linking turns and picking up some speed. But the second day, I ended up on a black slope by accident and completely lost the plot and my confidence! I’ll admit I was terrified and decided then and there that snowboarding just wasn’t for me, but after spending the next day in the apartment I decided to give it another shot.
The last day of the holiday, I stuck to an easy blue run and managed to pick up some confidence again, so I probably will attempt snowboarding again in the future and see how it goes. After all, practice makes perfect, right?
May – France and Italy – 7 days
In May, I hopped on a plane to one of my favourite places – the French Riviera. I spent three days in the beautiful town of Grasse with a close friend and then caught the train over the border into Italy to stay with another friend on the Italian Riviera.
This week was very chilled and a chance to catch up with friends over sunshine, good food and wine. We enjoyed a hike on the Massif de l’Esterel in France, a visit to a perfumerie in Grasse and the beautiful coastline and green hills of Italy.
August – Carcassonne, France – 3 days
The English summer was long and hot – for once! So, we enjoyed three lovely months at home, soaking up the sun and making the most of the rare heatwave. It was a busy summer, with three weddings to attend and lots to keep us busy!
At the end of August, as a farewell to the summer, we spent three days in Carcassonne, visiting friends. I’d not visited this part of France before, so it was nice to explore the area, spending time in the foothills of the Pyrenees and the medieval city of Carcassonne.
September – Corfu, Greece – 7 days
If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ll know that Corfu is one of my favourite places in the world. Every year we return for a week of sunshine, relaxation, Greek culture and amazing food. I’ve written prolifically about Corfu on this blog so I won’t go into detail here, but check out these posts if you want to know more.
So, that’s about it for my year. It’s true that this year hasn’t been so travel-filled for me – the first year since 2014 that I’ve taken less than 8 trips, but that’ll change in 2019, so watch this space.