In my books, a good year comes down to the memories you’ve made with the people you love, the goals you’ve achieved, and the places you’ve managed to tick off your bucket list. While Jamie and I spent much of 2017 settling into our new home, we still found time for some pretty special and memorable adventures.
So, before we set about making new travel plans for 2018, here’s a quick throwback to the cities we’ve explored within the last 12 months…
MARCH, JULY AND AUGUST: PARIS
I was lucky enough to visit picture-perfect Paris not once, but three times last year. Trip number one was for my best friend’s hen ‘do, just a few short weeks before she walked down the aisle and married her soulmate. I went back in July for a business trip, then returned in August with my dad and my brother. We had dinner and drinks in Montmartre, watched Andrew take thousands of photos of a twinkling Eiffel Tower, and acted like big kids on the rides in Disneyland Paris.
Did I mention that I love Lisbon? We celebrated Jamie’s 30th birthday in the Portuguese capital, surrounded by tiled buildings, rooftop bars, retro trams and, er, unseasonably cold weather. In spite of the latter, the five days we spent there were nothing short of magical. If you’re looking for a sunny city break in 2018, I implore you to give Lisbon a go.
Pinch me. I still can’t believe Jamie and I actually went to South Korea last year – not least because the way our visit came about was quite fortuitous. We were booking a trip to Japan, and all London flights to Osaka were stopping at Incheon airport, which is just a 30-minute train ride from Seoul’s city centre. Beauty shopping in Myeong-dong has long been on my must-do list, so we swapped the three-hour layover for a two-night stay, and saw as much of the city as our jet-lagged bodies would let us. That turned out to be a lot: in one day, we hiked to the top of Namsan, caught a cable car down to the bottom, stocked up on South Korean skincare, then made it to Gwanghwamun Palace for sunset.
NOVEMBER: KYOTO AND TOKYO
Japan was a dream come true. We fell head over heels for the country’s culture, scenery, atmosphere and food while exploring the sights and sounds of Kyoto and Tokyo. A quick throwback can’t do justice to such a monumental trip, so look out for plenty of Japan blog posts in the coming weeks. I’d like to go back now, please…