JC Reflects: 2014 Travel
2014 really has been my year of travel and I have loved it! I think after living in New Zealand for so long, travelling anywhere tends to be expensive and very time consuming, whereas now I am in London, I have the whole of Europe on my door step. I think I had a good balance of Europe and the UK this year, but next year I am definitely going to focus on the UK even more, I haven’t explored my home country enough over the years so it is time to get it done!
January: The beginning of the year started off with a sister trip away. We headed across to the South of France, basing ourselves in Marseilles and exploring through Nice and Monaco. Marseilles isn’t my favourite of cities, it is quite ‘rough’ and the weather was a bit average (it was winter to be fair) so we couldn’t go out to some of the islands which is what we really wanted to do.
Monaco, Nice and Cairns however were amazing! I really liked Monaco, looking at all the amazing super yachts and sports cars was crazy, some of them were the sizes of mansions. We wandered through gardens and looked in at the casinos. We weren’t dressed up enough to get into the Monte Cristo casino but we had a little go in the tourist one next door. I also got my cookie stolen by the biggest seagull ever which was an experience!
February: Paul and I then popped off for a long weekend in Cambridge and Ely, it was so lovely to see the University and go to Ely cathedral. I love English history so we also visited Oliver Cromwells house which I enjoyed!
March: A couple of months later, I headed off to Lisbon, Portugal with one of my best friends Samantha. Lisbon was amazing, not only was it super cheap but everyone was so friendly and welcoming. We took a jeep tour of the city, drank sangria and ginja (the traditional cherry liqueur), visited the aquarium and generally had a fab time. I really want to explore more of Portugal!
April: April brought a trip home, flying many many hours to see my parents in Canberra, Australia, overnight stay at the Bayswater Sydney, visiting the New South Wales coast and then popping over to New Zealand to see my friends for a long weekend. It was lovely to see my parents, relax with the cat and spend some time at the beach.
May: Time for another trip in the UK, this time to Anglesey, Wales. I wrote a whole post about my trip here as I think Anglesey and North Wales is stunning. It is probably one of my all time favourite places in the UK and I can’t wait to go back again next year.
June: This was the first trip for Paul and I overseas to Prague, Czech Republic. I LOVED Prague, it was such a gorgeous and under appreciated city (not to mention super affordable). The buildings, architecture and history were all so interesting and I had an amazing time. We went on a food tour, cycled the city and explored the castle. I think this was probably my favourite holiday of the year!
August: July was a month spent enjoying the sun in London, so for August, Paul and I headed out on another trip in the UK – this time to Canterbury and Dover. I really loved Canterbury, the cathedral was gorgeous and the nearby abbey ruins so interesting with it being the first abbey built in the UK. We went for a wander on the White Cliffs of Dover which were stunning and peered over to France.
November: I had a little break from travel in September and October, but did make it again to both Manchester and Bristol to visit mine and Pauls family. In November, Paul and I went to Paris, France for my birthday, which I have written a whole post about here.
Phew! So overall it has been a very well travelled year now that I type it all out! I have been to some amazing places and I hope to continue this next year.
Where has been the best place you have visited in 2014?