2016 Travel round-up

February –

I visited a backpacking friend in his hometown of Vilnius, Lithuania and fell in love with the old town.


My highlights were the view from Gediminas’ tower, the beautiful library and fresco hall of the university and making a wish on the stebuklas tile.

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April –

I gave myself the best birthday present I have ever received – my first ever solo trip to ROME.

A place I had dreamed of since my nerdy little self could pick up a book and got obsessed with ancient cultures.
It was everything I dreamed it would be and more!

I met loads of fantastic people, caught up with an old friend, wandered all over the city, hitch hiked, got to see Trajan’s market & the Roman forum, the endless treasures of the Vatican, the colosseum, the pantheon, the trevi fountain and so much more.

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July –

I went with a friend to Amsterdam and had a whale of a time exploring the city with her.

We went to the ice bar, the Heineken brewery, the Amsterdam dungeons, Anne Frank’s house and just endlessly and aimlessly wandered around and taking stupid photos at sex museums.

We had plenty of fun even though we got soaked on several occasions because we didn’t pack very well.

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I also “met” my tour guide for…

September –

Returning to the Netherlands to stay in Haarlem with visits to Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

I had a wonderful time browsing local markets, drinking beer and eating food.

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October –

18th of October I embarked on my open-ended solo trip around Southeast Asia.

I started in Singapore, where I explored Little India, Chinatown, Gardens by the bay, met some lovely girls from Taiwan through Travel Bff and found out about and met a distant cousin I never knew I had!

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Then I got on a flight to Jakarta (where I went to see Kuta old town, the fisting cannon and Southeast Asia’s largest mosque housing the world’s largest drum) and then to Yogyakarta (where I went on a cycling & cooking tour, planted rice in the paddies, made mud bricks and visited Borobudur & Prambanan temples).

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After Yogyakarta, I went on a 3 day trek up Mount Bromo and into the sulphur mine of the Ijen crater.

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November –

I carried on across Indonesia from Yogyakarta to Bali where I went to the monkey forest and clambered up rice terraces, to Gili Trawangan where I cycled around the island and snorkeled with turtles, and to Lombok.

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Then to Sulawesi…
from Makassar to the highlands of Tana Toraja where I felt like Indiana Jones exploring caves full of skulls.

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To Kuala Lumpur, hunting down street art in Penang, and Langkawi….

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December –

From Langkawi I went to the Thai island of Koh Lipe where I met lots of wonderful people and started to practice yoga.

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I left Koh Lipe for Bangkok and then to Koh Chang where my family were on holiday so that we could spend Christmas together.

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After Christmas, I headed to Chiang Mai where I am currently doing my first ever Workaway placement and where I will see in the New Year.

Unfortunately, a lot of these stories are still in the pipeline to be written up, but I can’t wait to share them all with you!

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Freelance writer who loves reading, cooking & travelling. Rarely spotted without red lipstick. Penchant for whiskey on the rocks.

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