Looking Back at 2018 in Travel

When I thought about doing a review of my travels in 2018, I was a bit pessimistic and thought I didn’t really have much to write about but then I started going through my calendar and the pictures on my phone. Turns out I’ve actually been on 7 trips last year. Let’s see what they were.

January: Panama & Colombia

I started 2018 in beautiful Cartagena, Colombia after arriving there on a sailboat coming from Panama. I had been exploring Panama for 2 weeks and stayed in Colombia for 3 more weeks before making my way back to Panama to catch my return flight.

The View from El Peñol in Guatape

April: Milton Keynes & London

I’d usually consider myself as the spontaneous type and this trip was the most spontaneous trip I’d ever booked! My friend Holly who I met in India (read more about my India travels here) asked me on a Thursday if I’d want to come to the UK for a weekend because our common friend Lauren who was also in India with us, was coming over from the UK. She then proceeded to tell me that Lauren was arriving the next day so I quickly checked flights and found a cheap one to Heathrow early Saturday morning.

I spent the Saturday with them in Milton Keynes and set off to London Sunday morning to meet my old flatmate in London for some delicious Indian food at Dishoom, one of my favourite restaurants. It was one of my favourite trips this year as it was just so spontaneous!

St. Pancras Station in London

April: Skiing in Hintertux, Austria

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it on here, but I love the place where I currently work. It’s a pretty big corporation but we do lots of stuff together, such as an annual skiing trip!

The last time I’ve been on skies must have been 10 years ago and I was a bit anxious to try it again, but I loved it! I’m already looking forward to the next trip in March this year!

May: Berlin & Potsdam

In May I flew to Berlin for a long weekend and met up with my old flatmate from Cardiff. Since we’d both been to Berlin plenty of times, we decided to discover new parts of the city such as Neukölln and spent and afternoon cycling around Potsdam before my friend took part in the Berlin Velothon.

Berliner Dom

June/July: Bosnia, Croatia & Montenegro

In the summer I set off for another backpacking adventure that took me through the Balkans. I was so surprised by Bosnia, it’s people and the nature there, had a relaxing time on a Croatian Island and explored the mountains of Montenegro.

It wasn’t all perfect though since I was in a car accident two days before I flew home but that’s a story for another time!

Stari Most in Mostar

October: Cardiff, United Kingdom

What’s a year in travel without my annual visit to my former home? I love coming back to this city but this time it was different since I no longer went back to the house I lived in during uni since my friend moved to Penarth and his flat was so much nicer than our student house!

I had the best time with him and his friends cheering on the Cardiff Half Marathon runners and eating my way through town!

The Main Building of Cardiff University

November: Marrakech, Morocco

To escape the cold and rainy November weather, a colleague and me booked a trip to Marrakech. Sadly we caught four out of five rainy days that Marrakech usually gets during November but it was still an incredible experience. The vibe of Marrakech reminds me a lot of the hustling and buzzing streets of India.

El Badii Palace

What will 2019 bring?

Since I’ve travelled quite a bit in 2017 and 2018, 2019 is going to be a bit more quiet I think. So far I’ve only booked for a skiing trip in March and I’m currently looking into city trips around Europe with my flatmate. I’m actually planning on saving up quite a few of my vacation days for the end of the year as I do want to take a sabbatical. As soon as the planning for that gets a bit more specific, I’ll definitely be sharing the details on this with you!

What’s on your bucket list for 2019? I’m trying to do a few city trips within Europe this year, so any recommendations are welcome!

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