My one New Year’s Resolution for 2012 was to travel. I named it ‘The Year of Travel’ and in January 2013, I summed up an amazing year of exploration. I also promised to continue my Year of Travel in 2013. And if you’re keeping up with all these dates, you’ll know it’s now 2014 and it’s time for a recap!
I’ve tweaked the name a little bit – I don’t think every year can be The Year of Travel… if anything, 2013 was The Year of Getting Married and Almost Having a Minor Breakdown – so here’s my Year in Travel for 2013.
Way back in January 2013, I headed off to Milan to spend a few days covering Milan Men’s Fashion Week for my client. A couple of weeks later, I was in New York with the same client, this time covering womenswear at New York Fashion Week.
Having a job that allows me to travel is fantastic, but I rarely have time to do anything but work. These two trips are a little bittersweet as it was such a busy time, and the cities passed me by in a flash. Especially Milan – a beautiful place I’d never visited before. But on a more positive note, I now have a solid reason to go back!
In April I headed off on a girls’ holiday to Barcelona. Another entirely new discovery for me, and a city that totally captured my heart. The architecture, the atmosphere, the food… the Sangria! It was a bloody brilliant trip with three of my favourite girls, and it kickstarted a new travel tradition for us. If you have any recommendations for where we should go this year, let me know in the comments!
It was my lovely friend Laura’s birthday in July, and in keeping with another tradition, we went camping. Rather than struggling with tent poles and ground sheets, this year we upgraded to ‘glamping’ and stayed in adorable wooden huts at Hillcrest Park, right on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.
As a self-professed high maintenance drama queen, I ADORED these pods – they’re heated, carpeted and have actual PLUGS inside so I could charge my phone and everything. I loved them so much, I took another group of friends for the weekend in September.
In August it was Jen Do (official title of my hen do) in Edinburgh. I celebrated New Year in Edinburgh last year and was captivated by the city, so it was top of my list for hen do destinations.
I stayed in a stunning city centre house with 11 of my best friends, danced ’til dawn, enjoyed afternoon tea and treasure hunted my way around this beautiful place. Edinburgh remains one of my favourite cities in the world and I hope to go back again in 2014.
After the massive excitement of the wedding, Rob and I were eternally grateful for our honeymoon in Santorini – it was relaxation, indulgence and pure decadence all in one. The white washed buildings, the endless blue of the ocean and those stunning sunsets.
We were so bowled over by the beauty of Greece that we made a pact to (try!) visit a different Greek Isle every year, to celebrate our wedding anniversary. This year I really fancy Kefalonia… fingers crossed!
Oh, how I loved the Lake District! Rob and I stayed at the Gilpin Hotel in November, although sadly only for one night, so we didn’t get time to properly explore. But the Lake District is now top of my list for 2014 travel – I can’t wait for more country walks around those majestic lakes!
Norfolk was my travel surprise of 2013. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much but it’s such a lovely part of the UK, with tons of character and plenty to see. Seal spotting, windy walks on the beach, delicious food and lots of wine. It was the perfect place to spend a cosy weekend with family.
My last trip of the year was to Richmond in the Yorkshire Dales. I stayed in a cottage in the absolute middle of nowhere with some excellent people and it. was. amazing. We cooked, we drank, we explored, we played games and sang songs. It was a brilliant way to kick off our Christmas and I can’t wait for this year’s festive trip!
And that’s it! 2013 was all about the short breaks – all of my visits were under a week long, mostly due to a crazy-hectic work schedule and wedding saving. But I’m a bit of a homebody anyway so love travelling in these short stints, and I’ve been able to visit lots of different places in just one year. 2013 was also the year I explored the UK more – something I want to continue in 2014. On my list of UK destinations to visit in 2014 are Liverpool and Cornwall… any others I should add?
Where did you travel in 2013?