Now that we have said goodbye to 2017, I decided to look back at the year that has past. At this point last year I was finishing up an internship at the company where I now work fulltime and I was moving into a new apartment. 2017 was also the year I graduated from university and started my Instagram and this blog. It is crazy to think about how much can happen in a year and how much you can change.
I have also been fortunate enough to travel around 12 countries over the past 12 months and I decided to sum up my favourite moments in this post.
I hope you enjoy it 🙂
January: Canada and US East Coast Road Trip
Last New Years Eve I spent at Niagara Falls in Canada with my boyfriend Jake. Before flying to Niagara Falls we had spent 3 days in New York City exploring the big city and staying at the grossest hotel room I have ever seen!
The fireworks at Niagara Falls were very disappointing and I would not recommend this to anyone - but then again, I did grow up in a country where fireworks are a very big part of the celebration and everyone fires them in their own yards, so I'm used to seeing a lot of fireworks! 🙂
We did, however, get a table at a restaurant with a view over the falls, which was really nice. We ended up having a great night.
The following day, we visited a friend in Toronto and got to see all the main highlights the city had to offer. Unfortunately, we didn't spend more than a day since our road trip schedule was very tight.
The rest of the trip we used driving from Canada to Miami and back up to New York City, where I flew home from.
It was my first time in both Canada and the States, so I got to see everything with fresh eyes. We visited 9 states during the two-week road trip, which I would probably rank among the top 3 best trips of my life 🙂
March: Paris and Oslo
At the beginning of March my boyfriend flew in to visit me in Copenhagen and we decided to do two weekend trips. One to Paris and one to Oslo.
It was my third time visiting Paris and to be honest I was never the biggest fan of the city. I never fully "got it". I think it has so many beautiful parks, streets, and buildings, but the atmosphere just isn't appealing to me.
It was Jake's first time in Paris, so we spend the weekend walking around the entire city, seeing the main highlights, and eating at nice restaurants.
The following weekend we made an impulsive decision and went on a 2-day cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo. I wrote a post about the cruise and our time in Oslo, that you can read here.
It was my first time in Oslo and I fell in love with the city. With the cruise, you only spend half a day in the city, but it was just enough time to walk around the streets and look at all the beautiful old buildings.
April: Fanø Island
In April my parents took me to the small Danish island called Fanø. My mother's side of the family is originally from the island, but since our last close relative passed away before I was born, this was my first time visiting.
We decided to go because my mother got in contact with some distant family that invited us to come and see the place.
It's probably not a place many people know about (especially if you're not from Denmark), but I really recommend that everyone spend a few days visiting Fanø if you are travelling in Denmark. It has some really unique buildings and nature - just take a look at the sandstorm in my video below. 🙂
May: Miami and the Caribbean
In May I went on the most exotic trip of my life. I booked a flight to Miami where I spent a day hanging out with a friend that lives nearby and exploring the city.
It was my second time in Miami in 2017, and while the first one in January was amazing and had very comfortable temperatures, the weather in May was simply too hot for me coming from cold Denmark. 🙂
We spent the day visiting Vizcaya Museum & Gardens and the Everglades, which were such a cool and different experience.
The following day Jake and I departed on an 11-day cruise of six Caribbean Islands. We visited the US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, and St. Martin. We had some incredible experiences snorkelling with sea turtles and manta rays, explored a beautiful limestone cave, and swam in the bluest water while planes were flying right over our heads.
I was very sceptical before going on the cruise, as I had never seen myself as a cruise person and I normally like more adventures trips and spending more than a few hours at each place. But I did have an amazing time and I would definitely do a cruise again.
August: Lake Geneva, London and Scotland Road Trip
In August I took some time off work and took 3 individual trips.
The first trip of the month was a long weekend to Geneva where I went to visit two friends that live in Rolle about an hour from Geneva.
We spent the weekend driving around the lake and I was blown away by the incredible nature they have in Switzerland.
Later the same month Jake and I took an impulsive trip to London. It all happened because he missed a flight from France, which meant he couldn't make it to Copenhagen before the following week (very stressful day!).
It was Jakes first time and London and I was really excited to show him all my favourite places.
London is, without doubt, my favourite city and since I've visited more than 10 times and lived there for a year, I will put it one of my top priorities in 2018 to make a post about London, so I can share it with all of you. 🙂
Scotland Road Trip
The last week of August my parents and brother joined me for a road trip around Scotland, starting and ending in Edinburgh. I was very pleasantly surprised by both Edinburgh and the surrounding areas.
I will definitely get around to make a post about this trip too.
September: Rochester, New York City and Toronto
In September I was lucky enough to go back to the States as I got a scholarship to study 3 weeks at Rochester Institute of Technology when I graduated from my own university in June.
I was very excited to get a short taste of the American college life, as the universities in Denmark are very different.
Just seeing the huge campus which had everything from their own hockey rink, swimming pool, and gym to a ton of different restaurants was incredible to me. 🙂
I spent the weekends revisiting my friend in Toronto, New York City, Niagara Falls and Jake's parents in Buffalo.
October and November: Leicester
While I was in the States Jake moved to Leicester, UK and started studying at the University of Leicester. So in October and November, I spent a few weekends in one of the last cities in the UK I would have expected to travel too.
It has been fun seeing another side of the UK after spending so much time in London and I am excited to go back in 2018 and hopefully get time to visit even more Britsh cities.
2017 in review
When I look back at all these trips I can't help but feel blessed. In 2016 I had never been to North America and this year I travelled there 3 times!
People are always commenting on how much I travel and how I do this with a full-time job, but since I'm always looking forward to and planning the next trip, I don't have much time to stop and appreciate just how much I have experienced.
I hope you all have had a great year and are determined to make 2018 even better.
Happy New Year!
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