I don’t even remember it being early September- where did the month go?!
I knew it’d be a busy month, but somehow, it ended up being even more hectic than planned. Early in the month, I finally made it out to Bath for a day trip and was blown away. It’s become my favourite English city, and one I consider the most beautiful (aside from London, of course).
Next up: A long weekend in Barcelona and Seville. It was my first time in Spain, and I loved it more than I could have ever dreamed. Seemingly overnight, Barcelona became one of my favorite cities in the world. As for Seville, even though I’d swooned over photos before going, I hadn’t expected to love it so much. Relaxed and sunny with hidden gems around every corner, it’s somewhere I can’t wait to visit again someday.
Mid-month, I found myself in Geneva for a day for work. I don’t know why Switzerland wasn’t higher on my list of places to visit, but it sure is now! There wasn’t time to see much of the city (aside from walking to get coffee and what our taxis drove past), but I’m already plotting a return sometime in the next year, as well as considering trips to Zurich, Bern and Annecy as well.
And, at the end of the month, I flew to Seattle for a long weekend to watch one of my childhood best friends get married. Seattle is one of my favourite cities in the world, so I was excited to be back in the Pacific Northwest for a few days, and thrilled to be able to make it to the wedding. Such a perfect couple of days.
I’m wandering Prague this weekend, and SO excited to be here, but secretly already looking forward to spending a few weekends back in London- relaxing and soaking up those cozy autumn vibes I wait all year for.
I’m starting to think about quick weekend (or day) trips for January, February and March of next year. At the top of my list: Aarhus, Belfast, Galway, Lille and Bedford-on-Avon. Planning on staying pretty close to the UK for the first few months of the year, and filling my late spring/early summer travel calendar since that’s the perfect time to visit so many places in Europe.
Always looking for recommendations, if you’ve been to Europe- what’s your favourite city or country?
Favourite Moments From the Month
Here’s where I’m headed for #Take12Trips in 2017:
- January: Moved to London (!!!), weekend trip to Edinburgh, Scotland
- February: Weekend in Orlando and Disney World for the Princess Half Marathon
- March: A brief return to Austin and couple of days in Marfa, Texas, day trip to Oxford, and weekend in Paris
- April: Weekend trips to Stockholm/Gothenburg, and Milan/Venice (praise hands for bank holidays)
- May: Week and a half in Hong Kong, Macau, Japan
- June: Stayed in the UK, visited Brighton and Hampton Court Palace
- July: Stayed in the UK, explored parts of London and visited lavender fields
- August: Amsterdam, Dublin, Paris, and Colchester, England
- September: Barcelona & Seville, day trips to Bath and Geneva, and a long weekend in Seattle for a wedding
- October: Weekend in Prague, potentially a day trip to Cambridge
- November: Long weekend in Porto & Lisbon, potentially a weekend jaunt to Bruges
- December: Weekend in Munich/Nuremberg (and maybe Strasbourg) to visit Christmas markets, and Orlando to celebrate the holidays in the sunshine
WHAT IS #TAKE12TRIPS?
#Take12Trips in 2017 is a continuation of the only resolution I made in 2016- a promise to commit to doing something once a month. Anything counts- it can be dinner at a new place, visiting a new museum or spending the weekend at a cute B&B in the country. It doesn’t need to be an epic trip to a foreign country, just the chance to discover something new.
How about you? Are you planning any trips this year that you’re excited about?