A Look Back At 2017

To say 2017 was a bit of a rollercoaster of a year is an understatement. There were some awesome highs and some epic lows. If you told me this time last year that I would be where I am now in my life, I am not sure I would have believed you. However, I am a big believer that everything happens for a reason and I can honestly say I am ended the year in a good place.

Despite 2017 being the year where a lot of things changed, it was on the whole, a year full of positives. I really put an emphasis on travel and I have been lucky enough to visit some truly wonderful places and experience some awesome adventures. Firstly there was Riga, a place that hadn’t been on my radar until I found cheap flights. I spent a lovely Easter weekend there and despite it being extremely cold I really loved this city, it is so beautiful and the surrounding area was amazing too, I took a day trip to Jurmala Beach which was lovely even if it did snow.

Then there was Fuerteventura, which was not such a great holiday and is probably somewhere I won’t ever go back to but it was still a beautiful island full of stunning beaches and mountainous scenery. I then went on my first solo trip in over a year to Bosnia. It was a bit of a last mintue trip but it had been on my radar for a while and I am so glad I went. It was without a doubt one of my favourite holidays in 2017 and Sarajevo is one of my favourite cities I have ever visited, the people were just lovely. I stayed in a hostel for the first time in over five years and I forgot how much fun they are and how great they are for making new friends!

Then there was Lisbon, which was a very weird trip for me. I absolutely loved the city but it was a holiday I was meant to be going on with my ex so it was full of mixed emotions. I had some epically good days and also so pretty emotionally draining ones, but it is a city that stole my heart and I am certain I will return! The Time Out Market is possibly my favourite place for food ever! As well my adventures abroad there was of course several day trips to London because we all know I how I love that city! Most recently I went in December when all the Christmas lights were on, I swear there is no prettier city than London at Christmas.

The most exciting thing that happened in 2017 was the birth of my best friend Cecilia’s baby. Lucy is hands down the cutest baby ever and I love being her honorary auntie. It has meant that I have been making more trips up to my old hometown of Aberdeen to see her and hopefully I will be seeing her again in February! I always love heading back up there, even if it does feel like a whole lifetime ago that I went to uni there!

Finally, I ended the year on an absolute high with a trip to Slovenia, which was a crazy, wonderful trip full of adventures, new friends. I will share photos from this trip as soon as I have edited my photos but you can pop over to Instagram to have a look at what I put on there. I was totally unprepared for just how beautiful the country is and I am seriously considering going back for Christmas 2018!

The one thing I wasn’t expecting to happen in 2017 is that – depsite everything that has happened – for the first time in my life I actually feel pretty settled. I am absolutely loving having my own house and doing exactly what I want to it without having to compromise with anyone else. That probably sounds selfish but how often do we get to be like that in life? I am making the most of it while I am able to. Obviously I still put travel as a priority in my life but I am also happy to to have a home to come back to at the end of each trip.

And there we have it, a very quick summary of 2017. It’s always fun writing these posts and realising just how much I have managed to fit into one year! I can’t actually believe we are nearly in 2018! I have loads of exciting plans and I am sure I will write a whole other post devoted to that!

How has was your 2017? Are you excited for 2018? Let me know below!

Here are some of my favourite posts from 2017

Australia Five Years on

The Cat In the Window Cafe

Riga – Beyond the Old Town

Falling Love With Sarajevo