We’re nearing the end of August and I realize I’ve been quiet for way too long… Am I the only one who feels like 2020 is a blur? Last year I stayed on track by looking forward to and reflecting on travels. It’s been a while since I got to go anywhere and I’ve been struggling to put together new posts, so I decided to share a little timeline of my travels since I moved to the Middle East.
I got to play Audrey Hepburn for a day in Rome, had the best massage ever in Saigon and had the most humbling experience roaming around the Golden Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar.
From rainy days and castles in Cardiff to sun rays and Buddha temples in Bali.
I ate all the dim sum in Hong Kong, visited a temple in Bangkok and fell in love with Budapest.
In these months I also visited Prague 3 times, which explains my obsession with Aperol Spritz.
I went from counting steps on the Great Wall of China to chasing starfish along the coast of Kenya.
I got to visit Bali again with friends!
My favorite as far as bucket-list adventures go – I doubt that anything will ever top Peru. It took my breath away, literally 😉
Off to a superb start with a visit to Amsterdam, followed by getting lost in London and ended on a high note (literally) overlooking Guangzhou, China from the Canton Tower.
…but then I had some bad luck when my phone got stolen in Paris!
A series of Glühwein in Germany, followed by a surprise trip to Poland with my best friend and travel companion who happens to be half Polish and introduced me to all the best local dishes!
New Years luck was on my side as I got to return to my great love, Budapest. If I ever have to move to Europe, this is where you’ll find me!
Another dream destination I’ll never forget is Oslo, Norway. It was a really short stay, but I’ve seen enough to convince me that I simply must go back!
I visited London again a couple times and even squeezed in a solo trip to Ireland.
I finally got to visit Saint Petersburg where I was out exploring by 9:30am, which turned out to be before sunrise – eager beaver!
The rest of February was an explosion of fun, sangria’s and African sunsets.
I finally developed the stamina to set foot outside of my hotel room after a flight to Australia and I remember regretting that I didn’t push myself to do so previously!
APRIL – AUGUST 2020
My recent trip to Manchester was the only travel memory I made in the last 5 months, which basically brings us up to date.
2020 showed us that we can’t count on tomorrow, that we should be more present in the moment. I’m grateful for all the experiences I had before the pandemic – it’s definitely worth the lack of sleep (as you’ll see I’m half asleep in most pictures)!
Sifting through these memories reminded me of a few stories I am yet to share on my blog. If I can hold on to the inspiration I’ll have some more posts coming up soon!
I’ll end by sharing what’s become my mantra this year: May next month bring more adventure!
What are some of your favorite pre-pandemic travel memories?