Bridges have always fascinated me, from ropes stretching across rushing rivers and deep canyons to great feats of modern engineering linking entire countries together. There are some incredible bridges in all corners of the world and I’ve put together my top 5 from the ones I’ve had the pleasure of seeing first hand.
I don’t really do resolutions. I have never smoked and only drink socially – so nothing I need to quit. I eat relatively healthily and don’t feel like I need to cut down on anything. I exercise up to 6 days a week – and yes, I will put my hands up, I am not that happy about newbies invading my gym (but it’s ok, they will be gone in about 5 weeks, never to be seen again).
So just like that, 2015 is over. Hopefully you have all had a fantastic break but now that 2016 has drifted around the corner, tyres screeching, we can all get back to the business of planning more awesome travels!
But before I embrace the new year completely, here is a quick look back at 2015:
January: I escaped the cold London weather and headed for the warm climes of Australia for a 2 week break in Melbourne and Sydney.
I love food. One of the reasons I love travelling is being able to sample some incredible dishes around the world, made from fresh ingredients and using recipes passed down through generations.
Food markets are also always high on my list of places to visit, as this is where you are likely to find in-the-know locals enjoying great food at reasonable prices (not hiked up for tourists).
The plane glided past snow-capped peaks and sleepy mountain villages as the thick clouds lingered below. The early morning sun lit up the Dolomite valleys and canyons and I made a mental note to try and spend some time in this beautiful mountainous region of Italy one day.
I looked up at the sign again. I was on the right platform – at least I hoped I was. Boarding the wrong bus or train is part and parcel of travelling but I haven’t yet been faced with a train that could take me to the wrong country.
Planning Your Trip
So, you know where you’re going. You’ve spent countless hours on the Internet researching your trip, got an awesome tip-off from your friends or simply stuck a pin on a map without looking. Whichever way you decided, you can now get down to business of planning your travels and get even more excited about going away.
So the hard part is out the way…No, seriously! Deciding to travel is one of the best decisions you are likely to make in your life but it is also one of the toughest. Soon you will be exploring ancient ruins, climbing mountains and trying exotic foods from around the world, but deciding to take the plunge can be difficult.
I decided to enjoy the fantastic weather that descended on London this weekend and my buddy and I headed to Borough Market (see my post on my first visit here) and got some chicken gyoza and freshly-made bread. As we looked for somewhere to sit and enjoy the sunshine and the food, we heard the sounds of music coming from around the corner.