Travel Lexx – 2016 In Review

Well, 2016 is almost over and it’s time to recap another 12 awesome months of travel. It was also my first full year of blogging as Travel Lexx and I’ve had an absolute blast along the way!

So, here are my highlights of 2016!

January

After a busy 2015 (there were only two months when I didn’t travel abroad) I kicked off 2016 with a weekend break to Paris with a friend. It was a rare occasion of me handing over the reins to somebody else and just enjoying the trip without having to plan anything! We had a blast, focusing on less-crowded sights and experiences. We walked along underground passages lined with six million bones, ate at an organic restaurant with a difference and enjoyed jazz in a medieval dungeon. Check out my 5 Off-The-Beaten-Path Things To Do In Paris!

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Les Catacombes de Paris

February

Less than a week later, I was jetting off to Thailand for some much needed sunshine! Flying with China Southern Airlines, I had a short stopover in Guangzhou and had time to review its International Boarding Area. I was lucky to see in the Chinese New Year in Bangkok, cycled around the “Green Lung” of the capital and explored temples and communities of Nonthaburi Province just outside the city. I spent a few days in Chiang Mai, one of my favourite cities in the world, before enjoying the sunshine and beaches of Koh Chang in Thailand’s east. Cruising around Koh Chang Archipelago was a definite highlight.

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Seunset at Klong Prao Beach, Koh Chang

March

A top deal at a travel show and clever use of annual leave around the Easter holidays allowed me to explore Morocco. I wandered around Marrakech’s medina and countless souqs, discovered one of the highest waterfalls in North Africa and rode a camel to a Berber camp in the Sahara. I met tree goats, got lost in the winding streets inside Rabat’s Kasbah and met snow monkeys in a blizzard in the Atlas mountains. And, of course, I ate a lot of mouth-watering Moroccan food.

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Sunrise in the Sahara

April

I attended my first blogging conference – Traverse in Cardiff. It was a great way to meet fellow bloggers, attend useful workshops and seminars as well as network in cool venues around the city. I have already booked my tickets for next year – the 2017 event will be taking place in London from 24th-30th April.

Later in the month, I headed to Amsterdam to celebrate Koningsdag, or King’s Day, in the biggest street party of the year. I also had time to enjoy some amazing food in the capital as well as spend a day in cosy Utrecht.

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Celebrating King’s Day in Amsterdam

May and June

These were the first two months since August 2015 that I didn’t travel but I kept busy. I had a pretty successful year in sport (my other passion) with the tennis competitions hotting up around this time.

July

I went from attending a work conference in the Midlands straight to the airport in London for my next trip to Croatia and Montenegro. Along with a friend, we partied at the Sea Dance music festival in Budva, managing to pack in plenty of sightseeing too. A day trip to Kotor included climbing up to a fortress overlooking a stunning bay and hiding from a storm in a crumbling church. Next up was Dubrovnik in Croatia, where we explored the city walls, kayaked around green Lokrum Island and were transported to the world of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

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Enjoying the sea view near Budva, Montenegro

October

After saving some money and enjoying the summer weather in London, I headed to Provence to visit friends. I explored Marseille’s historic Vieux Port, climbed up to the Notre-Dame de la Garde church and wandered along timeless Le Panier district. I enjoyed an adventurous hike in the Calanques National Park and spent time navigating the cobbled streets of Aix-en-Provence.

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Vieux Port, Marseille

October/November

Japan was 2016’s Big Trip and the Land of the Rising Sun did not disappoint. After a stopover in Istanbul, we flew to Osaka and ate our way around Dotonbori, with its unlimited culinary delights and explored the stunning Osaka Castle. Day trips to sacred Mt. Koya and Nara sandwiched an incredible few days in Kyoto with its many temples and shrines. Fulfilling a long-time dream of travelling on a bullet train, I headed to Tokyo, exploring its many diverse districts. I hiked the ancient Nakasendo Way, visiting post towns of Magome and Tsumago. I finished the trip with visits to Hiroshima and a beautiful island of Miyajima.

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A selfie at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto

December

A quick weekend break to Munich for the Christmas markets and an awesome day trip to the magical Neuschwanstein Castle brought down the curtain on another busy year of travel.

2016 was great but 2017 could be a year of big new opportunities for me personally as well as for Travel Lexx. I can’t wait to find out what it’s got in store.

Happy New Year!

Lexx

33 thoughts on “Travel Lexx – 2016 In Review

  1. Stephanie (1AdventureTraveler) says:

    What a wonderful 2016 of travel you have had along with stunning photos. Great places you visited and articles you have written. Links to those blogs will come in handy for some of my travels. I have pinned this for later. Looking forward to your adventures in 2017. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Garth says:

    Wow that’s quite a year you’ve had! Inspiring stuff! Kotor is definitely on our list after reading yours and David’s posts. We’re heading to Amsterdam next year for Kings Day to meet some friends, looking forward to that weekend! And brilliant selfie in Kyoto, that will be hard to beat.

    • Travel Lexx says:

      Ah wow, I am thinking of going back to Amsterdam for Kings Day again as I have so many friends in the Netherlands – so maybe will bump into you! Thanks – there definitely have been some fantastic moments in 2016!

  3. Paul and Carole says:

    What an excellent year! We are off to Chang Mai for the first time in February and excited about that. We loved Croatia too that part of the world is beautiful. Look forward to following your adventures in 2017! #feetdotravel

    • Travel Lexx says:

      Wow, I am very jealous – you will have a fantastic time and feel free to ask any questions – I’ve been there a few times now! Thank you and can’t wait to read about your adventures too!

  4. Angie (FeetDoTravel) says:

    What a bloomin fantastic year you have had!! Wow, you packed so much in and had so many amazing experiences! I have pinned your Chaing Mai post for when we visit 😀 Loved that you went to Amsterdam for King’s Day, despite visiting there 9 times we have missed that (need to go back then!). I thoroughly enjoyed reading your posts on your trips to Croatia, France and Japan but I want to know more about your bullet train and Neuschwanstein Castle experiences … watch this space I hope! So, here’s to many more exciting adventures for Travel Lexx in 2017 – can’t wait to find out more! Happy New Year to you #feetdotravel

    • Travel Lexx says:

      Angie, thanks so much for all your support! It’s been a pleasure! I absolutely love Chiang Mai and am still harbouring dreams of living there one day! I’ve only been to Amsterdam once but I guess I made it count! Hope you have a fantastic 2017 too and sounds like you already are!

  5. Jenn says:

    Wow, you really made it to some cool places this year. I think that must be one of the best things about living in Europe – amazing places seem to be really accessible. Have a great new year!

    • Travel Lexx says:

      Thanks Jenn! I definitely agree – living in Europe does make it a lot easier to travel short-haul and experience some fantastic places!

  6. Krista says:

    You’ve had such an adventurous year!! I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings you! I was supposed to head to Germany for the Christmas markets as well but had a change of plans -sadly- but I’m hoping to make it there in 2017!
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    • Travel Lexx says:

      That’s a shame but there is always next year! Definitely recommend Munich around Christmas – plenty to see and do and it’s so beautiful when under a cover of snow!

  7. Tracy McConnachie Collins says:

    I was reading this when your comment on my 2016 travel popped up! What a coincidence!
    You had an amazing year – so many fantastic places! I would love to visit Japan and all your posts have just made me more determined!

    We are moving to Australia for an adventure! Not sure how long we will stay but we have permanent residence and are taking the dog!

    I am so pleased I read about that travel blogger conference – and its on dates that I can make! See you there!!
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    • Travel Lexx says:

      I am so very jealous that you are moving to my favourite place in the world! It will be fantastic! Hopefully will get to see you in April at Traverse!

  8. Kreete says:

    My god you made to some amazing places! Makes me a little bit jealous even ha! No, I am happy that you get to experience all of these amazing places and then you can share it all with us too! Hoping to be able to travel once a month like you did too. Looking forward to your adventures in 2017!

    • Travel Lexx says:

      Thank you! I was very lucky (and clever with my annual leave – like going to Morocco over Easter) to maximise my travelling opportunities! It will be hard to match but I will give it a go!

    • Travel Lexx says:

      Hmm, that’s a really tough one! Being back in Thailand is always great so Koh Chang would be right up there. Japan was fantastic and all the food I ate throughout the year was so good!

  9. Helena says:

    What an epic year for you! I have really enjoyed following you over the last year and look forward to 2017! Your posts have been very helpful on Japan as I will be there in May

  10. David says:

    You’ve had quite the year Lex and I’ve really enjoyed following your adventures. Your latest trip to Japan has made me really keen to get there again and so has your posts from Marseille for that matter. Best of luck in 2017 mate!

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