Looking back, our 2016 travel list was never going to live up to that of 2015, where we jet-setted around the globe. However, as I flicked back through the diary and looked back on photos, I realised that 2016 was actually filled with lots of lovely travelling adventures – albeit a lot closer to home and for shorter periods of time.
This year we probably spent just under one month out of the country making more memories to last a lifetime! Four countries, six planes, one boat, the Eurotunnel and our car.
Here’s 2016: Our year in travel:
Jersey, The Channel Islands – In January we caught a plane over to Jersey – my first visit to the Channel islands. A wet and grey week, we still had lots of fun seeing family and exploring the islands beautiful, rugged coastline. Beautiful expanses of beaches, boats bobbing in harbours and secret, scenic coves. I can’t wait to visit again in the summertime.
Rome, Italy – For Christmas 2015, Pete bought me return flights to Rome – a city I’ve always wanted to visit and one we didn’t quite get to on our European road trip last year. With beautiful sunny days, our March break in our favourite country was full of sight-seeing, pizza, pasta, wine and gelato! You can read about our adventures in Rome here, here and here. I’m sure it’ll be a destination we’ll return to in the future.
Cork, Ireland – Working in collaboration with Southampton Airport and Aer Lingus, we visited Cork in Ireland for a week in July, which perfectly coincided with our 2nd wedding anniversary. Combining history, sight-seeing, driving through the lush Irish countryside, whiskey tasting and stays in some of Ireland’s finest luxury hotels, it made for the perfect celebratory stay – and there was lots to write about along the way. Read about our Irish adventures around Cork and Killarney here.
Normandy, France – A retreat to New Community Le Vay – a house owned by our church. Rest, relaxation, quality time, lovely home-cooked, home-grown, fresh food, wine, time with friends, games and fun! Our time in Le Vay was not only refreshing but provided perfect opportunities to look forwards to the future and to embrace life in community. Read about our Le Vay visit here. While we were in Normandy, we also got an opportunity to take a walk down memory lane, visiting the beach where Pete and I got engaged in July 2013!
England – Sometimes it is easy to lose appreciation for the country in which we live, but this year we’ve had notable trips to some lovely areas of the UK including a September wedding in the beautiful and picturesque Lake District, where we spent a week surrounded by mountains and lakes. Closer to home, we’ve also spent days in London, Salisbury, Winchester, the New Forest, and last week for my birthday surprise – Christchurch; enjoying English beauty that lies on our very own doorstep.
Next year our travelling adventures begin again in January, where we’re off on my first ever skiing adventure in the Alps! Let’s see what other adventures, both near and far, 2017 will have in store…