Travel

Places I will be visiting this year

Good Morning babes’ (or evening depending on where some of you are.)

2019 for me is going to be defined by three events.

  1. I’m turning 21 this year (I am so old yet so young).
  2.  In September I’ll be entering the final year of my Bachelor degree (I really don’t want to leave college, I adore it so much.)
  3.  I’m traveling a lot this year.

I can’t wait to turn twenty-one. I hated the decade that was the ages of ten to nineteen. I felt awkward and out of place in my life. When I turned twenty last year, I felt like I had been reborn. I was suddenly confident and outgoing in ways which I had never been capable of. One of my co-workers once told me that being an extravert is part of becoming an adult, and I guess he was right. My sister is coming home for my twenty-first too, which makes the event even more exciting for me!!!

In one way, I can’t wait to graduate college and in another way I want to spend another four years doing my degree. In college I have really discovered myself and I have made friends who I can say confidently say will be my friends for life. I have discovered interests in college which I never thought I would have and I have felt inspired throughout my college career. However I feel tired with my degree. I love one of my majors (politics) but the other I struggle to love (history). Yet I am already planning my masters to start straight after my graduation (have to keep my gpa up this year lol).

Ever since I was thirteen and I visited London for the first time, I’ve had the desire to constantly explore the world. I love the feeling of awe of being in another country and enjoying the culture, the history, and the cuisine of course. Unfortunately I come from a family where travel has never been the priority (my parents love to travel too but it’s expensive). I feel this is a universal concept for many people. Now that I work part time, I try to budget (badly) my money towards travel and experiences. Memories are more value to me than money. Next year, I probably won’t be traveling much so I’m trying to get the travel bug out of my system.

Read on below for the beautiful places which I’ll be visiting and see my reasons why i chose these places.

Disclaimer: I own none of these photos.

Bucharest: 

The first place which I will be visiting in the next couple of months will be the capital of Romania, Bucharest. I’m actually going with one of the societies which I am a part of in my University. Some of my closest friends are going as well and the members of the society are all so friendly, that I’m super excited to visit this city. Known as the Paris of the East, this city looks super beautiful, and I’ve never been to Romania before. My group is staying in the old town, and as a history student, I am super excited to visit all the museums and learn about the history of Romania from the prospective of Romanians themselves. I know very little about Bucharest so I’m going in to learn a lot about the city.

 

Edinburgh:

The next city I will be visiting after Bucharest will be Edinburgh. I will be traveling there in late April as an early birthday gift from my mother for my twenty-first birthday. For this city, I will be traveling with my mother, which I am looking forward to as we’ve never gone anywhere just the two of us. As one of five, and the middle child, time alone with my mother is always a sacred thing to have. We have so many plans of what we want to do over the three days we’ll be staying in Edinburgh. In general, Edinburgh looks so beautiful and I can’t wait to stare at all the architecture (especially since some of it inspired Harry Potter spots.). We are definitely planning to visit the Edinburgh castle and probably the old vaults, and the old town. We’re both pretty easy going so we’re probably take our time visiting and enjoying this city.

 

Oslo:

I will be visiting Oslo as one of my summer travels. My best friend is from Norway and I can’t process the thought of not seeing her everyday during the summer so I decided to visit her for two weeks. This is going to be my longest trip in 2019. I’m currently trying to learn a little bit of Norwegian (I know everyone in Norway can probably speak English better than I can, I just think it’s polite to be able speak a bit of a country’s language when visiting it). I know have many plans of what I will be seeing in Norway. My friend lives twenty minutes from the city centre, by the sea, so swimming and visiting the city will probably be two of main things I’ll do. I definitely am relying on my friend to steer me away from the touristy things and instead show me a more authentic side of Norway, I.E. how the locals spend their time and where the locals like to eat.

 

Lisbon:

For our family holiday this year (first family holiday in years) I am traveling to Lisbon with my parents and two little sisters. I love going away with my family. In general, I love to spend time with my family so I can’t wait to experience this city. Something I am really looking forward to is the heat of Portugal. I love visiting hot countries like Spain and France, so I know that I’m gonna bask in the rays of the sun in Lisbon. We’re going for five nights so we’re going to get a lot of things done. One of the days we plan to leave the city and travel to one of the coasts beaches, which is one of the reasons we chose to visit Lisbon. We wanted to visit a city which was by the sea as we wanted a combination of sea and city. Lisbon is another city which has an intriguing history which both my dad and myself will be interested in.

 

Cologne:

One of the last trips that I have planned is to Cologne. One of my very close friends has been accepted to do her Erasmus in Cologne, starting in October 2019. It was without question that I’m going to visit her many times over the next year, so while I don’t have flights booked, I know that I’ll be aiming to visit this German town two or three times over the next twelve months.

Well that is the current list of the places which I will be visiting this year. Where will you be visiting this year? Leave me a comment and let me know!!!


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Autumn Travel Destinations

With the colder weather starting to kick in, I find myself craving a holiday. Truth be told, I haven’t been away in over a year. With college starting to get busy, I probably won’t get to go away again until the new year at the earliest. However this doesn’t mean that I can’t make a travel dream list. For this list, I’ll be looking at European travel ideas. I will be straying away from the top capitals such as Paris or Rome as I want to experience a new place. I will be looking at the most underrated travel destinations in Europe that I would love to visit soon.

Lyon:

The first city on my list is Lyon in France. Lyon is the capital city of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region. With over two thousand years of history, it’s a wonder that this city hasn’t pushed Paris out of the travel picture yet. With great historical attractions, there is also a busy nightlife in Lyon with a busy clubbing scene. Lyon is also the home of a great University.

Some of the attractions of Lyon range from the Musée des Confluences to the Opera de Lyon to the Cathédrale St-Jean-Baptiste. The Musées des Confluences especially interests me due to its ‘Origins’ exhibition which centres around the origins of our planet. Another exhibition which really interests me is the ‘Societies’ exhibition which focuses on how humans are organised and how we interact. The Opéra de Lyon was built in 1831 but modernised in 1993 by architect Jean Nouvel. From underground concerts to family friendly shows, this is fantastic for the whole family.

With over 3000 restaurants and over 150 hotels, Lyon is the perfect travel destination.

Gothenburg:

Gothenburg is situated on the Göta älv river on the west Coast of Sweden. With Dutch style canals and boulevards like the Avenlyn (main thoroughfare) which is lined with many cafes and shops, this seaport town is a perfect alternative to Stockholm. One particular feature which really catches my attention is the fountain of Poseidon by Swedish sculptor Carl Milles. This fountain is found in the public square Götaplatsen which is the cultural hub of the city. I have a huge love of Greek Mythology so I would really like to see this fountain in person.

Gothenburg is also home to the Gothenburg museum of Art which contains a collection of nordic paintings from the 19th century. The Gothenburg Botanical Garden shelters over 15,000 plant species!! For anyone with kids, there is an amusement park called Liseberg nearby (and they have a Halloween theme in October and a Christmas theme from November onwards!!) Another thing I would like to do in Gothenburg is to try some seafood at the Feskekôrka which is a fish market hall.

Porto:

My next travel destination is perfect for anyone who loves wine. Porto in Portugal is the home of Port wine and is a coastal city in the northwest of the country. Like Lyon, Porto’s history dates back to the Roman times and is a romantic port city with a rich history and culture.

Some places in Porto which I would like to visit range from the Clérigos Tower to the fishing port Matosinhos. The Clérigos tower is the baroque bell tower which belongs to the Clérigos Church. Taking a walk along Matosinhos, tourists should expect a wide range of seafood restaurants including grilled sardines available as streetfood. The Ribeira District also interests me as its the oldest district of the city which is filled with old houses and cobbled streets giving a feeling that one has travelled back in time. I would definitely be interested in doing some Port tasting tours while traveling to Porto.

The Porto travel guide recommends that to see everything in Porto, a person would need two days. This shows me that Porto is an excellent travel destination for a weekend trip.

Ljubljana:

Ljubljana is Slovenia’s capital city and is the largest city in the country. Known for it’s University population, it’s no wonder that this city has made my list. With great green spaces- including the beautiful Tivoli Park- this city is definitely a must see destination.

The curving Ljubljanica River, lined in outdoor cafes, divides the city’s old town from its commercial hub. Ljubljana has many museums, including the National Museum of Slovenia, displaying historic exhibitions, and the Museum of Modern Art, home to 20th-century Slovene paintings and sculptures.

Ljubljana hosts many distinctive structures by native 20th-century architect Jože Plečnik, including the iconic Tromostovje (Triple Bridge) over the river. Many notable sites are near the Tromostovje. These include the Prešernov Trg (central square), with art nouveau buildings and a turn-of-the-century statue of the plaza’s namesake poet, France Prešeren. Nearby, the baroque domed cathedral has twin towers. Moving south, Plečnik’s palazzo-style National and University Library features Roman archaeological remnants at its base. The hilltop Ljubljana Castle, a medieval fortress, is connected to old town by a funicular. (The destinations of Ljubljana as described by Google)

Probably the thing that interests me the most about this city is the Ljubljana castle. This was originally a medieval fortress and is thought to have been constructed in the 11th century before being rebuilt in the 12th century. This castle carries centuries of history and as a history major, I love old castles. The ramparts of the castle are said to give some of the best views of Ljubljana itself. The castle houses an exhibition on Slovenian history and contains historical rooms such as the Chapel of St George. A quirky fact about this castle houses a nightclub and two restaurants. The tours available are at a very reasonable price of €10 per adult!!

What travel Destinations do you want to visit? Have you been to any of the areas that I want to go to? Let me know!!

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