Hi! Today I’m recapping everywhere I travelled in 2019 as I’m now looking to where I’ll be travelling in 2020. Next year I’m trying to be a more mindful traveller. Whilst I do take coaches or trains to most places, I’m going to carbon offset any unavoidable flying.
In February I took my first solo trip to Paris, France. I went for just under a week and you can read my itinerary here. Honestly I had a really great time travelling by myself and it set my up for my solo summer travels to much further places! I think that if you are able to, then taking a short solo trip to somewhere that you’re comfortable with is a really great way to increase your confidence and step outside your comfort zone.
Related: Galleries to visit in Paris
Athens, Delphi, Olympia and More
This April, I visited mainland Greece for 8 days (Itinerary can be found here) and I had such a great time! Greek food is some of my favourite and getting to visit places I’d never been to before or even heard of! I would really recomend Athens if you’re interested in the ancient history side and making a trip to Delphi as it’s so beautiful!
In June, I flew to Fiji to spend a the month of July volunteering with Think Pacific. I visited Nadi, Suva & lived with a host family in a village in the province of Tailevu. I really loved my time in Fiji albeit the several bumps along the way! You can read more about the ethics and sustainability of the project here, and I’m hoping to go more in depth into my Fijian adventure in another post soon!
I also went skydiving in Nadi at the end of the project which was an amazing experience (that I will never repeat..terrifying!) but I’m glad I did it as it really made me face my fear of heights!
Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka
After Fiji, I flew to Japan for 2 weeks at the beginning of August. I stayed in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka and visited Hakone, Nara, Hiroshima and Omimaiko Beach on day trips. My time in Japan was a real turning point for me this year, and I think I’d love to go back and visit Okinawa. You can read my itineraries for most of the places mentioned by clicking the city. Watch this space for some other city guides coming soon!
Genoa, Florence, Turin, the Riviera and Milan
In September, I moved to Italy for my gap year! You can read all about it on my The Italy Diaries series (#1, #2, #3). I’ve been spending my weekends visiting all the amazing places this country has to offer, from small towns on the Italian Rivera to well-known cities like Florence. Check out all my city guides below ↓
- Porto Venere Day Trip Guide
- Florence 2 Day Itinerary
- Gelato Making in Florence
- 13 Best Things to do in Genoa
- Turin 2 Day Itinerary
I really felt like I stepped out of my comfort zone with my travelling this year, and I’m so excited to see where 2020 will take me! Have you been to any of these places? Where did you visit in 2019? Have you got any plans for 2020 yet? I would love to know in the comments! Bye for now x