This year, I’ve been lucky enough to travel with family and friends, to explore places I’ve always dreamed of going, tick of bucket list locations like Thailand, Mexico, Budapest and Vienna, and I’m still trying to squeeze in a couple more before the clock strikes at midnight on New Year’s Eve!
And while seeing all of these amazing countries and cities has been incredible, it’s been even better being able to experience it all with close friends, Andy, and most recently, my mum.
- They all put up with all of the photos…
“Wait, I’ve not taken a photo yet”… Is a bit of an overused phrase on trips with me, but they all indulge me, are ok with slightly melted ice cream, a cooler than expected meal (definitely not the restaurants fault but down to yours truly)
- With a recent highlight being…
Mum asking if she could go to bed ’cause it was 1am, but I hadn’t taken any photos of our room at the Ritz-Carlton Budapest! (Spoiler alert: I think I was asleep before she even finished the question!)
- They’ll go places… Which I want to Instagram…
Like when I couldn’t go to Koh Samui and not see the red pool at The Library… And also had the most amazing lunch at The Page, their beachside restaurant. Their crunchy noodles are still one of my favourite dishes I’ve had this year!
- I’ve laughed so much this year!
From too many cocktails on the beach in Thailand, trying to find good wine in Bangkok, hunting down good restaurants in Mexico City, I’ve lost count of the times they’ve put a smile on my face!
- And made incredible memories with them
This year I’ve been lucky enough to tick three places off my bucket list, stay in hotels that I’ve wanted to stay in for a long time, even have brunch on board the Belmond British Pullman and share all of this with some of my closest friends. The photos I have, laughs we’ve shared and memories we’ve made will stay with me for a long time.
- They all have a sense of adventure…
Meaning there isn’t a country I’d want to visit that they wouldn’t visit with me. Next on my bucket list is Bali, a return to NYC, some stunning hotels in England and Russia! Now who’s coming with me?!
- …and challenge me to push my boundaries
I’d never have booked a ride in a hot air balloon if Andy hadn’t wanted to do it, or convinced me that I’d love it. And honestly, it was one of the highlights of our entire trip and I am so glad that he made me do it!
- …and share my fancy for a nice glass of wine!
Cheers to that!
- They’re happy to be behind the camera too
So I can get some lovely photos and be in my blog, too!
- And I’d do it all over again, and again… And again!
Here’s to more adventures for the rest of this year and next year, too!
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