Ok, I know everyone is doing these posts right now and I'm jumping right on that bandwagon because I love reading about where people have been and their plans for the year ahead.
I seriously love organising trips; it is taking everything I have in me to stop opening SkyScanner right now. I literally cannot afford to book a flight anywhere but I just love seeing what I could do. It's sad I know. If a career in research doesn't work out, I'm going to be an adventure planner. Is that a thing? Can I get paid to do that?
2017 in travel
I think this year was the first year in a long time that I've only done a couple of trips. There were a couple of reasons; our trip to Canada was a big one that used up most of our holiday and moving to Edinburgh was expensive. Plus, between finishing my undergrad in May and starting a masters in September, there hasn't been much spare time.
My Mum and I rang in the New Year in Reykjavik and arrived back in the UK on the 2nd January. We spent a few days exploring Iceland's capital, saw the northern lights twice, and took a wonderful day trip around the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.
Roundup of Iceland posts:
- 12 photos to inspire you to visit the Snaefellsnes Peninsula
- 11 fun, free things to do in Reykjavik
- What to pack for a winter trip to Iceland
- I saw the northern lights in Iceland and I'm gonna spam you with photos of it
- Discover Reykjavik on a free walking tour by Citywalks
- 10 pieces of Reykjavik's street art you need to see and where to find it
Ah, the big one. The one you're sick of me talking about 😉 I'm not even sorry.
After our first trip to Canada in September 2016, Daz and I booked a trip back for as soon as I'd finished my undergrad degree. We did a wonderful road trip covering Golden, Victoria, Tofino, Vancouver, Revelstoke, Banff and Canmore. The trip truly cemented our love for the country, and it's also where we got engaged!
Since returning we've felt a bit out of sorts, and like we left part of ourselves somewhere between Vancouver Island and the Rocky Mountains.
Unfortunately for you guys, there are more Canada posts coming in 2018. But we haven't got a trip back planned for 2018, so it's got to end at some point, right? 😉
Roundup of Canada posts:
- Hiking the Consolation Lakes trail from Moraine Lake
- One day in Victoria - exploring British Columbia's capital city
- How to spend two days in Tofino
- The Plain of Six Glaciers hike & seeing an avalanche in real life
- Blazing our own trail to Grassi Lakes, Canmore
- How Vancouver won us over
- Trestle Bridge and Niagra Falls in Goldstream Park
- Sunset on the Bow River Loop, Canmore
- When a mudslide tries to stop you catching a ferry
- Don't go camping in Canada if...
2018 travel plans
The only concrete plan I have at the moment is a trip to Morocco in April. I'm going on a study trip for my course and some of us are gonna hang around for a few extra days to explore. It's definitely not a place I would have chosen to visit myself. Mainly because I'm all about forests, lakes, snow-capped mountains, and cold places.
I went to Tunisia twice when I was younger so I have been somewhere a little like Morocco but it feels a bit different now I'm all grown up and have no plans of spending my days bored around a swimming pool. If you have any recommendations about what to do in Morocco, let me know!
It would be nice to do a couple of short breaks exploring Scotland but I've no idea how heavy my workload will be. I think my classes finish at the start of April and then I have until the middle of August to do my dissertation. But, I need to get a big chunk of it done before April because of what my project is. So, who knows if I'll even have the luxury of a spare couple of days before August. Maybe we'll manage something next September to celebrate me finishing my MSc.