We are coming to an end of this beautiful year of travel slowly so I wanted to look back and share with you a little recap of the travel that I’ve done this year. 2017 has turned out to be the craziest travel year in all my life so far which is unexpected but so exciting! All together I’ve visited 20 countries this year alone out of which 15 have been new ones!! There is alot to go through so lets get started:
March: Hong Kong & Bali
In March I set out for a two week getaway with group of friends to these cool places. I had never been to Asia before so I was super excited. First we landed to Hong Kong for 3 nights to explore the city and I instantly fell in love with it! Such a cool combination of the East and the West and never sleeping big city just let me wondering and I definately need to get back here soon.
First time to Bali we rented a super cool villa for the time being and got started to explore the paradise island. In the beginning there are so many things to take in like the traffic, local language and culture not forgetting all the exotic food! We had a great time exploring temples, beaches and learning to surf.
June: Portugal & Spain
It seems like yearly tradition to do a summer holiday together with my mom so this year we headed to beautiful Lisbon for some days. Without even knowing in advance we had arrived just in time for the summer festival that lasts a whole month of June! This meant that the little street of Alfama disctric where we stayed were packed with grilled sardines, sangria and celebrating people. Unforgetable experience and I really loved Lisbon.
After this I headed alone to my always second home to Barcelona to catch up with friends for mid-summer party. I had been away for a year so it felt great to get back around and see all the lovely people and places again. Crazy summer life reminded me what a cool city Barcelona is and it was harder than ever to leave!
This big adventure was long time coming trip with my best friend at home and finally we got to go for it! Once we got hands on the interrail passes we set out by flying to Rome in the beginning of July to work oue way back home through all the East Europe. How cool is that?! I need to tell you more about the interrail in later posts for each country!
In three weeks we have passed so many places and had so many adventures that it still makes me smile..
In Firence trying to find our Airbnb and sitting in deserted street in the middle of nowhere for hours just to figure out that our host had sent completely wrong address!
Free private boat cruise around the awesome Venice after making friends with a local guy!
Swimming in the clearest waters and enjoying beach in Croatia
Mad Slavic clubbing in the middle of the week in Serbia and learning salsa on the street!
So many hours of sleep on the train!!
This is definately one of the trips that is a super highlight for this year and that taught us so much!
August: Sri Lanka & Maldives
That was big? Wait until you hear this one! In August I headed out to Asia again to explore more in Sri Lanka and Maldives. These two had been on my bucket list for ages and it was hard to believe this was really happening now. I flew from Rome to Colombo in Sr Lanka for a quick one night stop and then headed to Maldives.
Maldives is a true paradise on Earth and in no time I felt settled in the local island of Maafushi and made friends with the locals who showed me around and teached about the culture. I had a change to share most of my meals with a local family which was an experience I’ll never forget. So many nights I went out with my local friend to lay on the beach to watch star and see stingrays and baby sharks that come with the high tide, incredible memories. I spend a lot of time snorkling and you can find pictures here.
After Maldives it was time to tour around Sri Lanka so I started exploring city by city while travelling on local trains and busses. It is amazing how many super cool things you have on one island. I had beach days, train trips, elephant safari, hikes on th mountais, tea fields, and days in the city all in one trip. The Sri Lankans are so friendly and I met lots of interesting people with precious advices. Now I also need to mention the food which I cant get enough of and I will be back one day to enjoy again. It’s spicy but soo good! Check more stories from Sri Lanka here, here and here.
After Sri Lanka I flew to Bali just for easy beach holiday on my way to Australia. This was set to be two weeks of relaxing and enjoying life which I exactly got, along with huge amount of parties, new friends and a surf camp. This time I wanted to see different islands so I headed out to the Nusa islands next to Bali for some days. There I found the most beautiful coast line, worlds looooongest scooter rides to get around and lot’s of relaxing. Before leaving I did a surf camp for 5 days in Seminyak which was super fun experience even learning is much harder than it seems!!
Very last days of September I fly to Australia for the first time to start my trip from the West coast in Perth. I was so excited to finally get to Australia even if i didn’t know exactly what to expect. The first month passed just by exploring the city and learning about the culture and local things.
The sun has been out almost every day and the summer begun a while ago. What a perfect place to explore during the cold European months. Perth is quite lively city located right by the coast that quarantees amazing beaches everywhere.
I celebrated my bday in the South-West in Margaret River with awesome group of people that I met after arriving and this weekend was such great trip. We went rock climbing, surfing, camping, see the vineries and did a huge dinner together that I couldn’t have asked for better birthday.
November & December: Bali & Australia
Three times in Bali this year, can’t be bad right?! In November I did a week long getaway to Bali again to chill and enjoy the island. This was just for relax and beach life.
Im still living in Perth and exploring the city and beautiful Western Australia. High light has been my first bush party, full weekend of camping in the Outback and trip to Rottnest Island. WA is so gorgeous in so many different ways! I’m making further travel plans to see other parts of the country as I am writing this..
All together I’m feeling so grateful for this year filled with new countries, people, experiences and life lessons that I cant wait for the next one! Travelling is one of the things in this life that teaches us more about ourselves and the world around. On the way I’ve met so many amazing people and seen landscapes I would have never imagined.
This year was beoynd any of my expectations and on thing that is sure I will never stop travelling. I might need to share my bucket list with you about the next dream destinations I hope to get to.