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16 highlights from 2016

At the end of each year I like to do a re-cap post of my travel and personal highlights from the year (you can check out my 2015, 2014 and 2013 posts if you’re interested). This year I’ve decided to do a slightly different format and have come up with 16 highlights from 2016, mostly in chronological order.

Skiing in Courchevel

My first trip of the year was to Courchevel for a ski trip to celebrate mine and my boyfriend’s birthdays. We loved the resort and the chalet we stayed in!

Seeing Adele at the o2

I finally got to see a show at The o2 in March and it was none other than Adele! It was an ordeal trying to get tickets as it took me three attempts but it was worth it in the end.

Going home to Sydney… twice!

In April I went back to Sydney for a friend’s wedding and ended up going out there a second time in September when I accompanied my boyfriend on a work trip. I didn’t get to travel to Australia in 2015 so it was nice to go back to see all my family and friends and eat lots of food. I’ve written a few blog posts about what I got up to in Sydney here.

Flying business class with Qatar Airways

On that first trip to Sydney we managed to find business class tickets at a bargain price and it was my first time flying business long haul. Being able to stretch out and have a fully flat bed was a dream! It was so difficult doing economy on the second trip after that experience although I did manage to score a free upgrade on one of the return legs. You can check out my full review of the Qatar Airways business class service here.

My first visit to Norway

Seeing the fjords in Norway has been on my travel bucket list for a long time and I finally got to see them on a weekend trip to Bergen. We did the Norway in a Nutshell day trip which was a fantastic way to see a lot of beautiful scenery in a short space of time.

Travelling to Geneva

When we needed two more British Airways flights to qualify for Silver Executive Club status we booked a weekend trip to Geneva. The weather was pretty awful for most of the weekend but I got to visit Chillon Castle which was another place on my travel bucket list.

Visiting Cornwall

I spent a week in Cornwall with my boyfriend and sister. I loved exploring this part of England, it was so beautiful. I definitely want to go back there again as there is so much to see and there were other areas I wanted to visit that we didn’t get time for. You can check out my posts about Cornwall here.

Friends visiting London

Between May-July I had a few friends from Australia visiting London, it was lovely to catch up with them and do some touristy things like afternoon tea and visiting the Sky Garden.

Watching Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

My sister and I booked tickets to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child way back in October 2015 so when the time finally came to see the play we were most excited. It was such a brilliant show, it definitely exceeded expectations. Getting to see performances like this makes me feel very lucky to live in London.

Riding the world’s highest longest tunnel slide

I loved the slide at Carsten Höller’s Decisions exhibition at the Southbank Centre last year so when I heard that he was creating a new slide on the ArcelorMittal Orbit I couldn’t wait to give it a try! The ride only lasts about 40 seconds but it was lots of fun, and you get to enjoy that view from the top before you slide back down to ground level.

Having my family visit me in London

I mentioned before that my sister had been in London but my parents also came out to visit me in July. It was their first time in London and I loved showing them around.

Day trips in England

Throughout the whole year I’ve been doing some day trips out of London on weekends to make use of my English Heritage and National Trust memberships. Some of the properties I’ve visited this year include Rochester Castle, Upnor Castle, Bodiam Castle, Hughenden Manor, Scotney Castle, Wrest Park, and Audley End House. I’ve just signed up for an Historic Houses Association membership as well so there will be many more trips in the new year.

Seeing the Wallabies play at Twickenham

I couldn’t believe it when I saw there were £20 tickets available to watch the Wallabies play against Argentina at Twickenham. It was such a steal! I’d wanted to get tickets for the Rugby World Cup last year but the tickets were around £200 each, a lot more than I was willing to pay. When I used to watch matches at Twickenham on TV back in Australia I never thought I’d be there one day to watch a game myself. The Wallabies won that match too so that was the icing on the cake.

A weekend at Luton Hoo

My boyfriend and I decided we wanted to have a spa break so we booked a last minute stay at Luton Hoo. We had a wonderful time relaxing by the pool, having spa treatments and even booked an afternoon tea.

Travelling to Bruges

We travelled to Bruges for a weekend via motorcycle. I was excited to take the Euro tunnel for the first time but our journey to and from Bruges was slightly traumatic. One the way there it poured rain the entire time and on the way back we got caught up in the gale force winds of Storm Angus. Somehow we made it back without being blown away! Bruges itself was beautiful though and I got to buy some lovely chocolate ahead of Christmas.

Going to a German Christmas market

Every year I have the intention of going to a German Christmas market but always leave it too late and the flight prices skyrocket. This year I was organised though and booked our trip to Hamburg months in advance. I loved that Hamburg had lots of smaller markets to choose from so if the main market got too busy you could always beat the crowds at one of the other markets.

What are some of your favourite moments from 2016?

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