Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Top 10 Travel Moments of 2016

2016 has been a year of change for me, full of some of the best times, and some of the worst. I started the year stuck in a rut, completely unhappy at where my life had taken me and generally down in the dumps. Unwilling to just sulk and hope my life worked itself out, I threw myself into my work, finally took the plunge and changed my blog direction, leaving me feeling a whole lot happier at the end of the year. 2016 was also the year I thew myself into travel, which is how 'Sail Away' came about really, so what better way to end the year, than by recapping some of my travel highlights. So, in no particular order...


1. Learning to sail.

This isn't something I thought I'd be doing this year, but in June we sailed to Cowes on the Isle of Wight. It was torrential rain the whole way through, but even that didn't spoil the fun! So much so, that we're looking at sailing again this year. 

2. Shooting machine guns in Las Vegas.

Again, not something I'd have imagined myself doing this year, and definitely not one for everyone, but if you don't mind playing with guns (in a safe & controlled environment - they don't just let you loose in the desert!) then I'd definitely recommend a visit - it's something I'll remember forever. 


3. Looking out over the Grand Canyon in Arizona. 

Visiting the Grand Canyon is something that's been on my bucket list for so long, and this year I was finally able to make that dream a reality. Looking out over the Grand Canyon was breathtaking, and reminded me of just how small we really are - a truly unforgettable experience.


4. Spending the night at a traditional arabic camp in Dubai.

This is something I've done before, but I wanted to show my friend who I was travelling with just how magical it can be. When you think of Dubai you often think of the flashy lights and super yachts, but taking the time to visit old Dubai is something truly wonderful. 

5. Eating French food in Paris.

Paris is somewhere that I've wanted to visit for my entire life, and with it being so close to the UK, it's a wonder I'd never been before! Eating French food in a little parisian restaurant was the dream, and I can't wait to return one day.


6. Winning on the slots in Las Vegas.

My trip to Las Vegas was one of my favourites this year, and in true Vegas style, of course I had a go at the slots...in fact, I had more than a go - I won! Okay, so it may have only been $180 but still, I felt like a millionaire when those bells started ringing!


7. Watching the world go by at the top of the Burj Khalifa.

The viewing platform at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is another thing which reminded me of just how small we all are. I've been to viewing platforms before, but nothing compares to the Burj Khalifa, I've never seen giant sky scrapers look so teeny!


8. Gazing up at the Eiffel Tower. 

As I said, Paris has been on my mind for years. Sitting on the platform at the Trocadero, gazing up at the magnificent Tour Eiffel, I felt like all of my dreams had come true - there's something so magical about Paris, and this view captured that magic perfectly.


9. Pumpkin picking in Surrey. 

Okay so maybe I didn't have to travel too far for this one, but I'd still like to include it as it was so much fun. This year we did the cliche 'blogger thing' and headed to the Pumpkin Patch on Halloween, and we had a great time so I'll definitely be doing it again this year!

10. Flying Business Class with British Airways.

This last one technically isn't about the destination, more the journey. I recently flew business class with British Airways (to Munich and back in a day!) and it was such a dream. I'm always in the cheap seats right at the back of the plane, so being able to experience business was such a treat! 

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