Whilst posting my highlights on my Instagram story, it became clear that most of those highlights were trips I had done last year. After taking 11 flights ( and that’s just one way ) throughout Europe and beyond; and visiting some iconic locations and landmarks, I thought a yearly travel guide is something I will start doing.
TRAVEL GUIDE TO: PARIS
Let’s get started with my first bit of travel in 2017 to Paris! I actually hate to say it but until 2017 I had only ever visited Paris when visiting Disneyland when I was 4! Paris was always somewhere I had wanted to visit and a day of sightseeing was essential. First stop the Eiffel Tower. We got right up close to the tower and also walked a bit further away to Place du Trocadéro where you can get that all important, Eiffel in the background shot. I also visited Paris towards the end of 2017 and visited Palais Royal (the black and white blocks.) This is the perfect spot to get that all important pic for the gram.
TRAVEL GUIDE TO: SWEDEN
Fast forward a few months and April was very busy. First stop… The Ice Hotel in Sweden! April is actually nearing the end of Sweden’s winter so thankfully it wasn’t too cold and there was still lots of snow. To get to the Ice Hotel we flew to Stockholm then caught a smaller flight to Kiruna. For someone who isn’t really a fan of the cold (mainly due to my raynauds) this was definitely one of my favourite trips of 2017 and a totally new experience. From ice sculpting, to ice fishing, dog sledding & snowmobiling,there’s so much to do and something for everyone! Plus how beautiful the art ice suites are, each built from scratch by different artists from all over the world each year!
TRAVEL GUIDE TO: LOS ANGELES
The second half of April was much, much warmer. We travelled to LA at the end of April for Coachella. I have been to LA previously but only for 2 days, you can see my post about this here and mainly stayed in Hollywood. This time I visited Malibu & Palm Springs, both of which I absolutely LOVED. If you love wine and animals then the Malibu Wine Safari’s is a must, just be prepared to put 5 layers of sun lotion on and drink plenty of water. I don’t think I have ever felt like LA heat. We stayed at Calamigos Ranch which was beautiful and in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains.
Next stop…COACHELLA! The festival on everyone’s bucket list. I still can’t quite believe I got to go. Although Beyonce pulled out headlining due to her pregnancy, the line up still hosted an array of amazing acts and just being there was amazing in itself. You can see what I wore here. Again the heat was almost unbearable and we weren’t even getting to the festival until around 5pm due to the heat. The first day of Coachella we wondered why everyone had bandana’s, it’s not a fashion statement it’s actually to protect you from all the sand/dust so make sure you pack one!
I don’t think a UK festival could ever top Coachella, if you ever get the chance to go, you need to! It’s absolutely huge and so much fun trying to celeb spot too. We even met Jason from Pretty Little Liars on the last evening – claim to fame haha!
We stayed at a hotel called Korakia Pensione in downtown Palm Springs (it’s even been a host to @ohhcouture ) and it was beautiful to say the least. About a 45 minute drive to Coachella but in a great location with lots to do nearby.
TRAVEL GUIDE TO: AMSTERDAM
Amsterdam is also another place I had always wanted to visit. I visited Amsterdam in August with Bloom On – you can see the full post here. I was only there for 1 night/ 2 days but made the most of every minute. From cycling and seeing the sights, to a flower festival and visiting the flower fields with Bloom On, the trip was amazing. I would love to go back to Amsterdam for a longer stay and see more of the city!
TRAVEL GUIDE TO: MALAGA & MARBELLA
For the past 3 years we have holidayed in Spain. My parent’s own a house in Torremelinos which is a 30 minute train ride to Malaga and an hour from Marbella, the best of both worlds! Marbella is beautiful and has lots of fun beach clubs. One of our favourites is Nikki Beach – you can see the full post here.
As well as a fun pool party we also love visiting Malaga which has some amazing tourist attractions. Some of our favourites have been the Cathedral, the Picasso Museum and don’t forget a Segway tour around the Marina where you can choose your new yacht! In August there is also a street festival in Malaga which is a must! There there are dj’s playing from balconies, everyone dancing together in the street and street artists galore.
Overall, 2017 was an amazing year for travelling and visiting new places! Let’s hope 2018 carries on the same. I already have a few trips planned including a big family holiday in Greece, but I guess I will see where the year takes me. I would love to hear about your favourite place you visited in 2017, make sure you leave a comment below!