Top Ten Travel Moments

Kaelene at Unlocking Kiki did a post on her Top 10 Travel Moments, and it got me thinking what mine were. I’ve been lucky enough to travel through quite a few countries, although I am clearly not as widely traveled as some!

10. Being in Zurich for Sechselauten, a festival that celebrated the coming of the Spring. But it also involves throwing dead fish into the crows and burning a giant snowman effigy who’s head is filled with explosives. It was epic.

burning snowman

And here’s the burning snowman in all his glory.

9. I don’t know what it was about the tiny seaside town of Tynemouth on the outskirts of Newcastle, but from the moment I stepped foot there, I simply loved it! 

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Priory ruins in all their glory.

8. Constantly avoiding being hit by a bicyclist in Amsterdam. Trust me, they will not stop for you. I went to The Netherlands on my first ever trip to Europe. It was my second stop, after France. 


Bikes in Amsterdam
7. One of my best friends from college has family in Charleston, who were lovely enough to let us come and stay with them and enjoy the comforts of their home whilst alternating between beaching it up and exploring the more historic parts of the city. Charleston, SC is on of my favourite spots in America, rivalling Savannah and San Francisco. 

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How could you not fall in love if this was your backyard?


6. Taking nearly an entire afternoon to explore Parc Guell, Barcelona, Spain. It was one of my favourite parts of our trip. It’s so interactive and there’s so much to play with and take in, not to mention, it’s beautiful and interesting. Since Sam and I went, they’ve started charging entrance to the park. This trip celebrated my finishing my MA so it’s pretty special for that reason too! 

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View of Barcelona from Parc Guell.
5. When I befriended a stray cat in Turkey, who I un-ironically named “Cat”. Cat and I had a true friendship that lasted the entire week as he greeted me every day. Sam putt his foot down on bringing a stray cat back from Turkey, especially because we had nowhere to live in London when we returned. We had a very tearful farewell.  Yes, I am completely aware that this story makes me sound like a crazy person.

Cat and I. The truest of friends.

4. I think it’s pretty much safe to say that coming to London for the first time in the fall of 2010 was pretty much a game changer. There was no Sam. I was still feeling pressured into pursuing a law degree, and a future living abroad was definitely not on the cards. 

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 This is pretty much the first ever photo I took in England.

3. Getting to stand on the ancient Roman stage in Aspendos, Turkey.  Actually, I think our time in Turkey was one of the most glorious and relaxing trips I’ve ever been on. Plus, Sam and I finally got to celebrate seeing each other after being apart for ages waiting for my visa, and him being swamped by work at the RSC.

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As much of the amphitheatre and it’s glory as you can fit in to one frame. 

2. Eastbourne, England will always hold such a special place in my heart because it’s the first place that Sam and I ever traveled to together. Even if it was just for a weekend break. Plus, Beachy Head is stunning (despite all the tragedy that surrounds it.) 

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Sunset over Beachy Head.

1. Exploring Paris with Sam. I’d been to Paris before but he never had. I’d even been up the Eiffel Tower at dusk before but it did feel truly special sharing it someone you love. As cliche as that sounds, it’s true. Even if that someone is about to be sick due to fear of heights.  Although the view from the Sacre Coeur is just as stunning. 

the eiffel tower
Where are your top travel memories?

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  • I don’t know if I find the burning snowman equally cool…..I think it’s more terrifying πŸ˜€ but my best travel moment so far was definitely in Tromso on top of mountain Storsteinen. I didn’t know what to expect when I bought a ticket for the cable car and was more afraid of dying in there than anything else but the first view that I took of the city from above was just breath-taking. I’ve never seen a scenery more beautiful than this!

    • That’s kind of how I felt about it as well…. But it was a cool thing to say that I’ve seen! Your memory sounds incredible! I love the way you talk about Tromso! x

  • It is so fun looking back on our favorite travel moments! Love how each one of yours has a special meaning to you as well. I would love to visit Turkey!

    • I remember you guys were thinking about going! Will you get the chance to go to Turkey soon? x

      • We were thinking of going to Turkey this summer but then decided on Croatia so no Turkey this year. Hopefully someday though!

  • Tynemouth looks beautiful! Must make a trip there one day!

    • Tynemouth is stunning! I really fell in love with it! And it’s so easy to get to. If you’re in Newcastle you can quickly take the metro out there for like Β£5 ish .

  • msmelaniemarie

    Love this! Got me thinking about my top travel moments as well.

    • What do you think your top one would be? x

      • msmelaniemarie

        Not sure – I’d have to seriously consider the order of them all… Maybe take some inspiration from you and do my own post on it, haha. x

  • YAY; I’m so glad Tynemouth made the list!

    I will have to have a think about mine for a future post πŸ™‚

  • I love the Park in Barcelona too! Turkey is high on my must-travel-to list. I’d say that you are in need of a trip to Italy (that’s where most of my top ten locations reside!)

    • Yes! Italy is TOP of my future travel list- to be honest, it’s been the top for ages but cheap tickets/good opportunities haven’t arisen there yet! Hopefully soon! x

  • Cat is so little and precious! I would have cried, too πŸ™‚

    • Hahaha, glad I didn’t come across as too much of a crazy person! x

      • Not at all! In fact, shortly after reading this, I saw that my mom had posted pictures from her recent vacation with my dad. One of them was a picture of a cat that said, “My poolside pal for the week!” Hahahaha

  • What a cute little kitten…that would have been hard. The Tynemouth picture is so captivating.

    • Thank you! I absolutely loved Tynemouth when we visited! For me, it was one of the highlights of being in Newcastle. x

  • This is a great selection of travel moments, it has really got me thinking about what are my favourite! I love the photo of the sunset over Beachy Head πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! Obviously Beachy Head has a really tragic history, but I do think it’s so beautiful! What do you think your favourite would be? x

  • Love this list!! Coming into London is at the top of my list too! πŸ™‚

  • I haven’t traveled much, but I loved Keystone, Colorado! Also, the cat thing is totally relatable. I took in a stray cat one summer. And blew my whole savings account nursing it to health so a rescue center would take it. Oh yeah, and did I mention that I’m highly allergic to cats and live in a pet-free apartment complex that was in the middle of yearly renovations at the time (aka maintenance in my apartment on the regular). You and I can be crazy stray cat ladies together.

    β™₯Emma, from It’s Emma Elise

    • I’m also allergic to cats! (I guess that’s what makes the whole thing so ironic!) I definitely would have done the same thing if I was in your shoes! We can have itchy watery eyes, and full of sneezes but happy with our pets together for sure πŸ™‚ xx

  • These are a great top 10 travel moments! I love this idea! I would have begged to take in that cat as well. Such a softy. We took in a cat in Lithuania, Jeremy was not so happy about it

  • That cat is adorable! I love meeting the “local cats” lol. I’m doing lots of traveling next year so I’ll have to check out some of these places.

    xoxo Chloe | Wanderlust in the Midwest

    • Do you have all your destinations planned out for next year yet? xx

      • Nope! I’m doing a fellowship in France next year, so I can do them a bit more last-minute. My top choices are Italy, Morocco (again), Jordan, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain!

        • You’ll have such an amazing time! I wish I was in a position to do more traveling again ; D xx

  • I absolutely love Charleston and would not mind having a vacation home there someday haha. My bf from college lives there with her husband. I’ve been to visit more times than I can count and always have the best time! Good list! x

    • It’s such a nice median between being Southern and arty and warm….ahhh… I wish I was there all next week! (The weather has been too nice in London to wish it away this weekend though!) xx

  • Ooooh–loved this post! It’s fascinating to me to see where other people have traveled and why they liked them. All of these places sound amazing, but Charleston is clearly at the top. (Hahaha–I am totally biased!!)

  • You have been everywhere!!! I am so jealous of Paris! I am dying to get over there and drink some wine!

  • Thank you so much! xx

  • Some great memories, I love having my blog to look back on things and wish I’d started it earlier! I really want to explore more around Newcastle, it looks so nice.

    • I really liked Newcastle! If you are heading there soon I can give you some restaurant recommendations. I feel like I ate almost too well there… x

  • That snowman thing is crazy but I wish I could do it here as at the end of winter I would love to blow up all the snow!