Ever since this year’s calendar went live, people have been asking me about my amazing year of travel. Cartagena, Milan, Copenhagen, Tulum, Singapore, São Paulo, Dubai, Rio, Trinidad, Koh Phangan, Hawaii, Laos, Porto, Paris, Jericoacoara, Nicaragua, The Hunter Valley, Mérida, Taganga, Monteverde, Punta del Este and Bogotá in one year? I WISH!!!
No, this calendar, like last year’s edition (you’ll find it on twitter and instagram: may well post here at a later date), is just a summary of my greatest hits. The places I’ve been lucky enough to travel to, the experiences I have had, the people I have met… ah, precious memories. Particularly at this time of year when everyone starts to get a little more reflective, its the looking back that can give us the flash of inspiration, the kick up the backside we sometimes need to move forward and plan the next chapter in our lives. Let’s make it a block-busting, page-turning, pot-boiling bodice-ripper!
Happy 2017, everyone!
North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii
The Epic Sunset: Part 1
Was so cold today in Prague, I nearly dropped my phone off the top of the Old Town Hall Tower because my hands were too freezing to hold it while I took a picture. The only cure for this, obviously, is another sunset, Behind door 19 (yes, day 19 already), we're back in Hawaii, this time on the North Shore. This is actually a 2-parter because before the sky plunged into complete darkness, you could still see the afterglow of the sun burning like fire on the horizon. There is probably a technical name for this, I'm sticking with "sunset: part 2". Catchy. #traveladventcalendar #adventcalendar #hawaii #oahu #northshoreoahu #sunset #sunsetlovers #nofilter
Day 19 (cont.)
North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii
Epic Sunset: The Remix
Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
Let There Be Light…
Not much of a story behind this pic from Mérida in Mexico, except I love the contrast between the lit Cathedral and the darkness of the trees, also, I had a 430am wake-up call this morning so my capacity for remembering cool stories is a bit limited -let me off just this once…? #traveladventcalendar #adventcalendar #mexico #mérida #theyucatan #travelgoals #travelinspiration #coolstorybro
Taganga, Magdalena, Colombia
Speedboats and Sunsets
On Day 21, the crowd gathers to watch the sun drop out of the sky in Taganga, Colombia. For me, it had been a looooong day. I'd spent hours attempting to navigate the Tayrona National Park (I told the story here last year – it's a little painful to relive) with a stinking hangover, but received reward #1 – the jaw-dropping beach at Cabo San Juan. I took the boat back to Taganga (hike my way back out of the park, before dark, with my sense of direction? Hell no!) in time for reward #2 : this breathtaking sunset. I met up with the Cartagena Crew for another night out in Santa Marta and reward #3: a 5 -hour flight to San Andrés via Bogotá on one hour of sleep with another stinking hangover. I never learn… #traveladventcalendar #adventcalendar #colombia #taganga #santamarta #parquetayrona #tayronanationalpark #sunsetlovers #sunset #travelbucketlist #travelinspiration #travelgoals
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Large cappuccino, extra…fur?
Behind door 22: Breakfast time in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. I step out of my room to look for coffee, and run straight into these guys (there's a Capuchin/cappuccino joke in there somewhere…I'll let you know). I shouldn't have been surprised, they made enough noise announcing their arrival. At 7am. I'm not mad – it was my best ever wake-up call. #traveladventcalendar #adventcalendar #costarica #monteverdecloudforest #monteverdehostellodge #monkeymagic #monkeymania #travelbuckelist #travelinspiration #travelgoals
Punta del Este, Uruguay
“Dude, Where’s My Yacht?”
Jericoacoara, Ceará, Brazil
Sunsets and Sand Dunes
Closing my calendar on Day 24, back in Jericoacoara. Pre-sunset on the main beach. The kite surfers are heading for home and, in the distance, a crowd is already gathering at the Duna do Por do Sol to catch ANOTHER epic sunset. Obviously my spiritual home. This one goes out to @dmmorris001 who is packing her bags and heading to Jeri in the new year. Send my regards and have a caipirinha for me… #traveladventcalendar #adventcalendar #brazil #brasil #jericoacoara #sunset #sunsetlovers #travelbucketlist #travelinspiration #travelgoals
Blue Santas and Boris Bikes
Christmas Day is over, I've eaten and drunk too much (it's tradition) so all that remains for me to do is post one last pic to complete my 2016 Travel Advent Calendar. I started in Colombia, I'll end there too, this time Bogotá with a super random photo of 4 guys dressed in blue Santa Suits riding what appear to be Boris Bikes outside a shopping mall… No, me neither. I have zero explanation for anything in this picture apart from the fact that it looks sort of festive. Happy Christmas, all! Hope Santa brought you everything you wished for. I'm off to plan more trips for 2017 so I'll have something to post next year – I've run out of pics! #traveladventcalendar #adventcalendar #colombia #bogota #bogotá #bluechristmas #travelproblems
…and that’s a wrap, folks. Here’s to 2017, may all your travel dreams come true!