I am more desperate than ever to travel this year but with so much going in Glasgow (graduating, moving, work, starting another degree) it is getting difficult to find the time and the money. I had a couple of really good trips last year, experiencing two incredible European cities with my friends and doing a solo adventure to Italy which has fuelled my need to see as much of the world – and given me the confidence to do it alone.
We are half-way through 2019 now. How! How I do not know but it does mean I have the usual university summer break despite graduating (as I’m starting another course in September). I’m trying to work through my bucket list as much as possible as well as taking every opportunity thrown my way to travel as much as possible.
l’albir, spain – may.
My first overseas trip this year was to the seaside town of L’Albir on the Costa Dorada. It’s not too far from Benidorm and easy to get to by flying to Alicante, I had the most relaxing couple of days staying there with my friend at her auntie’s. It reignited my love for Spain (and my ambition to perhaps live there – must learn Spanish first though).
We did nothing more than read and listen to podcasts by the pool, walk by the beach and eat delicious food. Nothing beats have a coffee on a terrace in the glorious sunshine with the blue sky stretching out over you for me. And L’Albir delivered exactly that. I can’t wait to go back.
london – june.
This London trip wasn’t a holiday experience but I’m still treating it as somewhere to count in 2019. I travelled to London for a couple of nights to visit my work’s London office and spend some time there which was really beneficial and educational for me. I love getting the train and the Glasgow Central to Euston line takes you past some lovely countryside.
I was staying in Marylebone and working in Bishopgate which gave me the opportunity to see some new parts of London and try some different places to eat. It wasn’t a touristy trip but I did manage to go on a Jack the Ripper walking tour around Whitechapel one evening which was really good. I can’t wait to head back to London sometime soon!
las vegas – august.
The reason I have no money this summer is because I’m saving up for my US trip in August. I’m heading with my friend to Sin City for a few days of exploring the Strip, hopefully making it out to the Grand Canyon, seeing shows and relaxing by the pool in the Vegas heat which will no doubt overwhelm me. I had never considered visiting Las Vegas before but I am now SO excited to get out there and see what the city is all about.
san francisco – august.
After Vegas, we’re hopping on an hour long plane journey west to San Francisco. I have always wanted to visit San Francisco after watching The Princess Diaries and Charmed when I was younger so I’m excited to explore the city myself. I can’t wait to go thrifting, eat by the pier, explore Chinatown and head to Alcatraz. We are not as organised for San Francisco as we are Vegas to hopefully once we get the details ironed out I’ll be more excited!
rome – september.
One trip that isn’t booked or even remotely organised is a visit to my favourite Italian city at the end of summer with two friends who adore the city as much as I do. We need to sit down and do some serious planning and logistics to see if we can make it work financially and find the time to head to the Eternal City but I’m confident we can, if not, this is one for the books next year as I’m desperate to drink Aperol Spritz in Roma.
copenhagen – late autumn.
After travelling Italy solo last year, I’m desperate to spend a weekend by myself in another European city. Copenhagen has been on my must-visit list since I read The Year of Living Danishly and fell head over heels in love with the happiest country in the world. I’m bookmarking late autumn for a Copenhagen trip – just need to find the weekend when I find out my university schedule and get some flights and a hostel booked.
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