Highlights of 2018: My Travel and Adventures

I sat here pondering about what would my future travel  adventures unveil for 2019, As I jot down my next year travel plans. My mind wanders over my fantastic travel experience for the year 2018. It’s that  time of the year again to wrap up my 2018 Travel Highlights.

I have kicked off the year 2018 with a bang! My friend has organised a girly getaway to Havana, Cuba, my very first Caribbean country I visited.

Oh please take be back in time while walking along the cobbled street, and the roaring sound of the vintage cars nearby. Sipping a perfect rum cocktail, with the blaring Salsa music in the background.   Here’s the link Havana Cuba: Frozen in Time blog.

I have planned a Birthday Getaway to a few European countries. My first stop was in Luxembourg City, a beautiful city perfect for a day to two exploring the medieval area with the stunning view of the Alzette river.

Tasting the Luxembourgish food while sipping a locally brewed beer. Here’s the link Exploring Luxembourg in 24 hours blog.

Porto, Portugal is perfect for a weekend getaway! A stroll around the hilly listening intently to the city history. While wandering and admiring the building façade intricately decorated with stunning Azulejo tiles.

On the lookout for a romantic view overlooking the Douro River while enjoying a glass of their famous Porto Wine, while watching the sun goes down.  Here’s the link Porto Portugal Perfect City Break blog.

The conference in Rotterdam, Netherlands was mixed of work and leisure. Be mesmerised with the quirky buildings around the city diversely spread around like an open work of art for the locals as well as the tourist to enjoy.

A quick train ride to revisit the city capital Amsterdam for a couple of days, and a day trip to Zaanse Schans is a picturesque  historic windmill village offers a glimpsed of the old industrial past of the Netherlands. Here’s the blog link Netherlands: Is Rotterdam on Your Travel Radar?

I had a chance to travel  around the Ostrava Czech Republic. The  third largest city in Czechia, it was surprisingly fascinating industrial historic place. Wandering around the old town being transformed into a modern cultural city, but there is still evidence of the coal mining factories that are open to the public to visit.

From Ostrava City there are great outdoor activities to enjoy. Exploring the Beskydy Mountain  and Jeseniky Mountain Ranges are great for hiking and most exhilarating outdoor adventures. Do check out the blog links here,  Ostrava: Adventure Haven of Czech Republic & Czech Republic: Exploring Jeseniky Mountains

My summer getaway to Turkey  is the most unforgettable experience for me. Meandering around those dizzying maze of the city capital Istanbul, flocks of impressive mosque and delicious food.

My curiosity piques up and I decided for a road trip around the country. Visited the ancient city of Troy  and Ephesus was enchanting. Soaking up my tired muscle at the ancient Roman spa in Cleopatra’s pool and enjoying Pamukkale’s  surrounding views.

The wonderful  journey completes with a magical experience of Hot air balloon ride overlooking the magnificent Cappadocia.

While I’m writing this blog, I’m packing my bag for a week getaway to Madrid City. It would be my very first visit to the Spain’s city, capital, even though I have been to Barcelona, Girona and Lloret De Mar. I can’t wait to explore and make my way tasting the best tapas in town!

The year 2018 was a wonderful  in regards to my travel. What an amazing travel experience, breathtaking places I have visited, sumptuous meal I have eaten, and lastly  the  charming people I have met along the way have created a wonderful voyage memories to treasure a lifetime.

I would like to take this opportunity to say my gratitude to my family, friends and those people I have met along the way. I wish for the wonderful 2019 to everyone and hoping for more adventures for all of us!

I hope that my blog has inspired you.

Let be year 2019 the time to motivate yourself to see the world,

 I dare you to be Curious and be Adventurous!

Have a great year ahead!



22 thoughts on “Highlights of 2018: My Travel and Adventures

    1. My favourite for 2018 was Turkey I would love to go back again and maybe do some proper hiking there! It’s such a beautiful country to explore and lovely people too. ( still on the process of writing my Turkey blog post so watch out my adventure there ?) I will be going back to Morocco with group of friends and Trentino Italy and back to Lazarote

  1. I’m similar to you, I’ve been all over Spain but I can’t say I’ve been to Madrid, so I’d be curious to see what you think! Your year sounds amazing, I love doing these posts where you look back at the best moments, always a big cheer me up! Cuba is a must-do bucket list item

  2. What a great set of destinations for 2018. Porto is a great city. And a weekend getaway is perfect. So many people went to Ostravia last year. Glad you got to visit. And Cappadocia is on my travel wish list! Hope you have a great 2019.

    1. I had a great time in Ostrava exploring and hiking around the Jeseniky mountains, Oh you will love Cappadocia it’s a wonderful place to explore it’s like out of this world so to speak!

  3. Gorgeous photos of Havana. Cuba has been on my bucket list for forever, but it would certainly be more fun with a few of my home-girls along for the ride. My dad was a photographer for the US Navy back in the 50s, when he was stationed in Cuba, so I have seen many photos of Cuban yesteryears. And amazingly not much difference between your photos and his except his were in somber black and white. Looks much more inviting in color! 😀

    1. Definitely Cuba would be fun to share it with friends such a colourful & the vintage car ride around the city was so fun, it felt like the time has standstill in that place.

  4. What fun adventures you have had. I would so love to explore Cuba. My dad and I have talked about taking a trip there. We absolutely loved our day trip to Zaanse Schans when we visited Amsterdam. It was a nice break from the city. My kids loved the train ride too.

  5. Wow, Cuba and Porto in one year! Not mentioning all the other great place you visited. Personally, I would love to explore the Jeseniky Mountains in the Czech Republic like you did. I can only imagine what you’ve got planned for 2019.

    1. Cuba was my biggest holiday planned, normally I just whisk away around Europe looking for cheap flights and good food. There are few travel plans lined up for 2019 Northern Italy and Southern France.

  6. What a great year you had you started your year by traveling to Havana, such an amazing start. I went to Turkey and Czech Republic in 2018, but still, haven’t check out Portugal and Cuba.

    1. There’s no shame to admit I went to Porto for the wine and the food, and I’m glad I did but hoping to explore more other cities in Portugal.

  7. You certainly had a busy travel year in 2018. I can’t wait to visit Turkey one day myself. A road trip that includes Ephesus and Cappadocia are must sees. Sailing the Turkish coast also appeals, as I’ve heard its magnificent.

    1. That was the fun doing the road trip around Turkey, you have a chance to stop and explore different place you passed by even not on the planned itinerary. I have squeeze some important historical places that can’t be miss.

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