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2017 travels

After completing the challenge to Take 12 Trips in 2014, 2015 and 2016 – with at least one trip every month, whether it’s a day out, weekend away or international trip – I’m carrying it on into 2017.

My first trip of the year was a flying visit to Amsterdam for its Light Festival, followed by a wintery breaks to Falmouth in Cornwall and a first trip to Bulgaria, skiing in Bansko. Spring meant exploring my backyard in the Cotwolds and Cheltenham. In May I took a rail trip through France and Italy, with stops in Avignon, Ventimiglia, Cinque Terre and Colmar. Then it was back to Canada to follow in the footsteps of Anne of Green Gables on Prince Edward Island, visit waterfalls and wineries in Niagara, and return to my beloved New York. In summer I headed to sunny Cyprus, followed by a return to Edinburgh for the Fringe festival and castle-hopping around Thuringia in Germany. And in autumn I tried out a new eco village near Paris, took the train to the top of Europe in Switzerland and did a foodie road trip around South Wales.

Coming up: I’m finishing the year with a Christmassy trip to Salzburg.

My top ten travel wishlist

  • Mayan temples and stunning beaches in Southern Mexico and Belize
  • Listening to jazz in New Orleans
  • Sailing around the Italian lakes
  • Wildlife safaris and sand dunes in Namibia
  • Speeding across Japan on a bullet train
  • Island-hopping around the Caribbean
  • Watching the Northern Lights from the Arctic Circle
  • Sailing past glaciers in Alaska
  • Wine-tasting in the vineyards of South America
  • Exploring the wild Scottish Highlands