Top 17 Experiences of 2017

About this time last year, I wrote about my top experiences for 20162015 and 2014 . It’s a great way of reflecting and appreciating the last twelve months. It’s a gentle reminder of how the best things are not the objects we accrue, but the moments.

Happy New Year! I hope 2018 is healthy, successful and prosperous for everyone I know and love.

1) New Role at Work

It will be my 4 year Anniversary at Exodus Travels on 9th January 2018! It’s a job that has created friends for life, my relationship and a role that truly aligns with what I’m passionate about; Adventure Travel! I’ve now spent a year in my new role as a Tailor-made Consultant.

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Work trip to Sri Lanka, we met a beach stall owner with a very old Exodus hat!

  2) Husky Sledding in Poland

I grinned ear to ear whilst on a sled with 8 huskies running in front of me. It was my first winter trip where I discovered being clumsy in on two feet equates to being clumsy on skis’ too.

 

3)  Kayaking with Dolphins in Tenerife

We went to Tenerife for £275pp and took the chance to admire sweet, gentle and intelligent dolphins swimming beneath our kayaks.

4) Writing Bike Route Notes in Portugal

I cycled with Alex from the north of Portugal down to the vibrant and colourful city of Porto. We re-wrote the directions, took photos and mapped the junctions for the Exodus trip, Self-Guided Cycling from Mountains to Sea. 

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5) Wild-camping The Ridgeway

From Good Friday to Easter Sunday, Sarah, Natty and I walked over 70km of The Ridgeway from Overton Hill to Goring. We wild-camped and were asked time and time again if we were “Doing the D of E?” (old enough to appreciate the comment now!)

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6) Winning a trip to Thailand!

I crazily won a trip to Thailand and Malaysia on a website called Travel Weekly! When I got the email, I dismissed it as spam as I did not believe it. We dined sky high at Menara Tower, cycled through rice paddies and I got to visit my dad in Phuket in May.

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7) Bothies and Loch Lomond

Bothies Round II! With an overnight sleeper train from London, we transfer from City to Mountains overnight. We ascend the most southerly Munro, Ben Lomond (974m), stayed in a haunted bothies with wonderful company.

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8) Trekking in Andorra

A adventure filled trip with zip-lining, via ferrata, trekking and seeing a performance of Cirque de Soleil for the first time. Maybe like buses, all good things come at once. Having never won anything in my life, this trip was a prize from Travel Weekly as well in July 2017.

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9) Sliding down the ArcelorMittal Orbital 

Twice! Maybe I am a predictable human being, but it is testament to my best friends and boyfriend who know that I would love nothing more than indulging in childhood fun – the biggest and fastest slide in London.

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10) Luxembourg with Sophy

Ryanair return flights for £20 and a best friend of over 10 years! Luxembourg is a fairy-tale like city with a layout similar to a tiered cake. Once we were ‘at the bottom’, we didn’t know how to get ‘back to the top’!

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11) A 3-Way Zip-line

The bank holiday August weekend was spent at Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales! For my sister’s hen-do, we zip-wired through caverns, trekked through abandoned tunnels and ate hash browns every morning. A first sisterly weekend of many to come in future.

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12) Wigwam of Wales 

An Autumnal weekend trip away with Sarah and Ally. From paddle-boarding, to bum explosions on ‘3G’ swings, it was a weekend of adrenaline and ‘DMCs’ (deep and meaningful conversations).

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13) 155km across Scotland Solo

One of the most beautiful treks in the UK! I rediscovered the kindness of strangers and the graft of a challenge that nearly drove me to tears.

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14) Magical Maldives

1,200 Islands, 26 Geographical Atolls and the lowest country in the world – the paradise of the Maldives! I stayed at Vilamendhoo for x3 nights, sacrificed a pay cheque and was lucky enough to snorkel next to a turtle coming up for air.

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15) Sri Lanka Work Trip 

Sri Lanka was my 6th Educational with Exodus. We inspected more hotels than I can count, climbed Sigiriya Rock, went white water rafting, saw elephants and indulged in curry and rice.

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16) My Sister’s Wedding

The most emotional event I’d ever been to. I was in tears before my sister had even appeared at the aisle! It was a beautiful ceremony at Huntsham Court, (Devon) and it hammered home that there is no greater cause for celebration than love.

 17) Alex Burgess

He makes me happy in a way no-one else can. He’s my Bear!

 

2018 is another year to chase dreams and to appreciate every moment that brings a smile. I can’t wait!

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