Best Memories of Twenty Sixteen

It's the new year which is often a time of reflection. People often joke and post memes about 2016 being a particularly bad year in terms of world events. Nonetheless it's hard for us to look back on 2016 as anything but a great year. We are grateful for the opportunities that we have to travel and see more of Europe than we ever though we would. The year went by so quickly for us whether we were travelling or working 9-5 to support our travels.

In looking back on 2016 we went through our posts and put together a compilation of our favourite memories and photos. These are our best of 2016 photos and experiences. During 2016 we got to explore 14 beautiful countries. We have met loads of wonderful people and had some very memorable times with our friends from work and from the Birmingham Vegans group as well. Sure, not everything went perfect in 2016 but when you put things into perspective we have nothing to complain about.

We did a Best of 2015 and really enjoy having this as a memory.

Here's our story for 2016.


January: We went to London, England with a couple of our friends for a Vegan YouTube Meetup. At this point we didn't have a YouTube channel, nor did we want one. It was this day trip that changed our minds on the matter. We ended up creating videos to go along with our blog and regardless if anyone watches them or not, they are wonderful souvenirs.
Posing with Gandhi.  

February:
We continued our explorations around England with a road trip to Cotswolds and Brighton. In the Cotswolds we drove around and checked out the Broadway tower. We went to Brighton for Vegfest with a whole bunch of the Birmingham Vegans and ate some wonderful food.
                Driving though Cotswolds                                  Birmingham Vegans
Brighton Pier



March: We went to Prague, Czech Republic with a couple of our friends for a long weekend trip. We had a wonderful time checking out the city and visiting the bone chapel. The weather was cold and the air was crisp but it was perfect for walking around and seeing the city. Prague has the most vegan restaurants per capita as our friend figured out and we tried quite a few great restaurants. Prague is a must see for anyone travelling Europe.
                                                           

April: We went to Gothenburg, Sweden with some friends thanks to £10 flights from Ryan Air. We had never heard of Gothenburg but after having a look see online we found it was very vegan friendly. We had lots of fun there island hopping with the ferries and checking out the city. Later on in April Mom came to visit and we went on a Scandinavian cruise with Celebrity Cruise Lines. It went from Southampton to Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands. It was a fantastic cruise!
Gothenburg, Sweden




May: We disembarked from our cruise in Amsterdam and wow what an amazing city Amsterdam is to see with all it's canals. We had a great time in the Netherlands and we also made it to Den Haag and the beach. Later in May we went to Wales for the first time and stayed in Cardiff. We checked out the castle, did some sightseeing all over the city and met our facebook friend for the first time.



June: My uncle came to visit us from London and we went to the Kidderminster steam train which was a blast from the past. Finally we found the time to go to Warwick castle which is fairly close by to Birmingham. It is definitely one of the best castles to check out in England. Later we went on our first real trip to France and checked out Brittany where we stayed with some friends. The showed us around and we had an excellent time.


July:  Our bucket list had Berlin at the top of it since it's the vegan capital of the world and we got to see it in the summer with the best possible weather. They have a Ramones museum and we couldn't get enough of the vegan Vietnamese restaurants there, not to mention the vegan donuts from Brammibals.

August: For our anniversary we decided to check out the lake district and the Fox Hall Vegan B&B. We had great food there and got to walk around lake Windermere and take a ferry. Later on in the month we visited some friends in Edinburgh and checked out some of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. One of our friends was actually performing in the festival so we went to support him. He's actually funny though so it's not like one of those things were you have to pretend to like it. Then another friend visited us all the way from Canada. We showed him around Birmingham, went on a day trip to Nottingham to see Batman's house and the video game museum. We had a great time together and we even hung out with him in London for a couple days.


September: We had a really travel heavy August and we knew we had future plans in the coming months so we decided to hang out in Birmingham. We did go to the Space Centre in Leicester with our friend and we went to some Birmingham vegan events as well.

October: Thanks to a Ryan Air sale we got £10 flights to Basel, Switzerland. We had been wanting to go to Switzerland for awhile but it is usually really expensive to get to. Not this time! We had a great time there trying our best to be budget travellers in a beautiful but expensive city.

November: We did a lot of planning and created a back packing itinerary from Salzburg to Zagreb. See we bought £10 Ryan Air flight to Salzurg and we knew we had a friend in Munich and a friend in Zagreb that we wanted to visit so we bussed and trained through Austria (with stops in Innsbruck and Bad Hofgastein), Germany, Slovenia and Croatia. It was a 2 week trip and our longest backpacking trip yet.


December: We went on an epic road trip from Aberdeen, to the most northern tip of the UK, across the top of the north, down to the Isle of Skye, then onward to Glasgow and Edinburgh. We followed mostly on the Tourist roads and we got to see some of the most amazing landscapes that Scotland has to offer. Sometimes during the trip we felt as if we were the only people alive. We saw more sheep than people.

With another great year behind us, we are more than ready to leap into twenty seventeen. We have a lot planned and can't wait to share our wonderful memories with you all.

Thank you to everyone for your amazing support over the year, our blog is really moving in a direction we never even dreamed of.

We are going to continue sharing our posts every Sunday and Wednesday's. We have a lot of ideas for new posts and plan to get a little bit more creative this year!

18 comments:

  1. That was a great recap! I am particularly interested in learning more about your trip to Scotland in December. People often say that winter time is not a good time for visiting Scotland. Could you share more about what you did there and how your overall experience was?

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    1. Thanks. We added a link above to our blog post on our Scotland road trip so you can check it out there.

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  2. Wow so many travels I like that and the gallery is awesome,the photo of the sheep is awesome.

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    1. Thanks very much. We were pretty busy in 2016.

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  3. The Scotland road trip sounds awesome. We'll be up there in a week or so too. I'm really looking forward to getting back up there.

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    1. We really enjoyed Scotland and we couldn't recommend a road trip more.

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  4. Sounds like you've had a great year of traveling. Love your pictures from Prague, I'm thinking of heading there soon!

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    1. Thanks. Definitely go to Prague if you haven't been. It's one for the bucket list.

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  5. I am so jealous! You travel every month? really now?? The tickets are so incredibly cheap! From Greece Ryan air has not so cheap flights :(
    I d like to hear more about the Aberdeen trip!

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    1. We couldn't believe we managed to find £10 flights to Basel and Austria. It's cheap to fly out of the London airports. We added a link above to our Aberdeen trip.

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  6. Looks like you had an amazing year! I hope 2017 brings you many new great adventures!

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    1. We really did. We couldn't be happier with how it all turned out. Here's to 2017! Wishing you all the best as well.

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  7. What's good about Europe is when you cross a border you are in a different country. In the US, it'll just be another state. I'd love to go on a Eurotrip this year!

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  8. Glad you guys were able to see so much of Europe and reading this was so nice because I have been to all these places you have. Did you enjoy Salzburg? Of course, living in Vienna makes me partial to Austria and I love reading people's perspectives when they have been to Austria.

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    1. We did really enjoy Salzburg. I wish we got a chance to see Vienna though.

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  9. I think it's a great idea to reflect on the experiences you had over the course of the year. I liked reading about your trips around Europe. If you had a chance to do it all again, would you change anything?

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    1. I'm not sure what we would change. It would have been nice to see more rural areas but it is a bit harder to plan.

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