As the year of 2015 is slowly coming to its end it is not uncommon to start to reminisce about the year that has past. In the beginning of the year, I shared with you guys my plans for 2015, or maybe not exactly my plans as much as my hopes for 2015 when it comes to travels.
My hopes and dreams for 2015
As 2015 started off, my year when it comes to travels was a blank page, no plans but many hopes and dreams. I hoped to be able to drive down to Croatia, stopping in Austria along the way to check out the Alps in full blom. I dreamt about a paradise vacation in Zanzibar, Tanzania, and I hoped to be able to once again strap on those skis I love so much and swoosh down snow-covered steep hills somewhere. I’m really happy to be able to tell you all that some of those dreams did come true, and well, some didn’t.
What happened and what did not?
I did get to spend two wonderful weeks in Croatia, however, I did not get there by car. There was simply not enough time and in all honesty, I don’t mind, the Alps aren’t going anywhere. So, how about Zanzibar then? It has not happened yet, but in about a month I will be drilling down my toes in the white powdery sand of the Zanzibar beaches. There has simply been no time for skiing, which is really sad. However, I stand by my previous word: the Alps aren’t going anywhere. There was time for a quick getaway to Amsterdam though. Well, check it out below as I take you trough my travel year of 2015 in pictures!
First stop – Vis
We decided to make the most of our two weeks in Croatia so we elected to see at least four different places and first up was the Island of Vis. I had really high expectations of Croatia and Vis met them all, and then some. I have been blessed to travel a lot in my life and I can honestly say that Vis quickly qualified on to my top five list of places I have visited. Vis is about a two hour ferry ride from Split. For a long time the Yugoslavian army had its military base on the island so for a long time the island was closed to the public. It did not open for the public until 1989 which makes it a beautiful and untouched gem and not as touristy as some of the other islands.
The beautiful village of Komiža
There’s two bigger villages on Vis; The Town of Vis and Komiža which are located on opposite sides of the island from each other. We stayed in Komiža which was fantastic. The Island is small so you can easily take a buss from Komiža to Vis Town, or do like we did, rent motorbikes and explore the island that way.
Exploring the island on motorbikes
Split truly is a fantastic and historic city where beautiful ancient buildings, palaces and tombs meet modern tourist areas and a pulsating atmosphere.
Third stop – Mljet
From Split we took the ferry to the Island of Mljet. The island is probably most known for its two big salt water lakes that cover a lot of the island and how the island itself is more of a frame for the two lakes. To say that Mljet was beautiful would be the understatement of the year. It was divine. We walked along a trail that took us around the lakes with, stunning tranquil turquoise water the one side, and lush vegetation and pine forests on the other.
The Salt Water Lakes of Mljet.
We rented kayaks, and explored the lakes from the water, we visited the monastery that is located on a small island in the middle of the lakes and we enjoyed wonderful seafood dinners right by the water every night. Let’s just say that Mljet treated us well!
Fourth stop – Dubrovnik
From Mljet we headed to Dubrovnik and checked in to a wonderful hotel in the old city of Dubrovnik. Being a real Game of Thrones nerd, I had really been looking forward to spend some time in ”King’s Landing” and getting to see locations like Black Water Bay and other famous landmarks used in the series.
The magnificent Curtain Wall of Dubrovnik Old Town
Stradun, the main street of Dubrovnik Old Town
The old city, aka King’s Landing, was beautiful. We strolled around the little city, walked up on the curtain wall and jumped from the cliffs outside the wall into the clear waters of the Adriatic sea. Needless to say Dubrovnik was, as the rest of our Croatian trip, f a n t a s t i c!
Swimming outside the wall
You don’t always have to go far away to be able to enjoy a vacation. Every year me and my girlfriends go camping for a couple of days somewhere in Sweden. This year we returned to one of our favorite destinations, Halmstad, and we had a wonderful time! Some sun, some rain, and a lot of wine. A fantastic girl getaway in other words!
Your travel companions are just as important as the destination, remember that!
As the autumn slowly put its grey filter on Sweden, I took the opportunity to go on a weekend trip to Amsterdam. I had never been before and to be honest, I didn’t have that high expectations. I was blown away! What a beautiful city. Even though most people I talk to say Amsterdam is the most beautiful during spring time, when all the tulips are in bloom, I would definitely say it is a perfect autumn destination. It’s cozy and lively at the same time. Highly recommended!
So, in 2016 I have a big birthday coming up and I’m very excited to be able to wake up at Zanzibar on my birthday. We’ll be spending four days in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania on a safari before we head off to Zanzibar for nine days of relaxation. Needless to say that I can’t wait and I’m really looking forward to 2016 and whatever travels it has in store for me! On the top of my wishlist is a trip to Mongolia, well, and a ski vacation of course, but right now, the chapter of 2016 is not yet written, but I’m certain that it is going to be an eventful one!
Probably the most frightened adrenaline junkie you’ll ever meet. Have traveled the world, twice, and enjoys local cousins almost as much as the local environments. Based in Malmö, but there’s always a new travel plan burrowing in her head. Loves a great story, especially when she gets to tell it herself.