2017 Travel Bucketlist in Review

2017 is coming to an end and it’s time to put the 2017 Travel Bucketlist in Review of the progress. Instead of writing another Bucketlist in Review and Visit 17 places in 2017, I decided to merge them. Hence 2017 Travel Bucketlist in Review was born and I am super excited to share the progress.

If I could describe 2017 in a few words I would say, ‘humbling embrace‘, even when things were tough. When 2017 started, I chose one word to guide me through the year and that was ‘embrace‘. Everything I went through in my life I embraced it, some where great and others not so good. I chose to embrace life come what may and thanking the big man above for it all.

2017 Travel Bucketlist in Review

In 2015 I had decided to create a bucketlist of places I wanted to visit before I turned 30 years old.  I am glad to report I managed to visit 30 countries before I turned 30 on July 7. Throughout 2016 I traveled every single month to tick items off my list as I went along. This was all part of my #take12trips travel challenge I signed myself up from end of 2015. It wasn’t easy physically nor financially but I made it through and I couldn’t be happier. A year later I decided to slow down with my travels and did a mixture of Home and Abroad trips.

Whilst I was working through my bucketlist, I decided to add another one, visit 17 places in 2017. Crazy I know but I didn’t stop there, no not me! I decided to also do the 30 before thirty bucketlist. But in all my craziness, there was some logic to it trust me. I figured I would be completing the 30 before 30 bucketlist so I needed another bucketlist to follow. Eh-go I ended up with three before my thirtieth but I am never one to back down from a challenge. And before I knew it, I had completed one challenge and have two to go.

2017 Travel Bucketlist in Review: How I did

I can not believe I am sharing this update of two bucketlist merged into one. Each and every single one of these places has left an imprint into my soul. Traveling truly does open one’s mind to what is out there and it is so much better than on TV. I am sure you’ve already seen all the places I have been to so far so I will only share 2017 travels

  • Bath, It is such a beautiful city, we were able to see the Roman Baths, the Abbey and many more places. I highly recommend this Victorian city, a must see for sure.
  • Bali, as 2017 was and is a momentous year for me I felt it was important to celebrate in style. I booked myself a 10-day break to Bali and had the most amazing time ever.
  • Berlin, I enjoyed visiting all the must see places including the remains of the Berlin wall.
  • Bucharest, an underrated city which is a must see and I can not wait to go back.
  • Budapest, it was a last-minute decision but a wise one for sure. I saw all the wonderful places.
  • Cyprus, There is so much to see in Cyprus but also be ready some parts are no longer as beautiful.
  • Stockholm, one of the most expensive places to visit but it was definitely worth it.
  • ParisI am  fortunate to have traveled for the 3rd time to Paris due to work. Then later in the year I visited again for a wedding.
  • Barcelonait’s good to have friends who have friends. I stayed at a friend’s friend’s home in the centre of the old time and it was perfect.
  • Rome, I am still in awe of this city and excited to go back again to explore further. It is such a magnificent city one that you need more than a day to visit.

2017 travel bucketlist

In between all of these travels I was able to visit other places which were not part of my bucketlist. Birmingham, Bristol, Lusaka, Basel & Lucern in Switzerland, Doha, Dubai {on my actual birthday}, Frankfurt and Mainz. Not forgetting all the travels I did within the UK which are part of my local adventures.

Places I am yet to visit and moving to the next bucketlist

Am I sad that I did not complete my merged bucketlists? Honestly, no I am not, because I am a strong believer in if I don’t succeed the first time I try again. For me trying again is moving it to the next travel bucketlist until I manage to visit them all.

  • Athens, Greece
  • Cornwall, England
  • Stonehenge, England 
  • Lake District, England
  • Cork, Ireland
  • Helsinki, Filand
  • Hawaii, USA


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  1. December 29, 2017 / 3:34 am

    I’m excited to start my bucket list 2018! I have some awesome locations to explore. You’ve officially inspired me 🙂

  2. Amanda
    December 29, 2017 / 2:50 am

    I’m so jealous and in awe of your 2017 Travel Bucket List. I made it to California for the first time, which was very exciting, but nowhere near as exciting locations as you!

  3. BohemianBabushka
    December 28, 2017 / 11:43 pm

    Of all those beautys shared, “thanking the Big Man” was the most beautiful of all. May he continue to bless you, and above all, may you continue to be thankful and aware. BB2U

  4. December 28, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    So many amazing places! I’d love to visit Stockholm but as you say it’s very expensive!

  5. Ickle Pickle
    December 28, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    I love travelling. You have visited some awesome places. Good luck with your new bucket list. Kaz

  6. Shannon Graham
    December 28, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    That must be so nice. I love traveling but I have zero time and money to do so.

  7. chubskulit
    December 28, 2017 / 7:44 pm

    I wish I could travel as much as you do! That’s amazing that you have visited a long list of places I have never been to yet.

  8. Cyn Gagen
    December 28, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    Wow. You have a wonderful year of travel. I’m counting down the days until I get to go back to Paris again.

  9. Bex Smith
    December 28, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    Even though you didn’t complete your merged bucket lists, you did so well and travelled to some fab and beautiful places. What a year for you! x

  10. December 28, 2017 / 1:45 pm

    You have quite a year, that is amazing. Dubai is on my list for sure. I can’t wait to see where 2018 will take you.

  11. Vyjay Rao
    December 28, 2017 / 10:24 am

    You did cover a lot of amazing places in 2017.I am sure 2018 is going to be lots more traveling. Happy travels to you.

    • December 28, 2017 / 12:53 pm

      Thanks so much Vyay, I am excited about 2018 travels

  12. December 28, 2017 / 12:14 am

    A lot of these places sound like wonderful destinations. I would love to visit Athens Greece in the near future.

    • December 28, 2017 / 7:33 am

      I know right, I just booked Athens for March 2018 and I am super excited!

  13. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
    December 27, 2017 / 11:57 pm

    Wow – good for you for crossing so many places off your bucket list! That is a LOT of traveling but worth it all. My husband and I love to travel and see new places.

    • December 28, 2017 / 7:33 am

      Thank you Ashley, I am chuffed to have been to so many places in 2017. Definitely excited for 2018.

  14. December 27, 2017 / 11:41 pm

    Oh it must have been so fun to attend a wedding in Paris! How was it?! Must have been so romantic!

    • December 28, 2017 / 7:34 am

      It was super romantic I can tell you for sure

  15. Jenni Grainger
    December 27, 2017 / 11:02 pm

    This is an incredible list. When you go to the Lakes, Windermere is lovely to visit. Taking the boat from Windermere you ambleside is lovely and you can get off at Brockholes for an explore

    • December 28, 2017 / 7:34 am

      Thanks so much for the tips Jenny, I am definitely looking forward to visit the Lakes now

  16. December 27, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    I am so impressed by this list! You’ve been to a lot of fantastic places. I hope to be able to travel more in a few years.

    • December 28, 2017 / 7:36 am

      Thanks Amber, I can not believe how many places I have visited this year but it has been fun. Excited for the next year

  17. December 27, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    Wow, what a list! I love Cyprus, it’s such a wonderful place to visit. Sweden too actually. I have very happy memories of holidays there. Lets hope 2018 is as well travelled for you!

    • December 28, 2017 / 7:38 am

      Thanks so much Jane, I enjoyed both Sweden and Cyprus for sure and excited for the 2018 travels

  18. Hannah Latoya Bond
    December 27, 2017 / 6:46 pm

    You went to some great places. Im going to Rome next year

    • December 28, 2017 / 7:38 am

      You will love Rome, I need to go back for sure and explore some more!

  19. December 27, 2017 / 6:43 pm

    You’ve been so many places this year! Here’s to making many more travel memories next x
    C x

    • December 28, 2017 / 7:38 am

      Thanks Charli, here here!!

  20. December 27, 2017 / 5:52 pm

    How amazing you got to travel to so many places this past year. Living the dream! I am hoping to visit many of these cities when visiting Europe again next year 🙂

    • December 28, 2017 / 7:39 am

      Thanks Natalie, wishing you all the best when you come to Europe

  21. December 27, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    Wow – I’m not sure where you are based, but I am super jealous of all of the places you went :). I was fortunate to travel quite a bit this year too, mostly for work, but mostly domestic, except for Saskatoon (Canada) for a work trip.

    • December 28, 2017 / 7:39 am

      I am based in the UK and Europe is my play ground lol, it has been fun for sure

    • December 28, 2017 / 1:01 pm

      Yep, I eventually figured that out 😛 that’s awesome!

    • December 29, 2017 / 11:20 am

      It sure is lol 😊

  22. December 27, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    Those look like cool places to visit. You really saw a lot of places! I haven’t been to quite so many, it sounds like you had a great time. I would love to be able to travel that much! I haven’t even been to Europe!

    • December 28, 2017 / 7:40 am

      Thanks Marysa, I have been blessed! I am so fortunate to have visited all of these places.

  23. Mellissa Williams
    December 27, 2017 / 3:42 pm

    You’ve done well. I was making a list of everywhere I have been in the last year and it was long too. I think I took 22 flights. Not bad for someone who doesn’t love flying. I’ve been to all the places you did this year except Bucharest, Bali and Stockholm and they both are on my list of places to see. How expensive was Stockholm?

    • December 28, 2017 / 7:44 am

      You did amazingly Mellissa, that is an incredible number of flights. I never liked flight either but by 2015 I couldn’t imagine not taking a flight lol

  24. December 27, 2017 / 2:46 pm

    I would definitely like to add a few of these to my bucket list as well. Especially Greece! I’ve been wanting to travel there.

    • December 28, 2017 / 7:45 am

      You and me both, I just managed to book it for March 2018, I am super excited.

  25. Candy Kage
    December 27, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    We loved the city of Bath and would love to return and spend more time there wandering around and enjoying what the city has to offer. Sounds like your bucket list is going great.

    • December 28, 2017 / 7:47 am

      I loved Bath and we are excited to go back again for a weekend

  26. Hannah denton
    December 27, 2017 / 12:01 pm

    That looks amazing. It looks like you’ve been to some awesome places! It’s inspiring to see…👏🏼✨
    PS – Hope you’ve had the best Christmas!

    • December 28, 2017 / 7:48 am

      I did thank you Hannah, hope you did too and thanks for stopping by. I really did have an incredible year of travel

  27. Jenny Austin Finney
    December 27, 2017 / 11:38 am

    OMGosh! That is a whole lot of traveling and I’m so jealous! I would LOVE to travel to a lot of these places, especially Barcelona, Paris and Bali!

    • December 28, 2017 / 7:49 am

      Thanks Jenny, it has been an incredible year of traveling

  28. Robin Rue
    December 27, 2017 / 11:24 am

    You have gone to SO many cool places. I am so envious, but I WILL make it to Europe one of these days and see some of these places.

    • December 28, 2017 / 7:49 am

      I pray that you do Robin, Europe as a whole is an incredible destination

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