Hiking in the Cinque Terre

My Favourite Travel Memories from 2015

As 2015 comes to an end and we look back on a year of fabulous adventures, and onto 2016 which will hopefully be filled with many more, I know you’re already thinking “oh no, not another New Year round up post!”.  So okay, I may be doing a total cliche here but I figured that this year has been a pretty awesome one so I simply couldn’t resist.  Plus, Mr Ayla is adamantly refusing to go on as many trips next year (oops my finger must have accidently slipped and hit enter to book those flights!!) so all I can do is look back on some of my favourite memories from this year.

Despite having a full time job I’ve managed to squeeze in plenty of adventures, from long haul relaxing holidays to short city breaks closer to home; trips with both family and friends; sightseeing holidays, hiking trips, beach breaks and everything in between.  While we may not have anything planned for next year (yet) these are some of my favourite travel memories from 2015, and some of these places have very quickly worked their way to the top of my favourite ever destinations.

1. Sipping cocktails and driving vintage cars (not at the same time of course) in Havana, Cuba, one of the most vibrant and cultured cities I have ever visited

Vintage cars Havana Cuba

Read more: A Vintage Car Tour of Havana and A Foodie’s Guide to Food and Drink in Havana

2. Staring in wonder at the gorgeous colourful views of the Cinque Terre, Italy, my favourite European destination so far! 

Vernazza Cinque Terre

Read more: A Little Piece of Heaven in the Cinque Terre and A Hiking Adventure in the Cinque Terre

3. Eating all the mouth-watering food that Italy has to offer.  Like, seriously, ALL of the food.

Read more: Eating Our Way Around the Cinque Terre and Eating Our Way Around Florence

4. Singing along to Irish bands in lively Dublin pubs

Temple Bar Dublin

Read more: 48 Hours in Dublin

5. Spending the evening drinking wine and being merry with Henry VIII at the Medieval Banquet – one of the most entertaining nights we’ve ever had out in London.

The Medieval Banquet review

Read more: An Evening of Festivites at the Medieval Banquet

6. Reminiscing with family in Gibraltar, one of my favourite places in the whole world, for my mum’s birthday.  As you can see, she thoroughly enjoyed the celebrations!

Holiday with family

Read more: Reminiscing in Gibraltar

7. Watching the stunning sunset during a romantic dinner on a quiet secluded beach in Cornwall

Sunset in Cornwall

Read more: Exploring North Cornwall’s Beautiful Coastline

8. Visiting the Harry Potter Studio Tour for the second (okay it was totally the third) time and getting grandad to fly us all to Hogwarts

Visiting Harry Potter Studio Tour

Read more: 10 of the Best Harry Potter Locations Around the World

9. Wandering through the colourful vibrant souks of Marrakech, bartering with the locals over Moroccan trinkets and finding a chameleon climbing up my dress (yes, of course I wanted to take him home)!

Souks in Marrakech

Read More: Mythical Marrakech

10. Enjoying woodland walks, country pubs and rustic cottages on a short winter getaway in the New Forest

A weekend in the New Forest

Read more: Weekend Adventures in the New Forest and Rustic Charm in the New Forest at Cottage Lodge

11. Eating a ridiculous amount of cheese, drinking lots of mulled wine and exploring the French Christmas markets with Mr Ayla, Kasha, Chris and Le Havre Tourisme

Christmas markets in France

Keep an eye on the blog for more about Le Havre soon!

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52 thoughts on “My Favourite Travel Memories from 2015

    • Ayla says:

      If you go to Cuba (and I highly recommend you do) you have to do a vintage car tour. Such a great way to see the city in your favourite old style car 🙂

  1. Barb says:

    Wow, that must have been an amazing year! Cuba is definitely on top of my bucket list! Hope that in 2016 you’ll be able to visit as many awesome places as you did last year 🙂

  2. Jaime @angloyankophile says:

    It looks like you had some wonderful travel memories from 2015! As I commented on someone else’s blog, Cinque Terre is definitely on my list. I’m jealous that you went to Marrakech, which is still on my list! Happy New Year!

  3. Nita says:

    Oh, no! Not another roundup post! Haha 😉 Totally kidding, I loved it! Such colorful pictures and beautiful moments you’ve had. Happy you had a great year, and hope 2016 will be just as awesome if not more!

  4. Packing my Suitcase says:

    Even though everyone does it, I looooove reading people’s best moments of the year! It is a very nice way to summarise a year of travels, and boy yours was amazing!! Cuba and Marrakech are so high on my bucket list!!
    I wish you many more amazing travels in 2016 (even though Alex doesn’t want to collaborate haha) delicious food and cocktails! 😀
    Btw: I got the book you are reading now as a Christmas gift, I hope it’s good 😀

    • Ayla says:

      Those were two of my very places this year, if not two of my favourite places ever! I would go back to both without a moment’s hesitation ❤ Don't worry I'll persuade him into plenty of trips 😉

      Ooh which book? The Liane Moriarty one or the Jenny Colgan that I read last? Both are really good!

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