Without a doubt 2015 was the best year of my life. I traveled to 17 different countries and really pushed myself outside of my comfort zone (because that’s where all the fun happens!). Here are just some of the highlights of my gap year:
Skiing in St Anton, Austria with my Brother
St Anton is just incredible, both the skiing and the scenery. I loved being able to spend time skiing with my little brother, even if he is way better at skiing than me!
I Plucked Up the Courage to Travel Solo
After making a totally last minute decision to take a gap year and travel overseas, I found myself with nobody to go with. So, I faced my fears and spent the first month overseas by myself – and I’ve never been more proud of myself.
Visiting Pamukkale With New Friends
Ever since receiving a postcard when I was younger that pictured Pamukkale it’s been on my bucket list. It was even more beautiful in real life and even better to experience it with lovely new friends.
Being Totally Amazed by La Sagrada Familia
I don’t even know what to write to describe this magical building – you really need to see it for yourself!
Eating Dinner with a Local Vietnamese Family
Meeting locals is always a highlight of travelling and it was the best experience being invited over to enjoy dinner with the whole family. Some of the tastiest food I’ve ever eaten and some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Read more about it here.
Attending a Stranger’s Birthday Party in Cambodia
Our tuk tuk driver in Phnom Penh invited us to his friends birthday party on a boat. It was such a fun night meeting new people, singing and drinking a few too many Angkor beers!
Staying at Baywater Resort on Koh Samui
After a few months of staying in fairly basic accommodation my boyfriend and I splurged on a few nights at Baywater Resort on Koh Samui, and it was oh-so worth it! Being newly opened it was a fraction of the cost it’ll eventually become and we were treated like royalty. I highly recommend staying here for a luxurious relaxing holiday!
Ticking the Taj Mahal off my bucket list!
The Taj Mahal was absolutely breathtaking, it felt like stepping into a postcard! Definitely worth the 4am wake up call to be the first in line.
Reuniting with an Old Friend in India
I first met Sumehar when she visited my school on exchange in 2012 and I couldn’t wait to reunite with her in her hometown Chandigarh. We stayed at her home for a night and were so kindly welcomed into the family. It was really interesting seeing how local Indians live and getting to see a totally different side to India (Chandigarh is like a different planet compared to Rajasthan!).
Climbing Adam’s Peak in Sri Lanka
I hate picking favourites but if I absolutely had to choose the best experience from my gap year it would be hiking Adam’s Peak. We started climbing the 5500 stairs at 2:30am and were rewarded with the most beautiful sunrise I have ever seen. Read all about this unbeatable experience here.
What a year it’s been! Looking back on all the experiences had and memories made I am so thankful that I took a leap of courage spent a year doing what I love most. It’s going to be hard to top 2015 but I’m determined to keep adventuring!