Like every year, this one flew away too. It was a tough year at work. From travel perspective, I was blessed enough to have visited some beautiful places which I have mentioned here. Other than these there were several local London trips, visits to National Trust properties, day trips to other parts of the UK. Most of these I regularly update on my Instagram stories.
So here is a quick round up of my best travel moments of 2023.
Pune, Mumbai, Shimla : India
First major travel this year was to India. I had to meet my office team in Pune and friends in Mumbai. Apparently this was my first ever visit to Pune. I had a great time with team though we were confined to our office and the restaurants around. Back in Mumbai it was lovely catch up with friends, having some home food and lots of chit chat. Then I headed to my parents in Shimla. Its always a great feeling to get back to the mountains, it was cold this year. I came down with viral fever which dampened my trip as I was bed bound for few days. But getting nursed and well cared by Mom is in itself a treat. On the whole India is always a hectic and a lovely trip.
Pen-y-fan, Brecon Beacons : Wales
This year Birthday trip in April was to Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales where me and my partner climbed the highest peak of the park called Pen Y Fan. The surrounding areas are stunning. Wales has such beautiful wild landscapes. We stayed at Abergavenny and explored the waterfall country. The interesting bit was visiting the Penderyn Distillery, only one in that area.
Painswick, Stroud : England
In the late May Bank Holiday I made my solo trip to the beautiful village of Painswick in Stroud valley which falls in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Its also part of Costwolds. I stayed in a small B&B where I met some very interesting people. I did long walks to Slad valley which I will always remember for getting so lost and trespassing private properties and landing up in front of a large herd of cows. An absolutely memorable and very beautiful trip.
Looe, Polperro, Polruan, Fowey : Cornwall, England
My sister made her annual visit to the UK in August and we got a chance to catch up after long. We planned a short trip to Cornwall making Looe as our base. We visited the pretty nearby towns of Polperro, Fowey and Polruan. These towns, more of fishing villages are absolutely beautiful with their old cottages, sand and sea. Cornwall never disappoints.
September first week not too long after my Cornwall trip I did a short trip to Edinburgh for some personal work. I visited this city after almost 8 years. And this time I could spend more time to go around and explore. I stayed in Leith near the coast and loved exploring the old town, the cafes, galleries and the absolutely stunning Victoria Street.
After so many changes to my flights, I finally made the trip to Malta in October this year. It had seen so many changes that I felt it a miracle that I actually did it this year. And it turned to be a great treat. The joy and excitement of visiting a new place is always high. Malta is such a small country and its so stunning. The old town in Valletta, Three Cities, Birgu, Marsaxlokk, Gozo, Comino, the azure waters, its such a big surprise in a small package. I absolutely loved my short but such a sweet trip.
Seville, Granada : Spain
I landed with lot of unused holidays towards the end of the year. So to use my holidays I planned to go somewhere in end of November. Seville was on my mind for years and a cheap ticket just sealed the deal. One of my best solo trips. I loved every day and bit of my time in Seville and Granada. The food was fabulous. The weather was way warmer than London. I loved the culture, the architecture, the grand squares, welcoming people and streets lined with orange trees.
Snowshill, Broadway, Stratford upon Avon : England
The last holiday, more of the yearly unwind trip was rather short but very cute. Me and my partner did something local in the UK. We hired a cottage with a real fireplace in a small village called Binton in Warwickshire. It was super cute. We spent three days here and visited the Cotswold villages of Snowshill, Broadway, Stratford upon Avon. We also watched a play in the Bard country at Swan Theatre called The Fair Maid of the West. A real low key and slow travel holiday with a chance to escape to the countryside.
Line up for 2024?
Even I have this question in my mind as I write this post literally on last day of the year. We have been contemplating Mexico which we couldn’t do last year, so that’s something we may plan. I also have some local trips in the UK on my mind like Lincoln or Derbyshire.Definitely I would like to do a cultural trip same like Seville or Granada. My mum turns 70 next year so definitely some travel would be on cards soon as our plan shapes up.
Whatever your plan is, I would say it’s a privilege to be able to travel and see the world. Travel opens your mind to possibilities which you may have never thought or come across. On that note, I wish you a fantastic year 2024 full of exciting trips and discoveries.
Happy New Year!