Looking back on 2016, and Onto 2017…

2016 for me was one of the best years I’ve had for travel, and it was also the year I finally got my act together and really dedicated time to this blog! I went on three incredible trips to Iceland, New York and Mykonos, in addition to a 4th year at Glastonbury. Personally I also moved into a lovely new flat with my boyfriend and found my feet at my new job, so I think 2016 went quite well for me..

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I have to say that one of my proudest achievements of 2016 has to be GrundyTravels – I promised myself last year I’d put more time and effort into writing articles, and if I kept it up I would finally buy the domain name so GrundyTravels could properly belong to me. I did have some setbacks – I do find it a bit tricky trying to be a travel blogger when I also have a full-time job, as travel isn’t as often and as easy as I’d like it to be – but I’ve tried to make the best of it. So in November when I hit publish on my 25th post I decided to treat myself to the blog domain, and (as you can see from the URL) GrundyTravels has become a proper website (eep). I also invested in a beautiful new Olympus Pen E-7, as a Christmas present to myself. I’ve always loved travel photography, and whereas I know I’m no expert, I love taking pics of my travels – and then with my new Instagram account I’ve loved sharing them with you (and if you’ve come from there, then hello!).

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So for 2017, I’ve got several incredible trips already lined up. In less than a months’ time I’m heading off to Australia with my best friend, to travel around Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns for two weeks. I am slightly nervous about the huge journey, but the plans we’ve made for our trip have made me so excited. I can’t wait to head out there and explore, and then tell you all about it when I’m back. If you have any tips for a trip to Oz please leave them in the comments below!

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I also have a trip to Edinburgh planned with my boyfriend for our 5th (!!) anniversary, followed by a trip to Berlin for my birthday. Then in November we’ve booked a holiday to BARBADOS. I am excited about all my travel plans for 2017, but Barbados is certainly a pinch-me style trip. I can’t believe we’re actually going, but my love of finding cheap holidays helped once again, and we’re heading to Barbados on a bargain… I can’t wait to share more details, but I’m sure they’ll pop up on here soon enough.

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So, to anyone reading this – thank you for clicking on my blog, and I hope you enjoyed the posts on here. I can’t wait to get travelling this year and report back on where I’ve been with more tips and budget travel tricks. If you haven’t already, please check out the Instagram for Grundy Travels too, where I’m daily posting my travel snaps!

So, 2016 you’ve been pretty great, but here’s to a fabulous new 2017!

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