My Travel Highlights in 2015

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The year is coming to an end and I’ve already got heaps of new destinations that I want to travel to next year! I’m so torn because there are so many exciting places to visit and just never enough time, right? 2015 was an amazing year for me, with so many new places to discover and explore. Let me show you my favorite travel highlights of 2015!

  

Hoover Dam, Nevada/Arizona, USA

Also known as Boulder Dam, this massive structure is an impressive sight. We were on our way to the Grand Canyon but just had to make a stop here to admire the giant concrete structure and the serene lake it was impounding.

Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

Who would not list this in his travel highlights if he’s been here? Visiting the Grand Canyon is a revelation to the incredible powers of the earth! We hiked the Bright Angel’s Trail and had so much fun enjoying the beautiful landscape here, I’m sure some day in my life I will be back!

Yosemite National Park, California, USA

We had long planned our visit to the Yosemite National Park and I was so excited when we finally arrived! We hiked the 4-mile-trail up to Glacier Point and I was utterly exhausted when we finally arrived. But the views were magnificent and more than made up for that strenuous hike. Although the hike was very hard for me I sure would do it again!

San Francisco, California, USA

One of the cities that I’ve always wanted to visit, because you see it so often in TV series or movies. San Francisco is just as much fun as it seems on TV! We had a blast hiking around the Presidio Hills or the Twin Peaks and strolling along the Golden Gate Promenade. And of course, visiting the infamous prison of Alcatraz! That sure belongs to my travel highlights of 2015!

So sad to be leaving this wonderful place tomorrow! Hope to be back soon!!

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Valencia, Spain

In late spring, I decided to go and visit Valencia in Spain with my boyfriend. I had longed for a little warmth after a long winter in Germany but was not prepared to arrive in a heat well over 40° C! The heat was so intense the first day that we couldn’t really enjoy walking around the city and had to seek refuge in cafés every two hours. But over the next days, it dropped to 25° C making our visit to this beautiful city so much more enjoyable! My tip if you’re planning a visit here: rent a bike and explore the city by yourself!

Biking through beautiful Valencia!

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Hakone, Japan

One of the most popular destinations close to Tokyo, Hakone is popular for a day trip or an extended weekend. It’s perfect for going on a hike, visit the sulphurous hot springs or go on a boat ride across the lake! Afterwards you can relax in one of the many traditional Japanese inns and their thermal hot springs.

Himeji Castle, Japan

A World Heritage Site and one of Japan’s most beautiful castle, I was so happy when I visited the Himeji Castle again in 2015. It was renovated until spring 2015 so we were quite lucky to be able to see the newly renovated castle grounds. We spent a wonderful day exploring the castle complex and its main keep and afterward even got to sit down to a kaiseki lunch.

Tea House Kinkese Chaya, Kyoto, Japan

Going off the beaten path led me to another of my travel highlights in 2015. We went on a little bike tour through Kyoto and explored many of the major sightseeing spots. But when we got down from the Kameyama-koen park we found this cute little yellow boat on the riverside, inviting us to get on the boat and row to the other side to the lovely tea house overlooking the calm river. Fun times!

Milano, Italy

As a treat to myself, I decided I would go on a little solo travel to Milan just before Christmas. I really enjoy traveling with my boyfriend, but sometimes being alone is nice too, you know. Milan has so much to offer, I really regretted coming for only one long weekend. I’ve already decided to come back in summer, this time with my boyfriend, though (he was a bit jealous because I got to see all the cool things Leonardo DaVinci invented in the Museo Nazionale).

My travels in 2015 have taken me from the USA to Europe to Japan and I loved every single one! I’m really looking forward to 2016 and what it will bring.

What are your travel highlights of 2015? Any new places that you have fond memories of? And what are you looking forward to in 2016? I want to hear it, let me know in the comments!

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2 Responses

  1. What a year! Thanks for sharing. Here’s to hoping your 2016 is just as much fun!

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