20 Jan 2018

Where To Travel in Europe in 2018

The time of year that thoughts of warmer climes is just about the only thing getting you through the dark mornings and uninspiring temperatures, jetting off is up there on my wishlist right now. Travel is well and truly on the brain. It's easily forgotten that Europe is quite literally at our fingertips and it's quite frequently even easier to get abroad than across London on a particularly bad commuter day. One of my resolutions this year is to make the most (budget-permitting) of this and flex the traveller muscles in me a little more.

Puglia, Italy
Seriously, I can't look at pictures of this place without going all heart-eyed; it literally has everything I'd want in my dream holiday. A self-confessed Italophile (who isn't?), visiting anywhere in this country ticks most of the boxes for me, but there's something about this southern region that goes beyond and looks borderline otherworldly. Whitewashed towns populated with beehive-looking trulli; undone, wild coastlines and vast, green countryside, travelling through Alberobello, Leece (known as Florence of the South) and Ostuni during early summer is a wanderlust fantasy topping my list right now. 

Essaouria, Morocco
After spending a week travelling through the Atlas Mountains a few years back, I have a soft spot for Morocco and can't imagine ever getting tired of exploring this country. Although Marrakesh was beautiful (the palaces you can walk round, the nighttime Medina atmosphere and the maze of souks), there's something about coastal Essaouria that looks slightly more relaxing, laid back but still exuding Moroccan character. Essentially, any excuse to stay in a riad again, I'm there.  

Podgorica, Montenegro
After visiting different parts of Croatia over the last couple of years and falling for the island-life ways, inescapable vast mountain ranges and a good view at about every turn, it's similarly picturesque neighbour has been on my radar for a while now. Turning from a bucket list dream to a reality this April, I really can't wait to spend an extended weekend here. It seems like one of the destinations slightly off the beaten track, for now anyway, when it comes to holidays, and the rural landscapes, sea air and ancient history is screaming for a tech-free few days (and boy do I need it ASAP). Those mountains are just waiting to be climbed, and I've been told the views are pretty spectacular. 


Palermo, Sicily, Italy
A long-standing resident of my bucket list, Sicily is up there as a must. Having mostly been to only landlocked cities in Italy (Rome amazed me), there's something even more alluring about an Italian island that has both the Italian culture (aka Italian food) and island vibes. It reminds me of a beachy Seville with the coloured buildings, palm trees and architecture. Italy is a country that is yet to disappoint me in pretty much any way, and I'm hoping it's only a matter of time that these photos become my view from the beach... 

Photos taken from Pinterest or linked source.


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