Lets just say this year has been a whirlwind year!
This is just going to be an overview blog of where I have been lucky to go to this year on holiday and with my job! I will do separate blogs on the different trips in more detail and hopefully will do another blog about my ‘Life of Travel’ as I am going to go on a mission to remember all the places I have been lucky to visit…I am hoping I can remember them all….but one step at a time. (There is a little insight for you about some future blogs!)
“The World is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” St. Agustine
Family Holiday: 16th-29th March 2016
I did a 12 night cruise with my family on the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) Epic and the main reason we went was to see my brother and fiancee who are dancers currently working on the ship. My parents, my nan and I flew from Manchester Airport to Barcelona where we boarded the ship.
We was very lucky with the weather and it was gorgeous most days, just the odd bit of rain here and there!! It was a great relaxing holiday (as on most normal family holidays we walk for miles and get lost…a great Vincent family tradition) and the main reason behind it was to catch up as a family and see the shows, plus it was my last family holiday before going off working on a cruise ship so I was enjoying my time as a guest whilst I could. I have been lucky to go to most of these places before but it was nice to go somewhere familiar and places I know I like. I fall in love with places in Europe more and more every time I go. The best thing is hunting down the best coffee shops…..another Vincent family tradition! My favourite location on this trip was Florence which was lovely having all the quaint bars, restaurants and coffee shops along the Arno River. I LOVE exploring Italy as a whole with its little streets and you never know what is around the corner..it is beautiful with a lot of history.
Work Life: 1st April-29th October 2016
This is going to be a completely different blog post about my experience travelling whilst working on a cruise ship. A 52-night Global Odyssey plus travelling from the Caribbean to Northern America/Canada….one of the best experiences of my life with many more to come! Here is an overview of all the places I got to experience……the list is pretty long!
- Bremerhaven, Germany
- Hamburg, Germany
- Southampton, England
- Rotterdam, Netherlands
- Cherbourg, France
- Paris (La Havre), France
- Bruges, (Zeebrugge), Belgium
- Gijon, Spain
- Bilbao, Spain
- Gibraltar, United Kingdom
- Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
- Naples, Italy
- Athens (Piraeus), Greece
- Barcelona, Spain
- Suez Canal (Passage)
- Aqaba (Petra), Jordan
- Muscat, Oman
- Cochin, India
- Penang, Malaysia
- Ho Chi Minh City, Phu My, Vietnam
- Hong Kong
- Xiamen, China
- Seoul, Incheon, South Korea
- Tianjin, China
- Nagasaki, Japan
- Busan, Japan
- San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Kings Wharf, Bermuda
- Philipsburg, St Maarten Island, Dutch Antilles
- New York, Cape Liberty NYC
- Labadee, Haiti
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Portland, Maine
- Bar Harbor, Maine
- Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
- Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Just WOW. What a life-changing experience in just 7 months!
Munich: 24th November- 27th November 2016
Obviously after leaving my first room mate (April- end of June) on the ships I had to see her again!! So we sorted a reunion out for once we both were home as luckily our vacations fall at similar times….this time is was during the season of the Christmas Markets so we decided to visit one of the best markets in the world in MUNICH, GERMANY! I’ve never been to Munich and I honestly fell in love with the place and the people there. There was so much culture, history and beautiful architecture in the city….I felt very safe and definitely a place I would recommend going.
A few of the things we did was:
- Experience the German nightlife.
- Tried their traditional foods and drink.
- Explored the Christmas Markets.
- Watched the opening light switch on at the Christmas Markets.
- Visited the first ever WW2 Concentration Camp Dachau.
- Went to the Bier-und Oktoberfest museum.
We was there for 3 nights arriving late Thursday night and leaving on the Sunday afternoon. The days were jam packed full of exploring and it was great to be with Sammy again….we had a lot to catch up on as we hadn’t seen each other in over 4 months.
It was incredible and if you want to see what we did check out the video I made below where you can see just what it was like. A short but memorable experience which definitely put me in the festive spirit.
(The movie is wrong at the moment…it says October but it was November….soon will be changed)
Family Holiday: 2nd December – 11th December
This was a random, spur of the moment booking which was extremely last minute. It was only my dad and I that flew over to Orlando, Florida to board the NCL Epic once again to visit my brother and fiancee as it was the last time I would see them before they get married in 2017. I have got to say this was an awesome cruise because of the destinations! For most of them I have never visited before so it was so exciting and totally worth it as I fell in love with the different cultures and adventures I got to experience! I would definitely go again and luckily I will be in the very near future.
Again I am going to do a separate blog post on this holiday as I did so many amazing things in a short space of time so this blog would get extremely long! Lets just say I would never have thought I would do a bobsleigh through the trees of Jamaica, climb waterfalls, be on a 15 minute ski lift above the tree tops, have a kiss, cuddle and a massage with stingrays and be knocking back different tequilas!! It was incredible but certainly not a one in a life time experience as I have more belief than ever that I will be able to do these things again plus more in the future! Anything is possible!
Hope you enjoyed this kind of overview blog of the places I have been able to travel to this year of 2016! Look out for more travel blogs in the future that will be little more in-depth about the specific places I particularly enjoyed!
“Be brave, take risks, nothing can substitute experience.”
Speak Soon x
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