Continuing with my annual review posts, this time I’d like to share a review of my travels in 2013. This year definitely was a good year in travelling for me. I went to 7 destinations by plane alone which was probably the most I ever did in one year, including two business trips and 2 oversea flights. We also did quite a few road trips in Germany since the boyfriend bought a car this summer. I absolutely love going on road trips. Before we had the car, I mostly travelled to places by train. But with a car I find there to be so much more freedom. You can basically go wherever you want with no schedule to stick to. I love to see the landscape pass by in front of my eyes, to discover new territory, just to let the road take me somewhere unexpected. Usually I’m more of a long-distance traveller because I love to discover different cultures and landscapes. It can never be too different for me. However, this year I learned that there are actually a lot of interesting places to explore just very close to where we live, so this is definitely something I want to continue to do next year. Since we’re having a move ahead which will probably cost us a little fortune with all the stuff we need to get for the new place, there definitely won’t be any long-distance strips in store for us in 2014. But I’m just as excited about doing more local trips and travelling to places here in Europe. Anyway, here’s a review of my travels with my favourite picture of each trip:
Our first trip of the year led us to London for the Easter weekend. While it was still freezing cold, we had fun exploring the city and meeting up with some old and new friends. My favourite part of the trip was when we strolled around Camden town. I just love the creative vibe of that place despite it being a bit touristy here and there.
Canada: Montreal and Quebec City
In May, we went on our first long-distance trip together. Well, it was basically the boyfriend’s first ever long-distance trip and his second flight after London. I’d never been to Canada before and even though it was still fairly cold at times (we seemed to have an issue with that during our travels this year) I absolutely loved it. While I liked staying both in Montreal and Quebec City, my favourite part of the trip was when we stayed at this cozy place in the woods. One day we took a little hike to a lake hidden in the woods. There was noone else there. Just us and nature. It was so beautiful and peaceful, almost like being in a dream.
Well, this was probably the shortest trip of the year. In June, I went to Berlin for a 30 Seconds to Mars concert. I spent less than 24 hours in the city, but it was still well worth it. I’d been waiting to see this band again for 1,5 years and I met with some awesome people I know from a band-related forum. So. Much. Fun.
The reason I was only able to stay in Berlin for such a short time was that I had to get to Nuremberg the next day to attend my first ever music festival, Rock im Park. I had an awesome time there, not only listening to great music all day, but also playing our first ever little street gig. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that we’re going back next year. I absolutely can’t wait!
Neuhausen ob Eck
Only 2 weeks after Rock im Park we went to another music festival in the black forest area called Southside . And of course, the weather was rather cold for this time of year. I basically spent the whole weekend freezing because I didn’t expect the temperatures to drop that much during the night and we were camping this time. I still enjoyed it, but to be honest I was very happy when I was able to sleep in my cozy warm bed again after that weekend.
The Loreley is a famous rock on the river Rhine and part of the UNESCO world heritage. Close to that rock is an open air theatre where a concert of one of our favourite bands in the whole wide world, Muse, took place in July. I’d always wanted to see a concert at this famous venue and while the organisation was crap (especially for food/beverages and parking), I loved the atmosphere there. It was a magical night for sure. While I’m dying to see Muse again, I’m not sure I want to go back to that particular venue though because it was quite a hassle.
And there was even more concert-related travelling in 2013. Only 2 days after the Muse show, I went to Nice to meet up with my friends from the Mars forum again. This time it was boiling hot, but we enjoyed some lovely days in Southern France. The concert took place at a fairly small open-air venue which was definitely a plus, even though the band seemed to be more busy with shooting a live video than actually putting on a great show for the audience.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber
August marked the last music festival we went to this year. Luckily, this festival is only a 45-minute drive from my parents’ place (well, at least if you’re having a decent GPS which we didn’t), so we decided to spend the weekend with them and only went to the festival on Sunday because we basically just wanted to see one band in particular. It’s a rather rural area, but I love it with its many fields and forests. It reminds me of home.
In August, we also celebrated the boyfriend’s birthday and because I thought it would be good for us to have a relaxing break from everday-life my present to him was a weekend in a spa hotel on the river Mosel. Thanks to our crappy GPS we ended up taking the car ferry to cross the river Rhine which was an adventure in itself. And we had an awesome time relaxing in the spa and taking some time off from our sometimes hectic life.
USA: Lake Michigan road trip
Our second big travel adventure of the year took us to the US, specifically to Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois. Originally, we had planned to go on a road trip through Europe in the fall, but since the boyfriend had to go to Detroit on business we changed plans. Even though it was already quite cold there in October (surprise!) and we even saw the first snowflakes of the winter, we had an amazing time. I felt so alive duting these two weeks, like I was finally able to live fully again. I absolutely loved it!
My last concert-related trip of the year was to Cologne in early November. Again I went to see 30 Seconds to Mars with my friends. I’d never really been to Cologne before, so it was a nice way to connect a concert with a nice little trip. I really want to come back in summer because I think it’s an awesome place especially during that time of year.
On November 24th, me and the boyfriend had our first anniversary. We’d decided to go on a weekend trip to celebrate it properly and the boyfriend wanted to organize a little something. He surprised me with a trip to Bad Kissingen, a well-known spa town in Bavaria. We spent the weekend eating great food, taking a stroll in the park in the sunshine and soaking in the spa. It was wonderful and just the right way to celebrate the past amazing months we’ve spent together.
We don’t have anymore trips lined up for the rest of the year except for a trip home for Christmas to see my family. We’re going to spend the rest of the year relaxing at home and preparing for the upcoming move. This year definitely was exciting when it comes to travelling and I can’t wait to explore more next year.
Have you been on any trips this year? Where did you go and what was your favourite place? I’d love to hear your travel stories!