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My Top 15 Travel Moments of 2015


As 2015 draws to a close, Mr. O and I were reminiscing over our travel year – it was a fantastic one with a good mix of business and leisure trips, just the way I like it. It was difficult to pick 15 moments, but we did our best – here are my Top 15 Travel Moments of 2015 (in no particular order!)

 

Jaipur, India

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The Amber Fort and Palace in Jaipur

We visited India for the first time and went to Mumbai and Jaipur, which could not be any more different. Needless to say, we adored the food in both cities.

 

Halkidiki, Greece

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My first visit to mainland Greece

My knowledge of Greece has always been limited (namely as I keep going to the same place over and over again). This Summer, I visited Halkidiki, in the mainland and really was impressed.

 

Seville, Spain

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Returning to Seville after 20 years

It took me around 20 years to return, but boy, was it worth it! I have been asked to name a ‘hot place’ for 2016 and this would be, without a doubt, my recommendation for a city break in Europe.

 

Prague, Czech Republic

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Where it all began.. Prague!

A very emotional trip for us. Why? Because it is where we actually met for the first time over 10 years ago – and this time round, it was time to make some romantic memories in Prague.

 

Cape Town, South Africa

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A very special girls trip to South Africa

When I think about a girl’s trip, I always think of somewhere closer to home – but why limit the fun? I loved going back to Cape Town, this time around with my sister and friends Ashley and Carolyn. The most special part of the trip? The charity work we did for New Kidz.

 

Maldives

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My favourite place in the world – the Maldives

This year, and after my third visit, I finally admitted it: the Maldives is my favourite place in the world and I will not deny it again.

 

Crete, Greece

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Returning to Crete

Why was I so excited about this trip? Because the Blue Palace in Crete was where I was actually asked to become Mrs. O. Enough said!

 

Madeira, Portugal

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Madeira Island was incredible!

Another trip down memory lane after 18 years of absence. We adored our Easter break in Funchal, Madeira – and it wasn’t all to do with the wine!

 

Algarve, Portugal

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My beloved Sheraton Algarve, in Portugal

I think our number of stays at this property has reached 15, and it is fine by me. And we have plans to return next July, as always, to the Sheraton Algarve in Portugal.

 

St. Moritz, Switzerland

I know. My thoughts exactly.

Skiing in St Moritz, Switzerland

I usually ‘ski in French’, but this year we decided to mix it up a bit, and ‘ski in Swiss-German’, in lovely St. Moritz. And they were very kind to me when I kept saying Bonjour and Excusez-moi!

 

Ashford Castle, Ireland 

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A truly amazing hotel – Ashford Castle

Probably one of the most special moments of the year – and hotels I have ever stayed at. Never once I have been to a place where the staff were so proud to be there. Perfect place to celebrate Mr. O’s birthday!

 

Bagan, Myanmar

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Watching the most beautiful sunrise in Bagan, Myanmar

The second time I have spent Christmas away from home, and OMG, it was so special. Mr. O and I loved our trip to Myanmar, where we boarded a very special cruise.

 

Bath, United Kingdom

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Our first very British Christmas market, in Bath

I love living in the UK and explore this great island – and we adored our very first Christmas market ‘in English’. What do I mean a Christmas market in England? Yes, in Bath, which is probably one of the prettiest cities in the UK. And they have their own gin – enough said!

 

Palm Springs, USA

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We visit Palm Springs every year, and it is always very special

My love for Palm Springs is well documented in this blog – and it will continue to be. Each year we go back and plan to return. There is something about it!

 

New York, USA

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New York gets me every time.

And for me, New York is the centre of the world. I can’t deny it and I won’t fight it – I have visited for the first time 15 years ago, and promised I would return every year. I went 3 times in 2015 and will be my very first trip of 2016. And I won’t even apologise.

 

I am very grateful for 2015 and cannot wait to see what the 2016 will bring. What were your top travel moments of the year?

xo

Mrs. O


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  1. Kari

    March 13, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Sounds like you had a wonderful year! I’ve only been to the Maldives once, but can definitely agree with you – it’s my favourite place in the world too!

  2. Jan Cross

    December 31, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Happy New Year.
    Will you be doing your annual count up of flights, trips & hotel stays? I look forward to this every year.
    Looking forward to your trips of 2016.
    I assume the Maldives will be visited!
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      January 9, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      Ha! I don’t think I will this year – it takes a lot of time! But I can try and count them for you 🙂

  3. Michelle

    December 31, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Let 2016 be just as good, if not better, cheers:)

  4. MissLilly

    December 29, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    wow you had quite a year!!! Love all your photos together, you guys seem such a brilliant couple, really 🙂 I have to agree with you, why change the winning team (like Algarve!) but sometimes it’s always good to explore around. Looking forward to see your new adventures next year
    Boas festas 🙂
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  5. Angie Silver (@SilverSpoonLDN)

    December 29, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    What a wonderful year!
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  6. Lwwarfel

    December 29, 2015 at 11:35 am

    So fun to see the world through your eyes! My best travel spot of 2015 has been St. Louis, Missouri. I lived there in the 1990s, but this year my goal was to see areas and sights I’d never seen. STL did not disappoint! Although the city has experienced much strife this year, it has also maintained its beauty and excitement as a destination.

  7. Kirsty Marrins

    December 29, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Such gorgeous photos Mrs O! Sounds like you’ve had a fabulous year. One of my highlights was also Cape Town so glad to see it was one of yours too.
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