2016: Travel Review

There’s still plenty to write and reflect upon my journeys this year and already the year is coming to an end in about 2 hours 42 minutes. I can’t believe we’re almost at the end of a wonderful year full of travel memories, work and challenges. I am grateful though that we are well and looking forward to another great year ahead.

Spurred by a great travel spirit, this year has really been a great travel year for us. We travelled to 12 countries, 9 of which were new ones for me. We started 2016 with a short one-day visit to Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. This was then followed by adventures in Amsterdam, Scandinavia, Rome and Vatican City in the springs. Few months down the road I travelled to Brunei for a two day break before an amazing week in Sydney and Siem Reap just recently.

In summary and in chronological order, my excursions of 2016 by month:

January

Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City

April / May

United Kingdom – London

The Netherlands – Amsterdam

Germany – Puttgarden & Hamburg

Denmark – Copenhagen & Helsingor

Sweden – Malmo, Grundsund & Gothenburg

Norway – Oslo

Italy – Rome

Vatican City State (the Holy See)

August

Brunei Darussalam – Bandar Seri Begawan

October / November

Australia – Sydney & the Blue Mountains

Cambodia – Siem Reap

All in all, it has been a very fruitful year. On top of my wanderlust adventures, I managed to sell my maps offline in one of Amsterdam’s creative boutiques Thuyskamer. It may not seem huge to some but it is definitely a major milestone for me.

2017 will be another adventurous year for us. We’re already planning for our trips in January and have a rough idea of what we’d like to do in at least three other different sets of excursions which will hopefully cover 3 regions: South Asia, North Asia and Australasia. I am super excited for this coming new year and I hope things work out the way I hope they will.

With greatest sincerity and warmth, I wish you all a very happy New Year. May it always be better, happier and more prosperous for you; may all your prayers and dreams come true  🙂

Happy New Year 2017!

Warmest,

Nadiah

Now available: Copenhagen

Our Copenhagen map is now up in our webshop! I’m so chuffed it’s finally here! This is by far the most intricate of all maps I’ve drawn and it’s well worth it. Please do check it out on our shop and let me know what you think? I hope everyone is doing wonderfully in this festive week!

PS: Which city would you like to see next?

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Slapen in Het Bos

After a long restful weekend, I am right back in the mood for planning future trips. Now this one looks like a real score for when I return to the Netherlands, perfect for that much needed peaceful immersion with nature. This cosy Slapen in Het Bos cabin can be found in Apeldoorn, about 90km east of Amsterdam. What I love most about this cabin is its ordinary appearance from the outside and how it welcomes you with its surprisingly modern decor, its humble yet ostentatiously minimalistic interior. I am definitely penning this down in my to-visit list!

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Photograph via My Scandinavian Home.