LifeinourVan | Looking back over an amazing year of family experiences across 2017... but what comes out on top?
With the clinking of glasses ringing in our ears and snow falling, we sat down as a family over the New Year to discuss the year past.... What would prove to be the biggest learning experience? Which place gave us the most fun as a family....? Which adventure did the girls love the most??
So here it is, the youngsters have wrestled control of the keyboard for today's blog, and they've decided to create a New Year special.....
2017 was our families most adventurous and widely travelled year yet! We've had so much fun capturing our travels and hope the adventures continue throughout 2018 and beyond. So having pretty much wrung every conceivable drop of adventure out of 2016, we've hiked into volcanoes, cruised Norway's fjords, searched for the Loch Ness Monster & even found time to get into a bobsleigh… our 2017 experiences have now included 35 European countries and over 55,000 miles across Europe. So here’s a quick roundup of every place we ventured to in 2017!
We’ve written over 350 travel articles, blogs and reviews providing advice, tips and experiences for other families from our experiences across Europe in our motorhome. But here's what happened month by month in 2016.
January - Completed a tour of Scotland's NC500, we were amazed by the wintry snow covered landscapes of the Isle of Skye, Glen Coe, Loch Ness & the Cairngorms
February – Drove the entire length of the UK on our 'John O'Groats to Lands End' journey
March – Taking our new Adria Matrix south, we headed out on an Adriatic Adventure, taking in France, Italy, Sicily,
April - Before moving into Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Belgium & Holland... even squeezing in a pit stop to the Adria Factory along the way.
May – Starting a new City Experiences theme to our European Roadtrip, we took in Oslo, Bergen, Copenhagen and Stockholm as part of our 'Scandinavian Summer'.
June - This proved to be perhaps the highlight of the year with the truly stunning Nordic landscapes matching the adventure seeking outdoors opportunities
July – Exploring France we returned to the place this European Adventure was first discussed as we kayaked the Dordogne, tasted French Chateaus and explored the French Atlantic Coast
August – Continuing to head across this wonderful country, we loved enjoying French life by visiting a gite and seeing the likes of Talmont. Even leading to our award by Complete France Magazine as one of their 'Top 6 Inspiring Travel Blogs on France'
September – Having loved our extended stay in France, we'd now decided to share this with the girl's grandparents and escorted them on their first European Motorhome Adventure as part of our 'Taste of France' circumnavigation of the entire country
October – Finishing our 'Taste of France' but with our previous Andalusian Adventure luring us south, we started to head south towards Spain
November – Our family roadtrip adventure returned to family favourites such as Valencia , Camping La Marina whilst adding new experiences in places like Albarracín or Seville
December – And last but not least, we made our way north from the family friendly Algarve beaches through the stunning country of Portugal before returning back to the UK in time for a family Christmas
So what's really impressed us in 2017?
We've tried to pick out a few personal highlights below... so we hope you enjoy finding out what really inspired each of us across 2017...
And what will 2018 bring?
Well, we have every intention of finishing off the remaining countries of Europe so we can say we've visited all 42 countries (35 so far and counting!) & add more to our RoadSchooling Adventures for our girls.
But there are some places on our wish list that we can only hope we end up this year, or at least in the near future... We can all dream!!!
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