My travels in 2021

Museu Nacional do Azulejo, Lisbon

My travels in 2021

Covid, the most discussed subject in 2020 and 2021. Due to Covid 19, I hadn’t been able to travel since the beginning of 2020. In the beginning it was okay because how long was covid going to take? Unfortunately, it took longer than expected and I started to crave my freedom and travel experiences. I decided to take matter in my own hands and investigate the possibilities of traveling during the pandemic. And to be honest, there were more options than I thought.

Museu Nacional do Azulejo, Lisbon

As most of you know, yes you did need to get your vaccination or do a PCR test/ register online and wear a mask. But once that was arranged, it was time to go. And it was so worth it! Let me tell you a little bit more about my travel plans in 2021.

1. June - Cadzand, Netherlands

Cadzand, the first place I visited since the beginning of covid. This is a small village in The Netherlands, and I have come to this place with my family ever since I was a little girl. It felt amazing to finally explore another part of The Netherlands again and I was happy to have some fun time with my family.
Cadzand, The Netherlands
Cadzand, The Netherlands

After some planning it was time to go on my first roadtrip. Lucky for me, a friend of mine, that is just as crazy as me, wanted to go with me on an epic adventure in my dad’s car. Because of Covid, we didn’t want to get airplane tickets because we weren’t sure if we would be able to fly, so we decided to take my dad’s caddy, throw a matrass in the back and start driving to Austria. We spent two days in Salzburg, a fun city with amazing people. Salzburg is fun but small so within 2 days you have seen everything.

After our time in Salzburg, it was time to move on and drive to Croatia. Here we camped on a camping and explored the area, went clubbing since forever, swam in the ocean and had the best time of our lives.

Unfortunately, everything must come to an end, and we had to make our way back to The Netherlands. On our way back, we made an unexpected stop in Slovenia just to stretch our legs and have some relaxing time in between our 15-hour trip back home. What we didn’t expect was Slovenia to be this beautiful. We stopped at Lake Bled and wow! This place was insane, it felt like stepping in a fairytale. After taking a fresh dip in the lake we had to say goodbye. But this was definitely a good way to end our epic adventure with my dad’s car.

Want to know more about my trip to Austria? Also read 5 Best things to do and see in Salzburg, Austria
Roadtrip Austria, Croatia and Slovenia

3. August - Paris, France

5 Hours after I got back from the roadtrip, it was time for my next trip. Why after 5 hours? Well, I had 1,5 weeks off from work and wanted to make the best of it. So, the real question is ‘Why not?’.

Together with my boyfriend we took a train ride to Paris, the city of love. The days in Paris flew by because we did a lot of fun things. We drank wine on a blanket under the Eifel tower, visited the Mona Lisa, climbed 292 steps to the top of the Sacré- Cœur and wandered around the many cozy streets. Paris in the summer is a must on your bucket list
In October it was finally time to get on an airplane and feel the warmth after stepping out of the airplane in Crete. Crete is a place most people think of as an Island with wonderful beaches and warm weather to relax in. But Crete is so much more than just beaches.
Crete really surprised me with its nature. The waterfalls at Kourtaliotiko Gorge left me speechless and the Palm trees of Preveli Beach felt like a place only lucky people get to explore. One week on this gorgeous island is a perfect amount to get to know the middle part of the island but I really hope to come back here one day and explore the west side of the Island.
Want to know more about my trip to Crete? Also read my 7 Days in Crete itinerary
Patsos Gorge, Crete
Patsos Gorge, Crete

Lisbon, a popular destination that warmed my heart. My boyfriend and I visited this place in November and it was 22 degrees. A city trip in November with good weather can be hard to find, but Lisbon is just one of those places.

What I liked about Lisbon was the carefree atmosphere. People were smiling, enjoying themselves and just having a good time. And behavior like that is contagious. When other people feel happy, I feel happy.

Lisbon is one of those places where I see myself for over half a year, just working and living there and have a good time by exploring the city or have a drink by the ocean.

Want to know more about my trip to Lisbon? Also read Discover Lisbon in 72 hours – Best things to do and see
Parque Eduardo VII, Lisbon

An 1,5-hour flight from Lisbon is located Madeira, a small Island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean that belongs to Portugal.

My boyfriend and I flew from Lisbon to Madeira and had 8 amazing days on this Island. The island is known for its many hikes and good weather, even in November.

Madeira is an island for people that love to hike but also for people that like to take a swim at nature pools or see some beautiful sunsets.

Want to know more about my trip to Madeira? Also read my One week Madeira itinerary
PR8 - Verada da Ponto de São Lourenço, Madeira
Monte Palace, Madeira
PR13 – Verada do Fanal, Madeira

And 2021 is already coming to an end, so I wanted to make a last little trip before 2022. My boyfriend and I decided to hop in the car and drive to Germany where we explored The Eifel Region in two days.

Two days seem short, and it is, but in two days it is still possible to explore an area you have never been to before. From my hometown to The Eifel Region, it only takes about 3 hours with the car to get there, but what I liked about this trip is how it still felt like we were far away from home. The nature and the houses are totally different from what I am used to in The Netherlands. So, a trip to another place doesn’t have to be far away for it to feel like a new place to discover.

Want to know more about my trip to The Eifel region? Also read Best things to do and see in the Eifel Region, Germany – 2 day itinerary

Hangeseilbrucke Geierlay, Germany
Burg Eltz, Germany
Schloss Drachenburg, Germany

As you can read, the second part of 2021 was adventurous and fun. So, if you ever have the feeling you can’t travel anymore because of the situation, try to put your options down and make it work. Even if it means you must take your dad’s car, throw a matrass in the back and start driving to the next destination.

If you want to, there is a possibility!

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