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Merry Christmas with the year in travel 2019

Just wanted to pop in here and say MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all this beautiful Christmas Eve! Maybe you're standing in the middle of the porridge, frying meatballs or trying to put on this year's Christmas sweater. Regardless, I hope the long weekend provides time for rest and time with loved ones. As usual, we will eat a lot of food, play even more board games and listen to Carol of the Bells at high volume. Just a normal Christmas at home 🙂

On a day like this, I take the opportunity to summarize the travel year that has been. What I can state this year too is that my travel years never turn out as I imagined. There were lots of plans and thoughts for 2019, but half of the trips I did this year were far from planned last year at this time. The main reason for that is that I often book late and never stare blindly at a destination. If flight prices, travel times, the situation in the country, politics and airlines don't feel right, then I don't book. No matter how hungry I am. I see it as simply not meant for me to travel there at that time. There are always more opportunities. But where did I go this year?

This year's trips in numbers

We start a bit easy with a summation in numbers. There were unexpectedly few new countries (but many new regions!) and unexpectedly few swims in the sea this year. Actually not a single swim in the sea at all this year when I think about it…

Hotel nights: 50
Countries: 6
New countries: 1
Canceled trips: 1
Swimming in the sea in Bali: 0
Koalas: 3
Rental car days: 40
New mugs: 8
Airline: 6
New suitcases: 1
Levador: 4
Pink Lakes: 1
Caves: 3

Travel year per month

February – Madeira

In February we went to Madeira for a week to hike and discover this lovely island. We rented a great house with a heated pool with friends and had many dinners on the terrace at sunset over a banana plantation. We got our first parking ticket abroad and we went whale watching without seeing any whales. But oh how I liked Madeira!

Levada hiking in Madeira
Madeira

April – Italy

In April, we went on a 12-day road trip around Liguria, Lombardy, Veneto and Tuscany. We queued in Florence, ate truffle pasta on the rolling hills of Tuscany, rode the train between the villages of the Cinque Terre, felt like royalty in Venice and sat in traffic queues for hours at Lake Garda. An incredibly fun and educational trip. We got stopped by the carabinieri on a remote forest road in Liguria, tore our hair out over how to pay our free-flow motorway tolls, and overpaid for gelato in Florence. Quite simply, a really fun driving holiday.

Rolling hills in Tuscany-Val-d'Orcia
Val d'Orcia

May – Eastern Scania

Together with a group of lovely Swedish travel bloggers, I went on a press trip to Kristianstad. Think how much there is to see in our lovely country! Even though I'm in Scania quite often, I discovered lots of new nuggets. I learned about eel fishing & spirits history, visited beautiful Åhus and ate at fantastic places run by real enthusiasts. Skåne is truly Sweden's Provence.

Åhus
Åhus in Skåne

June - Western Australia

In June we went on a driving holiday in one of Australia's wildest states – Western Australia. Many miles by car, but oh what a trip! National parks, animals, big city and vineyards. A state with so much more than we could have wished for. But at the same time so much more desolate and sparsely populated than we thought. Western Australia is a state we will definitely need to explore more of soon!

Pinnacles desert - Australia
PInnacles National Park – Western Australia

July – Bali

What was supposed to be this year's beach holiday became rather a cultural holiday. Not bad at all, but not what I had in mind. Sure, I'm a bathtub. But when the temperature at night creeps down towards 20 degrees, it never gets particularly hot in the pool and sea. However, it was nice to see Bali again after so many years, although right now I don't feel like going back again for a few years.

Taman Ayun Temple - Bali
Taman Ayun – Bali

July – Skåne

There were two weekends in July in Skåne, with castle visits, family visits and café visits. I visited Ystad for the first time and had some more coffee.

Bosjökloster - Skåne

August – High Coast

It had been many years since I last experienced nature in my hometown and it was incredibly fun to see what I took for granted from a new angle. Skuleskogen, the Högakustenleden and a bit of the archipelago, we managed before it was time to go home to Stockholm again.

This view! Skuleskogen delivers!

October – Slovenia

Slovenia has been on my wish list for a long time, but it hasn't been easy to find time or plans with holidays. One week in October, however, the plan came true and we drove around the whole of Slovenia. An incredible country with so much in a very compact small area. We ate vanilla fluff pastries, visited magical limestone caves and hiked canyons.

God rays at Lake Bohinj - Slovenia

November – Graz, Austria

We managed a luxurious day in Graz, with a visit to a castle, a beer garden and a ride down Europe's longest indoor slide. A cozy little town that we would love to see more of!

Graz-Austria

How has your travel year been? What were your highlights?

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About the blogger

Travel blogger, gastronaut, photographer and family adventurer with over 55 countries in his luggage. Eva loves trips that include beautiful nature, hiking boots and well-cooked food. On the travel blog Rucksack she takes you to all corners of the world with the help of her inspiring pictures and texts.

15 Comments

  • Eva Bärring
    25 December, 2019 at 16: 38

    Thank you – such inspiring pictures or nice post ????
    My travel highlights this year were first and foremost Rome, which I longed for and had incredibly high expectations for - they were fulfilled!
    The next highlight was Rugen, which was far beyond expectations! Very cozy!
    Copenhagen is a safe bet - cycling in Copenhagen was a highlight.
    The last travel highlight that I want to highlight is the ski trip to Scheffau - please read about this gem on my website.
    Greetings from
    https://www.evas-restips.se

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    • Eva Gyllenberg
      28 December, 2019 at 18: 38

      Thank you Eva! And so happy to find your blog! 🙂 Tried to write a comment on your blog, but couldn't post. Scheffau looked really nice though!

  • FREEDOMtravel
    26 December, 2019 at 9: 51

    What wonderful trips! And extra fun that we got to meet on the trip in Kristianstad! 🙂 Wishing you a wonderful new year of travel! And yes, we had several highlights! One of them was probably the sailing trip in Poland/Germany, and another was discovering Estonia by motorhome. Have summarized our travels here: https://www.freedomtravel.se/2019/12/husbils-och-researet-2019/

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    • Eva Gyllenberg
      28 December, 2019 at 18: 36

      Really fun to see you in Kristianstad! 🙂 What a solid list of destinations you managed this year - you really haven't been home in the houseboat for many days!

  • 4000 thousand
    28 December, 2019 at 11: 19

    Beautiful pictures as usual. Would love to visit Slovenia in the fall too and see the colors then. So "cold" in Bali in July? Was it just this year or is it always like that?

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    • Eva Gyllenberg
      28 December, 2019 at 18: 35

      I don't know if it's my family who are extra sensitive, but none of us ever broke a sweat laying by the pool and we barely even got to swim in the pool because the water was so cold. In Ubud it was nice with a cardigan in the evening, it almost got a little chilly. I think it's always like that in Bali during the dry season, if you want warmth and a Thai feel, you should probably go here during November-March.

  • Travelsis
    29 December, 2019 at 23: 39

    What a wonderful year you had, especially in one of my favorite countries, Slovenia?. So fun that we finally got to meet here in beautiful Skåne.
    I have had a good travel year. My favorites are probably Scotland with my husband, Helsinki with my mother and Greece with my family. Happy New Year Eve! Hug P

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    • Eva Gyllenberg
      30 December, 2019 at 16: 50

      A highlight to hang out with you in Skåne! ?? You have also had a wonderful year of travel! (Also, have seen a lot of lovely hotel stays in Skåne in your feed...) Happy New Year to you! ❤️

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  • Sofia / Fantasy trips
    31 December, 2019 at 11: 31

    Your road trip in Tuscany sounds like a fun movie! Also want to go on a road trip there! Nice spring you have had, it will be fun to follow the next one. Happy New Year?

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    • Eva Gyllenberg
      8 January, 2020 at 12: 49

      Maybe should sell the rights to Hollywood! 🙂 Thanks the same Sofia! Happy new travel year!

  • The Whole Map
    5 January, 2020 at 13: 43

    A wonderful summer for sure, we would have liked to visit Western Australia as well, tragic what is happening around Australia right now...

    Have a nice 2020 and hope for more cozy trips!

    WE have summarized our trips here for those interested, it was a lot of fun too - https://www.thewholemap.com/arets-resor-vart-reste-vi-2019/

    /Gustav and Julia

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    • Eva Gyllenberg
      8 January, 2020 at 12: 34

      The situation in Australia right now hurts both heart and soul. 🙁 🙁 Even though we hadn't planned to go to Australia this year, I almost feel like going back now just to support the areas that are struggling the hardest.

  • Linda Vismer, Travel consciously
    9 January, 2020 at 21: 18

    Glad that Slovenia lived up to expectations!

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    • Eva Gyllenberg
      11 January, 2020 at 20: 34

      It was a real highlight! ?

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