Thursday, 19 July 2018

My Gap Year Travels

I'm fully aware I'm the living cliche of a person who took a gap year once because I don't shut up about it, but oh well. I made a lot of memories from that time, and you know what, I just wanna keep going on and on and on about it!

My travels lasted for the entire month of May in 2017. And now I've seen one of my friends go interrailing to a lot of the same places that I went and I'm very jealous. Hence why I was reminiscing about my travels, which made me realize I never really shared a full explanation of where I actually went, or shared all my photos on my blog. So here ya go...


Had to include a filthy insta self promo didn't I?!

Me and Georgie flew out to Sofia, Bulgaria as our first destination. I remember eating sooooo much yummy food, and not for a bad price either. Then we went to Plovdiv for a day, unfortunately got stuck in a huge rainstorm, but still had a wonderful time sightseeing nonetheless.



Since we were interrailing, we then took the train to Bucharest, Romania. Bucharest happens to be the city where my Mum grew up, so I still have family there. I loved having a good, overdue catch up with them, and introducing them to my best friend. 





Also while in Romania we went to Brasov for a couple of days. First we explored the city centre, climbed the mountain Tampa, and met up with my YouTube friend Dragos and his sister who live close. The next day we went to Bran to visit Dracula's castle. Yes that's right the real life Dracula! Standing where the real life Dracula once stood has got to be the coolest thing I've ever done!


Next on our tour was Budapest. I'm ashamed to admit I never knew there was a difference between Buda and Pest before my travels, but I loved exploring both sides of the river and comparing the old town to the new town.





Croatia was our next destination. We started in Zagreb which was one of the cutest capital cities I've ever visited. We had a near death experience there because we think we literally witnessed a murder! I spoke about it here on my YouTube channel, but you know what, Zagreb was so beautiful that little hiccup didn't even ruin our trip. Then we went to the city of Split. Never in my life have I seen such a beautiful place; it's honestly what I imagine paradise to look like.





Slovenia was next and we started off by exploring Ljubljana for a couple of days (and ate lots of wonderful food again). Then we headed to Lake Bled to see the famous church on an island. Georgie also had quite the experience of witnessing my questionable rowing skills on the lake. 



Vienna was a grand city with something beautiful to see in every corner. It was probably the most expensive place I've ever been though. "Oh sure you want a cup of coffee? That will be 50 Euros" or at least that's what it felt like.



If you're into History, I'd definitely recommend Berlin, our next destination. There's an interesting fact or location on literally every road. The thing that stood out to me the most about Berlin is that it's known for being a city with virtually no city centre. There's just something to do in every square of the city instead.



I had no idea what to expect with Brussels because to be honest I didn't know a lot about Belgium in the first place. But it is be-a-utiful! The gold on the buildings in the city centre is so classy looking. I also remember getting my belly button pierced in literally the worlds nicest piercing studio. I'm tempted to book a flight to go again for my next piercing because it was so nice.



I had a good eye-full of this tower ;)

And last but certainly not least we headed to my favourite city in the world, Paris. I had never been before but it had been my life long dream to see the Eiffel tower. And would it even be an Izzy and Georgie trip if we didn't stay in Paris an extra day just to go to Disney?

(Click here if you want to read all about how I actually planned for my gap year)

So that was where I traveled last year and I legit miss it so much. The song of the day is Budapest by George Ezra because it was stuck in my head the whole time I was in Hungary. Thanks so much for reading, if you have any questions please ask me in the comments, 

Izzy K xxx