2015: The Year The Travel Bug Bit Me Reeeally Hard

Wow, what a year. Seriously, how quickly has it gone!? It feels like only yesterday I was watching the Top 2000 on TV with a glass of prosecco and counting down to midnight, then boarding a plane to start the new year in Spain! (Ooh, and I’m rhyming!)

But now it’s 12 months later… and boy, what a year the Dutchie and I have had! Personally, 2015 will go down in history for me as the year I travelled every month. Yup – in 2015, I left the Netherlands at least once, every single month. Not sure how or why this happened exactly, but I’m so glad it did.

Disclaimer: Normally I try not to make posts all me, me, me. But this one kinda is. (Sorry. Ish.)


Trip to Torremolinos, Spain. (If you’re thinking of going… and you’re under the age of 65, you may need to rethink your plans. It is absolutely overrun with silver foxes!) We still had fun though! And it was so nice to be walking around in shorts in the first week of January!!

Dutch tree

Clearly a Dutch palm tree! Torremolinos, Spain


Trip to England to meet my best friend’s baby boy, H. He’s awesome. Managed to squeeze in a quick trip to the pub with some other friends… (For obvious reasons!)

English pub


March was a month of many firsts! Not only did I travel abroad, but I visited some places in the Netherlands for the first time too: Haarlem, Hoorn and Gouda.

We visited Brussels (another first) and went to France to visit my parents, with a quick stop to Le Mans on the way home. (The place where we first met *insert cheesy heart emoji here*.)

Atomium, Brussels

Atomium, Brussels


Stuttgart, Germany – for work. Yep, I left the country, but apparently it was the most boring trip ever. I don’t have a single photo.


In May one of my brothers got married, so a trip to the UK was in order! We also visited France (again) to see my parents along with The Dutchie’s whole family!

Mont St Michel, France

Mont St Michel, France (complete with random man)


France – AGAIN! This time for the wedding of two of our best friends in Ernes. We also visited Cancale which is famous for its oysters. Well, we couldn’t just take their word for it…

Oysters at Cancale, France

Oysters in Cancale, France

Closer to home, we visited the tiny village of Watergang in North Holland. Mooi!

Watergang, The Netherlands

Watergang, The Netherlands


In July we had two weddings to attend in the UK. My other brother and one of my Uni friends. I already wrote a whole post about this trip, so if you’d like to read it it’s here: Being a Tourist in my Home Country

Bombay Sapphire Distillery, Whitchurch

Bombay Sapphire Distillery, Whitchurch


More exploring Holland. In August we went to Enkhuizen, Den Bosch (‘s-Hertogenbosch) and the Hook of Holland. (Post here: Weekendje Weg Tip)

We also went to Malta for our first wedding anniversary! I’ve tried and failed multiple times to write a post about that amazing holiday. Jammer! But in a nutshell: GO TO MALTA! IT’S AMAZING!

Cocktails at the Waterfront Hotel, Malta

Cocktails at the Waterfront Hotel, Malta


The Malta trip crossed over to September and I also went to the UK to visit my beautiful new niece, who is affectionately nicknamed Turtle. (Don’t ask!)

(And yes, I know what you’re thinking! This has probably been the busiest, most expensive year ever!! 4 weddings and a baby! What the actual fuck!?)

Blue Lagoon, Malta

Blue Lagoon, Malta


First visit to Kinderdijk. There’s a post about that: I have this thing with Windmills

Ooh, ooh and don’t forget Zandaam!

Inntel Hotel, Zandaam

Inntel Hotel, Zandaam

We also went on an epic road trip to Portugal, Spain and France. It was the Dutchie’s first time in Portugal! Again, I probably should write a post about that, but I just haven’t had time. (And I know you guys aren’t the biggest travel post fans, yeah – I check my stats sometimes ;-))

*Realises she’s currently writing a travel post. Oops!*

Beautiful Lisbon

Beautiful Lisbon


First time at a German Christmas Market. EPIC. There’s a post about that: Kertmarkt(en) Koblenz

Kerstmarkt, Koblenz, Germany

Kerstmarkt, Koblenz, Germany


Trip to England for work, fake Christmas with my family and my niece’s first Christmas! Cannot wait!

What a year! Phew! I’m kinda tired just thinking about it!

On top of everything I’ve mentioned above – I’ve also visited Amsterdam, Zaanse Schans and Utrecht more times than I can possibly count! We had soooo many visitors this year! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Hopefully this continues into next year! Nudge, nudge, wink, wink!

And what does 2016 have in store? Possibly not as much foreign travel as 2015, because boy, that racks up! But I do want to visit as many new places in NL as possible, including the Frisian Islands. (Still so annoyed I haven’t visited any of them yet!!) And there might be a cheeky trip to Thailand too! Fingers crossed!

What are your travel plans for 2016?

Hayley x


  1. It’s always nice to look back and realize the amount of time we spent for traveling throughout the year. That happened to me two years ago when I traveled almost every month, both for work and leisure. Write about Malta, please. 🙂 From the photos on the internet it looks like an amazing country.

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  2. WOW you travelled a lot this year!
    My 2016 will start with Zanzibar for a long week 😀 I can’t wait!!
    I have been to Malta/Gozo too in 2015!

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  3. You should visit leiden sometime.
    It’s a city but it has the charme of a village.
    It has some great musea, nice stores and great bars. It is also the town the founding fathers lived for a while, before departing for the new world.
    So you see a nice city with a whole lot of history and verry gezellig.

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