Top 10 travel highlights of 2016

Top 10 travel highlights of 2016

Where did this year take you? What were your 2016 travel highlights?

As the year draws to a close I like to reflect on the moments that made each one special for me and our family. We covered a lot of ground in 2016 and created many long-lasting memories. Hope you enjoy our 2016 travel highlights and that they give you some inspiration to book that trip you have always dreamed of.

Most beautiful view – summer in Switzerland

view of Lake Geneva across the vines

Vineyards overlooking Lake Geneva. On a way to a friend’s wedding in the Swiss Alps we visited my cousin and family who live in Lausanne. They took us on a beautiful drive through the Vaud region and we stopped to take in this beautiful view of the alps. I’m looking forward to returning one day to explore this wine region a little further.

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 Most memorable meal – fine dining in Copenhagen

Copenhagen fine dining - travel highlight of 2016

When in Copenhagen you must seek out some of the city’s incredible food experiences. I visited the Danish capital with a friend in May and we celebrated her significant birthday in style at Mielcke and Hurtigkarl. Brilliantly executed dishes in a perfect indoor garden setting.

Favourite tour – exploring food culture in Italy

Food tour in Venice - 2016 travel highlight

Exploring the culinary history and food culture of Venice on our tour of the Rialto Market, bacari and osterie was a highlight of the year. Over local wines, cicchetti and the tastes of the lagoon we learnt about the history and culture of Venice and made some new friends.

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Exploring East Berlin by bike | Street art in East London | Parliament House afternoon tea and tour

Favourite beach – the one I know best

Point Roadknight beach - travel highlight of 2016

We timed our trip home to Australia perfectly this year and caught some beautiful beach weather. This is Point Roadknight beach near Anglesea at the start of the iconic Great Ocean Road. We used to visit Anglesea as children and now my kids are enjoying spending time there. This beach has everything – shallow waters but also some waves, lots of sand and great rock pools and most importantly (?!) a coffee shop. Perfection.

Favourite accommodation – a houseboat

Amsterdam houseboat stay - 2016 travel highlights from Untold Morsels

Not just any houseboat though. A special cosy houseboat in Amsterdam where we spent our Easter break. The houseboat was a unique place to stay but it was also ideally positioned to enjoy the sights and sounds of Amsterdam. It was a short walk to the Anne Frank house and the nearby Jordaan district.

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Favourite London experience – tea and history

London tea and tour of Houses of Parliament - a travel highlight of 2016

One of my last activities of the year proved to be one of the stand out experiences of the year. If you are visiting London you must take a tour and  have afternoon tea at the Houses of Parliament. In half a day you will take in history, architecture, views of London and enjoy the quintessential British meal – afternoon tea.

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Best road trip – seeking Jane Austen

Jane Eyre road trip highlight of 2016

This trip might be the literary equivalent to being a pop star groupie. My friend Julia and I spent a day touring the county of Hampshire on the trail of Jane Austen‘s life. An easy itinerary and day trip from London, we felt like we had walked in our heroine’s shoes and taken a little piece of the English countryside with us.

Favourite market – a seaside town in Normandy

Honfleur produce market - favourite of 2016

French markets are always a highlight but the Saturday produce market in Honfleur in Normandy was a particular favourite. In the square outside the beautiful wooden church of Sainte Catherine and its clock tower the weekly market was a treasure trove of seafood, local cheeses and charcuterie.

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Best discovery – a lesser known Italian lake

Lake Orta Italy - a highlight of 2016

Pretty Lake Orta was a wonderful surprise. Tipped off by my cousin we detoured here on route to Lake Como from Switzerland and discovered the cobbled streets and wisteria hung medieval buildings of Orta San Giulio. There is something quite magical about the view of Isola San Giulio from the town that has my plotting a return very soon.

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Favourite city break – Venice

Venice city break - 2016 travel highlights from Untold Morsels

Returning to Venice after almost 20 years was a dream come true. No longer an impoverished student rushed off my feet to see the main sights, this year we explored the details of the lagoon city at a slower pace. I loved exploring the campi, narrow  and minor canals and stopping for a spritz (or two).


2016 was an amazing year of opportunities and discoveries. I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to give our children this experience but also to be able to share special memories with my husband, friends and family. For me this is what the travel bug is all about. Where once I was happy to tick sights and places off a list, these days I appreciate a slower pace and a deeper experience.

Hoping you have a wonderful holiday wherever you are and however you celebrate. May 2017 bring you every success and amazing trips full of wonderful memories.


What were your 2016 travel highlights?


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14 Comments

  1. 22nd December 2016 / 8:39 AM

    great trips! Stockholm and London:)

  2. 24th December 2016 / 10:07 AM

    Am really enjoying all the end of year round-up posts – some great highlights to look back on. Nothing can top Burma for me although California and the Caribbean were pretty fab too.

  3. 26th December 2016 / 4:21 PM

    I’m so pleased to have discovered your blog!! Looks like we hit some of the same great places last year… looking forward to seeing where you’re off to next! happy New Year!

    • 27th December 2016 / 10:07 PM

      Thanks Hilary, it seems like our trips have a lot in common. I have enjoyed reading your blog too and I’m looking forward to your further adventures in 2017

  4. 27th December 2016 / 7:20 PM

    where to I begin…you had a great year! Love that you stayed in a houseboat! was that an airbnb? I just shared the jane austen post with my girlfriend because we will be in England next April and she is a lit freak.

    • 27th December 2016 / 10:06 PM

      Thanks so much Eric, it was a fantastic year. The Jane Austen road trip was a lot of fun and so lovely to do in Spring when the flowers are blooming. Wishing you a wonderful trip to England

  5. 27th December 2016 / 8:28 PM

    It sounds like you had a great year! I have a lot of places on my travel wish list but, like you, I like to explore them at a slower pace. So we may only be able to go to a few places each year, we keep our itineraries open for unexpected experiences as well as to see/do specific things. The highlight for me this year was Disney World. We go almost every year but now that my daughter is a little older, seeing her excitement and awe at everything is a memory I still cherish six months later.

    • 27th December 2016 / 9:58 PM

      Thanks Allison. I cant wait to take our kids to Disney. I think it will be Eurodisney in a year or so. I still love the whole experience and think it’s a wonderful time for families to share. Thanks for being part of Faraway Files in 2016. Looking forward to another year of amazing travel stories in 2017

  6. 2nd January 2017 / 11:14 PM

    Wow. You covered a lot of territory and it looks like you had some wonderful experiences. My favorite trip was to Florida, where I managed to avoid alligators and sharks.
    Hope you’ll consider playing along with Dreaming of France, which I host every Monday. Here’s my Dreaming of France meme

    • 7th January 2017 / 11:25 PM

      Thank you so much Paulita. Glad you managed to avoid the alligators and sharks in Florida. Yikes! Sounds scary. Popping by now to take a look at Dreaming of France

  7. 4th January 2017 / 11:21 PM

    So many adventures! I hope that 2017 it a good one for you and I look forward to reading your adventures.

    • 7th January 2017 / 11:26 PM

      Thank you Anne. Hope you are well and having a great time in sunny WA! Wishing you all the very best for 2017 too

  8. BBQboy
    13th March 2017 / 9:44 AM

    You were in some pretty places. We know the Lake Geneva area having stayed in Montreux a few years back. We passed Lausanne on the way to Geneva (where I almost ended up working) and it’s a beautiful spot. Yes, I heard it has nice wines. Venice always beautiful although the crowds can be overwhelming…we spent a month in nearby Padova in April using it as a base in the region (30 min to Venice) and saved a lot of money doing that (while being right on the major train lines – also visited Bologna, Verona and Rome). We always have mixed feelings about Italy and can only take it in small doses…but we always end up coming back because there is so much history and architectural beauty. Never heard of Lake Orta. Looks very pretty.

    Frank (bbqboy)

    • 13th March 2017 / 12:56 PM

      Thanks for stopping by Frank. It’s funny how places affect people differently. Even though I am Australian (of English descent) I feel like Italy is my spiritual home and feel exhilarated when I am there. I know the country has its fair share of problems including a bloated bureaucracy but still, I love it. You must check out Lake Orta. It is a very special place.

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