Since moving to Germany 4 years ago, traveling as become such a huge part of my life. Now I can’t imagine my life without travel. 2019 has been a rollercoaster ride for me. But I did get to cross something off of my New Years Resolutions list!
I traveled to 4 new countries this year. I didn’t get to explore much in each country. But that just means I have something to look forward to next time I go there. My travel plans for 2020 and 2021 (yes we have already started planning that far ahead), are even more exciting!
I technically traveled to Spain in 2018 but left in 2019… no, we didn’t stay a year haha! We celebrated Christmas and New Years in Costa del Sol (southern coast of Spain). It was the best Christmas and New Year I have had. EVER!
Stefan and I spent an amazing 2 weeks there in a tiny apartment less than 5 minutes walking from the beach. We could even see the ocean from the apartment we were staying at.
We didn’t end up liking the location we went to because the listing failed to mention everything they offered was unavailable because it was winter season. There also wasn’t any WiFi so we couldn’t even watch something on Netflix so we read the books we both brought within the first week haha.
Thank goodness there was Uber because then we wouldn’t have been able to go ANYWHERE. We couldn’t rent bikes (winter season) and the apartment said that it was 20 minutes from the main city (nope, was about 35 minutes by car).
But other than that, we had an amazing trip. We spent Christmas on the beach opening the little gifts we bought each other and watching the sunrise. On New Year’s, we had Paella at a beachside restaurant next to our apartment and then we stood on the beach at midnight, overlooking the ocean and watching fireworks up and down the coast.
We also took a couple of day trips to Marbella (city closest to our apartment) and it was so beautiful there. So many beachside cafes, beaches, boutiques and more. The old town was so cute to visit. We also rode our bikes along the beach for about 2 hours, stopping at a bunch of little cafes to get a lot of yummy food.
Tulips, tulips, and yes… more tulips. I absolutely fell in love with Amsterdam when Stefan and I went in spring this year. Although it was a bit cold, we still had an amazing time. It was only about a 4 hours drive from Stuttgart, but the views along the way were pretty amazing.
We were in Amsterdam for only 4 days but it was still so much fun. I definitely want to go back in fall to see all the leaves changing color and to ride in a boat through the canals.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to see Anne Frank House. You have to book tickets for 2 months in advance to be able to get in. But we did end up strolling around the downtown, enjoying the architecture.
We also stopped by one of Amsterdams most famous flower markets “the Bloemenmarkt”. It was so beautiful to see all the fresh-picked flowers, but to my surprise, a lot of them ended up being fake. I wanted to buy some but when I went to grab it, I realized it wasn’t a real tulip. So I was a bit disappointed.
The Vegan Junk Food Bar. That place had the best vegan burger I have ever eaten. The cheese tasted EXACTLY like cheddar cheese so much so, we ended up asking the waiter if it was actually vegan cheese (it was lol).
The hotel we stayed at was really nice and it was right next to a train station. The was really convenient for us since we didn’t want to drive our car into the city. There wasn’t much street parking and barely any parking garages. We used the train for the 4 days we were there and it was really easy to navigate as it was sort of similar to the Germany train system. Except, the train ticket machines didn’t let you choose English as a language so it was quite difficult to buy our 4-day pass, but eventually someone helped us.
Next time we go to Amsterdam we are definitely going to the Anne Frank House and to a few of the tulip gardens and farms they have in the area. One of the farms there even gives you the option to do a photoshoot there or ride bikes through the tulips (on a pathway so you don’t run over any flowers).
One of the last stops on our trip in Amsterdam was to go and check out the Vincent Van Gogh museum. It was absolutely amazing. To see a lot of his artwork displayed in the museum was breathtaking. We took a self-guided tour with audio. So we got to listen to the story of his life and his tragic death that came too soon.
I think this is definitely one of my favorite trips from this year. I went with my friend who I have known for over 10 years and we had a blast. We took the train from Stuttgart to Vienna and it was actually quite relaxing. Well besides struggling to find seats and getting on the wrong part of the train and needing to switch at a train stop haha.
The day we got there was a bit dramatic. We struggled to find our way through the train stations and when we got to our Airbnb, we had to leave because it was so awful but that story is coming up in another blog post.
We booked a new hotel and just relaxed for the rest of the evening. The next day was when the fun stuff started. We went to a raw vegan cafe and had really great food. We spent the next few days going to a few museums, ate at great vegan restaurants, saw a few nice churches and took a photography tour around Vienna.
This was the first trip I have taken without Stefan since moving to Germany and it was a lot of fun. It was a bit stressful in moments but I overall enjoyed the trip with my friend.
I will definitely be going back to Vienna with Stefan. He went once but it was when he was a young kid. We also want to take the train together so that will make for a fun trip in the future.
Prague, Czech Republic
We went to Prague in March and honestly.. I didn’t really enjoy it. To me, there wasn’t really anything special about Prague. The roads were awful to drive on and we got carsick every time we drove. I don’t think I would go back to Prague but CZ itself also has amazing health & wellness spas.
Wandering around the downtown was fun because there was a lot to see but nothing really caught my eye. There was a castle that I did want to see but we didn’t get the chance to stop by as it got too late.
What are some countries you want to visit next year? Do you want to visit any of the paces on my list? Let me know down in the comments below!