Best Travel Moments in 2016 on Instagram, as Chosen by You
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Best Travel Moments in 2016 on Instagram, as Chosen by You

Best Travel Moments in 2016

Best Travel Moments in 2016 on Instagram, as Chosen by You

The year is about to end, and while I’m eagerly waiting for 2017 to begin, I’m going through the best travel moments in 2016 that I shared on Instagram. I didn’t manage to make a long trip overseas like the ones in Argentina or in Japan in the recent past, but I traveled quite a bit closer to home. After all, Europe is amazing and I’m in love with it more than ever, and I’m lucky to live in Italy, having an incredible choice of beautiful spots to explore right in my backyard.

Best Travel Moments in 2016, from Instagram.

Last year I fully experienced cat sitting, spending time in Barcelona, Zurich, and Bern. I did my first long-distance hike in Scotland and discovered the wild beauty of Northern Ireland. I went back to the always beautiful Florence and Venice and explored more charming spots near Milan.

 

November in Venice

Venice is not only a wonderful city: it is unique. That’s the very reason it is so touristy and terribly crowded for the most part of the year. If you want to beat the crowds, do like me and plan your visit in November. With a little luck, you could get a bright blue sky. Venice could as well be shrouded in fog but you’ll soon find out how special it becomes.

Venice iconic gondolas

Venice wrapped in fog

Venice

Venice Canals

Reflections in Venice

Late winter in Valtellina

One of the benefits of living in Milan is being close to many beautiful spots. Both the sea and the mountains are only a couple of hours away, therefore it’s easy to have short escapes to a lot of different places. Valtellina, in the north, with its beautiful peaks at the border with Switzerland, boasts great alpine sceneries. It’s also an area where many centuries old traditions are still alive. The time I spent there was too short to go skiing, but I experienced for the first time dog-sledding and snowshoeing, and loved them both.

Alaskan huskies in Arnoga

Spring-in-Valtellina

Snowshoeing in Valtellina

Chiavenna-portico-of-S.-Lorenzo-church

Lake Como

I had forgotten how beautiful Lake Como is, and although it’s only about 1 hour from Milan, I hadn’t visited for a long time. A couple of hours were enough to fall in love again, and I ended up going back three times over the year to discover new spots. I spent a weekend in charming Varenna, strolling in the alleys between the colorful houses, and hiking on the steep hills. I went back to lovely Bellagio, enjoying the ride on the boat. I went for the first time to Lecco, wondering why I had never before. And I know I’ll be back soon.

Varenna-Lake-Como

Varenna-at-dusk

Varenna and Lake Como

Varenna

Pescarenico on Lake Lecco

Reflections in Bellagio

Lake Lecco

Switzerland: Zurich, Bern and more

Switzerland has a special place in my heart, and I can’t stay away for too long. It’s a beautiful but also very expensive country, and I was very lucky to find two housesitting opportunities, in Zurich and in Bern. From there, I made a few day trips to nearby areas. I went up the Uetliberg – considered the mountain of Zurich -, and spent a day in one of the most beautiful towns I ever saw: Stein am Rhein, and its wonderful painted houses. While in Bern, I enjoyed many walks along the river Aar, I discovered Morat, a charming medieval town on the shores of the lake bearing the same name, and I went back to Kandersteg and the idyllic Oeschinensee.  

Zurich Blue Hour

Switzerland, Bern

Bern River Aar

Murten, Switzerland

Murten-Old-Town

Kandersteg, Switzerland

Oeschinensee-Switzerland

Milan and Surroundings

In 2016 I worked on several consultancy projects and thus ended up spending more time in Milan and nearby nice spots more than usual. Impossible and useless to compare Milan to Florence or Rome, London or Paris. But in the recent years, also thanks to EXPO in 2015, the city improved a lot and it’s definitely more pleasant and interesting now. It certainly is worth spending at least a couple of days, and there’s much more to do than just shopping 🙂

Milan-Duomo-Rooftop

Milan-Fiera-Steel-and-Glass

Milan Parco delle Basiliche

Milan Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Milan S. Lorenzo Church

Scotland: Hiking the West Highland Way

In 2016 I fulfilled a long-time wish: making a long-distance hike in a wild and scenic place. I always thought this would happen in the alps, but this was not meant to be. In a totally unexpected way, I got the chance to hike the popular West Highland Way in Scotland. It’s been an amazing and unforgettable experience, which I hope to repeat in 2017.

Hiking the West Highland Way

West-Highland-Way

Northern Ireland: The Causeway Coastal Route

I still wonder why I never considered Northern Ireland as a top destination on my wish list. Another trip that was not planned, more unforgettable moments. My road trip along the Causeway Coastal Route was short but intense. Northern Ireland caught my heart and I’ll be back soon.

NI Causeway Coastal Route

Whiterock-Coastal-Park

Giants-Causeway

Wild-Northern-Ireland

Causeway-Coastal-Route-in-Northern-Ireland

Camogli

I used to go there many years ago when I was a child, with my father. That’s why Camogli belongs to some of my best memories. I like going there in winter when the lower sun enhances the pastel colors of the houses. I like the almost deserted alleys, meeting now and then a few locals living their life. I like hiking the trails overlooking the sea, enjoying the silence and the crisp air.

Camogli

Camogli Small Harbor

Colorful Camogli

Camogli Sunset

Sunset in Camogli

I’m grateful for all the magic places and unforgettable moments I experienced in 2016. Looking at those photos (and I have so many more!), I couldn’t tell which one is my favorite. But how about you?

Happy 2017!

May the new year be full of joy, friendship, love, and travels.

Travel addict and passionate about photography, Simon Falvo started Wild About Travel back in 2009. Leveraging her strong PR background, she developed an extensive knowledge of Digital Communications and Social Media Marketing. Besides travel writing SImon holds workshops and trainings, she collaborated with tourism boards for digital marketing campaigns and participated as a speaker at several events.
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2 Comments
  • Iulia
    Posted at 10:59h, 26 April Reply

    Hi,
    Glad to find your blog, it’s speaks my language.

    From your 2016 list, I have also checked a few:
    Venice, Milan, Como Lake.
    To Venice I went on December 2015. I took my parents to their first travel outside our country Romania, to the North of Italy and we visited: Milan, Verona, Padua and Venice.
    It was such a great trip, and I would go back anytime to that part out Italy.

    On a side note, I have also started my little travel corner at https://egodiary.com/.
    Maybe you’ll have time to check it as well, and find some inspiration for your travels:)
    This is the first article about the trip to Italy:
    https://egodiary.com/2017/03/20/travel-with-your-parents-a-trip-to-northern-italy-part-i/

    Thank you, happy travels!

    • Simon
      Posted at 10:43h, 27 April Reply

      How nice that you eventually got to travel with your parents and visit northern Italy. Happy to read that you included Padua in your itinerary. The city is often overlooked although it’s beautiful. And there are so many other amazing lesser known places to discover.

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