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2017 has been a pretty crazy year in terms of travel and blogging. This year, my blog started to pick up, my Instagram hit 100k followers (woohoo!) and I went on my first press trip. Although not quite as catchy as my 2016 (21 countries in my 21st year), 2017 was definitely more epic and probably also more stressful!Here goes a round up of a crazy year...

Once Christmas is upon us most markets have closed already or are winding down to end before the new year. But - if you haven't had your fill yet (or don't have the opportunity to visit them until the new year) - some Christmas markets continue into January for your New Years visiting pleasure!If you're looking to adventure to some Christmas markets in January, then I have rounded up all of the festive fun still on offer into 2020.In this complete guide to Christmas markets open after Christmas (which seems like a strange idea but should definitely be more of a thing), you can find all your markets for enjoying festive cheer after the big day.

After my third visit to Amsterdam this January, I realised that I've never written any posts about the city! I still have so much more of the city to see (and always will!) but I have put together my list of the best photo spots in Amsterdam that I absolutely love.The capital of The Netherlands has always been known for its 'progressive' side - to the coffee shops where you can smoke a joint or eat a hash brownie or to its infamous Red Light District. The capital is also home to beautiful architecture, photogenic canals and lots of great coffee!Here are the best photo spots that you can't miss while in Amsterdam!

Tulip mania is real - and here is where to find stunning tulip fields near Amsterdam! While there are no tulip fields in Amsterdam itself (the Bloemenmarkt is the best it's going to get), there are so many places nearby that offer an amazing tulip experience!After writing an entire article on tulip fields in the Netherlands, I realised that the section on Zuid-Holland was ridiculously long and could really do with its own article! Amsterdam is located in the south of the province of Noord-Holland and is therefore incredibly close to some of the biggest areas for tulip cultivation in both Noord-Holland and Zuid-Holland. I have highlighted the must visit areas in both Zuid-Holland and Noord-Holland that are around an hour away from Amsterdam - you definitely can't miss this during tulip season!

Amsterdam is an incredible city that is always buzzing with people, events and, well, cannabis. While Amsterdam generally seems best known for its liberal views on prostitution and cannabis, there is so much more to the city than the Red Light District and the coffee shops!I recently made my fifth visit to Amsterdam, this time travelling with Eurostar from London and taking my dad with me! He hasn't been to Amsterdam in around 20+ years so we decided to do some of the more 'touristy' options and combine that with some of my favourite spots from past visits.So here is my Amsterdam itinerary with the top tourist spots that are actually worth visiting! This itinerary is designed for having one day in Amsterdam but can definitely be expanded if you are spending longer there. The main bulk of the article will take you through the main attractions and places you ought to visit and, at the end, I have created some sample itineraries with tips on getting from location to location.

Learn the Lingo or "why learning a few simple phrases can improve your travel experiences for the better".

Thank you to Steven of QuinlanES for this great guest post about why learning a bit of the language when you travel somewhere can really make your trip! Connect with him on his Facebook page here!
Everyone loves the Netherlands.Well, let’s be honest, most people really only know it by reputation and even then only really know Amsterdam by reputation. You never hear anyone say, ‘Gee, I know, let’s visit the Afsluitdijk (literally the ‘closing off dike’), a twenty-mile long causeway that separated the North sea from what was once the South sea, and is now Holland’s largest interior lake.[caption id="attachment_1696" align="aligncenter" width="677"]Screen Shot 2016-02-09 at 00.19.14 Source: wadvaarders.nl[/caption]And when you get right down to it, that’s not a problem unique to the Netherlands. There are plenty of countries that are known primarily for a single touristy place, usually with a catchy theme. Vegas, New York, Tokyo, Paris, Amsterdam.A large part of the reason for that is that unless you’re willing to learn the local language you are pretty much limited to the places where you can make yourself understood. The amazing local sights, the restaurants that aren’t on the tourist maps, and the little secrets and nooks and crannies that make up the most interesting stories can usually only be found off the beaten track, and that almost requires the ability to speak to the locals.