Travelling 12 Countries In 12 Months: The Highlights

The highs, lows and best bits of travelling 12 countries in 12 months! Words & pictures by Hayley...


12 months of travelling...the highlights!

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Oh girls, what an absolutely INCREDIBLE year it's been. Earlier this year I set a project to travel 12 countries in 12 months, and I'm not sure that I actually ever thought I'd achieve it let alone exceed it (I actually ended up on travelling to 15 countries not 12, crazy!). I knew all along that it had been an incredible year and I was always on such a high during every trip, exploring new cultures and making new friends, but, it's only now that I'm sitting here with a cup of hot chocolate, in my PJs mulling over what a year it's actually been! I actually took 15 trips, 40 flights and 10 new destinations visited, some that I never imaged in my wildest dreams to visit, 2016 really was a great year... but somehow, just somehow I have a feeling that 2017 might just top it - you know when you just get a feeling?! Yeah that!...

The highlights: From flying in a sea plane in The Maldives, to watching baby sea turtles hatch at 4am in Costa Rica, bathing in the Blue Lagoon, partying at carnival in Barbados and spotting Lewis Hamilton, to watching the F1 live in Singapore, starting December in Thailand and exploring Wynwood Walls in Miami to meeting like minded souls and making friends for life!

This year really has been one that I'll never forget, I genuinely still can't even believe some of the places I've visited and the experiences that I've had, it blows my tiny mind! Back in 2015 when I went through a pretty crap breakup, I always vowed that 2016 would be my year and it really was. From press trips, to holidays with Ben and my besties, with new friends and old - it was such a blast, from start to end!

The lows: It's hard to call it a 'low' I guess during a year of travelling so epic, however, it was hard at times, I put so much pressure on myself to say yes to as many opportunities as I could as I didn't want to miss anything. Whilst my year was jam packed and amazing, it also made me ill at times, pushing myself too hard, taking on too much work and travelling through time zones like there was no tomorrow. So the biggest thing that I'll take from this year and going into 2017; be more selective! I really do need to just accept the works and jobs that I really want to do, and not take on too much as I end up compromising on the quality of the trip as I'm tired and stressed or compromising my quality of life with family and friends in between travelling!

2017 goals: Travel often, learn not compromise my happiness for anything & to immerse myself in new experiences! Here's to an EPIC year! <3 

A    C L O S E R    L O O K   A T    T H I S   Y E A R S    T R A V E L S . . . 

La Redoute 5


  1. Erin 31st December 2016 / 7:35 pm

    I’ve loved watching you travel this year – its been incredible! I think I loved that fancy hotel in Thailand the most, that picture of you with your hat on in the pool, it just looks like utter perfection. Seems so odd to think how many miles you have travelled this year, I haven’t even left Scotland! I really hope one year I can go somewhere beautiful, travel and see the world, so its lovely to watch you! Has been a pleasure lovely 🙂

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    • Hayley 2nd January 2017 / 12:23 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment lady, it means the world! I adore your blog and can’t wait to follow your adventures lady! x

  2. Emma 1st January 2017 / 10:30 am

    I have absolutely loved following your ’12 Countries in 12 Months’ adventures and I think it may have played in big part in igniting the travel spark in me!

    This year I am looking forward to seeing new places and meeting new faces along the way.

    Emma |

    • Hayley 2nd January 2017 / 12:28 pm

      Oh lady thank you! It was such an incredible year and I genuinely never imaged I’d have traveled as much as I did, it was an amazing year! I can’t wait to follow your adventures girl! x

  3. Jessica 1st January 2017 / 11:01 am

    You sure had a beautiful year! I wish you the best for 2017 x

    Jessica — NinetyCo 

    • Hayley 2nd January 2017 / 12:30 pm

      Thank you girl, and you too! x

  4. April | April Everyday 1st January 2017 / 1:05 pm

    You had such an amazing year! I can’t believe how many amazing places you got to visit – I absolutley loved Singapore and I’m dying to go back. I’d love to go to Thailand and the Maldives too! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for next year!

    • Hayley 2nd January 2017 / 12:32 pm

      It really was lovely! Singapore was one of my favourites, truly so beautiful! You would absolutely adore Thailand and the Maldives, both so, so beautiful! x

  5. Josie 2nd January 2017 / 12:06 am

    Your travels all looked incredible! Sounds like you’ve had the best year, hope 2017 is even better x

    Sick Chick Chic

    • Hayley 2nd January 2017 / 12:32 pm

      Thank you lovely, I’m not sure how it can top it but I’m excited to find out! x

  6. laura 2nd January 2017 / 2:03 pm

    I’ve loved hearing about all your trips this year. I added to my travel category but I want to do that even more in 2017!

    Who doesn’t love exploring somewhere new!

    Laura | A Forte For Fashion


  7. Bee 2nd January 2017 / 3:47 pm

    What an incredible year of travelling, I’m so envious (I’m not going to lie) – your hard work and determination shines through and I just love that someone so lovely as you get’s these fab opportunities. I have to also say, THAT SWIMSUIT! It’s babing! I must have it.
    Bee |

  8. Immy May 3rd January 2017 / 9:24 am

    Woweeeeeeeee Hayley what an incredible 2016! You are such an inspiration, I hope the next 12 months has even more incredible adventures in store for you. I am off on a lil trip to Center Parcs next week then Thailand in February, I am SO excited I could scream haha! Happy New Year lovely lady 🙂 Immy x

  9. Suze - Luxury Columnist 3rd January 2017 / 1:34 pm

    What an incredible year you’ve had, Hayley! Costa Rica is very high on my list of places to visit. We’re actually going to Verbier in a few days – can’t wait!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  10. gloria 3rd January 2017 / 2:00 pm

    Wow! This seems like a dream way to kick off a holiday.

  11. Gabrielle 4th January 2017 / 11:55 am

    I’ve absolutely loved reading about your travels since discovering your blog last year; I particularly enjoyed your time in the snowy mountains of Switzerland! Really looking forward to reading all that you have in store for 2017 🙂

  12. Viola 6th January 2017 / 3:42 pm

    What an incredible year! I am insanely jealous of all your travels and hope 2017 will bring me many more adventures such as yours!
    Viola xo | A Piece of Viola

  13. Freya 10th January 2017 / 8:19 pm

    I absoultey loved reading this round up! It’s motivated me to get planning my trips for 2017. Thanks for being such an inspiration x

    Frey de Fleur |

  14. Alice 11th January 2017 / 5:18 pm

    ohhh I would LOVE to travel this much, now the house is nearlllllly bought and my savings diminish to £0, I cannot wait to get saving again and see more of the world! Eeeeek! Alice xxx

  15. Thuy Phamova 26th January 2017 / 11:11 am

    That is amazing! Great destinations, I ca imagine you had so much fun and new experiences! I have set up this goal for this year too so I hope i am going to be able to achieve that:))

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