2016 Postcards from Morgan

Burano, Italy (September, 2016)

Burano, Italy (September, 2016)

Coming into 2016, I thought 2015 would be hard to top. I got married, had a surprise bridal shower on the east coast with all my friends and family, went to an epic pool party in Vegas for my bachelorette, and then honeymooned in South Africa where we went on a magical safari, not to mention watching a few of my best friends and family get married. Then, I found out that I’d be moving to Dublin, Ireland and everything changed. I anticipated that we would travel around Europe a few times, but never could have expected how much we would take advantage of Airbnb and budget airline Ryanair. This year has been an absolute dream come true and I can’t wait for what 2017 has in store. I’m sharing some of my favorite travel moments below in hopes of inspiring you to explore a new destination next year. This list is by no means exhaustive and I am working towards blog posts for all destinations over the next few months. Best wishes for a kickass 2017!

xx M

Donegal, Ireland (October, 2016)

Donegal, Ireland (October, 2016)

2017 Plans

> Iceland (excited for ice caves)

> Southern Spain (yes, again. can't get enough)

> Paris (who has recommendations?!)

> New York and San Francisco (yay i get to see a!)

2017 Bucket List

> Malta

> Canary Islands

> Bruges and Brussels

2016 Fun Stats

> Moved to Dublin, Ireland

> Started TBP!!

> Visited 14 countries

> Flew on 43 planes

> Took 32,649 steps in a single day!

> Hosted a party with 9 nationalities represented

> Cooked my first turkey

> Went to a wedding in Finland

 

Manarola, Italy (September, 2016)

Manarola, Italy (September, 2016)

March

At SFO in San Francisco, CA (March, 2016)

At SFO in San Francisco, CA (March, 2016)

Moved to Dublin, Ireland with 12 suitcases and CELEBRATED OUR FIRST WEEKEND ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY.

April

So tired after a 6am flight. We went straight for food in Rome, Italy (April, 2016)

So tired after a 6am flight. We went straight for food in Rome, Italy (April, 2016)

Spent 3 days in Rome, Dan’s first trip to Italy, where it’s acceptable to eat gelato at least once everyday. Had the best pasta i've ever had at l'archetto and walked until my feet burned.

May

Beautiful views from Èze, France (May, 2016)

Beautiful views from Èze, France (May, 2016)

Visited Nice in the south of France where we went on an epic day trip to Antibes, Cannes, Èze, St. Paul de Vence, and Monaco. We explored medieval towns, crashed the Cannes Film Festival, indulged on rosé, and had the best sun-dried tomatoes.

June

Amanda (left) and I (right) at Monserrate Palace Sintra, Portugal (July, 2016)

Amanda (left) and I (right) at Monserrate Palace Sintra, Portugal (July, 2016)

TWO BLUE PASSPORTS WAS BORN as I EXPLORED LISBONSINTRA, AND CASCAIS, PORTUGAL WITH DAN, AMANDA, AND HER SISTER, Vikki.

July

Rosé gives you wings at Buza Bar Dubrovnik, Croatia (July, 2016)

Rosé gives you wings at Buza Bar Dubrovnik, Croatia (July, 2016)

Our best friend met us in Croatia, where we island-hopped from Hvar, explored the walled-city of Dubrovnik, and caught epic views in Split. One of my favorite travel moments of the year: jumping off the cliffs just outside the wall in Dubrovnik.

August

Scottish Highlands (August, 2016)

Scottish Highlands (August, 2016)

We went to Scotland for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and explored the Highlands from Glasgow. Yes, I tried haggis and no, I didn't like it.

September

Stonehenge (September, 2016)

Stonehenge (September, 2016)

Took off to England for 10 days. Explored London with my friend Jane, took a solo day trip to Brighton to see the white chalk cliffs, and went to the Cotswolds to celebrate my birthday stopping at the incredible Stonehenge on the way.

October

Best view from Canaves Oia Santorini, Greece (October, 2016)

Best view from Canaves Oia Santorini, Greece (October, 2016)

My Middle school dreams came true in Athens when I got to visit the Parthenon with alternative athens. Then we continued on to Santorini for a magical few days in the Cyclades.

November

Alhambra in Granada, Spain (November, 2016)

Alhambra in Granada, Spain (November, 2016)

Met our friend in Madrid and ate way too many patatas bravas. Allie and I then continued south to Córdoba, Seville, and Granada. Visiting the alhambra was one of the highlights of the year.

December

Danube River, Budapest (December, 2016)

Danube River, Budapest (December, 2016)

Explored Buda and Pest in Budapest and enjoyed the chimney cake at the Christmas fair.

Thanks for following along and can't wait to share my final trips to Barcelona and Morocco!

 
Castle Combe, England (September, 2016)

Castle Combe, England (September, 2016)

**Here is a full list of my 2016 destinations. If you're heading to one that you see listed here, but is not on the blog yet, please fill out this form or reach out to me directly at am@twobluepassports.com for recommendations!

March: Ireland (Dublin, Galway, the Burren); Northern Ireland (Belfast, Antrim Coast)

April: Italy (Rome)

May: Ireland (Connemara, Howth, Bray/Greystones); Denmark (Copenhagen); France (Nice, Antibes, Èze, Cannes, St. Paul de Vence); Monaco

June: Ireland (Inishmore, Ring of Kerry, Killarney, Dingle Peninsula, Cliffs of Moher); Portugal (Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais)

July: Finland (Helsinki); Croatia (Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik)

August: Germany (Berlin, Potsdam); Scotland (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Highlands)

September: Ireland (County Cork, Wicklow Mountains); England (London, Brighton, Stonehenge, Cotswolds); Germany (Munich, Oktoberfest); Italy (Venice, Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre)

October: Ireland (Donegal); Greece (Athens, Santorini)

November: Spain (Madrid, Seville, Cordoba, Granada)

December: Ireland (County Meath, Glendalough); Hungary (Budapest); Spain (Barcelona); Morocco (Tangier, Chefchaouen, Fes, Sahara Desert, Marrakech)

Sneak peak from Chefchaouen, Morocco. (December, 2016)

Sneak peak from Chefchaouen, Morocco. (December, 2016)

What were your favorite memories from 2016?

Any big plans for 2017?

Would love to hear from you. Comment below!