My Top Destinations in 2017

2017 was such a great year for OnTheQT. We paid a visit to lots of new places, went on adventures around the world and even launched our own travel show RedTravel. There was a few places throughout the year that stood out to me and I am going to share them with you. Be warned you might be added a few more destinations to your 2018 travel bucket list after reading this. I also decided to launched my new vlog schedule with this post so feel free to click on the video and read my experience in a little more detail on the vlog. I would also loved if you subscribed to our YouTube Channel. This year we will be uploading TWO videos a week.
Some will be from different parts of the world, our top tips from different destinations, daily vlogs, the behind the scenes life of a travel blogger while others general chats about digital marketing, vlogging, blogging etc. I have learnt a lot over the past 4 years and I want to share what I have learnt with you this year through the vlog. We are also going to be publishing a new travel blog post every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I will try my very best to stick to this schedule as much as possible this year. This is all on top of the work we have already been doing with brands, our video creation, online travel series and more. It’s going to be a busy 2018 but I cannot wait!! Bring it on!!

So here it is… My Top Destinations in 2017

REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND

Iceland was a trip of a lifetime. It honestly has become my favourite destination from 2017. It was a trip I will always remember. You can catch up on our full experience here or watch our vlog series here. We stayed in the centre of Reykjavík in the Sandhotel. The Sandhotel is a new boutique hotel in the heart of Reykjavík, on the high-street, Laugavegur. It is extremely central and allows you to walk down the street and be in the heart of Reykjavík and enjoy the vibrant cultural life of Reykjavík. The adventures in Iceland are endless but below are our top 3.

  1. The Pearl Tour with Mountaineers of Iceland. It honestly was the highlight of our trip. It was everything you think of when you think of Iceland. The Pearl Tour is an Iceland adventure where you will experience some of Iceland’s most famous and exciting natural phenomena by exploring the Golden Circle, topped off with an unforgettable snowmobile tour on Langjökull glacier. On the Golden Circle, you get to explore is Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the active Geysir Hot Spring area with its boiling mud pits and spouting hot springs and Gullfoss Waterfall(one of Iceland’s most powerful waterfalls). The highlight of the trip for us was going on a snow mobile on Langjökull Glacier and dashing across snowfields on snowmobiles while gazing at the mountain peaks.
  2. Warm bath and cool lights tour with Reykjavík Excursions. During this trip, you drive via the UNESCO site Þingvellir National Park. On arrival to the Laugarvatn Fontana, you get to enjoy a local style dinner buffet  You then get to Laugarvatn Fontana to bath in the geothermal bath on a cosy evening. Sometimes, you can actually see the northern lights from the baths but it was cloudy on the day so we went on an Northern Lights hunt afterwards. We were very lucky to see the lights during our hunt. The tour starts at 6pm until 12:30pm.
  3. And of course, you couldn’t go to Iceland without a trip to The Blue Logoon is one of the 25 wonders in the world and is a must while visiting Iceland. You also must pre-book your tickets for the blue lagoon and we would recommend doing this a few weeks before your trip to make sure you get the time you want. Once you are in the lagoon, you can stay in as long as you like.

COLLIOURE, FRANCE

Our goal was to find you a hidden gem in the South of France and we most definatley accomplished our goal with the Mediterranean jewel of Collioure. Collioure is the perfect place for a break away. It is perfect for a few days away or if you are lucky… even longer! With a short flight and quick transfers, you will be in the sunshine in no time at all. Situated on the rocky coastline of the Cote Vermeille in the very south of france. Picture yourself strolling through the quaint streets in the picturesque fishing village, enjoying some wine and tapas, kayaking along the Cote Vermielle, enjoying a sunset swim, heading up the mountains through vineyards, along picturesque roads while admiring the wonderful views and taking in the beauty from Fort St. Elme. It’s a dream destination. A world of its own.

 

LANZAROTE, SPAIN

This is the location that actually allowed me to switch off, take a step away from social media and just relax! Not many places let me do that…for a few days anyways!!I am always on the go and spend a lot of time travelling so I really just wanted a place where I could relax for a few days and ‘try’ to switch off a little. Easier said then done! I love the idea of sitting by the pool and relaxing but after a few hours I get itchy feet and want to go off exploring with my camera. During our stay, we had the perfect balance of OnTheQT activities and relaxation! Below are some of my favourite things from the trip. Read our full travel diary from our trip here.

  • Sunset at the Old Style Town in Puerto Del Carmen.
  • Dinner at El Sardinero – I learnt how to make a traditional Spanish dish!
  • Tías Beach – What can I say… the beach is always my favourite! This beach was so pretty with the view of the mountains in the background and stretched out for miles. Perfect for some swimming.
  • The Fire Mountains at the Timanfaya Natonal Park – An unbelievable experience.

 

CAPE COD, MA, USA

In 2017, I got to spend Thanksgiving in one of my favourite places in the world – Cape Cod.  A place dear to my heart with people I adore and cherish. It’s true how people always make a place and it is certainly true with the amazing family and friends I have on Cape Cod. As many of you know, the concept and idea for OnTheQT came from many summers working in Cape Cod Sea Camps. Some of my favourite spots are; Nickerson State Park, Sandwich Boardwalk, Naset Beach, Chatham, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, the canal at the Sagamore bridge, Sandy Neck Beach and Nauset Outer Beach to name a few. It is a place where you are always discovering new places.

 

 

ALL OVER IRELAND

Ireland will always be on my list. This year, I got to travel to so many new places with the new travel show. Be sure to check out our series from all over Ireland on our RedTravel Show. What did we get up to this year around Ireland – We explored buffalo farms, went wakebaording at Ballyhass, horse riding in Crookstown, climbed Croke Park Skyline, took a leap of faith in Tayto Park, explored Spike Island, went on a sea safari of Cork harbour, a chocolate tour at Butler’s Chocolate Factory in Dublin, went Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Dún Laoghaire, went on a train ride through the town of Cobh, kayaked the Killarney lakes, completed the Wild Atlantic Way, made friends in the Dingle Aquarium, went zorbing in Tralee, tapped into our creative side at Kinsale Pottery & Arts Centre, surfed in Garretstown,  put my skills of football and golfing into practice with Footgolf, went up the River Blackwater with a character of a man, learnt about the history of the Youghal Clock Tower, cycled the Waterford greenway, made friends in the Donkey Sanctuary, learnt how to make cider at Longville house, zip lined through the forest in Farran Woods and thats only what we did on the Red Travel Show!! It’s been a busy 2017!

Hope you enjoyed the highlights of my travels this year. 2018 is looking to be the busiest year yet so stay tuned on the blog and vlog to follow our travels and adventures,

Steph

 

 

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