I have had a hectic few days with Christmas festivities and have a day to rest before heading off on my annual new year's jaunt. Just wanted to say an early happy new year to everyone and also just post my own little end of year review.How many new WHS visited
: 28 (a personal best with perhaps 1 or 2 more to sneak in before the end of the year)Best WHS
: A tough call but I think Venice
, it was everything I hoped it would be, and the crowds were manageable as we went out of season.Honourable mention
: Scorvegni chapel
would be the best WHS if it had already been inscribed, Magnificent!Most disappointing
, I knew the tour would be a little rushed but it did surprise me how little I got to see, even if it was the supposed highlight.Biggest Surprise
: Varberg Radio station
, I was expecting just a dull trot around some well maintained machines but it turned out that there was a great story attached to them.Best non WHS travel experience
: The amazing Korean hospitality
, food coupled with the glory that was spending my first night in the country sleeping in a Jjimjillbang
(not my review but it is the one I stayed in)Biggest non WHS disappointment
: Lonely Planet's latest editions
. I'm not really sure why they felt the need to remove all the bits that they used to excel at (best maps, most intuitive, quick reference inside cover). Oh well it seems I have to head off in search of another default guidebook.The year ahead
: More of the same. A return to my old stomping grounds in the Czech Republic and Belgium, plus I already have trips to Austria and Tallinn set up.
Looking into long distance destinations: a return to Australia, mostly to visit my friends that I have been promising to see for the last few years. Or perhaps persuading some of them to meet me half way in South America, so I can fulfil my promise to myself of visiting all inhabited continents before I turn 30.
Climbing a mountain somewhere is also on the cards.
Anyway, I'm sure no one is that interested in the above indulgence, but I always find it good to post stuff so I can look back in future and see how things changed in the interim.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year and safe travels.