2016 was a wonderful travel year for me considering my full time not travel related job. I’ve added three new countries – Poland, Vietnam and the Philippines – to my travel geography. I have had lots of great impressions of nature, cities and people. Here are my highlights of my last year travels in 12 pictures:

1) Krakow

In March I visited Poland for a longer weekend trip. My main destination was Krakow, I visited Velicka salt mine and also saw some bits and pieces of Warsaw. Krakow was beautiful. Pictured is Krakow’s main market square (Rynek), the natural start and finish point for any tour of the city. Read more about Krakow clicking this link.

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2) Vietnam Phong Nha caves

At the end of March and in early April I visited Vietnam starting and ending in Hanoi, mostly touring the northern part of the country. The real highlight of the trip was visiting the caves in Phong Nha. I very much enjoyed seeing the Paradise cave and understanding one more time that nothing can compare with creations of nature.Read more about Phong Nha caves clicking this link.

11 paradise cave vietnam www.thesanetravel.com 10401773) Italy Cinque Terre

I love Italy and the next three highlights are about this beautiful country. My first destination in May was Cinque Terre, one of the most photographed places in Italy. It was a great opportunity to fulfil my photographer’s dream of having Cinque Terre pictures of my own.Read more about planning CinqueTerre trip clicking this link.12 vernazza italy www.thesanetravel.com 1050823

4) Italy Genoa

Genoa, to the contrary, doesn’t seem to get that many tourists. I would say it was a great pleasure to visit the city even on a Monday.Read more about Genoa clicking this link.13 genoa italy www.thesanetravel.com 1060141

5) Italy Certosa di Pavia

To be honest, I haven’t heard about Certosa di Pavia monastery complex before. I was lucky enough that the locals had told me about it. It’s a real hidden gem and just half an hour from Milan. See it with your own eyes here.14 certosa di pavia www.thesanetravel.com 1080471

6) Minsk, Belarus

Belarus is much in the press lately because of the decision to abolish visas for trips to this country lasting up to 5 days and checked in at Minsk national airport. It will be valid from the middle of February. I have had the opportunity to see a lot of this country; still Minsk is the soul of Belarus in my opinion. Read more about Minsk trip clicking this link.15 minsk belarus www.thesanetravel.com 1090110

7) Stockholm Royal

The main reason for visiting Stockholm in July was attending the first travel bloggers’ conference in my life (TBEX). I must say I very much enjoyed it, just like my Royal Stockholm morning walk. Read more clicking this link.16 stockholm www.thesanetravel.com 1090513

8) Stockholm underground

I’ve been seeing so many great pictures of Stockholm underground art and I wanted to see and take pictures of it by myself. Here is my easy to follow itinerary of visiting seven gorgeous metro stations. Read and see more clicking this link.17 stockholm underground www.thesanetravel.com 1100537

9) The Philippines. Trek to Pinatubo

The most challenging part of my Philippines visit in October was trekking Pinatubo volcano. Not because of the trek itself, getting there is more of a challenge also because of strong restrictions for travellers of my age wanting to take the hiking tour. I was happy I made it in the end! Read more about Pinatubo clicking this link.18 hiking to pinatubo volcano philippines www.thesanetravel.com 1150293

10) The Philippines. Coron island hopping

I must say that Coron Island hopping is a real treat and paradise like views are all around you. Highly recommended. Read more clicking this link.19 coron island hopping philippines www.thesanetravel.com 1170740

11) Christmas tree in Vilnius

The Christmas tree of 2015 made Vilnius popular and last year they wanted to make it even better. I think they succeeded. What is your opinion?20 christmas tree 2016 vilnius lithuania www.thesanetravel.com 1180643 2

12) Gomel, Belarus

I think not many people outside Belarus know what Gomel is and where it’s located, still it’s well worth a visit mainly because of The Rumyantsev-Paskevich Residence, a place of high historical importance with incredible park and beautiful Palace pictured on the new 20 Belarusian rouble banknote. Take the opportunity to see all this and more from a viewing tower that actually served as a chimney before.21 palace gomel belarus www.thesanetravel.com 1180879

What were the highlights of your travels in 2016? Please share in the comments section!

  • Published by Anita on January 14, 2017

    Author: Anita Sāne

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    About the author
    Anita is a part time traveler, passionate photographer and a mature career woman
    from Latvia, 
    traveling mostly solo for more than 10 years. She is a skilled travel planner
    planning and executing her travels by herself. Follow Anita also on Instagram.




    #17 david 2017-01-25 00:14
    Initially, I had Vietnam Hands down!!! But, then Stockholm came along and finally the Phillipines knocking out the park
    Sarah Inkson
    #16 Sarah Inkson 2017-01-22 10:35
    Such gorgeous photos! I looks like you had so many amazing travel experiences in 2016. Everywhere you visited looks so amazing!
    #15 Adriana 2017-01-21 21:06
    First of all, your photos are extraordinary. They do the places justice. Second, this makes me feel bad because I've yet to visit these specific places. Thanks for sharing!
    #14 Agnes 2017-01-21 19:46
    As someone interested in photography too, I must compliment your photos. All great shots! You have been very lucky in 2016 and got to visit so many places. Do you also have a favorite one?
    Manjulika Pramod
    #13 Manjulika Pramod 2017-01-18 09:21
    You have put some amazing pictures. I must say 2016 was a great year for you.
    I loved all the clicks and I so wanna see Cinque Terre myself..
    #12 Emily 2017-01-17 23:21
    Wow - you really saw some diverse places last year, lucky you! I keep reading about the Philippines and it does look incredible, especially the hike up Mt Pinatubo (is it still active?). I've been to Italy but never the Cinque Terre which looks wonderful in your photos. I hope you're able to be just as adventurous in 2017!
    #11 Julian 2017-01-16 23:49
    Amazing trips you made! Definitely, lots os inspirations that I can get from here. I love the Philippines, perhaps we will do the Pinatubo trek next time - sounds like a great adventure. Many thanks, hope 2017 will be just as exciting!
    #10 kels 2017-01-16 23:13
    From your list, the Cinque Terre is the only one I have done (and loved so much) but the Philippines photos make that what I want to do most!
    #9 Shane 2017-01-16 20:41
    Such a varied list of experiences you had last year! Love how you mixed up your travels between Europe and Asia for the total package.
    #8 Joe 2017-01-16 19:20
    I've been to most of these countries, but not to any of these particular places. Looks like I missed out on quite a lot! Pinatubo and CoronnIsland hopping in the Philippines - a truly beautiful country that has lingered in my memory - have most certainly caught my eye, and are places I will be adding to my itinerary should I return to the Philippines in the future. A great 2016 for you indeed - thanks for sharing :-)

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