Highlights of my 2017 travels in 12 pictures


2017 was a wonderful travel year for me. I’ve added two new countries, Greece and Israel, 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. I hope some of my travels of 2017 can become travel inspiration for your travels in 2018.

1) Minsk, Belarus. March

I have had a great opportunity to explore this country and feel a bit as an expert of Belarus travel. A highlight of my many Belarus trips is street art walk in Minsk from early March.10 minsk street art belarus www.thesanetravel.com 1200520Read more about Street art of Minsk clicking this link.

2) Israel. March

The main reason for visiting Jerusalem and Israel in March was attending my third TBEX: travel bloggers’ conference. One of the most memorable moments of my two weeks trip in the country was watching the sunrise at Mitzpe Ramon. Mitzpe Ramon, a jewel of the Negev desert, is really one of the hidden treasures of Israel. I have no doubt that the magnificent Ramon Crater that sits on the edge of the town will be world-famous someday, so get there before all the tourist crowds to really enjoy something unique. Makhtesh Ramon is an awesome 38 km long, 6 km wide and 450 meter deep crater and it will blow your mind.11 mitzpe ramon israel www.thesanetravel.com 1220005Read more about Ramon crater clicking this link.

3) Venice, Italy. April

Italy is my all-time love country. However, I have never been to Venice before. So I used the opportunity to fill this gap last year. Watching the sunset over Venice while going by boat to Lido Island was just breathtaking.12 sunset in venice www.thesanetravel.com 1240614See my two day Venice itinerary clicking this link.

4) Warsaw, Poland. May

In 2016 I visited Krakow just passing through Warsaw on my way to Krakow. So I decided that Warsaw was worth exploring a bit more than I did on my weekend trip. Walking Old town and visiting Lazienki Park was really awesome.13 castle square warsaw www.thesanetravel.com 1260766See my one day Warsaw itinerary clicking this link.

5) Southern Latvia with Rundale Palace. June

I made a wish to travel more in my own country to admire it fully. So I did several day and weekend trips in Latvia in summer and autumn. The first one was to Southern part of Latvia including a real gem of the country Rundale Palace with splendid architecture and a beautiful garden carefully renovated by its staff. It’s located just 70 kilometres from Riga.14 rundale palace latvia thesanetravel.com 1270460Read more about my day trip to Rundale and more clicking this link.

6) Kaunas, Lithuania. July

I have been to Vilnius, capital of Lithuania quite often recently and I wanted to add Kaunas experience as well so I did this day road trip to our neighbouring country. One more reason for visiting was that Kaunas has just been voted one of the two European Capitals of Culture for 2022. I was impressed by what I saw.15 Kaunas municipality Lithuania thesanetravel.com 1270931Read more about things to do in Kaunas clicking this link.

7) Kuldīga, Latvia. July

I must say that Kuldīga is one of the most beautiful towns of Latvia but my impressions were a bit outdated because I haven’t been there for quite long time. I can testify that Kuldīga is blossoming and has become much more beautiful since my last visit. Very much recommended.16 kuldiga latvia thesanetravel.com 1280462Read more about Kuldiga clicking this link.

8) Greece, August

Even though the main reason for my week long trip to Greece for the first time was visiting Meteora monasteries which were stunning, I want to highlight my day trip to Vikos gorge from Ioannina. I think this place deserves much more attention from travellers. By the way, Vikos gorge is recorded as the world’s deepest canyon, 900 meters deep, in Guinness book of records in 1997.17 north pindos national park thesanetravel.com 1300513Read more about Vikos gorge clicking this link.

9) Rainbow Mountains, China. September

Visiting Rainbow Mountains in China was on my bucket list since I saw pictures of this place on the Internet. I was only afraid that those pictures were too much photoshopped. Of course they were, but maybe not too much. I was not disappointed. With a new infrastructure of the region in place, it was an awesome visit.18 danxia china thesanetravel.com 1320862Read about visiting Rainbow mountains clicking this link.

10) Avatar Mountains, China. September

It was another item on my China bucket list. These mountains look almost unreal and Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is huge with lots of things to see. Just be warned, place is very popular among Chinese tourists, therefore, it can be very crowded especially on weekends and National holidays.19 avatar mountains china thesanetravel.com 124753Read more about visiting Avatar mountains clicking this link.

11) Iceland. November

The main reason going to Iceland was attending TRABLIN international summit for travel bloggers and influencers (TIS) in Reykjavik. I was happy to use a generous Pre- TIS experience offer and had a great opportunity to see the best of Iceland. I must admit Iceland has become much livelier since my last visit many years ago. I enjoyed the most my glacier walk experience which I did for the first time.20 iceland glacier tour thesanetravel.com 1340808Read about my glacier walk experience clicking this link.

12) Vilnius, Lithuania. December

The Christmas tree of 2015 made Vilnius popular and it was the first year I saw it. So now it’s become kind of a tradition for me to see the tree every year in Vilnius. It was the third time last December. Even though this year the tree was a bit similar to the one a year before I very much liked it. Our neighbours have done a great job!21 vilnius christmas thesanetravel.com 1360515Read about what to see in Vilnius in December clicking this link. Interested in my travel highlights of 2016? Read about them clicking this link.

So it was not all my travels of 2017 but the most impressive ones I wanted to share with you. Read about these and others in my blog posts. What were the highlights of your travels in 2017? And what are your travel plans for 2018? Please share in the comments section!



  • Published by Anita in January 06, 2018

    Author: Anita Sāne

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    About the author
    Anita is a part-time traveller, passionate photographer and a retired career woman from Latvia, 
    travelling mostly solo for more than 15 years. She is a skilled travel planner who plans and executes her travels by herself. Anita wants to show you how to travel the world and open your mind to new experiences. Follow her on FacebookInstagramPinterestTwitter and Bloglovin.


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    Anita,I just discovered your blog today and I love it. I'm a retired criminal law professor, aged 75. I have traveled to over 70 countries and all the continents. Last year I spent 7 of 12 months traveling outside of the USA. I'm a resident of Atlanta, GA.This year I would like to travel to Ginsu area of China and visit the Rainbow Mtns., Gobi Desert. Silk Route, Great Wall sites as well as Mongolia and Tibet. Your Rainbow Mt. does not mention ant of the above sites in any detail. I'm wondering whether you toured any of these areas or your thoughts on the feasibility of combining all of these in one trip.Thanks for all the solo traveler information.

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