Travel Round Up 2017 - Lucy Williams Global - Travel and Cruising

It has been quite a year of travel for me, so a travel roundup for 2017, I had to write!

This year has been an unusual year, as I have been to so many places in just the space of a year and this is why I started writing this blog.

I started the year in Italy, had a short trip to the UK and then flew to Los Angeles to join the world cruise.

World Cruise

I was very lucky that my husband was put on a ship that had the world cruise as an itinerary. So, of course, I had to tag along!

It was a wonderful experience visiting so many places in the space of 111 days and I met some fantastic people onboard.

On the world cruise, I went to Bora Bora and Tahiti in French Polynesia, Bay of Islands and Auckland in New Zealand, Sydney and Cairns in Australia and Rabaul in Papua New Guinea.

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Guam in Micronesia, Kaohsiung in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Sanya in China, Singapore, Phuket in Thailand, Cochin and Mumbai in India, Dubai in the UAE and Petra in Jordan.

 

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Rhodes, Chania, Zakynthos in Greece, Bari, Trapani and Venice in Italy, Hvar and Sibenik in Croatia, Valletta in Malta, Chefchaoen in Morocco and Portimao in Portugal.

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Hamilton in Bermuda, Fort Lauderdale in the USA, Oranjestad in Aruba, Santa Marta in Colombia, San Juan de Sur in Nicaragua, Acajutla in El Salvador, La Paz in Mexico and Los Angeles in the USA.

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We sailed through the Suez Canal in Egypt and the Panama Canal in Panama. I stayed on for one more cruise and also went to Puntarenas in Costa Rica and Cabo San Lucas in Mexico.

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111 Days Sailing Round the World | The World Cruise in Photos

Italy and the UK

After this amazing experience of going to 38 ports and 6 continents, I went back to the UK and then to Italy. I spent a summer in Genoa and visited Sardinia, Lake Como and Camogli.

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Genoa | Camogli | Sardinia

Alaska

Then I flew to Seattle at the end of August to join my husband onboard the ship. While I was onboard we sailed around Alaska to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria in Canada.

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Ketchikan | Juneau | Glacier Bay | Skagway

West Coast of Canada and USA

After the Alaska season finished we sailed down to Vancouver in Canada, then Oregon, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles in the USA.

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Oregon | San Francisco | Santa Barbara

Hawaii and French Polynesia

A quick cruise to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan in Mexico, then on to Hawaii and French Polynesia. We went to Hilo in Hawaii, Honolulu in Oahu, Lahaina in Maui and Nawiliwili in Kauai.

After lots of days at sea, we stopped in Pago Pago in American Samoa. Then on to Bora Bora, Tahiti and Moorea in French Polynesia and back to LA.

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Hawaii | Oahu | Maui | Kauai | French Polynesia

Mexico 

After this lovely long cruise, we sailed around the west coast of Mexico to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Ensenada. We stopped in Catalina Island an island just off LA.

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Mexico | Catalina Island

End of Year

I flew back to Italy from LA in December and have spent the last month of the year in Genoa in Italy.

This year I have been to 29 countries and I cannot quite believe it! I know next year will not be like this, but I am looking forward to what the new year will bring.

I would like to thank you for reading and supporting me in my first year of blogging. I have really enjoyed writing and sharing my travel, cruise and packing tips.

 

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Christmas in Lake Como | Christmas in Genoa

I would like to hear from you! What would you like to read about? More behind the scenes onboard? More about Italy or the UK? More cruise tips? Let me know as I like to answer your questions and many of my blog posts have started from a question I have been asked.

I would like to wish you a wonderful new year and I will see you in 2018!

Happy Travels!

Love Lucy x

P.S. Here are my favourite travels items that I always travel with.

Eastpak medium luggage and hand luggage, as it is lightweight before you put anything in them.

Packing Cubes for easy and organised packing.

Portable phone charger to charge your phone on the go, for travelling and out and about site seeing.

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Back to Reality Returning Home After Travelling - Lucy Williams Global

I have returned home after three months of travelling around Alaska, the Californian Coast, Mexico, Hawaii and French Polynesia and reality has hit me!

Real life after travelling is nice but overwhelming!

If you have been following my travels you will know I travel with my husband that works onboard a cruise ship. Hence my blog tagline ‘The Travelling Wife Cruising Around the World’.

Alaska

This has been another long trip, but it was lovely to see Alaska properly. I have worked many Alaska seasons when I was still working onboard, but I never really saw much.

This time I made the most of my 4 weeks there and visited glaciers up close from a small boat to landing on top of one in a helicopter. I saw wildlife up close and totem poles.

Glacier Bay | Juneau | Ketchikan | Skagway

Californian Coast

After sailing around Alaska, we sailed south to the California coast and on the way we stopped in Astoria, Oregon. This was a new port for me and I enjoyed a lovely tour of the Oregon coast.

We then sailed to San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. The weather was great whilst in these port so I saw the Golden Gate Bridge in its full glory.

Santa Barbara was a food and drink day on an amazing food tour and LA was spent in Long Beach catching up with friends.

Oregon Coast | San Francisco | Santa Barbara

Hawaii & French French Polynesia

I went back to Hawaii and French Polynesia. It was fantastic to go back to Hawaii and French Polynesia as they are my favourites! Especially Bora Bora in French Polynesia, pure paradise.

It took a long time to get down there, only 8 days at sea! But it is worth it in the end when you get there. I got to see another new port; Pago Pago in American Samoa on the way down to French Polynesia. It is a beautiful little lush tropical island.

Hawaii Oahu | Kauai | Maui | French Polynesia

Mexico

We spent a lot of time in Mexico on seven cruises to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. They were nice for the margaritas!

Also, short mini cruises of 4/5 days either just to Cabo San Lucas or to Ensenada and Catalina Island, California. Catalina Island was another new port for me and it was a nice new place to go, a really pretty island across the water from Los Angeles.

Mexico | Catalina Island

Back Home

Since I have been back home my feet have not touched the ground. After a 14 hour flight, I have been suffering from jet lag. I wish my body would just understand and sleep at night-time!

Within two days of being at home, we have been to Lake Como, lovely but I would have preferred a week at home to recover!

Now, it is time to get ready for Christmas, our tree is up, the turkey is ordered and the Christmas shopping is done. If you need a helping hand with your Christmas shopping check out my gift guides for travellers and cruisers.

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It’s Not the End!

I love to travel so, even though I am home there will be lots of travel blog posts from around Italy and the UK and you will be reading them very soon!

Happy Holidays

Love Lucy x

Back to Reality Returning Home After Travelling - Lucy Williams Global