The end of the year always gets me thinking. How did it all go? How does 2016 compare to the years that proceeded it? It was a year of mountainous highs and bottom-of-the-ocean lows. Like most people, I find it a lot easier to remember the negative. But the year that brought us the horrors of Brexit, also gave me a lot to smile about.

To spread a bit of 2016-positivity, I thought I’d share some of my top moments of the year. When I think about it, this year was actually a cracker.

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Day three already! This one was not the greatest for me, as I found myself on the brink of sunstroke after being in the oppressive afternoon sun. Queuing and exploring in the baking 35 degree sun got the better of me, but thankfully I managed to gulp down a few bottles of water, eat an emergency hot dog and stayed out of the sun for the rest of the day, and I escaped being seriously ill. It was a slightly concerning few hours, though.

We did a lot when the sun wasn’t quite so intense, including going into the incredibly iconic colosseum. We managed to get in for free, and I’ll explain how you can as well. I also have tips for visiting the Roman Forum, and can recommend a beautiful free sunset spot with a great atmosphere.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy vlog number three in Rome, and read on for my recommendations.

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Day two in Rome was a big one! We walked over 15 km, and much of that was slowly plodding around the Vatican museums, surrounded by oppressive tour groups. We also found a castle, twirled around in St Peter’s Square, and ate at the most amazing Italian restaurant. We noticed that we were the only tourists in there when we sat down, which gave us a good idea of the food quality – and we were proved right – it was amazing.

Read on for my vlog, photos, and tips.

Day two highlights: 

  • Food. Ice cream near the castle, and the best pasta ever
  • An extensive tour of the Vatican
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St Peter’s Square
  • 2017 Pope Calendar (yes, really)
  • The Castle

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I have exciting news!

If you follow me on twitter, you may have noticed that I’ve recently bought a Canon G7X and decided to give vlogging a go during my international travels. My good friends Rebecca and Beka vlogged some of our time working as Cast Members in Disney World and I love looking back at those videos. That, alongside some of my favourite Disney vloggers, inspired me to get vlogging. My trip to Rome seemed like the perfect chance to give it a go, and I’m fairly happy with the result.

I shot videos during all four of the days of our trip, and I’m going to edit and upload one per week for the next month. The first is ready for your viewing pleasure now, so read on to find it. I’d love to know what you think, so please do leave a comment.

I’ll also share my hints, tips and highlights on my blog to give you a realistic look at the city. If you’re planning a trip yourself, it should give you some inspiration as well.

Day one highlights: 

  • Flew from Heathrow to Rome with British Airways
  • Checked into the Beverly Hills Hotel Rome
  • Got lost in a creepy underground tunnel
  • Joined a free walking tour, seeing the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and more
  • Ate beautiful pizza and lasagna

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It’s finally happened and I’m off on another international adventure. It may not be a long haul flight or involve multiple destinations, but I am very excited to be going to Rome, Italy for the first time. The last time I was in Italy was for a school visit to Pompeii when I was 15, so a trip back is well over-due.

Rome is definitely a city with a lot of historic sights. From the Colosseum to the Vatican, there will be a lot of walking around and gazing up in wonder at the ancient buildings around us. During our four days in the city, I hope that we also get a chance to see Rome as it is today, whether that be areas that are more off the beaten track, or places where the locals like to eat, drink and shop.

Rather than going hard with a huge plan like I would do on a Disney holiday, we’re playing it cool with a rough idea of where we want to go to during the trip. If you’d like to follow along, I’ll be tweeting and instagramming through the long weekend. If you miss it, don’t worry, because I’m also going to be filming my first ever vlogs while we’re there. Exciting! Read on to find out what we’ll be getting up to.

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