My Top 5 Experiences of 2017

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2017 feels like just yesterday, but we are already halfway through 2018 and i've only just managed to get around to writing this... 5 months later.
(I'm on island time - that still counts in the UK right?)
In this post I want to share with you my top 5 experiences from last year, from cruising down the Kerala Backwaters in India to gawping at meteor showers in England, to give you a few ideas of what to do for the rest of this year!
 

My top 5 experiences from 2017:
 

1. Cruising the Kerala Backwaters

In October 2017 I went on a group trip to get my first taste of India. With a fantastic tour leader, we were led around the highlights of Kerala. From drifting past palm trees and friendly locals on a traditional house boat to filming elephants (and leeches!) in Periyar National Park, it was a great introduction to India.
 

2. The Geminids Meteor Shower

Bright shooting stars zooming across the sky - with more than 100 sightings per minute, the Geminids are one of the most famous meteor showers to be seen in England with the naked eye. Last December I wandered out into my back garden at around midnight and stared at the sky in awe as I saw star after star shoot across the sky. I have no words to describe how amazing this was - especially if your into astrology. This year it is rumoured that you can catch them on the night of December 13-14, they peak at around 2am.
You. Will. Not. Regret. This.
 

3. Heli Lounge Bar, Kuala Lumpur

A helipad turned rooftop bar with 360 degree panoramic views of the city? Yes please.
In May last year, I booked (the day before - of course) a trip to Bali via Kuala Lumpur. We had a rushed stop over and managed to fit in a trip to the super cool Heli Lounge Bar (theres always time for wine). This secretive bar is located in what appears to be a standard office block in the Bukit Bintang region. Head to the 34th floor and you'll find your way into an aviation-themed lounge bar, head through the secret doorway and up two more flights of stairs and you'll reach the jaw-dropping 36th floor; with no barriers, music and gorgeous candle-lit tables in the evening, it's one of the most beautiful sights in the city. Find it now!

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4. Swimming through Koh Mook Cave, Koh Lanta

Glorious Thailand, with its azure waters and palm fringed beaches, there is SO much to see. A real highlight for me was Koh Mook Cave (aka the Emerald Cave). Jump off of a speedboat and head towards a small opening underneath towering limestone cliffs. After an 80 (ish) meter swim, (part of which is in pitch black - at this point i clutched Elise's arm like a vice) you reach a small beach surrounded 360 degrees by limestone walls. The only way in and out is the cave from which you have just appeared. This beautiful enclosed location is said to be a historical place where pirates used to store their riches. The beach is only accessible at certain times as the tide rises and the whole thing is filled with water, making it impossible to swim back through! 


5. Swimming with turtles in Bali

Gili Trawangan has a bit of a reputation for boozy-backpackers, that's cool if that's what your looking for, but if you want to see a different side of the island head over to the silver jewellery store 'Yin' and take part in their silver making class. The guys that teach this are AMAZING and, as well as making some rings whilst I was there, I had the pleasure of having a chat with them. They explained what the island used to be like 10 years ago and offered to take us aboard a boat to go snorkelling whilst they fished. Taking us to the best places, we had the boat to ourselves with no other tourists and they even found three or four large turtles for us to film.

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So there we have it, my top 5 moments of 2017. If you have any questions or want more info on how to do any of the above please do contact me on the socials below or in the comments section!

Hayley GarnerComment