Recap of the year 2016

It is the last week of 2016 and time to reflect on the passing year. And what a year it has been! I looked back on what my travels brought me and I couldn’t go on without mentioning some of other important events in my life. So, let’s look through 2016.

1. Travelling done in 10 countries


Argentina was a part of my month long solo travel adventure in Latin America, which took place in March and April. I visited cities Buenos Aires, Cordoba, La Rioja, Mar del Plata, Mendoza and San Carlos de Bariloche.

Argentina Aconcagua Provincial Park Vanja Vodenik


The second country of my Latin America trip was Chile and cities Osorno, Pucón, Santiago and Valparaíso.

Valparaiso Chile


I did three weekend getaways in Croatia this year. As it’s a border country to Slovenia it’s perfect for quick trips. In May I went to Stara Baška on island Krk, in July I visited Zagreb and in September I had my only summer vacation in Crikvenica.

Crikvenica Kvarner Croatia beach Vanja Vodenik


This was my first agrotourism tour ever. In October I went on an excursion with my work and we visited Hortobágy national park, big farm in Hajdubözörmeny, vineyards in Eger and Tokaj wine regions and cities Budapest, Eger, Szentendre and Visegrad.

Hajdubozormeny farm Hungary


Italy is quickly accessible from Slovenia so trips there are not rare. In May I visited Padua, Ravenna and Rimini, in December Bologna in Christmas time. I also vent to Venice Marco Polo airport several times, because from there are the best prices on flights.

Padua Italy

the Netherlands

In October I did my third trip to this beautiful country. Luckily, there are so many cute cities to explore there. This trip I spend some time in Amsterdam, Almere, Edam, Delft, Leiden and Volendam.

Leiden the Netherlands

San Marino

The capital of San Marino – the San Marino City was a perfect weekend getaway in May.

San Marino City


My dearest home country still has a lot of undiscovered corners, although it is one of the smallest in the Europe. This year I visited for the first time the river Kolpa region and Bela Krajina region with cities Črnomelj and Metlika.

Kolpa Slovenia


It has been four years since I studied in Madrid and I finally returned to this city that I call my second home. I visited Spanish capital in December and it welcomed me full of Christmas lights and prettier than ever.

Madrid Spain


The third country of my Latin America trip surprised me with beautiful cities Colonia del Sacramento, Montevideo and Punta del Este.

Montevideo Uruguay

3 new countries visited

As you may know, I am collecting countries and it’s not an easy task. However, this year I visited for the first time three countries. They were Chile, San Marino and Uruguay. Click on the links to read more about my travels there.

Colonia del Sacramento Uruguay

2. Most popular on blog and social media

Most popular blog post

I guess you all have an appreciation for the Italian history, culture, food and fashion, because the most read blog post was my travel guide for Milan, Italy. If you still didn’t read “A day and a half in Milan (on a budget)” click here.

 Milan Italy

9 best photos on Instagram

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Facebook post that reached and engaged most people

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3. Other important events I can’t forget while talking about 2016

New professional title

This September I finally added the title of Master of Political Science to my already obtained title of Bachelor of Journalism. This means I finished my studies for probably for ever! My Master’s thesis’s title – Relationship between media and politics: the case of Argentina – was a bit connected to my travels. When I was travelling through Argentina I observed the media and media consumption there.

Vanja Vodenik master of political science Faculty of Social Sciences University of Ljubjana Slovenia

Started a travel blog

I am dating the 16th of November 2016 as the birthday of the Marshmallow Travels, because this was the date I bought the domain name. Of course the idea of having a travel blog dates a few months earlier and the date of the first blog post four days later. You can read more about that in About section of my blog. So now it’s not even two months that I can call myself a travel blogger. In the meantime, I learned a lot about having and maintaining a web page, social media, but most important with every blog post I learn a great deal about the destination I write about. And it’s the best way to enjoy one’s travel memories.

travel blog Marshmallow Travels Vanja Vodenik

Became a wine lover

I have been drinking wine for a few years now, however, I never imagined I would describe myself as a wine lover. Until this year I did not have an opinion about what kind of wine I like the most, I didn’t know how to serve wine, which wine goes with what kind of food or what does a quality wine taste like. Although I am still a long way from being a wine expert, I am absolutely a wine lover now. It all started this March with wine tour in Mendoza, Argentina. I got to know in depth how the wine is produced, I did two wine tastings and I carried wine bottles of Argentinian malbec wine for quite some part of my trip. They made it safely to Slovenia. My wine love affair continued with getting to know more about Slovenian wines, which are by the way on the best in the world! I also did wine tasting in Eger and Tokay in Hungary and finished a year with reconnecting with Spanish wines. I did a quick wine tasting at the Barajas airport in Madrid, Spain. And just yesterday, I went to buy Spanish and Argentinian wines in Slovenia. Their tastes remind me of my travels in the countries they origin from.

wine Mendoza Argentina

4. So all is left for 2016 on this blog for me to wish you …

For coming year 2017 I wish you all to travel as much as your heart desires, to explore new and old places and to achieve all that you wish for. And have a great celebration this weekend! Happy new year guys! 🙂

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2 Replies to “Recap of the year 2016”

  1. Sounds like an amazing year! Loved your 2016 recap post ??

    1. Marshmallow Travels says: Reply

      Thanks Saša! It was! 🙂 Can’t wait to start new adventures of 2017 next weekend! 😉

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