Top 5 Travel Experiences in 2016

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These were my top 5 traveling experiences in 2016.

As a traveler, 2016 was without any doubt one of my best years. Even though I must admit that I didn’t discovered many new destinations, this year gave me the opportunity to rediscover some that I have already visited but looking at them from different perspectives. This is the reason why I decided to recap some of the most amazing experiences I lived in 2016 traveling. These were my favorite 5:

1. TBEX Europe

My TBEx Landyard -

Since Summer 2015 I was preparing myself to attend my first TBEX. I have already read so much about TBEX, some great experiences, others not so great. The truth is that once I left to Stockholm (for third time) I knew that experience was going to be unforgettable.

Stockholm and TBEX made possible the fact to meet so many wonderful online people offline and at the same time to reunite with some I have already met before. Its always exciting to meet someone new and say “Hey, I read your article!” Its finally being able to meet the human being behind those articles you have already enjoyed.

TBEX took me for second time in my life to ABBA The Museum, that as you might have read before, is one of my favorite museums. While attending TBEX I also had the chance to be part of two Pre-Tours: one about the art on the Stockholm subways station and a Sodermalm Food Tour. As well, I had the opportunity to go on a Post-trip to the city of Norrköping (city I almost missed).

All the experiences I lived during those days in fact were some of the best things that happened to me in 2016.


2. Spend my birthday in Perugia, Italy

Casa del Cioccolato Perugina, Baci - Perugia, Italy -

Definitely, this was the best birthday of my life. I arrived to Perugia two days before my 27th birthday and I knew exactly what I was going to do: enjoy the food, walk, discover a lot more of Perugian views, and visit the Baci Perugia chocolate factory. I spent my birthday doing the chocolate factory tour and I gave myself a half kg of Baci chocolates.

As you might imagine, I also ate a lot of gelato there but also, pasta, pizza and those famous italian apperitivi. I never stop saying that Perugia is my favorite city in the world.

 * Shame on me that my post about the Baci Perugina chocolate factory tour is still not available in English. If you want to check it out in Spanish, press here. Hopefully, in a few weeks this will be available in English. UPDATE: You can find the English version here.

3. Moving to Girona, Spain to start my Masters Degree

Girona, Spain -

Mi primer día en Girona

While I was celebrating my birthday in Italy I received the best message ever: I was admitted to the Cultural Tourism Masters in the University of Girona. I knew this was something I wanted to do, because it represented a lot of benefits in my careers as a blogger and also, it will teach me a lot of lessons needed to be an entrepreneur in the fields I love the most: traveling and cultures. In that exact moment, Girona represented a question mark for me. It was a city I have not visited before. The closest I had been until that moment was Barcelona, and that was way before I considered blogging.

Three months laters after arriving to this city, I still think this has been one of the best decisions of my life. Everyday is a new opportunity to become a better human being and professional.

Check the reasons why I prefer living in Spain rather than Miami.

4. Going back to Italy

Aguileia Roman Ruins - Italy -

Thanks to a well known airline that had a sale from Girona to Pisa, Italy in 11€ roundtrip, I was able to go back to Italy in November. This time I visited the north of the country. Thanks to my friend Johanette, I had the chance to visit Udine, Cividale del Friuli, Grado and Aquileia. Over there I got to try some of the most amazing Italian food I ever tried (and it was different, because it was authentic food from the region of Friuli, not the traditional pasta!)

Spaghetti Alle Vongole - Grado, Italy -

Spaghetti Alle Vongole in Grado, Italy

Frico - Friuli, Italia -

The amazing Friulian Frico (Made of potatoes and cheese)

After those days in northern Italy (and after having planned that I would come back by Pisa) I decided to go back to Perugia for the love of volleyball, Luciano De Cecco and Aleksandar Atanasijevic. It was in that moment that I decided to reschedule my bus trip and spent 15 hours in the bus (with no food, I admit I’m bad at packing food!) just to see my favorite team playing. It was worth all the effort.

Luciano De Cecco - Perugia, Italy -

The Argentine setter of Perugia, (This isn’t the best day of the year, but of my whole life! My biggest crush in the world!) Luciano De Cecco.

Aleksandr Atanasijevic - Perugia, Italy -

My serbian love, Aleksander Atanasijevic


5. Going back to Oslo in Summer and exploring the museums

National Library - Oslo -

Thanks to the support of Visit Oslo, I had the opportunity to explore the city of Oslo for the third time in my life and rediscover places that I have already been to discover for the first time. Of the places I visited, my favorites were the National Library which had an exposition about Nora, the character from Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” and the Ibsen Museum (pretty obvious I’m a fan of Ibsen’s theater, right?) and the Folkmuseet.

If you want to read more about the top things to do in Oslo

The “not so good” about traveling…

The worst thing about traveling so much was feeling completely alone in certain moments. I always travel on my own, but that feeling of extreme loneliness was something new. It was for that reason that I discussed it on this article I wrote for Huffington Post.

In general, 2016 was an amazing year. I’m anxious to know what 2017 will bring when it comes to travel and new experiences.

Brenda: + 34 years old + Puerto Rican + Viajera Boricua + Master in Cultural Tourism + Foreign Language Major + Hispanic Studies Minor + Portuguese + Italian + Russian + Literature Freak + ♥’s Indie Music + Volleyball Enthusiast + Tricolor do Morumbi(SPFC) + San Antonio Spurs +


  • January 18, 2017

    It sounds like you’ve had a busy year. 2017 should be a busy one as well with your masters to complete (massive congratulations). I look forward to hearing about your adventures soon.

  • January 18, 2017

    It seems like 2016 was a great year for you! I mean writing an article for Huffington post is quite incredible and should be something worth sharing! 🙂 Congrats on your journey and may 2017 be filled with even better experiences.

  • January 18, 2017

    What an amazing 2016 has been for you – and such wonderful news to have received on your birthday. My Masters was in digital art – I only wish now it could have been on Cultural Tourism (Wow! Good choice and congrats.)

  • January 18, 2017

    You have a lot going on last year, and it seems like Italy was a huge part of it! 🙂

  • January 18, 2017

    Well, by looking at this post one has to conclude that you did have a great year, good for you! Keep it up. 🙂

  • January 18, 2017

    What a great travel experiences you have! Food in Italy is heavenly. I miss gelato, pizza, pasta and a lot more. 🙂

  • January 18, 2017

    Sounds like you had a great 2016! Well done on making some awesome decisions and inspiring others to travel! All the best for 2017 🙂

  • January 18, 2017

    Nothing wrong with rediscovering old favorites! A lot of my travels in 2016 were about revising old places and seeing them with new eyes. Thanks for the travel inspiration – I’m based in Berlin so can easily hop over to many of the places you mentioned on that well-known airline 😛

  • January 19, 2017

    I always travel with someone. Mostly my husband. I am based in the Middle East and that is the culture and way of life here. Congrats on getting into uni. I’d want to do a course like that too but its not offered in many countries and universities i believe. Hope you have a better 2017

  • January 19, 2017

    The pasta looks delicious! Would make me want to go too. xx Morgan


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