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A Brummie Home and Abroad – My Favourite 10 Posts of 2017!

A compilation of my own favourite blog posts from 2017

My favourite A Brummie Home and Abroad posts of 2017 are not necessarily those that have been the most popular so here are some other 2017 posts (in no particular order!) which I think deserve a little bit of love!


48 hours in Birmingham: Yes I finally did a guide to my own city! It was a chance to highlight some of my favourite bars, restaurants and hidden gems in Brum. And with new spots opening up all the time – and not getting around half of the new openings in 2017 – 2018 looks set to be just as busy as I up my Birmingham-blogging game

Like a Local - Birmingham

Cycling Stanley Park: Or more aptly, how NOT to cycle in Stanley Park. That is, try not to mow down oblivious pedestrians. In my defence, my choices were a) mow down the pedestrians on the cycle path; b) throw myself through the undergrowth towards the pedestrian path (and the sea); or c) haul myself into the road in front of an oncoming vehicle. What would you do?

Vancouver by night Image by CPF Photography

Shaking my booty at the Big Birmingham Soul Night: Mr Fletche and I enjoyed this 2017 Northern Soul event so much that we’ve already booked for 2018! We still haven’t learnt any more swanky moves but I look forward to wobbling around the dancefloor with more confidence this time round!


How to Organise a Girl’s Trip to Alicante: In 2017 my lovely friends Ann and Clare helped me kick off my 40th birthday celebrations in style with a quick trip to Alicante. Except in typical fashion I took over all the organisation – here’s a humorous look at how to deal with a control freak travel organiser (spoiler: just let her (me) get on with it!)

Girls Trip to Alicante

A Brummie Home and Abroad Guide to Luxembourg City: Out of the places we visited in 2017, Luxembourg was possibly the quirkiest. For a capital city, it’s tiny and three days was possibly a little long to spend here! However we did make the most of Luxembourg’s efficient and cheap public transport system to get out and about and see some castles!

Three days in Luxembourg

A Carry-On Convert…: One thing that was great about our trip to Luxembourg was that it was our first opportunity to test out going carry-on only! I got so good at packing light that for our November trip to London all my clothes were packed in one small handbag…

Carry-On Convert

Conquering Mount Snowdon (the sequel): This was one of my “things-to-do-before-40” things, and after an aborted attempt in March I finally successfully climbed Snowdon! And I moaned and cried. A lot.

After an initial aborted attempt to climb Mount Snowdon in March, it's time to face the mountain once more...

15 ways to recreate that holiday experience in your own living room: Because we’re able to be flexible when we travel, we don’t tend to go away in the main summer holiday months of July and August. So this post was written whilst my social media timelines were full of friends and family enjoying sandy beaches and endless cocktails…

Not going away this summer? Jealous that your Instagram and Facebook Feeds are full of pictures of sun-drenched beaches and umbrella-filled cocktails? Here are 15 ways to have a holiday at home this summer...

Alternative Weekend in London: We spent a great – if tiring – weekend in London in May trying to tick off an alternative checklist. It was also a weekend of firsts, with our first AirBnB experience, our first time getting a National Express Coach and our first time trying to experience London like a local by brunching in Victoria Park! However rooftop cocktails and the Sky Garden are probably still pretty touristy…

London is exhausting. Find out here how we managed to walk over 30 miles during our alternative London city break!

Why I’ll never be Insta-Famous…: I know I said these weren’t in any particular order but I think this may be my favourite and judging by some of the comments, this resonates with a lot of people! However since writing this blog you will notice an increased number of “back-of-head” and “wistfully-looking-into-the-distance” shots on my Instagram feed, and I did purchase a bright red coat almost exclusively because “it’ll look great on Instagram…”. And because it was cheap (thanks Primark).



Are my favourites your favourites? Have you discovered something new? What have you enjoyed reading on A Brummie Home and Abroad this year? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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17 responses to “A Brummie Home and Abroad – My Favourite 10 Posts of 2017!”

  1. Love this idea 😊 it is so amazing to look back and just see how much you managed to write. Top stuff here too.

  2. This is a good idea for a post! I may have to copy the idea if you don’t mind?

  3. This a good idea for a blog post. I have a few of my posts that I really like, but didn’t seem to get the love from others that I expected. I may be trying this out on my blog too 🙂

  4. Ritu says:

    You know I loved your Brummy Soul Night piece… but there are so many great pieces out there you have written!

  5. rachaelstray says:

    I’m going to be checking out your living room one when everyone is away in the summer holidays and we aren’t! Love posts that look back on other ones. I might adapt this style of post for my blogiversary later this year!

  6. LaurenEph says:

    This is a lovely post – and shows you how much you got up to and how much you travelled in 2017!

  7. This is great! Love your list. Some of them are my new favorites now!

  8. My favourite was Vancouver to the Rockies (!! Jasper is one of my favourite places, so any blog post that involves it is my favourite ☺ Next time you are in Canada you have to head further east!!!

  9. I loved the instafamous post but they’re all great! Really good variety that show off your talents.

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