Ten Best Travel Moments of 2016

Ah, my last post of the year. I’m getting a little choked up. I know this is cliché and every travel blogger does this, but I must Yes, we like to number things and make lists; it’s really more for me than you. Can I have this selfish moment? I had a crazy year with probably the most traveling I’ve ever done, all while having a full-time job.   I’ve seen many fairytale places this year and had some rugged adventures. I discovered my inner hiker and accomplished things I didn’t think were physically possible for me. Maybe you’ve been with me for these moments, maybe not. In case you missed it, here are Wandering Redhead’s best travel moments of 2016!

Ljubliana, Slovenia

 (Maybe the Most Beautiful City I’ve Ever Seen)

Four Days in Magical Slovenia

From the first few seconds walking through this idyllic city I was smitten. Pink churches, dragons and castle on the hill. What more could a princess ask for? Oh yes….don’t forget the nice people and delicious food. Ljubljana still seems like a dream.

Hiking Trolltunga, Norway

Hiking Trolltunga

Trolltunga basically owned me the second I saw a picture on Instagram. I’m like…where the hell is that place and how do I get there? Well, a year or so later add a few pain killers and massages and I saw it.  Worth every knee throbbing second!

Seeing the Famous Old Bridge of Mostar, Bosnia

Bosnia Europe's Best Kept Secret

I decided to visit Mostar because of course I saw this magical bridge picture but little did I know that the entire town, not to mention all of Bosnia,  is astonishingly charming with old world influence, hospitable people and fabulous food! I am so glad I stayed a few days here and didn’t limit myself to a day trip from Dubrovnik.

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is a world wonder and on everybody’s list. I was surprised by how much more special it was after hiking the grueling Inca Trail, which by itself, is an intriguing beautiful experience.

Swimming with Pigs

(And Sharks, And Stingrays, And Lizards)

Best Moments 2016

The Exumas, an island chain in the Bahamas, is only one hour by plane from my home in Miami but I only recently had the pleasure of experiencing this unspoiled remote paradise.

Lake Bled in the Slovenian Alps

Four Magical Days in Slovenia

Is this even real? I thought this when I first saw pictures of Lake Bled. I also thought the same when I actually saw it in person. I’m still not sure.

Hiking Rainbow Mountain, Peru

Rainbow Mountain

This was another place you have to see to believe. It’s a challenging hike at crazy high altitudes and I did it while recovering from food poisoning and would not have missed Rainbow Mountain for the world.

Attending a Wedding in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik Game of Thrones

Dubrovnik is such a sparkly gem…who couldn’t love this place. Coming here with a group of crazies and doing fun wedding related activated including a Game of Thrones tour gave a whole new meaning to the word fun.

Winter Magic in Iceland

Best Moments of 2016

Many people thought I was crazy going to Iceland in winter, but after living in Miami, the chance to wear winter clothes excited me just a tad. Just kidding…that’s not the only reason I went in the winter. Iceland intrigued me…and I wanted to see the Aurora. I’m actually still here as I write this and had the most incredible day ever. I think I’m going to ask this glacier lagoon to marry me.

Working with Refugees in Greece

Best Moments of 2016

This was a bittersweet moment. I was saying good bye to these sweet children, who I had spent the week with, and I was literally sobbing and continued crying for days, off and on for weeks. Volunteering with refugees was one of the most profound experiences of my life, and I’m proud to say that my blog post about it has been among my most popular posts with many readers contacting me because they want to go help. THIS is why I started blogging. This is my passion…bringing attention to people and places that need attention. I plan to do much more of this in 2017.

This was my first year of travel blogging, something I only started to take seriously in May. I unleashed my inner gypsy and she is out of control, so watch out 2017, this crazy redhead will literally be all over the globe. I hope to bring you even more exciting adventures, touching stories and inspiring photos.

Happy New Year!


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Ten Best Travel Moments 2016

About The Author

Cherene Saradar

Cherene is a travel expert with 30 years of experience in over 100 countries and 7 continents. She has traveled solo to over 50 countries. She is also a nurse anesthesiologist with over 20 years of healthcare experience. Her passions include wildlife travel and visiting wine regions of the world.


  1. Kathi | 14th Jan 17

    Love this roundup! Particularly all the hiking moments look amazing. I didn’t manage much hiking myself in 2016, but this year I’ve got several iconic hikes in Scotland planned and hope to include some more 🙂

    • csaradar | 14th Jan 17

      I did have quite the year of hiking. I actually have rarely hiked prior! Lol. Scotland sounds amazing!

  2. GirlAstray | 6th Jan 17

    Seems like you had an amazing year of travel! I´d love to visit the Rainbow mountain <3

    • csaradar | 7th Jan 17

      Rainbow Mountain was is a must if you go to Peru!

      • GirlAstray | 7th Jan 17

        I don´t have it planned, but I guess I´ll get to it one day 😉

  3. Shasha | 4th Jan 17

    I LOVE your photography. 2016 sounds like it was awesome for you. I’ve been to Nassau, and Freeport Bahamas but have never visited Exuma. What is the easiest way to access the island from Miami? I would love to swim with pigs! lol. Were you nervous at all about it?

    • csaradar | 4th Jan 17

      Thank you! From Miami direct flight to Georgetown in Great Exuma is easiest way. I wasn’t nervous about the pigs but you definitely have to be careful. They are huge and really want food!

  4. Candy | 2nd Jan 17

    You had quite the adventure in 2016. When I was living in Norway, I wish I was more adventurous. After seeing your photo, I clearly missed out on the hiking there! And pigs swimming? I have never seen that. What a fun experience that must have been 🙂

    • csaradar | 2nd Jan 17

      Norway has so much great hiking…I only had time for one but will go back for sure! The pigs were quite interesting!!!

  5. lbowwy | 2nd Jan 17

    What a lucky gal you are! So many of these locations are in my top ten.

    • csaradar | 2nd Jan 17

      I have been very lucky to see all these places. Sometimes I can’t even believe it!

  6. Kelly Hoggons | 2nd Jan 17

    These are all such beautiful destinations and I’m so jealous because so many of them are on my bucket list! It’s crazy expensive for me to travel to Europe though (I’m from South Africa) so it’ll take me a while to get there haha. I also want to swim with pigs! Too cute!!

    Kelly // Velvet and Vibranium

    • csaradar | 2nd Jan 17

      I hope you get there one day. Save those miles…that’s what helps me a lot!! South Africa is high on my list:)

  7. missy35000 | 2nd Jan 17

    Your photos are just unbelievably beautiful! Being Norwegian, traveling to Norway was already on my bucket list. As a GOT fan, Slovenia and the tour are now being added!

    • csaradar | 2nd Jan 17

      Norway was amazing. So cool you are Norwegian!! I’m glad to have inspired more places on your list:)

  8. Style & Life by Susana | 2nd Jan 17

    Your photos are absolutely gorgeous! I love seeing your adventures. Can’t wait to see what this year will bring. Great post lovely

    • csaradar | 2nd Jan 17

      Thanks Susana. I have some great stuff planned so I hopefully won’t disappoint:)

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  10. nycgingeronthego | 1st Jan 17

    You’ve been to a lot of places on my bucket list. Bahamas (especially Exuma), iceland and Croatia!

    • csaradar | 1st Jan 17

      I hope you make it to these places in 2017!

  11. eatlivetraveldrink | 1st Jan 17

    You pretty much took all the trips I have on my list!! Your photos are also stunning. I am heading back to Iceland in a couple weeks and I am so excited because my first visit last year was only 2 days. So excited to see more of the country

    • csaradar | 1st Jan 17

      Oh wow! Iceland is really beautiful but this crazy weather is a bit much sometimes! Hope you have a blast!

  12. Jessica Elliott | 31st Dec 16

    Looks like an incredible year! Congratulations and great pics!

  13. Brittany Thiessen | 31st Dec 16

    It sure sounds like you had an amazing year! Those mountains in Peru don’t even look real and your photo of Machu Picchu is incredible as well! I am fascinated by Latin American countries so Peru is definitely on my list of places to go. Hope you have a great New Year’s Eve and I look forward to following your adventures in 2017!

    • csaradar | 31st Dec 16

      Thanks so much Brittany!

  14. Sarah | 31st Dec 16

    What a great post and beautiful photos. I think you’ve just added a fair few places to my bucket list! It sounds like you had a really exciting 2016. I hope 2017 provides just as many new adventures.

    • csaradar | 31st Dec 16

      Thank you Sarah! I have big plans for 2017?

  15. Christine Tenekjian | 31st Dec 16

    Love this and can’t wait to see your 2017 adventures!! Xoxo cousin 🙂

    • csaradar | 31st Dec 16

      Thanks! love you?

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