Tuesday 27 December 2016

The very best of 2016

As 2017 draws nearer, I wanted to reflect on 2016 and appreciate what an amazing year it has been for my blog Radhika Recommends. I'm so grateful for all the places I have been to, people I have met, events I have been invited to and the amazing brands I have had the chance to work with. I really feel like 2016 has seen my blog develop closer to the place that I want it to be at, and I want to thank all of my blog readers, friends and family for your continued support. I'm really excited for 2017 and all of the new opportunities, destinations and people I will meet. For now, here's ten of my highlights from 2016 (in no particular order), with a mix of travel and events that I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to experience this year.


My first trip abroad in 2016 was to Munich. I had never been to Germany before so it was a great experience and I was there in January, which was really cold but still an amazing time to see the city.


My second trip was to Dubai where I visited my friend Gemma. I was in need of some sunshine after the cold winter, so Dubai was the perfect destination! I vlogged my whole trip which you can watch here.


My third trip abroad was to sunny Malta in May. I stayed there for a week with my family and it was great to get some sun and relax. I vlogged my Malta holiday as well, so click here to watch it.


I went on a work trip to Liverpool for two days which was great as I had never seen the city before. I had the opportunity to try some great restaurants and even went to the Cavern club where The Beatles used to perform!

MacDonald Manchester Hotel stay

During the August Bank Holiday weekend, I went to stay at the MacDonald Manchester hotel with my cousin. We had a really nice time with shopping in Manchester, as well as having a delicious dinner at Fumo. Watch my Manchester vlog here.

Ox Pasture Hall Hotel stay

I was so grateful to have been invited by the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel to stay at their hotel and review it. It was such a lovely hotel and we visited York on the way home, which was another beautiful city.

London Fashion Weekend

For the very first time, I attended LFW and watched a catwalk show! I went with fellow blogger Steph to London which was great and we had front row seats to a trend fashion show. I vlogged the day at LFW which you can watch here.


I was lucky enough to take a trip to Prague in October for four days. I stayed at the Penta Hotel and did loads of sightseeing. It's definitely a place I would recommend for a short break. You can read my fashion post on what I wore in Prague here.

Blogger meet ups

I've been to more events this year than ever before. I've made some great blogger friends along my journey and it's from going to blogger meet up events that I've been able to network with fellow bloggers. Some of the events I've been to this year include the East Midlands Bloggers Meet Up, the Birmingham Bloggers Tiki Party and the Derby Bloggers Brunch. I have also been lucky enough to have been invited to events with my favourite brands including L'Occitane and The Body Shop.

Vuelio Blog Awards in London

I was so excited to have been invited to the Vuelio Blog Awards at The Brewery in East London and I went along with Steph again. We had a great evening with a three-course meal and drinks. I'm looking forward to attending more events in London in 2017.

Photograph by Kirstie Melville.

What are your highlights from 2016? Happy New Year to all my readers and followers!

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