A new year calls for a new travel wish list because what is the start of year but a chance to daydream and think up some awesome travel goals!
Looking back on my wish list from last year I was so happy to see that, apart from one place, we actually visited everywhere I had hoped to in 2017 – plus more! Becoming a mother made it a wonderful rollercoaster of a year (a rollercoaster that included an awful lot of coffee) but we still managed to have some amazing adventures and Evie became the perfect little explorer.
We visited 6 different countries across two continents; went on planes, trains, boats and road trips; sunk our toes in the sand and dipped them in the sea; swung in hammocks and played in the snow; climbed mountains and visited one of the biggest mosques in the world; wandered through small local villages and explored big twinkling cities. I’m not sure 2018 can top last year but we’re going to give it one hell of a try!
Beaches and Birthdays in Cape Verde
I’ve never been away on my actual birthday but this year I have decided to go for it and am making the most of my maternity leave before I have to go back to work in a few months (but let’s not talk about that!). For the perfect birthday I imagined sunning myself on a tropical beach somewhere, with palm trees towering above me and a pina colada in my hand and Cape Verde, a slice of Africa I’ve wanted to visit for a while, seemed like the ideal place as it’s not too far for a spot of winter sunshine.
Fairytale Castles in Germany
In typical girly fashion, as soon as I found out we were having a little girl, I knew I would one day take her to visit all the fairytale castles in Germany. And when my lovely friend, fellow blogger and now fellow mama Allane from Packing My Suitcase also had a little girl last year we couldn’t resist the idea of a trip with our little explorers. Evie and I will be flying out to Munich some time this spring to meet up with Allane and Baby M for some girly adventures in Bavaria!
A Family Break
We’re hoping to plan another big family break this year but with so many of us – 18 now! – it’s always a bit of a hardship arranging dates and a destination that suits everyone. A mini cruise, Jersey, the South of France or possibly Gibraltar again are some places that have been thrown about so far so we will see where this year takes us.
The Wonders of Petra
This is somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for so long with its incredible sights and I am really hoping this will be one of our destinations later on in the year. My grandparents want to visit too so we figured we need to go before they get too old to do the walk through the canyon and before Evie gets too big to go in a baby carrier!
Winter Wonderland in Vienna
It feels a little weird to already be thinking of next Christmas when the last one has only just finished (sob) but we loved our magical trip to the Christmas markets in Prague so much that we’ve decided to make it a yearly tradition. It was a tough choice between Vienna and Prague so I would love for Vienna to be our next winter wonderland Christmassy destination.
Staycations in the UK
Of course we can’t miss out on one or two staycations a bit closer to home. I loved our girly getaway to the shepherd’s hut during autumn and I would love to go back here this spring when the the valley is covered in colourful bluebells. Some other parts of the UK that I’ve never been to but would love to visit are Norfolk, Wales and the Lake District.
Of course there are about a million and one other destinations that I would love to visit because, seriously, does the list never end?! I love Instagram but I also hate it in equal measures. Every – Single – Photo just gives me the ultimate wanderlust and these places are some of the main culprits that I would love to add to our adventures.
Alberta and Banff National Park with those mountain views, emerald colour lakes and wildlife spotting. Take me there already!
I feel like this is somewhere that is always just within my reach but I never quite make it. I would love to stick a pin in my map over Slovenia. How can I resist pretty Ljubljana and magical Lake Bled any longer??
White sand, clear blue seas, swaying palm trees, and almost no tourists (apart from the bloggers of course). Isla Holbox, a tiny island on the east coast of Mexico, sounds – and looks – like heaven and I totally blame Global Mimi for all the wanderlusting here. Maybe I’ll have another exotic holiday for my birthday next year and make this our first travel destination for 2019!
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