I always find it helpful to make a good old list – it really keeps the mind focused. And for me, there’s nothing like setting yourself some travel goals at the beginning of each year. I like to think of it as new year’s resolution I actually want to keep!
So, where’s on my list for 2019? Here we go…
Oh holy crap, I’m getting married this year! The date is set, the venue is booked and we’re on the countdown the the big day!
We decided on Portugal because both of us have massive, complicated families and relatively little money… a recipe for disaster! So in the spirit of keeping things small, we’re having a ceremony for around 60 people in a Quinta (old Portuguese house) overlooking the Atlantic ocean, about 40 minutes’ drive from Lisbon.
We’re spending a couple of days chilling at a yoga camp before the wedding, then having the stag / hen do just a couple of days before the big day in Lisbon.
Afterwards, we’re driving to the Douro Valley to stay at a luxury resort overlooking the river, presumably to drink a lot of wine and do little else! It’s looking to be a couple of weeks of absolute happiness… yoga, friends, family, food and wine. And tying the knot will be the icing on a very large cake!
It’s just two hours’ flight away, but shamefully I’ve never set foot in Slovenia. I reckon this could be a great long weekend destination, with a couple of nights exploring its capital Ljubljana, and a couple of nights in lovely Lake Bled.
Essentially, ever since I read this article from Two Scots Abroad on the best things to do in Lake Bled, I’ve wanted a slice of the famous Bled Cream Cake. Anywhere with a massive lake, and island with a castle on it and a load of cream cake is all right with me!
I’ve got a bit of a thing about taking a really nice road trip around Florida. If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I love travelling the the USA, and I haven’t been back to the Sunshine State for a few years, so I think I’m due a visit.
We could rent a car from Fort Lauderdale or Miami and easily spend a week chilling on the sandy beaches in the south, especially in the Florida Keys.
There’s a certain vibe about the Keys that I just adore. Kind of like a mix of laid-back Caribbean with the overindulgence that only America can pull off (key-lime pie, anyone?!).
Plus with all of the big airlines locked in a price war at the moment, flights to Florida are cheaper than ever. Just today I saw return flights from London to Miami with Virgin Atlantic for just £279 return! Plus there are so many options for car hire all across the state. A road trip is more accessible than ever!
An African Honeymoon?
I think by the time we reach the end of the year we’ll be up for a big holiday that we’ll probably call our honeymoon, although let’s be honest – any one of these trips could be classed as such!
But perhaps an African adventure would be a great way to start married life. Obviously it’s a massive continent, and it’s going to be hard to know where to start. I’d definitely love to see some wildlife, so perhaps a tented camp like Kicheche in the Maasai Mara could be a good choice.
It’s always been a dream of mine to see gorillas in the wild, and although it’s REALLY expensive to do so, perhaps I can convince Alex to part with the cash… well, I can dream!
There are so many adventures that I want to have this year. The real challenge is going to be finding the time to do everything and keep my full-time job! Ha!
So tell me, where is on your most-wanted list this year?