A new year and new travel goals waiting to be set, after all we need something to look forward to. I feel blue if I don’t have advance plans in the diary. I like to have plans or travel planning to do, to get me through the working week so I have set 10 travel goals.
I have decided to write a travel bucket list to inspire me for the year and next year I can look back to see what we have achieved! There are lot of places we would love to visit but Myles is still young for some of them so I have tried to set realistic goals.
Here we go, in no particular order:
1. Take the kids to where we 1st met – Turkey is our real love, that’s where we fixed eyes on each other and we have been back pre kids but haven’t got round to taking the kids on holiday. We have booked to stay at Ela Quality Resort in Belek, Antalya. I did lots of research before booking and chose this particular hotel because of the fab facilities for kiddies and I love the fact they get their own checking in desk, teddy bear and dressing gown in the room.
2. Theatre Trip to London – I love musicals, my favourite so far has to be Phantom of the Opera, the singing was amazing and I cried happy tears. For Christmas, the hubby did not disappoint and got us tickets for Les Miserables. I’ve wanted to watch it for so long, well since I sang a medley of the songs with the military wives choir at Howard Castle.
Lake Windmere – photo credit Visit Cumbria
3. Lake District Trip – It is so pretty and only a two hour trip from us but we have never been as a family. I want to appreciate all the hidden gems on our doorstop or a short drive away. We went to Cornwall twice last year, it’s a place I love but the drive with two kids and a sickness bug was an absolute killer.
4. National Trust Visits – We have a National Trust Membership, it is £10.50 per month for a family. We often visit Nostell Priory, as it is a short distance away and we love it there. Lovely walks, playgrounds, wildlife and the hot chocolate is lush. I would like to visit new places in the trust to make the most of our membership and tick off at least 5 new properties/parks.
5. Cornwall – I just love It, there’s something about the place that draws us back year after year. Our first visit was 7 years ago when my son was 6 months old and we stayed in a caravan and it was freezing but the views were worth it. We always visit Newquay and St Ives, so this year I would like to visit a new part of Cornwall.
6. Danes Dyke/Flamborough Head – In Yorkshire, we have some beautiful places and I would like to visit more local attractions. Flamborough Head is a place I took the boys for the first time last year and I would like to go back, now Myles is a little bit older and will be able to walk. Danes Dyke I have never visited but it is close to Flamborough so you can do both in one trip.￼
7. A theme park to entertain the whole family – not decided on this one yet but there is lots of choice within the UK. We have Alton Towers not too far away or Lightwater Valley. They are also opening a new Gulliver’s World in Rotherham in the Spring, we have visited the one in Warrington a few times so Im sure we will take a trip there. Fun for all the family too.
8. Lapland – well this is something I did not think I would be writing about. Every time I have priced up Lapland the price has put me off. I accidentally fell into a Facebook group called ‘Lapland Budget DIY Trips’, I dont even know how I found it but im so glad i did. The group has over 8000 members who have booked Lapland themselves or are planning a DIY trip.
So after a few days of stalking the group posts, I decided to submit a case to my husband. I worked out the cost of going with a tour operator v DIY (aka mum travel planner guru) and it came out less than half the price. How could the hubby resist, with those cost savings we could now have two holidays instead of one! Not sure he quite saw it like that but I am a Lawyer for a reason!
Im a planner and now I get to spend the year planning our Lapland Adventure – in all reality an expensive trip to see the man himself, Father Christmas. I plan to write a dedicated blog on Lapland so watch this space.
9. SPA Trip – A couples or friends trip, I dont mind who I go with as long as I get to relax, child free of course. Self care is so important and working full time I often find myself run into the ground without realising. We have a few spas in Yorkshire that are worth a trip but I have wanted to visit Rudding Park Hotel ever since my sister stayed over. The rooftop pool looks so relaxing and the food comes highly recommended.
10. Girls Trip – I don’t get to see as much of my friends as I’d like to so we always get a trip booked in the diary. Not sure whether it will be a UK break or Europe but as long as we are together it will be good for the soul. We originally decided to visit the tulip fields in Holland but we couldn’t make the dates work so back to the drawing board and next year we might get to see the tulips.
I think 10 is enough to see me through the year, I’m looking forward to fun family travels making new memories and seeing the world!