If you don’t already read our blog then you will not know that 2018 was a bit of a write off for us. We did manage an amazing holiday to Florida but with various problems and issues throughout the rest of the year our lives were on hold a lot more than usual. This has made us really focus on 2019 and this year we are going to set out to achieve a few more major bucket list ticks off our very long list.
Clickstay have asked me what my Top 10 travel goals for 2019 are.
1. #80dayschallenge – 80 days out in one year
Let me start by introducing you to our #80dayschallange. To give 2019 some real focus and to make sure that we are kept busy we are aiming to have at least 80 days out this year. They could be local or overseas. For each one, we will produce a vlog of our day out, be it good, bad or utterly amazing. Plus a review post over on social media. Hopefully, it will help people get a better idea of a certain attraction that they’ve often wondered about visiting. I know I have at least 20 places like that which I’ve never been to because I haven’t been sure about them.
2. 36 hours in York
Have you ever visited York? We love it and there is enough to do there to fill a whole week. A couple of years ago I wrote about spending 36 hours in York. This year we will do the same but this time we are going to visit completely different places to last time. Watch this space.
3. Iceland – A tour of the Ring Road
Myself, my son and my Mum are all off to Iceland this Easter. This is a major bucket list tick not only for myself but my son. He is fascinated with the country and has been asking to go for so long now. Which I’m not sure most 5 year olds normally do. Our top things to do are to take a dip in the blue lagoon, watch the Strokkur Geysur erupt and marvel at the stunning Gulfoss waterfall.
4. A week in Sicily
My husband has wanted to spend some time in Sicily since as long as I can remember. After 18 years of being together I guess that’s quite a long time. Hopefully, we will make it there later this year and fulfil his dream. Mount Etna is a must to explore. There’s even an adventure park at the bottom of the volcano. Bioparco Di Sicilia looks to be a great family day out and we want to soak in as much culture as we can, especially through architecture and food. There’s nothing quite like the food in Sicily. I have my eye on a villa in Cinsi Sicily.
5. A short break to Hamburg
I am yet to properly visit Germany and our son has never been. This year we hope to visit Hamburg for three nights and soak in as much of this beautiful city as possible. My top thing to do here would be to go on a cruise as the architecture by the water’s edge looks stunning. Our son would no doubt love Miniatur Wunderland with the largest assembly of model trains and landscapes in the world. There’s even a chocolate museum. What’s not to like about that!
6. A week exploring English Heritage
As well as our #80dayschallenge I also have another challenge for 2019. We have an annual pass with English Heritage and I have promised my son that we will go on a mini tour this summer. The aim is to stay somewhere different each night and then to visit an English Heritage property the next day. I don’t normally break promises so watch this space.
7. Efteling in the Netherlands
Efteling is a fantasy-themed park in the Netherlands. I have been desperate to go here ever since I heard about it. We love a good theme park and this place looks so unique. It’s right up our street! Their accommodation also looks simply amazing. There’s some really enchanting rides plus some thrill seeking ones that our brave 5 year old will love. I really hope that we get to visit Efteling this year.
We were supposed to go Glamping last year but I never used up our voucher. In fact, this has just reminded me that I need to get booking. There’s nothing quite like getting back to nature but in a more luxurious way than camping. Our son especially loves it and I want to take him somewhere really unique this year.
9. Mid-Week visit to London
I am going to be naughty and take our son to London during the school term. He’s never been before, whereas I have been more times than I have fingers and toes. London is full of so many amazing attractions and so much history. At 5 years old I believe he is ready for his first holiday there. We must fit in a visit to the theatre, hopefully, to see the Lion King. The London Eye, Buckingham Palace and some museums are also essential.
10. Nidderdale and Pateley Bridge
Another mini break I am hoping to plan for the summer is to the beautiful Pateley Bridge and Nidderdale in North Yorkshire. The scenery looks simply stunning and it’s somewhere I’ve never explored before. There’s the fascinating rock formations at Brimham rocks, Fountains Abbey, caverns and plenty of waterfalls waiting to be discovered.
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