Our family motto is “Collect Moments, Not Things” and we love to travel, whether it is to somewhere 30 minutes up the road, or a few hours on a plane.
If money was no object, I would have no qualms about home schooling the kids and heading off to see the world, however, like many families we are bound by budgets and school holidays, so we have to be a bit more realistic.
Our top ten travel goals for 2019
If you look back at my blog, Iceland has been top of my bucket list since I started it, but this is the year we hope to go – I am just waiting for the flights to be released for October half term.
I have found a gorgeous luxury apartment in Reykjavík with Clickstay which would be the perfect base for exploring this beautiful country as it sits just 200m from the harbour, giving spectacular views of Mount Esja.
With 3 children in tow, I much prefer staying in apartments or villa’s, as it gives the whole family the chance to relax in their own space and self catering can help save money that can then be spent doing the fun stuff, such as chilling in the Blue Lagoon, exploring the mid-atlantic ridge, finding Game of Thrones locations and seeing the Northern Lights.
Disneyland – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
My husband and boys are Star Wars mad and ever since they found out that Disney were building Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, they have been busy scanning the website for news of exactly what is being built and brushing up on their Jedi Training.
The Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run gives you the chance to pilot the infamous ship whilst hurtling through hyperspace, you can journey to Batu and even find yourself at the Black Spire Outpost.
Again we are looking into a villa stay, so we can make the most of exploring as much of California as possible, with plans to visit Universal Studios, Knotts Berry Farm, Los Angeles, Hollywood as well as some of their most famous beaches, Monterey Bay and San Francisco.
Explore more of our beautiful country on foot
Over Christmas we watched Britain’s Favourite Walks: Top 100 and now have plenty of inspiration of where to visit next, it’s just choosing which one to do first!!
Take the kids to Puy Du Fou
“Where?” I hear you ask!
Puy du Fou is one of France’s best kept secrets, despite being their 2nd largest theme parks. I visited last year and fell in love with this quirky attraction and know that the kids will love it.
There are no rides and no tacky merchandise, just pure entertainment in the form of spectacular daytime and evening shows and four period villages to explore.
I cannot wait to see the excitement on their faces as it is like nothing they have ever experienced before.
Be more adventurous
Now the kids are getting older, it is easier to indulge in our passion for adventure. Last year saw me learn to paddleboard and throw myself around an inflatable obstacle course on water, at Dorset Waterpark and this year we would love to travel to North Wales and attach ourselves to the fastest zip line in the world – Zip World Velocity.
Invest in our own Paddleboard
Living on the Jurassic Coast, we are spoilt for some beautiful locations to explore, both on foot and from the water.
We already have our own kayak, but would love to invest in our own paddleboard, so we can head out for more adventures on the water, although the kids seem better at it than me!!
See the Jurassic Coast from the Water
We love to walk the south west coast path and have plans to revisit some of our favourite spots this year, including Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, Worbarrow Bay and West Bay, however, we really want to experience the beauty of the Jurassic Coast from the water and want to kayak around Old Harry Rocks and Durdle Door.
Let the kids make their own travel list and make sure we tick them off
It is important to us that the kids enjoy our travels and by letting them create their own list, it helps them feel invested in any trips we do. Top of their list so far this year are: Legoland, Kidzania and Warwick Castle.
Not get rained off at Camp Bestival
We are annual visitors to Camp Bestival in Dorset, however the last two years has seen the festival close a day early due to adverse weather conditions. Sadly, our tent did not survive the big storm of 2018 and we even had to provide shelter in our home, for some other poor campers who were affected.
Prior to this, we have only ever experienced glorious sunshine at this family festival and have enjoyed activities such as tree climbing, wand making and even taking part in a world record attempt, so fingers crossed the weather plays ball this year!
Visit Northern Ireland
Growing up, many of my teachers at school were from Northern Ireland and their passion for their country’s beauty always made me want to visit.
Hubby is keen on finding all the Game of Thrones locations, but it is the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede bridge that I most want to visit and the kids have their eye on W5 – Interactive Discovery Centre.
What are your travel goals for 2019?
Disclaimer: This is my entry into the Clickstay Travel Blogger Competition for the chance to win a £600 Clickstay voucher