Destination Europe

Our Travel Plans and Travel Wishlist for 2018

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January 3, 2018

It is the first week of January and with the wind howling and the rain drumming on the windows, my thoughts are turning to our travel plans for 2018.
I would like to say we are really organised and have a plan in place for every month but with Hubby’s work constraints and Kian about to embark on his final few months of A-Levels, things are a bit up in the air.

Our Travel Plans

This month we will be staying close to home and enjoying some local days out. It is also Eliza’s 7th birthday and we have booked her party for Rockreef on Bournemouth Pier as she loves climbing. I am hoping she will brave the vertical slide this time too.
February sees us heading to a slightly warmer climate and the beautiful city of Lisbon in Portugal.
Lisbon, Portugal
We will be staying for two nights at Martinhal Cascais, on the coast, and two nights at Martinhal Chiado in central Lisbon which will give us the chance to explore the beautiful city.
Things then go quiet until the end of July when we head to Camp Bestival for our fifth year. The kids are already plotting their ‘must see’ shows, with Dinosaur World Live, Dick ‘n’ Dom and the Dingly Dell all top of their lists.
Camp Bestival
As for Hubby and I, we are looking forward to Simple Minds and Rick Astley so far and are hoping it will be drier and a lot less muddy this year!!
Camp Bestival
The final part of our travel plans that we have booked so far is December, when we will be heading back to Coombe Mill for Christmas.
Coombe Mill
We spent Christmas with them in 2013 and 2014 and they really know how to make things special. We will be staying in Tree Roots again and it will be the first time Sebby will really get to appreciate everything they offer and I cannot wait to see him getting involved in the feed runs, taking part in their craft hour and riding on the miniature train!
Coombe Mill
As I have booked so early, Fiona and I are trying to organise some snow during our stay, but not sure how manageable that will be!

Our Travel Wishlist

2017 was the year of dreams coming true travel wise for us, as we ticked two huge items off our bucket list: Seeing Father Christmas in Lapland and travelling to Walt Disney World in Florida.
The thing about travel, is the more places you visit, the more you end up adding to the list. Top of our bucket list is still a visit to Iceland and it is something we hope to do as a short, child-free break rather than a family holiday.
We fell in love with cruising back in 2016 and would love to do another cruise. I would love to kill two birds with one stone and take a Northern European cruise which takes in the Norwegian Fjords and then heads across to Iceland.
Norwegian Fjords
Hubby is fascinated by WW2 and a couple of years ago I arranged a visit to Normandy to visit the D-Day beaches. He is keen to visit Berlin and see buildings and monuments of historical significance and linkage to the Third Reich and World War 2.
The kids want to continue on from their Disney adventure and re-visit Florida, this time doing Universal Studios.
Universal Studios
Closer to home, we would love to re-visit Scotland as we fell in love with the country earlier this year and with Hubby and Kian both itching to ride the fastest zip-line in the UK, Velocity, and me wanting to climb Mt Snowden (or cheat and get the train), a visit to North Wales is also on the cards.
Do you have any travel plans for 2018?
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    January 3, 2018

    Wow what an action packed 2017 you had! I’d also love to visit Scotland more, as I haven’t been since having children 🙂

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    What Mum Loves

    January 3, 2018

    What an amazing year ahead of you! Filled with some exciting trips.
    PS Iceland is on the top of my bucket list, too!

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    January 3, 2018

    Some great plans here. I absolutely love Lisbon but also appreciate traveling in the UK. There are so many great things right on our doorstep. One of my favourite trips ever was our 10 day Norwegian Fjord cruise, so I can definitely recommend that off your wishlist!

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    Yeah Lifestyle

    January 3, 2018

    Looks like you are going to have another fabulous year this year with all your travel plans. Camp Bestival sounds like a fun place to head to with great music. Do enjoy and share it in your blog posts.

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    Debbie Nicholas

    January 3, 2018

    Oh wow what a fabulous 2018 you have planned!! This year we are aiming for our first family holiday abroad!!

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    laura dove

    January 3, 2018

    Wow what a great year you have planned! Im considering doing camp bestival this year! We havent been before but I think we would love it- more if the weather was good!

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    January 3, 2018

    Your year was busy. No plans for travel yet this year but working on it.

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    Ana De- Jesus

    January 3, 2018

    Well as I am Portuguese (my parents are from Madeira) I am excited to hear about your thoughts on Portugal and I hope that you have a great time in Lisbon. Fingers crossed that you get to go to Iceland at some point as well!

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    January 3, 2018

    You have some great plans ahead of you. We haven’t got anything planned at the moment but I am hoping we will get away at some point x

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    Katy Stevens

    January 4, 2018

    Sounds like it is going to be a huge year for you! I’m looking forward to Centerparcs (as always) and hopefully going on a cruise or something lovely.

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    January 4, 2018

    Iceland is on our 2018 wish list too! Hope this year is as good as last

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    Rhian Westbury

    January 4, 2018

    It’s good that you have stuff planned for throughout the year. I’m going to Luxembourg in March and New York in March but that’s all I have booked so far. I’m planning Romania in June/ July and Dubrovnik in September which should be good x

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    Lynne Harper

    January 4, 2018

    The weather is awful at the minute. Like you my thoughts turned to travel and we just booked a ski trip for Easter and then Holland in July x

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    Emily Leary

    January 4, 2018

    Wow, it seems like you’ve got a busy and exciting year ahead of you! I hope you manage to tick some more places off your bucket list in 2018 🙂

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    Sarah Bailey

    January 4, 2018

    What some amazing places you have been and wonderful sights you have seen. I have to admit I would one day love to go to Disney again that is on my bucket list.

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    January 4, 2018

    I’d love to visit Iceland one day too. I love the look of Coombe Mill, and I can’t wait to take my children to Bestival when they are older! Enjoy, and Happy New Year!

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    Zena's Suitcase

    January 4, 2018

    Berlin is an amazing city, with lots to see and do. I hope you get to visit, and it sounds like you have lots of exciting things in the pipeline

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    January 4, 2018

    Some great trips and great trips planned. Be a big one to top your trips in 2017!

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    January 4, 2018

    Bournemouth is so beautiful! You’ll really enjoy it because there’s lots to do and it’s fun!
    Also I really want to visit to visit Portugal it’s so beautiful!

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    January 5, 2018

    You have some great places coming. This year im going to Venice, Rome, Las Vegas. I also want to go to Amsterdam too and back to Lapland

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    Laura H

    January 5, 2018

    I’d love to visit the Norwegian Fjords myself but I’ve heard it’s terribly expensive!

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    Leigh Travers

    January 5, 2018

    I visited Iceland last year and it was absolutely breathtaking. In fact, it’s so beautiful that I’m tempted to go back again this year!

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    January 5, 2018

    All of your travel plans for this year sound so lovely. I’ve heard a lot about Camp Bestival, it always looks so much fun for families. I haven’t go anything booked yet but have a few places I’m hoping to get to. I do need to do some major renovations in the house so travelling might have to take a back seat whilst I work out my budget for everything.

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    January 5, 2018

    SO many fun things to look forward to this year! I can’t wait to travel too – it’s the best experience ever!

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    Chloe Ciliberto

    January 5, 2018

    I adore some of these travel plans. I bet Coombe Mill is so magical at Christmas time. I’m heading to Camp Bestival for the first time this year and I’m so excited. I’m so jealous that you have a holiday soon. I really need to get booking. x

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    Baby Isabella

    January 5, 2018

    Great travel bucket list and we’ve just come back from Coombe Mill and stayed there over the New Year! It was our first time and we loved it. We’ll see you at Camp Bestival I’m sure when it sets sail in 2018 x

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    Tanya Brannan

    January 6, 2018

    Some great places that you want to visit, many of them the same as mine! Iceland has long been on my list, along with Romania, Estonia, and Germany! Camp Bestival looks fantastic and I bet you all have lots of fun there!!

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    January 7, 2018

    Wow you have an amazing year ahead!! We have planned a fun filled travelling year too ! 🙂

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