My 2017 travel plans 

It’s cold, grey and rainy in London at the moment. Whilst I don’t mind the cold so much, the grey skies and drizzle really don’t bring the best in me mood-wise.

In a bid to combat my ever-so-slightly grey mood, I’ve spent much of this weekend researching and making travel plans for this year. From city breaks, to luxury beach holidays, to exploring places not quite on the tourist radar, I’m hoping that this year will mean a little bit of everything in travel terms. Here are my plans and thoughts for the year ahead:

COPENHAGEN 

Next week, I’m off to Copenhagen with my boyfriend and a couple of our university friends. We’re only going for 2 nights but I’m hoping to fit in as much sightseeing, exploring and eating (and drinking!) as possible.

The concept of Hygge and how to achieve it has been everywhere over the last few months and I’m hoping to experience how and why the Danes are so damn happy (particularly in such a cold, dark country).

I’m also super excited to visit pretty Nyvahn with it’s iconic coloured houses and to eat Danish pastries with a delicous cup of coffee. nyhavn

Photo credit: Alexander JE Bradley (Flikr)

Flights were £39 return from Luton with Ryanair and we’ll be staying at Urban House hostel during our trip. It’s supposedly located in the trendiest bit of Copenhagen, so obviously I’ll fit in just perfectly (not). 

WARSAW

So far, we’ve booked accommodation (as the apartments were selling out fast) but not actually our flights. Even so, this is a near definite trip for my birthday weekend at the end of March/start of April.

I’ve bought a Lonely Planet guide to read up on Poland’s lively capital city and I couldn’t be more excited. People tend to visit Kraków or even Gdansk, but I wanted to go for somewhere a little less touristy. I’ve never been to Poland and am really looking forward to visiting. 

Some of the things I’m looking forward to are:

1. Trying periogi (I love dumplings!).

2. Seeing the imposing Science and Culture museum.

3. Exploring the Old Town, which was beautifully restored after WW2.

4. Visiting the uber cool Neon Musuem.

5. Wandering around the beautiful Lazienki Park.

Any tips or recommendations would be much appreciated!

polandPhoto credit:  watchpoland.com

CUBA 

In June, I’m going to Cuba on a family holiday for my Dad’s 50th. After a pretty scary Christmas period where my Dad was quite ill, I’m really looking forward to spending 2 weeks with him and my brothers.

Rather than exploring the whole country, we are going to be staying in a luxury resort in Cayo Santa Maria, just off the main island. I’m definitely keen to do some exploring and plenty of water sports and snorkelling but I’m looking forward to a lot of relaxing.

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Photo credit: royaltonresorts.com

The beach our hotel is on looks out of this world and I can’t wait for that to be my view of a couple of weeks. I’m hoping to get some amazing Instagram and blog material whilst I’m away!

SPAIN

Last September, I headed over to southern Spain to visit my Grandma, who lives out there for half the year. My boyfriend and I are planning to visit her again this year, probably just for a long weekend.

She lives in the Arroyo De Miel area, not too far from Malaga or the beautiful Mijas.

Although I’ve visited quite a few times before, I’m looking forward to sunshine, cheap tapas and sangria and spending time with loved ones. Last year, I spent some time exploring Mijas and would love to do so again, just look how pretty it is below!

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CROATIA

My boyfriend and I are hoping to do a 10 day trip in September/October and at the moment it’s between Croatia and Jordan. Quite different but both very cool places that our high on our “to visit” list.

The plan for Croatia would be to hire a car and hit all the main places: Dubrovnik, Pula, Hvar and Split. We would also want to visit Plitvice National Park, it looks absolutely stunning.

     croatiaPhoto credit: thebesttravelplaces.com

JORDAN

Definitely not really on the tourist trail in a big way, I’d love love love to visit Jordan. Petra is on my bucket list, as is floating in the dead sea.

Whilst Croatia is a tempting option, I’m edging more towards Jordan. I love Asia and how different it is from home, so I think I would enjoy visiting Jordan more than somewhere in Europe. However, Croatia is the more affordable and also much safer option, so we’ll see. Either way, I’m excited to tick another amazing country off my list..

Where are you planning to visit in 2017? Do you have any tips or recommendations for any of the places I’ve mentioned? Or is there somewhere you think I should visit?

xxx 

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3 Comments

  1. November 21, 2017 / 10:28 am

    These all sound great, I definitely want to go to Jordan too as I’ve always wanted to see Petra, but likewise it might be put back to a later date once it’s a bit safer… If you do go I’ll be interested to see how you find it!

    • November 21, 2017 / 10:39 am

      Jordan is so high on my bucket list, really hoping to visit soon but will definitely depend on safety!

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