As I did last year, I thought I’d share a round up of my travel plans for the coming year. Some of these trips are already booked, some just planned and others are potential places I’d like to visit if time and money permits.
Please shout if you have any tips or recommendations on any of the places. Or if you have any places you think I should add to my list for 2018!
The Solo Trip:
I’m off on a solo weekend to Dublin at the start of February, and it will be my first trip to Ireland. I have to say that this is the destination I’m least excited for, as I’m not quite sure what to expect, particularly as I’ll be solo rather than with a group of friends. Still, I’ve only heard great things about the city, so bring it on.
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The Hen Party
Later on in February, I’m going to Edinburgh for a hen party (my first ever one!). I’ve only ever visited Scotland’s capital with work, and so I’m super excited to explore. Granted, this won’t be the usual trip as there’s lots of planned activities (and drinking) but I’m still really looking forward to seeing what the city has to offer.
Photo credit: Evan Murray via thousandwonders.net
The Short Haul Trip
Although not yet booked, my boyfriend and I are planning to go to Morocco for 10 days in March. The current plan is to visit Marrakesh for around 5 days, Essaouira for 3 days and to do a 2 night trip in to the Sahara with a tour group.
It’s no secret that I love Asia due to the buzz and stark contrast to life in the UK; I’m hoping that Morocco will have a similar vibe. I’ve only ever visited Cape Verde and Egypt in Africa, during which I stayed in luxury all-inclusive resorts. I’m really excited to have a more authentic African experience that involves staying in traditional riads.
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The Return Visit
I’m usually pretty reluctant to go back to the same place, as I love visiting new countries and cities. However, I’m so excited to go back to Budapest in July, as it’s probably my favourite European city.
Last time I visited was in winter, so it will be great to see the city in summer time and be able to spend the longer, hopefully sunnier days exploring.
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The Family Holiday
I headed over to southern Spain to see my Grandma (who lives there for half of the year) in 2016 and had such a great time. I didn’t get chance to go back last year as planned unfortunately, so it’s definitely on my list for 2018. Again, this is a place I’ve visited before, several times in fact, but it’s always such a chilled trip and I love spending time with one of my favourite people in the world. Particularly when I also to get to spend my time in pretty Spanish towns eating tapas and drinking sangria!
The Backpacking Adventure
The Philippines, China & Hong Kong or Myanmar
Last year was the first in a while that I didn’t take a three week trip to Asia and that honestly hurt my heart a little bit. Yes I know, first world problems.
The current plan is to spend 2-3 weeks exploring The Philippines, China and Hong Kong or Myanmar with my other half. Which one we’ll go for, I’m not sure yet. All of them offer a completely different type of trip and are destinations on our bucket lists. Myanmar is the no.1 contender at the mo.
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I managed to explore some of Scandinavia (Denmark and Sweden) last year and really loved it, so would like to visit Norway (probably Oslo) at some point in the near future. The only sticking point is cost, those Scandi countries are beautiful but bloomin’ expensive!
Although it also has a reputation for being mega pricey, I really want to visit Switzerland, as I’ve heard many good things, and I can imagine the scenery is just beautiful.
A slightly sunnier destination, I’d really like to explore Malta over the next year or so. It’s a country not massively on the tourist map, which is possibly its main attraction for me. One that I might book if I fancy a solo trip at the end of summer, we’ll see.
What are your thoughts on my plans? Have you got any trips in the diary for 2018 and beyond? I’d love to hear from you 🙂