Happy new year/ feliz año nuevo!
As is now tradition, I like to kick-start the year by writing a post about my upcoming travels. I love having a nosey at other people’s travel plans post, and writing my own makes me super excited for the upcoming year, so I hope you don’t mind me indulging myself by writing this.
I like to have a trip booked for January if possible; not only does it mean I can start the year as I mean to go on, it also helps banish those post- Christmas blues!
This year, I’m heading to Basel in Switzerland on a short solo weekend trip. I’ve never visited Switzerland before so am super excited to wander and explore. Basel is also known as a bit of an art hot spot too, and as you may know, I’ve developed a bit of a late love for art since my trip to Stockholm in 2017. Read more about that here.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve been on a solo city break and I’m really looking forward to starting the year off with a mini adventure.
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Canada and Iceland
One of my closest friends recently relocated to Toronto to Canada and of course as soon as she did, I made plans to visit her! I’ve never been to Canada before and it’s been high on the list for a while, so this provided me with the perfect reason to book that flight.
I’ll be spending around four days/five nights in Toronto and the same again in Montreal. I did consider fitting in another city but I decided I want the trip to be at a slower pace, where I can really take my time to explore. In Toronto I’ll stay with my friend and in Montreal, I plan to book a small apartment as my base.
When I came to book my trip a few weeks ago, I realised that flying with Icelandair was the best way to get to Canada from Manchester, and that I could add on a free stopover in Iceland. Win win!
Iceland’s got a reputation for being mega expensive, so it’s great that I’m essentially flying there for free! I’ll be there for 2 days and nights, including my birthday. It’ll be the first time I’ve ever spent my birthday alone but I’m actually really looking forward to it!
The plan is to stay in Reykjavik and to do the main tourist things- the Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon, as well as exploring the city a little.
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Prague, Czech Republic
On the first May bank holiday, I’m heading off on my second city break of the year; this time to Prague with a couple of friends.
Prague’s been on my to- visit list for years and I’ve never quite got round to booking it, so I’m really pleased that’s finally happening in 2019.
Exact plans are to be confirmed but I can imagine there will be plenty of sightseeing, eating and drinking!
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The Algarve, Portugal
I’m at the age now where my friends are starting to get married and with that means hen dos! In June I’m jetting off to The Algarve to celebrate a lovely friend’s hen do. Unlikely that they’ll be much sightseeing haha, so it’s just as well I’ve already visited this part of Portugal!
I’m really looking forward to some relaxation and plenty of wine in the sunshine, with a great bunch of ladies.
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After Portugal, I don’t have any more trips booked yet but there are a few plans taking shape. The first is a trip to Japan to visit my uncle, who lives in Tokyo, in Autumn.
I’ll be going with my Grandma, aka one of my favourite people on this earth, and I’m ridiculously excited at the prospect.
I visited Tokyo back when I was much younger, and I’m really looking forward to going back to the Land of the Rising sun now that I’ve got more of an appreciation for culture and Sushi!
We’ll probably head to a couple of other cities beside Tokyo but we don’t have any set-in stone plans just yet.
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Exploring the UK
I tend to overlook taking trips within the UK, as I’m always keen to seek out new cultures. In 2019, I want to change that and to explore more of my home nation; there’s so many places I haven’t been to or would love to explore further.
I’d like to do a weekend somewhere at least every 2-3 months, money permitting. On the list are: Belfast, Edinburgh, Leeds and North Wales so far. Please let me know if you have any other suggestions for great places to explore in the UK!
European city breaks
I’m hoping to fit in another one or two European city breaks, although I’m not sure where to yet. There are just too many great choices! In the mix so far are: Malta, Oslo, Romania and a Christmas market in Germany.
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So, there you have it, there are my plans for 2019 so far. The second half of the year is definitely still quite open to change; although I’m 98% sure that my trip to Japan will happen! If it doesn’t, I’ll look to go somewhere else in Asia with a group tour, probably the Philippines or Myanmar!
One thing I will say is that I’d definitely like to travel more slowly this year, and make sure that I make time during and after my trips to produce some great blog content.
My little corner of the internet is still so unknown and not read by many but I’d love for 2019 to be the year that I reach a few more people. I’m really passionate about sharing my travel stories, tips and recommendations! I’d also like to encourage more people to travel solo and to embrace completely new cultures.
Here’s to an exciting travel-filled 2019! May you hunt down many pretty tiled walls, eat delicious food and enjoy your adventures…
Have you been to any of the places I’ve mentioned or do you plan to visit them this year? Where’s on your list for 2019? As always, I’d absolutely love to hear from you 😊
Please feel free to send over any tips or blog post links for the places I’ve talked about too, I’d love to read them.