Before I’m 40

So, this year I turn 30, granted not until December but still, it is on the horizon. This has got me thinking about where I would like the next 10 years to take me – travel wise.

10 years seems like a long time and although I have many personal goals, I also have travel aspirations, such as going to a long haul destination – which I never have!

Although there are many places I have not seen, I do have a list of my top 5, which is only one place every two years – seems doable – fingers crossed.

USA – Florida

Of course, I want to travel to Florida for the theme parks and would like to do this in my early 30’s so that my son is still a teenager. Everyone I know who has been to Florida absolutely loves it and wants to go again, and again, and again!

The biggest cost seems to be the theme parks, with accommodation and flights being on offer regularly. If we go we want to do both Universal and Disney, as well as have a couple of days to enjoy the beach.

According to my research, Kissimmee is the place to be if staying in a villa, as it is in driving distance to many amenities, as long as we get a hire car.

Any advice on this destination would be great, including how to get park tickets that don’t cost ridiculous money.

Canada – Toronto

As the largest city in Canda, this is the place to be if I am only going to visit the once. My main decision is what season to go, summer and winter both appear fantastic – and guidance is welcome.

Checking out the CN tower, and taking a visit to Niagra Falls would be on the to-do list.

Norway – Tromsø

The main reason for visiting Norway would be to see the Aurora Borealis, but it would be pot luck if I actually got to see it, so maybe a couple of trips would be required. However, it can be costly and I would like to stay in a nice hotel too.

I have chosen Tromsø as this is a northern area so there’s a chance to see the lights clearer.

A husky ride would also make this trip even more fabulous as well as experiencing The Sami way.

USA – New York City

This had to make the list, again it is a place people love for the famous sights, as well as to experience the hustle and bustle of city life.

Having looked into a trip here a fair few times I would like to visit here in my late 30’s when I could take my son without worrying about losing him to the crowds.

It would be a dream to stay in a hotel near Times Square at Christmas and visit the Statue of Liberty. Of course, a trip to Central Park is also a must!

China – Singapore

Singapore seems like a fabulous city filled with innovative design such as the Gardens by the Bay.  Many of the attractions are unique in terms of what they offer, like 1 Altitude, and Sentosa Island – which is filled with activities including Universal Studios.

This trip would be a mixture of learning, taking in culture, but also letting go and enjoying some theme park fun!

There we have it a plan for the next 10 years with a few trips dotted in between, probably to Austria, for a weekend, and Jersey, to see a friend. If you have any suggestions of where to visit when in any destination please let me know I’m, always looking to tips.

2018 in 5 Memories

2018 has gone by very quickly and it was a year filled with highs and lows, but there were certainly lessons learned, that have set us up for the coming year.

Every year comes with surprises but 2018’s surprises weren’t so great, the planned times were amazing but other than those I have loved and lost these are the main memories I would like to take with me for 2018.

Hen Party

Heading to Porthmadog for my hen party was great, and an amazing surprise. I had visited this place for years as a child, as my family owned a caravan there and this was our only holiday every year – looking back it was great.

We spent the weekend celebrating and it got a little messy but the last night we spent pampering ourselves so we were ready to leave on the Monday. I just wish I had of taken more pictures, but I guess, you don’t when you’re enjoying yourself in the moment.

Wedding

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Our wedding was amazing, and truly was one of the best days of my life, and I would do it again.

Finding a venue and planning can be stressful but on the day I totally didn’t care because there was nothing I could do about it, so I just focused on having a bloody good time. This would be my advice for any bride to be – just enjoy yourself.

Honeymoon

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Sicily was the perfect place for a honeymoon it had everything we could possibly want. The glorious beach, a great hotel, shopping, history, and good food… take me back!

Home Improvements

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Moving into our new home about one year ago I would like to have done more than we have, but when we look back we’ve done a lot. This picture shows how much we have done to the toilet.

This year we would like to continue updating the home and we have already started in the living room. The only issue is that every room seems to be grey and white – think we need to widen our colour palette.

Family Time

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After losing someone very close to me last year my family has become even closer and we are making sure we have celebrations as frequently as possible because this is what matters. My family is quite big and it can be difficult to keep up with what’s going on with everyone but it is important to make the time and I will cherish the times we all spent together in 2018.

When looking at your memories in this way the year seems so much better, and perhaps the good times were overshadowed by the odd negative experience. This year I plan to remain positive and implement techniques I have learned to do this such as meditation, The Law of Attraction, and exercise. Come on 2019!

Short Breaks in the UK

Not the most exciting post, but I thought it’s a start for the new year. With lots of big occasions coming up in 2019 and with two holidays already booked we need some alternative plans for the celebrations.

As the new year kicks in I am beginning to feel pressured into arranging more getaways for our special occasions. But, with two holidays already planned for Disneyland and a cruise later in the year, the other plans will have to be overnight stays or a little domestic tourism. Here’s my list of lovely retreats for 2019 in the UK for those special celebrations.

First Anniversary

The last year has been filled with highs and lows, and one of the best times was our wedding back in May. A lot has happened since then and it feels as though it was a long, long time ago but we want to celebrate so here’s what we’re thinking:

The Shankly Hotel – Liverpool

Living in North Wales means we can easily reach many great cities in the North West of England, one of them being Liverpool. This seems like the most ideal spot for celebrating our wedding anniversary, with plenty of restaurants and hotels available. Plus, we both support Liverpool, therefore we are considering a stay at The Shankly Hotel, of course, we will require food too.

This hotel seems perfect, the interior looks rustic yet modern and the facilities are great. The bar, restaurant, and large bath in the bedrooms are all bonuses for us. Friends and family who have stayed have all enjoyed their experience with some planning another stay.

The Llyn Peninsula

Alternativly, we are considering a day out near the seaside along the Llyn peninsula. The thing putting us off is the weather, but this area is one of my favourite places including Porthmadog, Morfa Nefyn, Anglesey, and Criccieth. The beaches here are beautiful offering coves of blue sea and rustic landscapes, they are romantic whilst telling a story of years gone by.

30th Birthdays

Both my husband and I are celebrating our 30th birthdays this year and we want to make them special. I already know what I want to do, instead of a gift I want to head to London and see a show, but I can’t decide which one, the choices are Chicago, Hairspray, or Matilda – if anyone has any suggestions let me know.

When it comes to accommodation I’m happy with a basic hotel with breakfast, as we’re probably not even going to be in there for long!

Another option is to combine our birthday celebrations and opt for a longer break in Ireland or Scotland, both places we have never been to.

Sons Birthday

In March we usually take to Alton Towers waterpark and stay in the hotel or the Enchanted Village, we love doing this, but as we have done this on several occasions we are thinking of doing something a little different.

London

At the top of the list is London, with so much to see and do we are considering a weekend break as a family to explore the Natural History Museum, take to the London Eye, and visit the Tower of London. A visit to the Lego shop will probably take place too. This may seem like a very educational trip but it will be a jammed packed weekend – we could even save Matilda for this visit.

Blackpool

Visiting the Pleasure Beach, indoor waterpark, and Blackpool tower this will be a weekend filled with fun and games and probably more appealing to my son than the London adventure, but when the weather isn’t great your mood can also be dampened so this may be one for the summertime.

Although with the Blackpool Resort Pass coming in at £55 and allowing entry to 6 attractions, this may work out a lot cheaper.

 

 

Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations

After enjoying our honeymoon last year, and having witnessed many friends getting married, then trying to find that perfect honeymoon spot I thought I would take some time to create this post, in hopes it makes finding the perfect destination I little simpler for 2019 honeymooners.

Before searching for the ideal honeymoon spot, create a list of must-have criteria, and potential limitations. For example, we could only take time out for one week and therefore could not travel long haul. We also like to do different things when on holiday too, I like to see the sights and explore the culture and history of the place, whereas my husband prefers to relax on a beach and take a swim.

These criteria narrowed our list of places to visit leaving us with a focus on Europe, and as we have been to several European countries we wanted to try somewhere different but that was on my list of places I really gotta see – this left us with Sicily.

To help you create your list and get you thinking, here’s a list of my top 10 potential honeymoon destinations.

An Italian Honeymoon

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If you are searching for a place that has a little of everything then honeymoons in Italy may be for you.

From the cities where you can see history come to life to the spectacular coastlines such as the Amalfi Coast, newlyweds could indulge in fine wine and local cuisine. With so many places to see it is also possible to visit more than one location so Venice, Florence, and Rome may be on the cards.

This is a great place for historical, relaxing, or culture honeymoons. If you love the ocean and want a taste of the tropical life, then the next destination may be the place for you.

Honeymoon in the Indian Ocean

If you love the water and want to travel a little further then a honeymoon in the Indian Ocean can offer just that. The sounds of the ocean and surrounding rainforests will make sure your troubles melt away as relaxation kicks in.

This destination is perfect for a 2 week getaway for those looking to take the time to simply be together.

South of France – Your Luxury Honeymoon

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The South of France is one of my favourite places with amazing beaches, plenty of cuisine and amazing accommodation options this is a romantic place for your honeymoon.

If you are searching for a quieter destination within reach of other places on the coast, Cap d’Antibes is a brilliant option. Alternatively, if you are looking for spectacular beaches then head to St Tropez.

Australia’s East Coast

If one resort is not enough then a tour along the East Coast of Australia can help achieve what you are searching for. From Brisbane/Cairns to Sydney.

If you are looking for a tour then you may need 3-4 weeks to really get into it and have time to adjust to the time difference.

Honeymooning in Marrakesh

Marrakesh2Marrakesh is a beautiful city in Morocco that offers a glimpse into medieval ways, in the walled city. The souks are perfect for shopping, whilst the mosques, palaces, and gardens allow for cultural exploration.

The flight to Marrakesh isn’t too long from the UK and when I went we were here for 1 week which was enough time for us to take a few trips and relax too.

Barbados West Coast

In the Caribbean lies the island of Barbados, which is known for being a happy place. In fact, it is described as being 21 miles long and a smile wide.

The west coast is particularly popular for honeymooners with St James offering famous sandy shores, luxury shopping experiences, and fabulous hotels. Moving further down the coast in St Micheal lie beaches filled with character as the coast becomes more rugged.

This beautiful island is a tranquil environment for a honeymoon and is the height of luxury.

Ibiza Not Just a Party Town

Known primarily for its nightlife Ibiza may not appear to be the best honeymoon spot, but its crystal-clear waters and boutique hotels can be perfect for a happy couple.

If you are looking for a place that is lively, luxury, with hidden gems for relaxation then Ibiza is for you. Ibiza is also home to beautiful vineyards offering tastings and tours for those looking to escape from the main action for the day.

Out of the Sunshine and Over to Iceland

Not all of us are searching for a sunny trip and that’s perfectly fine, I don’t like being in the sun all day, in fact, I prefer the winter!

Iceland is famous for witnessing the northern lights, its Blue Lagoon, and dramatic scenery all of which are perfect for a romantic setting. Many of the hotels here are traditional for the area with a Nordic design that makes you feel warm. This is an especially good destination for a Christmas honeymoon.

New York, New York

This is perhaps the busiest of places on this list but it has a way of making every individual feel special. There are plenty of tours, museums, and galleries to keep you busy, and that’s not including the shopping opportunities – oh and don’t forget to catch a show!

The great thing about this getaway is that you can visit for 4 days and still feel like you have seen and done soooo much, but staying for at least a week is best, in order to see enough without rushing.

Don’t Fancy Going Abroad?

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My last destination is right here in the UK because I have many friends who either don’t want to travel or are scared of flying and I feel many times these domestic tourists are forgotten about.

If you have read my blog posts about North Wales you will know I am a big fan. The Llyn peninsula offers amazing beaches in tranquil environments so you can get lost in your own thoughts and spend quality time together. Some of the beaches have clear blue seas and just around the corner are green fields ideal for a countryside stroll.

This is my top 10 list for honeymoons, from long-haul destinations to perfect places right here in the UK.