A quick post really to check in with followers for a 2017 review and 2018 future plans. 2017 has been an amazing but very different year now we have our 1-year-old daughter with us. Under 2 travel can have its positives and negatives. Nearly everywhere you want to visit, under twos are free and when sitting on your lap on an aeroplane, the fight costs are minimal too. This has meant we have had the opportunity to return to some amazing places this year. These include Rome, Dubrovnik, Berlin, Belfast, Kerry and Dublin, as well as visit some excellent museums.
Top UK Museums
I am still working on visiting all of the top museums in the UK, however, we managed to hit quite a few. Including The British Museum, The Natural History Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, and Titanic Belfast. There are a few more on the list which I’ll get round to eventually, the Railway Museum in York, the National Gallery in London and the Roman Baths in Bath are to name a few.
Belfast and the Coastal Road
A spur of the moment conversation led to this short trip to Belfast and Northern Ireland in February. I wanted to visit Titanic Belfast and we thought we might as well see Giants Causeway and some more of Northern Ireland whilst we were there. Hiring a car and exploring the rugged coast is something I would recommend. We had a great day and Giants Causeway is definitely worth a visit.
Returning to Rome
As a couple, Italy and Rome, in particular, has always had its draw for my husband and I. In March we were able to share this beautiful city with our daughter. The best part of our trip was having breakfast in the Vatican and being able to explore the museum early. Because of this, we saw the museum including the Sistine Chapel before it was open to the general public. The Colosseum was also lit up for St Patrick’s day and was another highlight of our trip.
Visiting Family in Kerry
We are lucky enough to have family in this beautiful part of Ireland. In April we were invited over for a family wedding, a christening and a birthday party, all in one weekend. It’s safe to say we had a great time and our baby girl enjoyed meeting her extended family!
Dubrovnik and Montenegro
If you have read much of my blog then you will know that Dubrovnik is a place close to our hearts. We were lucky enough to return for our wedding anniversary this year in September and re-visit all the places and more with our daughter. We also took a trip to see a few places in Montenegro including Kotor, Perast and Budva. Lokrum island which we missed last time was on the agenda this time around and we enjoyed hiking and seeing the native peacocks. This is a part of the world we will keep returning to.
Spontaneous trip to Berlin
You know those times when you see a flight deal and realise its too good to pass up. Well, this is what happened and why we ended up in Berlin in November for a few days. A low-cost but fun family break packing a lot into a couple of days. Our last trip to Berlin was all about history and beer, this time we went to the zoo and shopped at Lidl! We had an amazing time but how we spend our trips have shifted somewhat. That being said my highlight was seeing the adorable Pandas in Berlin Zoo. (A blog post is still to come about Berlin.)
One night in Dublin (child-free..)
So I have just said that how we spend our trips has changed slightly and that basically means we go to the pub less. We tend to go for a couple then have one or two in our apartment after our girl is in bed. However, in December we took our first trip together without our daughter since she was born. And we spent most of that time in the pub. This trip to Dublin was all about going from pub to pub in temple bar and enjoying the craic. It was a well-deserved
break to let go at the end of the year.
2017 review and 2018 future plans
So you’ve seen my travel year in review but there have been lots of little visits to farms, zoos, local museums and much more which I will write about in due course. So there’s my 2017 review and 2018 future plans? Where do I begin? Ok so that thing that happened to us with Berlin flights kind of happened again and now we are going Copenhagen in March. Probably a silly thing to do as we have so much else in the year so any Copenhagen money-saving tips will be well received.
In April we head off to the Dominican Republic to attend the wedding of my brother and his beautiful fiance. And if that wasn’t lucky enough, we do it all again in Mexico in June where my lovely sister-in-law and her fiance tie the knot! There may be a hen party abroad at some point and the possibility of a small trip in September too but we certainly have enough planned to keep us going.
Sadly I think 2019 may have to be a quieter travel year or perhaps a more budget conscious one. But for now, I will bask in the pleasure of looking forward to a fantastic 2018! Thanks for reading and Happy New Year! Feel free to share your travel plans for this year, I would love to hear about them.