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My travel plans for the rest of 2017

Blue Lagoon Comino Malta

 

I LOVE travelling, but I can’t seem to do it as much as I’d like to. This, I imagine, is a pretty common problem, and one that’s made better (and then worse) by planning ahead and daydreaming about future holidays. I’m very much a planner and a list person, so planning a trip for me is almost as much fun as the actual holiday itself (almost). I plan my budget, what to do and see as well as, of course, where to eat and drink. It doesn’t really matter if any of these things actually happen when I’m there – the planning part just makes me really happy and excited about the holiday so its worth it in its own right.

 

Most of my travel this year will fall on the second half of the year, which, of course, is very exciting as I still have so much to look forward to and so much researching to do! I won’t manage to leave Europe this year, but that’s completely fine with me – there’s SO many amazing places left in Europe, and even in the U.K., still to explore. I might be lucky enough to travel across the pond next year, but more on that on a later date when the plans are a bit clearer!

 

Colorful huts in Southwold beach Suffolk Brighton Pier Brighton Pier

 

My travel plans in England

Margate

 

I’m heading to Margate in a few weeks with my friend, and we’re spending one night there exploring the seaside town. I’ve heard so many good things about Margate (and seen so many pretty pictures!) and I’m so glad I’m finally going. I can’t wait to be by the seaside again, eat ALL the ice cream and take ALL of the pictures. If you have any good tips, please send them my way!

 

Brighton

 

This one isn’t a new spot for me, but one that I’m getting more and more fond of every time I visit. This time I’m only going for a day trip, but I’m intending to squeeze in as much food & drink as I possibly can. I’m looking forward to doing a bit of shopping on the laines, doing the compulsory stroll on the pier and having dinner with my friend who lives there, who, I hope, will know how to pick the perfect restaurant with all of her local knowledge!

 

Ps. You can check out my previous Brighton posts here and here!

 

Upper Barrakka Gardens Valletta Malta Sea view Valletta Malta Sunset Sliema Malta Beautiful sunset Valletta Malta

 

My travel plans in Europe

 

North Italy

 

Me, my best friend and another friend of hers are going for a week long trip to Venice, Verona and hopefully as many cities around Northern Italy as we can fit into our itinerary. I used to travel with my best friend a lot, but since living in different countries we haven’t really done it that much. We’ve sworn that this will change now, and so hopefully this will be the first of many trips to come!

 

I can’t wait to see Lake Garda, eat my weight in pizza and wake up early for at least one magnificent sunrise. If anyone has any tips on what to do in Verona (and which day trips are worth doing), let me know!

 

Rome

 

Yes, Italy again! Me and my boyfriend haven’t gone for a holiday together for a while, so we’ve planned a long weekend to take place sometime this Autumn. He’s always wanted to go to Rome, and even though I’ve been there a few times before, I don’t mind going back as it’s such a beautiful place. I can’t wait to see Fontana di Trevi again and wander around Trastevere. I’m definitely such a tourist but I love it!

 

Finland

 

I was debating whether or not to include this as I’m technically mostly going to see friends and family, but seeing as I’m using a week’s worth of annual leave for this I’m going to go ahead and call it a holiday!

 

I’m planning on being by the seaside as much as possible (can’t wait to visit Löyly again!), going to a block party and just seeing as much of my friends and family as possible. I’m also going to Flow Festival where Lana Del Rey is headlining – I can’t wait!

 

My previous Finland posts:

 

Eating vegan in Helsinki

A mini guide to Helsinki 

Architecture in Helsinki

 

Where are you planning on travelling this year?

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19 comments so far.
  • These sound like some awesome plans to me! I’ve only been to Brighton once to work and didn’t get to explore. They did do really good bagels in the train station though, haha! I adore Italy. I’ve been once before and always wanted to go back.

    Jaynie Shannon*

    Xx

    • Laura Torninoja

      Haha aww you need to go back to Brighton if you can – it’s the best! I love it so much I’m actually just considering moving there haha xx

  • The colours from all these photos are so perfect. What filters do you use? If you get the chance, when you go to Margate, head to Broadstairs too! You’d love it there xx

    Lynsey || One More Slice

    • Laura Torninoja

      Oh thank you so much! I just edit them with Photoshop by using layers – I usually use ‘Screen’ for more light and then ‘Soft Light’ for contrast. I feel so guilty for paying monthly for Photoshop and still only using the features that I could just get on the free version… Learning to use it and Lightroom properly has been on my to-do list for months and I keep forgetting – maybe next month! :’D

      Ooh I really want to visit Broadstairs too – I hope we have enough time for both! They’re really close aren’t they? xx

      • Oooh where can I get the free version of photshop? I never use it, I only ever edit pictures on my phone and its a bit of a faff!

        They are very close together, 5 mins on train and 10 or so mins in a car. I actually prefer Broadstairs, I think its a lot prettier. Plus they have a great ice-cream parlour there and the BEST chip shop chips ever (Star of the Sea if you do go!) xx

        • Laura Torninoja

          Huh, looks like they’ve edited some of the terms of it – you used to be able to get the old version of CS2 for free, you can read more here: https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-to-get-photoshop-for-free/. Gimp is also an ok alternative for Photoshop!

          Ooh good to know! Looks like our hotel is one hour walk away from Broadstairs so we definitely might give it a visit if there’s enough time! I want those chip chop chips haha xx

          • You’re amazing! Definitely going to check that out. Oooh thats good! I imagine its super easy to get to, the chips are a must! xx

  • Joanne

    Beautiful photos! <3
    I've never been to England but Brighton sounds lovely. Probably on my bucket list! Rome would be a dream to go back to; I went there once as well but Fontana di Trevi was renovated at the time! 🙁 So I'd give anything to just go back and experience the whole city again and again. A very beautiful place!
    Have a nice weekend x

    Joanne | Life in Blue Skies

    • Laura Torninoja

      Thank you! Brighton and England should definitely be on your bucket list – there’s so many lovely things to see here! Rome is amazing too – I hope you get to go back and see Fontana di Trevi in its whole glory! xx

  • Ahh I’m from Margate originally and still can’t get used to seeing it pop up in travel wish lists 🙂 enjoy and eat lots of food! There are lots of awesome restaurants there now (which all seem to have popped up after I moved away… but oh well, I get to visit my parents still and try them then!) Also recommend giving Milan a visit when you’re going around Northern Italy, it’s my favourite place. Happy to share some tips if you decide to go! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

    • Laura Torninoja

      Ooh I can imagine it must be so weird! Would you recommend any restaurant in Margate specifically? I can’t wait to go!

      I’d love to visit Milan too but I doubt we have time 🙁 But I’ll definitely come back to you for tips if we do end up going! xx

  • These sound like great travel plans!! I love Brighton, I’m heading there myself in August. I love it down there. But Margate is on my list for other UK places to visit. And I’d love to go to Finland one day!
    Vicky x
    http://www.dalton-banks.co.uk

    • Laura Torninoja

      I love it so much there too – I always seem to find new gems whenever I visit! And if you ever do end up going to Finland, let me know and I’ll give you all the Helsinki tips haha! x

  • Wow those sound like great plans! It’s looking like I’ll end up in London, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Vienna, Cancun, New York and Barcelona by January haha. Life’s a crazy rollarcoaster!

    🍍 Pia
    http://gymbagsandjetlags.com

    • Laura Torninoja

      Ooh that is one amazing itinerary you’ve got there! Edinburgh is one of my favourite UK cities – you’ll love it!

      I’d love to go to Cancun one day too, if only because I would like to eat ALL of the tacos and drink ALL of the margaritas. :’D xx

      • Cancun is so great! I’m going with my mom lololol. Thankfully she’s a pretty good drinking buddy and gets pretty fun after a few Coronas haha!

        • Laura Torninoja

          Haha that sounds like so much fun – I’d love to travel with my mum! 😀 xx

  • Sounds like a nice mixture. I wouldn’t mind a return trip to Venice – we last went about 8 years ago for Mr P’s 30th so I think we might be due another visit. We stayed on the Lido last time but I’d like to stay on the mainland itself. I’m hoping we can finally book our week in Sorrento this evening which will take place in October. Apart from that, I’ve got lots of UK-based fun to look forward to including Alvvays, Cigarettes After Sex and Ricky Gervais gigs.

    • Laura Torninoja

      Ooh so many fun plans! I’ve seen so many beautiful pictures of Sorrento, that should be an amazing trip – hope you get it booked in soon xx