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My travel plans for 2018

EUROPE

 

Dublin, Ireland

 

I am so ridiculously excited about this. I’ve been to Dublin twice and really enjoyed myself both times – it’s such a laid back city with lovely people and I love that you can pretty much walk everywhere. Plus, who doesn’t love the accent? I haven’t been there in over four years, so I really can’t wait to go back and see what’s changed!

 

I’m going with three of my girlfriends and we’ll be staying in a lovely Airbnb (my first time ever!) and I’m so looking forward to eating, drinking and roaming the city together. One of my friends is actually a Dubliner too, which, of course, is a massive plus as she will know all the best places to go to. If you have any tips on restaurants or cute bars/pubs, please send them my way!

 

Helsinki, Finland (x2 – at least)

 

I thought twice whether or not to include Finland on this list, because as much as I love it and enjoy visiting, it’s not really a holiday as I’ll be rushing around trying to see all of my friends and family. But, as I’m going there for my birthday this year (I’m a June baby) I thought it’ll probably be a pretty great trip as hopefully I’ll have a chance to play tourist too – so many places have opened since I moved away almost five years ago!

 

 

Lisbon, Portugal

 

This is still in the planning stages, but I really hope that it’ll happen. I’m hoping to go there with my bestest bud Helena (who was my travel companion for last years northern Italy trip, too) and I know we would have such an amazing time – Lisbon looks like such a beautiful and fun city to visit, too!

 

If we do go, I’m definitely going to take photos of more colourful tiles than my memory card has space and drink lots of pisco sours. I’d also really love to visit the colourful Pena Palace in Sintra.

 

(Paris, France)

 

This one’s in brackets as I’m not sure yet if we can actually afford another holiday… We are planning on moving house this year, which requires a lot of money saving, so I’ll have to keep this one on the back burner. BUT if I haven’t spent all my money on moving, I’ll definitely be on the look out for cheap Eurostar tickets.

 

I’ve been to Paris a few times, but I’ve never really fallen in love with it in a way I think I’m supposed to. I’d like to give it another try, and do all the cliche-y, Parisian things, such as waking up early and enjoying a croissant and fresh orange juice in a cute¬†street cafe whilst people watching. That’s what people do in Paris, right?

 

 

UK

 

Winchester

 

I’m actually going to Winchester next week to celebrate mine and Jim’s fourth anniversary, and I’m so excited! We’re staying in Hannah’s B&B, which is a boutique bed and breakfast in the centre of town and it looks beautiful. I’ll try to take some photos and let you know how it was!

 

I actually don’t know much about Winchester itself (untypically for me I actually haven’t done much planning – although¬†of course I’ve booked dinner and lunch places..!), but I know it’s a beautiful old town and I can’t wait to explore it. Fingers crossed for sunny weather!

 

Suffolk & Norfolk

 

We’re going to three weddings this year, and two of the first ones are in Suffolk and Norfolk respectively. In Suffolk we will be staying at Jim’s childhood house, which is in the countryside and a such a perfect escape from the city. I don’t think I’d ever want to live somewhere so small, but I do love visiting every now and then – it’s like charging batteries!

 

The second wedding is in Horsham St Faith in Norfolk, near Norwich, and we’ve booked a room in a little country pub/b&b just five minutes from the wedding venue. I’m almost more excited about our accommodation than the actual wedding – it looks so cute and quaint!

 

Where are you planning on travelling this year?

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