|Somewhere between the UK and USA.|
So, 2016 is shaping up to be a little different holiday-wise but here are my plans so far:
|When a budget flight is nearly over.|
1. Amsterdam - I'm visiting the Dutch capital for the first time in March - France and Spain aside I'm not very well-travelled when it comes to Europe and when somewhere is an hour's flight away there's no excuse. I have booked the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank's house online to avoid the queues on a short trip and also have plans to visit a cat café and cat museum to balance out the big hit tourist attractions and for some light relief (still not over Anne Frank's Diary after reading it more than ten years ago). Hopefully they'll be time for canal side wandering, sitting in cafes and maybe, maybe sampling some chocolate covered fries that I've been told about.
2. Vietnam / Singapore - as a committed only-child, I still holiday with my parents (apparently some people think this is weird) but after having the same holiday (Le Royal Meridian on Jumeriah Beach) five times I pushed for us to have a proper adventure together and step out of our beach and shopping mall comfort zone. I'm so incredibly lucky that my parents are both around and are as happy for me to join them on this trip as I am for them to be with me. We are off to Vietnam for a nine day tour which takes in all of the main tourist route at a fast pace and is totally organised and fuss-free - just what we need! We'll be stopping off in Singapore on the way home which four people have already told me is "shit" but as I've only been to the airport I'm excited to see the city and sample for myself just how "shit" afternoon tea at Raffles is.
3. Ireland - myself and some of my internet friends are taking a trip to Northern Ireland in May. I've never been to N.I. before which is not that surprising given that it took me 26 years to go to Scotland. I'm excited for country air, amazing scenery, Irish accents and a token sip of Guinness / Whiskey. I really do need to make an effort to see more of the UK as despite our less than holiday-like weather there are so many beautiful places to see.
4. Porto - I missed out on a festival last summer and my tolerance of British weather is just getting worse so an overseas festival definitely appeals. I did Barcelona's Primavera in 2014 - it was awesome, so many stages and acts and quite a different vibe to a British festival (i.e. I didn't see a single person being sick). Porto appealed more this time around as its more purse-friendly (so far the festival tickets, flights and Air BnB have been super cheap) and a new city to explore. The festival is at night so depending on commitment to sleep there's a lot of time to sight-see during the day.
5. Barcelona - a friend's hen do is taking place here in June. Adult life is getting real. I've only been on day-long hen-dos in the past and only know two of the other attendees on this trip so its super out of my comfort zone for someone who doesn't really do / hasn't ever done group holidays but I'm excited. I love the city and have already done all of the tourist to-dos here so I'm mostly looking forward to making friends so to avoid being the awkward-single-girl-who-only-knows-the-person-getting-married at the wedding.
6. ? Various reasons have meant that my plans for July onwards this year are less certain (I'm trying to enjoy the potential spontaneity of not having my next 12 months mapped out). No, I haven't been looking at last minute-esque websites and working out what countires do and don't require Visas. And I definitely haven't been thinking of staycationing chez mes parents because how much would the pile of books I've been meaning to read for the last 5 years and my bank balance enjoy that?
|Window seat for life.|