Where To Next?
Now, maybe it's the end of the bank holiday, or maybe it's the fact that Scotland has been blessed with the most glorious weather over the last three days, but I cannot stop thinking about holidays. Specifically, about exactly where, with who and how quickly I can go on another one. We got back from Gran Canaria just a fortnight ago, but already it feels like forever. The travel (with kids) bug has truly been caught, and I can't help but finding myself with an ever g rowing 'to-see' list. Unfortunately, while I may have the flexibility to up and go whenever I please, Jordan doesn't quite have that luxury, and we are very much trying to make the most of his pesky annual leave days. Our plans aren't exactly concrete, but since I'm yet to do a travel plans post for 2018, it felt fitting that I do one about our 'travel plans from May for the next year or so onwards'. In other words, a massive procrastination and another reason to browse coo over the James Villas website just one more time...
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Hallelujah, we don't have too long to wait before we get the chance to travel again. In exactly 11 weeks and 3 days (but who's counting?) we are off on our trip as James Villas Ambassadors. We are staying at a beautiful villa in Cyprus, specifically in Latchi - a small picturesque fishing village just an hour away from Paphos, which was the place we went to time and time again when I was a child. Having just returned from a pretty full on all-inclusive holiday, I can't wait to do a complete 360' and have a slow week by the pool and exploring the harbour. The James Villas team have been fantastic at finding us a place that really ticks all of the boxes - with it being August, and Cyprus, it's going to be HOT, but we've got a villa with a covered terrace around the outside, which gives me a little bit of peace of mind that there is plenty of shaded area. We have also rented a car for our time over there, which shall be an experience in itself.[/one_half_last]
At the start of the year, I was determined to go on two city breaks by come Christmas time. City breaks are my favourite type of travel, I'm no sun goddess and I'd much rather be exploring than baking, but we just haven't managed it yet. I can give every excuse under the sun, but truth be told I'm just a little bit apprehensive about how much fun it will be with an explorative tot. The last thing I want to do is confine him to a buggy for four days, so I've been putting a lot of thought into the best place to try first. At the moment, it's a complete toss up between weather and budget. Lisbon would the winner if not for the flight prices. I've been tempted by Lisbon ever since Jodie shared her travels there, and the sun would be a welcomed break from what I can only imagine will be gloomy Glasgow mid-October. A close second is Copenhagen, which won my heart with the colourful houses and my head with it's extremely cheap air fares. With both we would be using Air B&B and I think it will end up a spur of the moment decision as to where we end up. Either way, I can't wait to tick another city off of the list.
I never thought I would be one to bring in the bells abroad. New Year isn't really my thing but I can't imagine anything other than belting out Auld Lang Syne come 12.01am. Until I had a child, and then I stopped making it to the bells at all... We don't really celebrate New Year in the same way we used to, so we may as well make the most of having a few extra days off work. We'll most likely be heading to mainland Spain, think cheap, cheerful and warm and most likely flying out on Boxing Day - it'll be a different way to spend the festive period, but certainly one I can't wait for.
May. For some it's the month' of flower blooms and bank holidays, for others, it's the best season of all. Annual Leave renewal - amen! I've mentioned this before, but both myself and Jordan work full time (well, I have gone part time as of this week, but let's forget that - for talking sake). I have a really flexible job and taking holidays' is not difficult at all, whereas Jordans' is pretty strict. He has annual leave to use and that is his lot, so you can bet your last buck that as soon as May rolls around we'll be off again. We had a lovely time in Gran Canaria this May, but I wouldn't want to do somewhere twice. This time around, we are planning on trying Croatia. I've visited Split in the past for a festival, but as you can imagine, I can't say I seen much what it had to offer. Nicole's posts from their recent trip to Dubrovnik have me itching to return, and the short flight plus some cheap as chips all inclusive accommodation makes it a winner in my book.
Whichever of the two city breaks fall short in October, we'll take in June. Both Copenhagen and Lisbon have been firmly at the top of my list for a good while now, so I'll be damned if I let another year pass without being able to see them. Eventually I would love to travel further afield and go long haul, but for now there is so much to see and do in Europe that there is no need. I am more than content with gelato and colourful houses right now.
Provided all goes to plan, we'll have ticked off two all inclusive holidays, one week in a beautiful villa and two city breaks before next August, so it will probably be about time we tried something a little bit different. I've been seeing more and more about some amazing caravan sites abroad recently, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't sold. Initially I'd come across Eurocamp, but just this past week I found Alfresco Holidays and it took all of my might not to book up then and there. If you've read any of my previous travel posts, you'll probably know just how much I want to visit Italy, and the Alfresco Sites over there are amazing. Think Centerparcs, but with the guaranteed brilliant weather and the ability to bask in the glory that is the baby pool.