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It’s finally getting to that time of year where I can start planning my getaways for the rest of the year. I tend to wait until a few months into the year, to make sure (financially) I am fully clear of Christmas, my birthday (January) and have started a new annual leave year at work. Sad as it may sound, I also usually like to wait until after the end of our financial year at work, as April in a law firm can be a pretty busy time!
If you’ve read my blog before you’ll no doubt know that I’m a big fan of little weekend breaks, across the UK or further afield – mostly because it gives you a chance to experience different places and cultures, without having to spend a fortune (which is fairly impossible to do when you are also renovating a house!) I think we are really lucky to be living in a time where air travel is so cheap and hostels and Air Bnb give the option of cheaper accommodation. My weekend adventures have taken me to some really cool places, like Bratislava, Copenhagen, Warsaw, Brno and a solo trip to Stockholm.
This year I’d really like to explore a bit more of the UK – so I’m starting with a trip to the Isle of Wight, with Wightlink Ferries*. We’re heading across to the Island in a few weeks taking the dogs with us – I never realised that it’s actually really easy to take the dogs on the ferry so I thought it would be a great day out for the four of us.
I am a little hesitant about how well behaved they will be but hopefully they wont show me up! We’re planning to go for a day trip for some walks on the beach, explore the Island a bit more, take tonnes of dog photos (obviously) and make some dog friendly stops along the way for snacks. On that note, if anyone has any good dog-friendly recommendations for the IOW, please let me know! I’m also on the look out for some great vegan food recommendations for while we’re over there – let me know in the comments if you can recommend somewhere for us to try!
To spread the word about just how easy it is to travel with dogs on the Wightlink ferry, they have also very kindly given me offer code ‘NICOLE‘ to share with my readers – just pop it in the checkout on their website to get a massive 30% off travel to the Island with your canine pals, until the end of March 2019!
After our mini excursion across the water, we’re also on the look out for short breaks to take in May. I like travelling in May because places within a few hours flight tend to start getting warm and its way before the big rush over the summer, so you can pick up some really great flight deals. I usually use Google flights or Skyscanner to find mine – if you can be really flexible on dates, there are some absolute bargains to be had.
For our mini trip this May I’m hoping we can hop across to Spain, or maybe Prague. AJ and I have both been to Prague separately, but never together. It’s such a cool city to explore for a few days and easy to navigate. It’s definitely changed as a City since I last visited at the tender age of 18 -a long time ago – but it has some really beautiful architecture and because it is now quite a tourist hub, there are some really great package deals to be had.
Past May, this year we’re doing things a bit differently and saving up for a big trip in September/October. AJ travels a lot with the band, although never gets to spend long in places, and I did some travelling when I was younger, but we’ve never had a “big” holiday together! We’re planning a trip to somewhere like Bali, or maybe Mexico, as a big treat for us being (almost) finished with our house renovations and because, hopefully, I will have qualified as a Lawyer by then! I’ve been scanning websites like Kuoni, Voyage Prive and Secret Escapes to find some luxury deals, as it’s a one off and treat – but if anyone can recommend somewhere else we should be looking I am very open to ideas! We’re aiming for something with a lovely beach and sun, but also some interesting things to do while we’re there!
That said, as much as I am looking forward to taking a big holiday, I’d still like to break things up across the year with some mini trips. I’ve always fancied visiting Oxford and also a few different places in Scotland.
Basically what I’m trying to say is that I want to go everywhere; sadly my bank account does not support this idea!
What are your travel plans this year?