Writing a travel wishlist for the year is always trickier than a days out one as a lot depends on being able to get time off work and having the money to do it.
Our travel plans have already changed this year with our holiday to Disneyland Paris during the kids extended half term break, cancelled as Hubby cannot get the time off work. To say we are disappointed is an understatement as every time Sebby sees an advert on the TV he exclaims that he wants to go there.
Lesson One: Book school holiday time off as early as your company allows
Lesson Two: Ask your partner for written confirmation he has booked the required holiday in plenty of time!
We have one holiday booked already and are visiting Forfar in Scotland during February half term with plans to use it as a base for exploring.
Some of our wishlist we know will happen, some we are busy saving for and there may be one or two that Hubby and I want to visit without the kids in tow.
After watching the facebook photo’s and updates of one of my closest friends who visited Lapland with her extended family just before Christmas, it has made me determined to visit Santa in Lapland with the kids who are the perfect age as they will be 4, 6 and 9 at Christmas.
I then followed Penny’s trip to Santa’s Hotel Tunturi, her search for Santa and their snowy fun at the resort, including an epic sledge journey – never has the music Let it Go been used so perfectly, which has made me determined we will visit in 2017.
No visit to Scotland would be without a trip to its capital and Edinburgh Castle which is built high on an impressive 700 million year old extinct volcano called Castle Roc.
3. Loch Ness
As soon as we told the kids we were going on holiday to Scotland they demanded we visit Loch Ness to see if they could spot the Loch Ness Monster. I am not sure how lucky we will be, however, their wish is our command.
I went to Glasgow for my hen do 12 years ago and fell in love with the city – it helps that my best friend from school lives and works there, so will be great to catch up with her whilst we are in her neck of the woods and take the kids to the Glasgow Science Centre whilst we are there.
My wishlist seems to favour the cold this year and, top of my list for 2016, Iceland is still somewhere we want to visit.
Having met the tourism team at World Travel Market and discovered cheap flights from Bristol, Hubby and I want to do a weekend break to explore (and see the Northern Lights) and then maybe take the kids over there in the summer months when there is more for them to see and do.
6. North Wales
Back in the UK, North Wales is on our list for adrenalin reasons. Back in 2015, Hubby and Kian braved Zip World and enjoyed riding Zip World Titan, bouncing at Bounce Below and scaring themselves in Zip World Caverns, however, they ran out of time to ride Velocity – the fastest zip line in the world and the longest in Europe, so we need to go back and brave it.
There is also the new Fforest Coaster to try at Zip World Fforest!
7. Disneyland Paris
We last visited Disneyland when I was heavily pregnant with Sebastian in 2013 and the kids are all desperate to go back, especially as they have just launched their Star Wars attractions, including Jedi training which Hubby, Kian and Isaac are very keen to try.
I am hoping that this time Eliza isn’t too shy to meet the princesses as she cried last time (she was only 2).
It is a running joke that everyone has been to Paris before me in the family, with Hubby visiting years ago and the teens going with school and Abbey heading over with her boyfriend to see Sam Smith. This year I am determined it is going to be my turn to visit.
9. A Cruise
Last year we enjoyed the most amazing cruise aboard the Carnival Vista and it is something we would love to do again, only visiting different ports. Cruising is such a wonderful way to get a flavour of different countries and we fell in love with Italy whilst we were there.
After our cruise last year, the one place I wish we had explored more was Sicily as I really wanted to climb Mt Etna, but the kids were too young to do the excursion. I am determined to return and climb this smoking volcano.
Have you got a travel wishlist for 2017?
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