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10 Travel Goals for 2019

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January 19, 2019

Our family motto is “Collect Moments, Not Things” and we love to travel, whether it is to somewhere 30 minutes up the road, or a few hours on a plane.

If money was no object, I would have no qualms about home schooling the kids and heading off to see the world, however, like many families we are bound by budgets and school holidays, so we have to be a bit more realistic.

Our top ten travel goals for 2019

Visit Iceland

If you look back at my blog, Iceland has been top of my bucket list since I started it, but this is the year we hope to go – I am just waiting for the flights to be released for October half term.

Reykjavik

I have found a gorgeous luxury apartment in Reykjavík with Clickstay which would be the perfect base for exploring this beautiful country as it sits just 200m from the harbour, giving spectacular views of Mount Esja.

Clickstay Apartment Reykavik

With 3 children in tow, I much prefer staying in apartments or villa’s, as it gives the whole family the chance to relax in their own space and self catering can help save money that can then be spent doing the fun stuff, such as chilling in the Blue Lagoon, exploring the mid-atlantic ridge, finding Game of Thrones locations and seeing the Northern Lights.

Aurora Borealis or northern light above kirkjufell mountain in iceland

Disneyland – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

My husband and boys are Star Wars mad and ever since they found out that Disney were building Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, they have been busy scanning the website for news of exactly what is being built and brushing up on their Jedi Training.

Jedi Training

The Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run gives you the chance to pilot the infamous ship whilst hurtling through hyperspace, you can journey to Batu and even find yourself at the Black Spire Outpost.

Jedi Training

Again we are looking into a villa stay, so we can make the most of exploring as much of California as possible, with plans to visit Universal Studios, Knotts Berry Farm, Los Angeles, Hollywood as well as some of their most famous beaches, Monterey Bay and San Francisco.

Explore more of our beautiful country on foot

We have been on two Family Walking Holidays, one to the Lake District and the other to the Yorkshire Dales and have really caught the walking bug.

Malham Cove

Over Christmas we watched Britain’s Favourite Walks: Top 100 and now have plenty of inspiration of where to visit next, it’s just choosing which one to do first!!

Exploring the Lake District with HF Holidays

Take the kids to Puy Du Fou

“Where?” I hear you ask!

Puy du Fou

Puy du Fou is one of France’s best kept secrets, despite being their 2nd largest theme parks. I visited last year and fell in love with this quirky attraction and know that the kids will love it.

The Îles de Clovis

There are no rides and no tacky merchandise, just pure entertainment in the form of spectacular daytime and evening shows and four period villages to explore.

Viking Ship

I cannot wait to see the excitement on their faces as it is like nothing they have ever experienced before.

Owl

Be more adventurous

Now the kids are getting older, it is easier to indulge in our passion for adventure. Last year saw me learn to paddleboard and throw myself around an inflatable obstacle course on water, at Dorset Waterpark and this year we would love to travel to North Wales and attach ourselves to the fastest zip line in the world – Zip World Velocity.

Siblings Dorset Waterpark

Invest in our own Paddleboard

Living on the Jurassic Coast, we are spoilt for some beautiful locations to explore, both on foot and from the water.

PaddleBoarding Studland

We already have our own kayak, but would love to invest in our own paddleboard, so we can head out for more adventures on the water, although the kids seem better at it than me!!

Isaac Paddleboarding

See the Jurassic Coast from the Water

We love to walk the south west coast path and have plans to revisit some of our favourite spots this year, including Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, Worbarrow Bay and West Bay, however, we really want to experience the beauty of the Jurassic Coast from the water and want to kayak around Old Harry Rocks and Durdle Door.

Kayaking

Let the kids make their own travel list and make sure we tick them off

It is important to us that the kids enjoy our travels and by letting them create their own list, it helps them feel invested in any trips we do. Top of their list so far this year are: Legoland, Kidzania and Warwick Castle.

Capital Radio Kidzania

Not get rained off at Camp Bestival

We are annual visitors to Camp Bestival in Dorset, however the last two years has seen the festival close a day early due to adverse weather conditions. Sadly, our tent did not survive the big storm of 2018 and we even had to provide shelter in our home, for some other poor campers who were affected.

Camp Bestival Dusk

Prior to this, we have only ever experienced glorious sunshine at this family festival and have enjoyed activities such as tree climbing, wand making and even taking part in a world record attempt, so fingers crossed the weather plays ball this year!

Tree Climbing

Visit Northern Ireland

Growing up, many of my teachers at school were from Northern Ireland and their passion for their country’s beauty always made me want to visit.

Hubby is keen on finding all the Game of Thrones locations, but it is the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede bridge that I most want to visit and the kids have their eye on W5 – Interactive Discovery Centre.

Carrick a rede

What are your travel goals for 2019?

Disclaimer: This is my entry into the Clickstay Travel Blogger Competition for the chance to win a £600 Clickstay voucher 

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  1. Reply

    Charlotte

    January 19, 2019

    I have never been to Northern Ireland but would love to go this year. It is on my list too!

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    michelle twin mum

    January 19, 2019

    Wow, its sounds like you’re set up for an amazing year, so lucky. We only have one break booked so far and I’m trying to oragnise others in the UK by being creative and house swapping! Mich x

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      Kara

      January 20, 2019

      House swapping is such a great idea. We are hoping to rent Penny’s Air BnB at some point

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    misfitmuser

    January 19, 2019

    Sounds like an amazing line up! Need to think of some places to go to myself on a limited budget. Thanks for sharing! 😀

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    Mom Life Optimized

    January 20, 2019

    Wow!! I would love to do all of that this year! I wish you the best in all your travels!

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    Becky Jarratt

    January 20, 2019

    We visited Malham Cove for the first time this summer. It’s beautiful, isn’t it?

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      Kara

      January 20, 2019

      Stunning – did you do Gordale Scar too?

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    Jenny

    January 20, 2019

    We are thinking of Denmark and the Lego House this year!

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      Kara

      January 20, 2019

      I would love to do that!!

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    Lewis

    January 20, 2019

    I have been to Iceland, v expensive. You are probably best staying in an apartment and enjoying more of the sights.
    Game of Thrones locations, Starwars and Legoland… CAN I COME TOO?
    Great piece, look forward to reading about these places in the future.

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    natalie

    January 20, 2019

    We love adventures too – I would love to visit Iceland one day, it looks amazing!!

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    Kim Seghers

    January 21, 2019

    Wow! I love your photographs. Sounds like you have many great adventures planned for your family. I can’t until Star Wars Galaxy Edge opens that’s definitely on my list this year.

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    Nicole Vick

    January 21, 2019

    This is a great list and I love the idea of letting the kids make their own list. Let me know when you come to Los Angeles. That’s where I live!

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    Jasmine Hewitt

    January 21, 2019

    these are awesome travel goals. looks like an exciting year ahead!

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    Eva Katona

    January 21, 2019

    Amazing plans – I’ve been to Monterey bay twice, don’t miss out on the Aquarium (hard to miss is anyway), it’s the best I’ve ever been and they do such an important conservation job in the bay area.

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    Tanya Brannan

    January 21, 2019

    So many of your choices are mine too! I would love to visit the Giant’s Causeway and Iceland. However I now have to add Puy de Fou looks absolutely splendid and so different to other theme parks; I want to go and my children are grown up!!

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    Louise

    January 22, 2019

    I love this list! You’ve given me some inspiration for where I’d like to travel with the kids myself this year. Thank you 🙂
    Louise x

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    Rachael

    January 22, 2019

    That’s a lot of travelling to do in one year but it sounds amazing! I would so love to to visit Ireland and go exploring. Also the Jurassic Coast is one of our favourite spots to explore. 🙂 Last year we did a lot of Paddle Boarding at Bracklesham Bay in the sea but this year I’d like to try it on some still water!

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    loopyloulaura

    January 22, 2019

    We had hoped to go to Disneyland Paris this year but have put it off due to family health problems. We are hoping to go to Scotland this year and I’d love to go to a festival like Camp Bestival that is child friendly

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    Emily Leary

    January 23, 2019

    We haven’t planned anything specific yet for 2019 but we’d certainly all love to visit Iceland one day. We’ve been to Northern Ireland and it was fab. I’d love to go the West Coast of Ireland too some time.

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    Jenni

    January 23, 2019

    Good luck in the competition, I really want to take my son to Disney

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    Our Seaside Baby

    January 23, 2019

    Wow, some amazing travel goals here! One of mine is also going on a Kayak – my son will love it. Can’t wait for the weather to get warmer!

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    Madeeha

    January 25, 2019

    Brilliant! I want to visit Iceland too to have a dip in lagoon. It is very magical place.

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    Sarah | Digital Motherhood

    January 25, 2019

    These are all fab – I’d love to visit Iceland one day! Hope you manage to tick a few off your list this year.

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    Suzy McCullough

    January 28, 2019

    I so hope you make it to Iceland this year. We used to live an hour from Puy Du Fou and we have been many times over the years. We love it there. Jamie was too young to remember it so I’d love to return with him. Good luck with your travel plans

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Are we nearly there yet? is a new online blog run by me, Kara Guppy, and is named as such thanks to my daughter Eliza who always asks that very question when we are less than 5 minutes up the road heading off on our adventures. You may know me from my other family blog chelseamamma.co.uk