It’s kind of awkward returning to a blog after 5 months of radio silence, so bear with me as I try to catch up on the hundreds of half drafted posts and collections of not quite edited photos from the last year or so! In the meantime, I thought I’d write a little update post on what we’ve been up to since we last got around to writing on a regular basis and fill you in on our travel plans for the year.
Honestly, after packing in amazing trips to Iceland, Bruges and Paris before Christmas we’ve had a pretty quiet few months. I’m not really a winter person and definitely went into hibernation from about November to April, leaving us with precious little to write about.
Waking up after the new year as spring rolled around, I was determined to rediscover my travel mojo and try to make the most of 2018 with plenty of adventures. We had hoped by now that we’d have managed to sell our house and moved into somewhere new, so the original plan was to build up some savings and have a year of spending money on new home things. However, things never quite work out like you plan them to, and so 10 months after returning from our world trip we’re still living at my mum’s house and spending most of our disposable income on travelling!
This year we’ve been lucky enough to take a two week trip to Southern Africa, where we spent time travelling through Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. Getting to see Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta, Kalahari Desert, Namib Desert and so much more was an absolute dream and I’m really enjoying getting back into writing and editing as I’ve been pulling together all the details of our trip into various blog posts.
This trip definitely sent us spinning back into a haze of travel planning and after researching various destinations, at the moment the rest of the year is looking something like this:
June – Stockholm
We seem to have made a tradition of going away for our birthdays, so have just booked a last minute weekend in Stockholm for Rob’s 31st. We’re flying in on the Thursday night and staying until Sunday and can’t wait for another city break. We’ve hardly scratched the surface of Scandinavia and can’t wait to explore Stockholm for a couple of days.
September – Jordan & Israel
We visited Egypt a few years ago but with the exception of a few layovers in the airport at Dubai, we haven’t visited the Middle East. With the situation out there pretty turbulent I guess we’re a little nervous, but excited to spend 8 days travelling through Jordan and Israel, checking out Tel Aviv, Nazareth, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Petra and Wadi Rum. We’ll be taking various tours if we stick to my current plan so won’t be going it alone and have had loads of tips and reassurance from others that it’s an amazing place to visit and no more dangerous than many other countries we’ve managed to survive visiting!
November / December – The Caribbean, Destination TBC!
Yet another part of the world we’ve barely looked into previously let alone visited is the Caribbean, but after hearing so many amazing experiences from friends and family and making the mistake of googling those pristine white beaches, I think this might be our time. I figure after a year of adventure holidays we’ll need some rest and relaxation so at the moment we’re considering either Barbados, Jamaica or really any of those paradise islands!
It was pleasantly surprising to find flights are just 8 hours from the UK and only cost around £500 return, so we may treat ourselves to an all inclusive beach break, our first in about 4 years. Rob’s only request is a golf course and as long as I’m near a beach I’m happy so do send us all the details on your favourite Caribbean destinations!
At the moment though we only have Stockholm booked for certain, so we’re looking for all the advice, tips and inspiration we can get. If you’ve been to any of these destinations or would recommend we check out somewhere else you’ve loved, let us know. We tend to book last minute more often than not and are always willing to have our heads turned by other travellers!