One of the reasons I was so excited to move to London was because I knew it’d give me the chance to go to all the places in Europe I’d been dreaming about since travel became such a huge part of my life four years ago.
I’ve always loved city breaks and since I’ve been back in England I’ve had a couple of fantastic trips; namely Dublin and Seattle. That said, I’m also a sucker for a bit of beach time too. I mean who isn’t, really?
Sure living in London is expensive, and I’m going to have to plan these trips around my full time job, but in 2014 I’m determined to find a balance between work and my love of travel.
So here’s where I want to travel in 2014, along with a couple of trips I’ve already got planned:
This has been on my list since I lived in Auckland, where I ended up meeting and living with 2 travellers from Belfast. I really want to learn more about Belfast’s past by doing a black taxi tour and I know my friends can definitely be relied upon to give me all the information I need to do a pretty comprehensive tour of the best pubs in the city!
As I’m a quarter German it seems a shame that I’ve not managed to visit Germany yet and, as I’ve heard so many great things about Berlin it seems like a good idea to start there. There’s two reasons I really want to go to Berlin this year: I’ve heard that the street art scene is huge and I also really want to see the Berlin wall. Hopefully I should be heading here around Easter time with some of my friends, so we’ll see what happens.
Can you believe that I’ve never been to Scotland despite living in England most of my life?! No, me neither. That’s why, in 2014, I’m definitely going to have a long weekend in Edinburgh. My parents have been a few times and loved it and, now I have friends who live there I’ve got the perfect excuse.
This is one of the trips I’ve already got planned for this year. I’ll be flying to Gdansk in February with my friend Brenna and I’m so excited that Poland’s going to be my first trip of 2014. Why Gdansk? Well, why not? The flights were cheap, the hostel we’ve booked is cheap and I can’t wait to walk around The Old Town and get my first taste of Polish food.
Another trip that’s already confirmed, I’ll be heading to Newcastle in the middle of February for Traverse 14 where, as well as listening to the speakers they’ve got lined up over the weekend, I’ll be exploring Newcastle and checking out the city’s best nightspots. I lived with two girls from Newcastle while I was at Uni in Leeds so I’ve been there before but that was 10 years ago. Newcastle, it’s been too long!
Croatia; Dubrovnik, Hvar, Split
It’s my 29th birthday in July and I was originally just going to head straight to Hvar for some much-needed sun, sea and sand. Then I started reading about how amazing Dubrovnik and Split are and, as I’ll have to transit through one of them anyway, I started to consider working one of them into my plans as well.
I know it’s going to be more of an expensive trip to take but, seriously, it’s my birthday!
I’d love to sit here and list a huge amount of reasons why I want to visit Amsterdam this year but honestly? It just looks like a really beautiful, really colourful city – somewhere that would be a joy to spend a weekend walking around.
Brighton’s only a 90 minute train journey away from London so, even though I know it’ll probably be super-crowded during the summer, I still want to have a weekend by the seaside. I’ve heard that you can explore the town on a bike tour and, obviously, a bit of reading on the beach wouldn’t go amiss.
Another place I’ve heard brilliant things about, Liverpool’s on the list because I think it’d make a great city-break destination. That, and the fact that I’ve heard the ghost walks there are amazing.
I feel like so many people went to Iceland in 2013, and who can blame them really? It’s stunning and it’s unlike anywhere that I’ve ever been. One of my friends even came back from Iceland and told me that she couldn’t quite believe it was real – now that’s my kinda place!
Now it’s your turn; I’d love to know what your travel plans are for 2014!