Thank god January is over huh? Doesn’t it just seem to go on forever? Probably because most of us are on the post-Christmas diet and not going out it just drags and drags. Well now it’s officially February and dull January is over I’m starting to think about my spring and summer plans. After such an epic travel year in 2017 it’s hard to see how I could top it this year, I definitely don’t have plans to go travelling for 6 months solid this year, maybe next year though…. BUT as a travel/festival/cheeky weekend away obsessive I have SOME plans nailed down already, a few things in the pipeline and other things that are on my wishlist for 2018.

2018 Travel Plans

  Budapest budapest-at-night In a few short weeks, I’m heading to Budapest, somewhere I’ve been obsessed with going to for the last couple of years. Everyone I know who’s been has raved about it. I’m looking forward to chilling in all the spa baths, although I might literally be chilling, as it’s still a bit early in the year for sunbathing. And also partying in the ruins bars, I’m planning on joining a pub crawl or two and getting stuck into the nightlife. Mind you, after doing the whole “dry January” thing I might be a total lightweight eeep! let’s hope not. budapest-spa   Ljubljana ljubljana-Slovenia After Budapest I’m going to travel to the Slovenian capital, it’s around 6hrs by road and I’ve heard so many great things about Ljubljana. Even though it’s a capital city it’s quite small and chilled with a really strong foodie scene. PLUS I have to take a day trip out to Lake Bled, how could I have a travel blog and not have an Instagram shot of the little church on the island in Lake Bled?? Far from wanting to be a cliché I just really want to see it for myself, it looks incredible. Lake Bled-Slovenia   Venice Bridge of Sighs Venice After Ljubljana, it’s on to Venice, which is around 3hrs by road. I’m hoping this will be the perfect time of year to see the canals, the Rialto Bridge and San Marco Square before the hoards of tourists arrive. Plus I’m all about the pizza, pasta, gelato, Aperol, Bellini life…just gimme all the good stuff mmmm. gondola-Venice   Amsterdam Amsterdam canals I’m a big fan of Amsterdam, I’ve probably visited it more than any other European city, I even contemplated moving there at one point. However, one event I’ve always wanted to go to and never been is Kings day, which is a national holiday to celebrate the royal family but is actually a giant party in the streets, parks and canals. So this year is THE year, I’m going to have to start shopping for some bright orange clothes and prep myself for some serious drinking! Kings Day Amsterdam   Dublin Again, somewhere I’ve visited a lot, so I feel like I know the city pretty well. I wrote a blog post a couple of years ago about a few of the alternative things to do in Dublin if you’re looking for more than the usual Guinness Store and Temple Bar stuff to do when you visit. This trip is specifically to watch The Pro 14 final Rugby. My boyfriend is absolutely rugby mad and I’m quite partial to watching a bit of egg chasing and day drinking too. It’s gonna be a messy weekend for sure! Drinking Guinness in Dublin …So that’s the spring sorted. Summer/autumn 2018 travel plans are kinda up in the air, but I’ve got a few loose plans and a wish list and we’ll see what the rest of the year brings! 2018 travel plans   Lost Village Festival An amazing little electro festival in a forest in Lincolnshire I went to for the first time a couple of years ago. I’ve heard it’s now even bigger and better, so I’d love to go back. Lost Village Festival     Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, Serbia kotor-Montenegro I’ve been obsessed with exploring more of the Balkans since I went to Croatia two summers ago. Croatia is booming with visitors at the moment with the Game of Thrones effect, and the other Balkan countries are on the up too. The beaches of Albania and Montenegro are meant to be especially beautiful, a lot like Greece but way less expensive. There are also so many festivals in this region over the summer that I’d love to go to so I’m going to do everything I can to make this happen. Albanian coast   Get out and about in the campervan Did you know we (my boyfriend and I that is) have a little retro VW campervan? Our poor little neglected Green Goblin, currently sat in a garage waiting to be loved again. Since we were out of the country most of last year she’s not been used much, but I’d love to get a few weekends away and some more festivals with her. I love cruising along in our little green hippie van. VW campervan   South and/or Central America Costa Rica volcano It’s my dream to explore South and Central America, hopefully, at some point, I’ll do an extended backpacking trip through the continent. However, for now, I’ve got Argentina and/or Costa Rica pretty high on my 2018 travel plans wishlist. It wouldn’t be until autumn or early winter though. Argentina And that’s it thus far… I say that’s it, but writing it down it seems like a quite a lot! I love planning trips, figuring out where I’ll stay, what I’ll do, where to eat or drink it’s all part of the adventure for me. Mind you I’m also keen on spontaneous trips too and just seeing what happens on the day. Are you a planner or a go with the flow type traveller? Do you have any trips planned for 2018?
Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife: The perfect winter retreat

Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife: The perfect winter retreat

As a last-minute pre-Christmas get away, my boyfriend and I decided to jet off to Tenerife for a week.The Canary Islands are well known for having fabulous weather year-round, and so many of our family and friends had raved about Tenerife, so it was a no-brainer when we were deciding where to book for our winter sun break. Having decided on Tenerife we then started to look at the huuuuge range of accommodation on the island, and finally narrowed it down to The Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife, which looked and sounded right up our street.

Best date night restaurants in Newcastle

Best date night restaurants in Newcastle

Valentine’s day is just around the corner and if you haven’t booked dinner with that special someone just yet, errrr what are you waiting for?? There is an abundance of great restaurants in Newcastle to impress your date, either for V day or date night year round. And there really is something to suit everyone, weather your significant other loves classic elegance, dark and moody, fun and girlie or small and intimate ambience. Of-course date night is what-ever you make it; however, a beautiful restaurant can certainly earn a lot of Brownie points!

Lindisfarne Festival: 10 reasons why I’ll definitely be returning next year

Lindisfarne Festival: 10 reasons why I’ll definitely be returning next year

I’m not long back from Lindisfarne Festival, a brilliant 3-day end of summer blow out party on Beal Farm in Northumberland. It felt great to squeeze in a last HURRAH of the year in our old VW campervan, which was stranded down in Bristol for most of the summer after Glastonbury Festival… that’s a story for another day. However, with the campervan back in our possession we couldn’t wait to go festivalling again, and what an amazing festival it was!