One of my favourite things to do in my spare time is browsing travel websites, pouring over beautiful photography of far-away places and surfing through all the Pinterest boards entitled Wanderlust. I’m never happier than when I’m plotting our latest get-away and dreaming of inspirational new places and experiences. I’m sure I’m not alone out there. Planning a holiday is such a satisfying and joyful thing, sometimes it can be more relaxing than the holiday itself. For 2016 I’ve already come up with a (not insubstantial) list of places I want to go – whether I manage to visit them all this year is another matter, but they’ll stay on the list until I do. Here are my get-away plans for 2016.
When we were invited to a wedding near Melbourne last year it was the perfect excuse to book a holiday. We’ve been talking about visiting New Zealand for some time, so we didn’t think twice about rsvp-ing to the wedding and booking our multi-trip flights. We’ll be spending 10 blissful days on the North Island in March, followed by a couple of days celebrating in Melbourne with friends new and old. Truly the holiday of a lifetime (apart from when we come back to do the South Island)!
We’ve been talking about a trip to Berlin for the past two years. Even though I grew up in Germany, I’ve never been to the capital city…shameful! I intend to make up for it this summer. We’re planning on combining a city break, a University reunion and a trip to see some of my family further afield. Most of all, I want to eat currywurst, go clubbing, visit beergardens and vintage shops, and soak up the bohemian atmosphere that I’ve heard so much about.
My brother lives in Switzerland so I don’t get to see him very often. When he told me at Christmas that he might be going to a conference in Stockholm in the summer, I immediately jumped at the idea taking a trip out there to see him. It’s not unusual for us to meet up in random cities for a sibling holiday. He’s been to Stockholm before, so we’ll be able to natter in the cosiest bakeries, find the best smoked fish and see the sights together. Being able to see my bro after so long will make this city break even more special.
I’ve been to Budapest before, a long time ago on a coach trip with my mum. I remember loving it at the time but I knew that there would be so many more things to discover about the city without mum in tow or being at the mercy of a coach tour. For example, I’m yearning to visit the beautiful baths and the wine-growing regions that lie an hour’s drive outside the city. I also have a close friend who grew up there and moved back a year ago. I would love the opportunity to see her. She was always so good at showing me the most amazing secret parts of London and I’m sure she’ll be equally as good with Budapest if not better. I’m looking forward to seeing all the places the tour books don’t tell you about! It will be a personal visit to remember.
Have you planned your holidays for this year? Where have you been dreaming of travelling to? Have you been to any of the places I’m planning on visiting?