There’s only one sure-fire way to beat the January blues, and that’s to book a holiday! (Or several…) As I’m stuck back in the office my mind can’t help but wander, reminiscing about travels gone by and the ones still to come, and I’m starting to plan my year – or the next few months of it at least. Here’s a quick look at my travel diary for the next six months.
JANUARY. Ok, so I don’t have anything officially booked in yet, but I’m hoping to squeeze in a trip close to home in the next few weeks. My husband and I said that our main Christmas present to each other would be a night or two away somewhere – a pretty great present, I think you’ll agree! – and we’ve settled on a night at The Pigs, or more specifically, a stay in a Spa Suite.
The Pigs is a rather lovely hotel/restaurant in North Norfolk, and while I haven’t had the pleasure of staying there yet, I’ve eaten there a few times and loved it! It was known for offering luxury Spa Rooms that come with their own sauna, and last year it ramped it up a notch by launching its Spa Suites.
These suites come with a sauna, steam room, dual-bathing tub, space for in-room dining and a private courtyard with a fire pit, so it seemed like the perfect treat to each other to celebrate our first Christmas as a married couple! Hopefully we won’t have long to wait, although these suites get booked up pretty fast, so we may be pushing our luck thinking that we can make it in January. Fingers crossed…
FEBRUARY. February involves not one but two destinations tacked onto each other, and to do it we’re heading to the continent! We’re spending a weekend in Antwerp with friends – it’ll be my second visit to Belgium but my first time in Antwerp – and after looking at how to get there, we realised it’d be far easier (and cheaper) to hop on over on a flight to Amsterdam for a few days first. So how could we refuse?
Amsterdam has been on my list for ages, and considering it’s only an hour or so away, it’s madness that I haven’t been yet. And I can’t wait to rectify it! We’re staying in a central hotel (which we booked through Secret Escapes so got an amazing price) and have got a few things on the itinerary, including Anne Frank’s house, the key museums/art galleries, a canal trip and perhaps a visit to the zoo. Basically I’m hoping to squeeze in as much as possible over the few days we’re there.
MARCH. This month we’re having a weekend break in Center Parcs, which will be another first for me! For those who don’t know, Center Parcs is a kind of upmarket holiday village with swimming pools, spas and outdoor activities galore – think biking through forests, kayaking, archery and ziplining – and I can’t wait to see what all the fuss is about.
I’ll also be heading to York on a hen weekend, which probably won’t have a lot of culture but will have a lot of walking around this lovely old city (probably in a cocktail-induced haze, but still). I’ve been to York several times and am always blown away by how beautiful and historic it is, so I’m looking forward to heading back.
APRIL. April sees another UK-based break, but this time for a family wedding (the bride being the aforementioned hen!) We’ll be heading up north to see two wonderful people tie the knot, and considering the venue is a five-star hotel in a fabulous old hall, you can bet that I’ll be taking advantage of the spa while we’re there. (I’m pretty sure spas are a recurring theme this year…)
MAY. Another month and another wedding, this time in Scotland! I absolutely love Scotland – Loch Ness is one of my happy places – and I can’t wait to head back up there. Coincidentally, the wedding falls over the weekend of my husband’s birthday, so as well as the ceilidh shindig we’re also going to take the opportunity to head to a whisky distillery. I can’t personally take the stuff but the other half loves it, so it seems like the perfect birthday treat!
JUNE. I can’t quite believe how quickly it’s coming around, but June marks our one-year anniversary! To celebrate, a holiday is most definitely in order – paper anniversary = paper plane tickets, right? – and considering we both adore Italy, that’s exactly where we’re heading.
Nothing is set in stone yet but I’m hoping for a multi-destination trip, ideally starting in Venice before heading to Tuscany for the wine, Florence and Tower of Pisa. I’ve never been to Venice but to me it screams romance, so it’s got to be the perfect destination for an anniversary. Combine that with our love of wine and it’s set to be the perfect
I can’t wait to get started! I can feel the January blues disappearing already. Has anyone else got any exciting travel plans this year?