I have been stuck in a bit of a blogging rut recently, I have to admit. Since starting my YouTube channel, I’ve been much more focussed on making videos than writing, and of course the familiar stab of blogger envy (not feeling like anything I write is good enough, being overly critical of all my photos, you get the gist) holding me back. Anyway, I decided to just take the pressure off myself and write something. Today seemed like a good day to write about my travel plans for 2016, because last night George and I booked a spontaneous night away in the Lake District in just a few days’ time!
So I was looking at my Booking.com app and all the exciting trips we’ve got coming up (we’ve booked them all through their website as their prices and ‘pay when you stay’ policy are both pretty ideal. Who wants to book and pay everything upfront? It’s much easier to save up in the time you’ve got until you stay, which is what we’re doing for our trips this year.
Anyway, let me tell you a little bit about where we’re going. First of all, Bowness-on-windermere in the Lake District. I’ve never been to the Lakes, but it’s somewhere George and I have always fancied going. We have always favoured city breaks over country ones, but more recently we’ve realised that although city breaks are fun, they’re no holiday really. You end up trying to pack too much in and traipsing around for hours, instead of taking the time to relax and enjoy your time away. But when there’s nothing much to do around you other than enjoy your surroundings, you don’t really have a choice! We’re staying in a cute little B&B just a 10-minute walk from Lake Windermere, and there’s actually plenty to do around there; The World of Beatrix Potter, loads of cute cafes and restaurants (what else do you really need when there’s good food around, right?), as well as lake cruises to nearby places like Ambleside for more cute shops and tearooms. What could be better for a little break from the stresses of uni work and everything else? Plus, I’ve been really poorly over the past couple of days, and now that I’m much better I feel like celebrating!
April is our anniversary month, and since we started going away on our 5th anniversary, it’s kind of become a habit we can’t break! We weren’t going to do anything this year, but a few clicks to look at flights and hotel rooms and… we booked a little three-night trip to Dublin! I am so excited to visit Northern Ireland, as I’ve wanted to go for a few years now, and Dublin just sounds like such an amazing place. We weren’t bothered about staying anywhere fancy, so we’re staying in a guesthouse that fitted our budget and is centrally located- just a 5-minute walk from all the shops and nightlife Dublin has to offer! We live so close to the airport now that we could really be jet-setting all the time (I wish!) but it means that we can enjoy our anniversary day and then fly to Dublin in time to have our evening meal there- perfect. I’m so excited to visit a completely new place, and if any of you have recommendations for things to do or places to eat then please let me know! You can see what we got up to on our anniversary in the beautiful Northumberland last year by reading my posts here and here.
As is becoming tradition (for George anyway) we are once again spending George’s birthday in Amsterdam! It will be his third birthday in a row spent in this amazing city (lucky or what?!), and my second trip there, and I really can’t wait to go back. And this time, we’re not staying in a hostel, yay! We’re staying in a gorgeous apartment for three nights with our two friends who are also a couple, and the rest of the group are still staying in a hostel. We are flying out earlier to spend our other friend’s birthday there too so she doesn’t have to travel on her birthday (George’s birthday is actually a few days before, but shush, it’s still his birthday trip!) so it will be nice to maybe have one civilised night in the city before the holiday gets into full swing! Our apartment looks straight out onto a canal and is a big, spacious loft conversion with our own kitchen and everything, so we can save some money by having some meals there rather than always eating out (not that I wouldn’t have all-you-can-eat ribs, waffles and churros for every meal if I could- NOM). You can see what we got up to in Amsterdam last year here, and again I’d love to hear any more of your recommendations!
And of course, who knows where else the year will take us? George and I are still hoping to go on a beach holiday (we’ve been wanting to do this for years and we still haven’t managed to do it!) which we might finally manage in September time if I’ve managed to actually graduate and secure a job by then! I’m desperate to do it at least once- go all-inclusive to a swanky resort and spend the whole time eating, drinking and getting slightly less pale than I am now. I might not like it, I might get bored, but you’ve got to try it at least once!
Where are you all planning on travelling to this year? I’d love to hear about your plans and recommendations for new places to visit!
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