It’s no secret that I’m a planner. Diaries, stationery and calendars fill me with glee and I’m never happier than when I can put a big, satisfying TICK next to my to-do list. I love being organised in my day-to-day life so it’s no surprise that the same can be said for my travel plans too. With my annual leave all accounted for this year, and dare I say it, Christmas on the distant horizon, I’m already looking to 2019 and working out how I can make the most of my annual leave and explore even more of the world next year.
Here are the places I am hoping to visit over the next 12 months.
The first trip that’s firmly in the diary for next year is a two week road trip around Argentina and Brazil (I warned you, I’m a planner)! Argentina has long been on my travel wish list and we have planned out our dream trip over Easter. From tango shows in Buenos Aires to wine tasting in Salta and hiking in the Igazu Falls, we’ve tried to cover as much ground as possible while only taking 9 days annual leave. Trust me, it can be done! We even took Spanish lessons this summer so we can fully immerse ourselves in Argentinian culture. Salut!
South Africa is synonymous with beautiful beaches, endless vineyards and incredible wildlife so its no surprise it’s such a popular destination. I’ve been eyeing up Cape Town for a while thanks to its unique mix of beaches, mountains and culture. One of its beaches is even inhabited by penguins – how cool is that?! Thanks to its Southern Hemisphere location, a winter trip in search of sun could very well be on the cards.
If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll know I’m a big lover of the USA. With New York, Philadelphia, Miami and Los Angeles all ticked off, Chicago remains high on my list of big cities to visit. I’m desperate to try a slice of pizza pie, enjoy a drink at a blues bar and marvel at the majestic Lake Michigan in the flesh. As quite a few airlines offer direct flights from London, Chicago could be a contender for a long weekend break this summer. Watch this space!
You only have to say the words pizza, pasta and gelato and I’m sold, but its not just the food that Italy is so famous for. From Venice to Verona and Rome to Lake Garda, there are so many beautiful places to visit in Italy but pretty beachside resort Positano on the Amalfi Coast is probably top of my list for an Italian adventure. I can just imagine wandering the narrow streets in search of an espresso or enjoying a sparkling cocktail on a cliff side hotel overlooking the ocean. Dreamy.
With The Great Plains to the East and the Rocky Mountains to the West, Denver is perfectly situated for the outdoor lover and draws crowds of adventure-seekers year-round. The city itself is a treasure trove of culture, sport and music and is fast becoming a must-visit US destination thanks to its laidback vibe and friendly inhabitants. In other words, it’s right up my street! Norwegian Air now offer flights for as little as £315 direct from London so I’m very tempted to visit.
Where will 2019 take you?