A Travel Wish list

a travel wishlist
planning for travel

I was so apprehensive this year about daring to make travel plans. The last couple of years have thrown those plans back in our faces a little! For the years prior to the, (lets call it, hiccup), come December, Nik and I would plan. We would each say places that we would love to visit the following year, and they would get written down. A travel wish list curated together. A rough idea of when we may fit trips in would be formed. It was exciting and one of our favourite things to do in December.

But then Nik got cancer. All of a sudden we were being mocked by any plans that we made. The excitedly scribbled notes were folded up, stuffed into drawers. Those plans made Nik feel guilty, me feel scared. For the last couple of years, plans were for others. Simple survival was our only plan.

But not this year! This year we feel confident to make plans for next year. Can you even believe it! Nik’s clear blood results after his op mean we can make plans! Aghhhhh! It feels soooo good to say that, and I will cheers to that! The travel notepad is back out and Lonely Planet books are being poured over. Sometimes, these discussions are accompanied by tea, sometimes wine! The lists we made may reflect what particular beverage we were consuming when certain destination’s were added…. Either way, we have a travel wish list as long as our arm! The world is our oyster this year! Let me share some of it with you.

a travel wishlist
We feel the world is our oyster

Nik and I have both said we would like to do our travel a little differently next year. We want to slow it down. Do more staycations to be more sustainable. Find eco friendly resorts and simpler accommodation. Go back to the slow travel we enjoyed for many years. I am not sure how that is going to take shape as yet, but we have a few ideas. I would also love to do another retreat this year. I got so much from the meditation retreat I did in France last year. I felt it was incredibly grounding for me. I am on the look out for a yoga/meditation retreat for this year! All recommendations welcome!

We also feel so very grateful for the life we have, so feel incredibly compelled to pay that forward in some ways, (I’m not talking financially here, we have to save up hard for trips, like most people) But we do feel so grateful for the privilege, choices and chances we have. We have been looking at a few volunteering trips. Nothing is firm yet, but there are a few front runners. It will definitely be something that we do this coming year, for sure. There are so many amazing, worthy programmes to get involved it, it is so hard to decide where to go! I would love to hear of any schemes that you know of doing great work!

relaxation retreat france a travel wishlist
Hot tub with a view

What we have booked.

The only trip that we have booked and paid for so far is Sofia, in Bulgaria. We have booked a 4 day trip there for end of February/beginning of March. It is somewhere a little different, so I am excited to see what it has to offer. We do blooming love a City break!

We have also just come back from a little trip to stay in Hever Castle. It was amazing! I was totally at home in that Castle! In fact, I am sure that the Ancestry DNA test that Nik got me as a Christmas gift is going to prove I descend from Royalty. Gotta be a bit of blue blood in my make up somewhere right???? I will tell you more details about the Castle stay very soon.

A Travel Wish list

Nik has a big birthday this year, so you can bet we are gonna celebrate it! We are not usually people that do a two week, beach type holiday. Our last one was Cape Verde, a couple of years back. However, he has his sights on a more relaxed, warm holiday this year. We are looking at doing a two week paradise trip somewhere. Nik fancies Bora Bora, that is his ultimate. However, it is a colosal amount of cash! I think I would need to sell a lung and a kidney to afford it! Other options are The Seychelles, Lombok or Zanzibar. Our research continues…

City Breaks

I know from talking to my travel buddies, that we are all love ourselves a city break. I think they are just so easy to try to squeeze around the day job rightttt?? Nik and I have been really trying to explore more European cities the last couple of years. I feel like I have seen very little of Europe. We have definately seen more in the last couple of years, but still so many that intrigue me! Some of the runners and riders in the City break race are; Venice, Florence, Cappodocia, Sibiu, Tallinn and pretty much anywhere in Germany. Oh, and I would also love to explore Austria a bit more. I fell in love with Salzburg last year.

My top six things to do in salzburg
The Pegasus Fountain

Road Trips

One of my favourite trips in the last few years has been our Scottish road trip. I just loved it so blooming much! We have both said we fancy doing other trips like this. Norway is somewhere I have been obsessed with in forever! I have a Pinterest board full of photos of it, that I add to on a daily basis! I would love to do a tour of Norway, via the train. I have started exploring how we could make it happen. It looks like landing in one part of Norway, travelling around and leaving from a different part is going to be the best option. Doing a trans-siberain trip would alaso be amazing!

Ireland is also a place we are planning to tour. I have been to Dublin many times, but not really ventured out from there. My Mum’s family are from Waterford in Ireland, so I would love to see that area. See The Mother Land as it were… We would love to do a Ring of Kerry tour, ( no pun intended….ahem….), exploring the more rural sides. County Wicklow also holds a huge fascination for me. Again, I have Pinterest to thank for that! Oh, and the tv series Vikings! A lot of the Scandinavian scenes in the show were shot there and it looks absolutely STUNNING!


Lastly, let’s talk about the good ole Staycation. I know for many people, holidaying in your own country does not feel like travel. I don’t agree and Uk travel is firmly on our travel wish list. I LOVE exploring the UK. In fact, we even had a trip in our home County of Essex last year! It was an eco friendly glamping trip, and we loved it. Our London breaks are also a fab way to recharge. Staycations are also a great way to be more sustainable in our travels. We all know that the aviation industry is a huge contributor to damaging our planet. Doing less flights should be on all of our agendas. Getting the train up to Scotland was a lovely, stress free way to get there. I will be looking at taking the train on more of our staycations.

the london bridge area uncovered
We always enjoy a London staycation

Up until a few years ago, I had seen very little of the UK in truth, so it all feels new and exciting. We received a Christmas gift last year of a National Trust membership. Once we got over the fact that it must mean we are almost 107 years old, we blooming loved it! It has really encouraged us to explore. I even used my membership to visit a NT property, (The Vyne) in Basingstoke the day Nik was having his op! I can not tell you how grateful I was of the distraction. We got a lot of fabulous history in this country of ours UK dwellers!

Again, I have a travel wish list as long as my arm when it comes to the UK. If you follow me on Instagram you would know my obsession with getting to The Cotswolds. I still have not got there! I have visions of me living in Kate Winslet’s cottage from The Holiday while there….(and Yes, Jude Law would be very welcome to pop in for a G&T). This year is a must! I also have Oxford, Cornwall, York, Edinburgh and Canterbury on my list. Oh and despite STILL not having read the Harry Potter books, (or seen the films) I really want to do a Harry Potter filming venues tour. Is that even a thing? I’m not sure but I fancy that!

So there you have it! A very brief introduction to my travel plans for 2020. I think it is safe to say I have one heck of a travel wish list. That’s ok though right? We are making up for time lost after all!

What is on your travel list this year? Is there anywhere you have been that you think I need to add? Do you think a staycation is travel? I would love to hear any of your travel plans for this shiny new year. You know I love to get ideas from you all x



  1. January 1, 2020 / 6:03 pm

    There are a lot more day trips I plan to do this year. More than I usually do. I have decided on more as something to look forward to for the difficult times I may face.
    I want to go on holiday in the UK again. But not while I have my hamster. I have had offers of my hamster being looked after, but no, I will look after him. Holidays can come later.

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 1, 2020 / 7:38 pm

      Ahhhh Liz thats brilliant, day trips are so good to do. We do a lot of them when we can. I think they are something to look forward to, I know I always do. I look forward to hearing where you head to x

      • January 1, 2020 / 7:49 pm

        Oxford, Whitby, Newark, Southwell Minister, Cleethorpes, Sherwood Forest, Stonehege and West Midlands Safari Park.
        And if Nottingham Castle has reopened, as I can’t remember if it’s this year it’s supposed to re-open or not, then back there.

        • kerrylifeandloves
          January 1, 2020 / 8:23 pm

          Liz that sounds amazing! Oxford is very much on our list. I have never been. You have some great travels on your list Liz, fab!

          • January 1, 2020 / 8:38 pm

            Oxford I have been to a few times now. I am only down that way because I have a friend who lives that way. It’s a lovely place.

  2. January 1, 2020 / 9:49 pm

    Really like your idea of slowing things down and doing more staycations. We did that last year whilst we were saving up for our wedding and honeymoon and there are some beautiful places around the UK. Look forward to following your travels!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 2, 2020 / 1:01 am

      Hi Catherine, thanks for popping over. Ohh we really do! I have fallen in love with the UK all over again. So many gorgeous places. They are easy to do for weekends and things too. Im excited for this years adventures x

  3. January 2, 2020 / 3:49 am

    I’m loving this slow kind of travel as that’s exactly what I’m doing and being more spontaneous this year! I’m over the moon for you guys and that you can make some plans this year. If you’re looking at city breaks I’m recommending two of my absolute favourites, Tallinn and Florence and I look toward to seeing where you head for Niks special birthday! Look forward to following! X

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 2, 2020 / 10:05 am

      Bejal it feels so exciting doesn’t it! I feel like we just need to slow down and appreciate more. I really hope we get to either Tallinn or Florence this year. They have been on the list for a couple of years. Spring would be amazing! Thank you for reading xxx

  4. January 2, 2020 / 8:49 am

    We should do Oxford as our meeting point – it’s only about 1.5 hours from us!! Can’t wait to see where your travel plans take you this year. You both deserve it!!
    Em x

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 2, 2020 / 10:07 am

      Ohhh that could be a fabulous idea! I reckon you have hit on a great plan. Let’s make it happen! I am excited for the year, but also excited to just see where the wind blows us. It feels full of possibilities!

  5. January 2, 2020 / 11:00 am

    I’m looking forward to seeing your trips!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 2, 2020 / 12:06 pm

      Ah thank you, it feels exciting doesn’t it xx

  6. January 2, 2020 / 1:12 pm

    I want to explore different hotels in London, I have an excuse now! Paris is a city I want to visit too, I’m hoping for a short break there. xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 2, 2020 / 5:47 pm

      Happy New Year to you Laurie! Hope its amazing for you xx I have never been to Paris (other than Disneyland so I am with you on that one. It always looks so beautiful!

  7. January 2, 2020 / 5:06 pm

    Awww Kerry this made me SO happy to see you making such exciting plans!!! I cant wait to see where you choose for Nik’s big celebrations.. no doubt it will be incredible!!! And this Harry Potter tour… can I come?
    loads of love Sammy xxxx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 2, 2020 / 5:44 pm

      Thank yu so much, it feels so so exciting. We have so many dreams we would love to make true this year. Wouldn’t the Harry Potter tour be amazing! In my head, it’s a tour of all the places that are magical. I want to go to the big school the most! You can definitely come, you can help me understand all the places. Let’s do it!

  8. January 2, 2020 / 6:37 pm

    hope you have a great 2020!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 2, 2020 / 8:16 pm

      Thank you so much! All the best to you too xxx

  9. January 3, 2020 / 9:09 am

    Kerry I couldn’t be happier for both of you! Love the travel ideas you have. I have staycations, road trip and an international travel on my mind but nothing is concrete yet. Can’t wait to see where the year takes you x

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 7, 2020 / 7:56 am

      Thank you so much. It feel so good to plan! I have a mild obsession with UK staycations at the moment. I just love finding those little villages! Thank you for reading xxx

  10. January 3, 2020 / 9:33 am

    Make those plans, and fingers crossed nothing (not even a cloud in the sky) stops them this year

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 3, 2020 / 11:26 am

      Thank you so so much. I feel like we are holding our breathe a little, but got to believe it will all be amazing. It feels so good to plan xx

  11. Sarah
    January 3, 2020 / 3:33 pm

    Well first, congratulations to Nik (and you) on being cancer free! That is massive and worth celebrating, well, forever! I hope you’re able to make some of these amazing travel dreams a reality in 2020. Especially the Cotswolds – it is one of my favorite areas in the UK, after Cornwall/Devon!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 3, 2020 / 4:18 pm

      Thank you so much! It feels so good to be starting the year off with so much hope. Amazing x. I have a mild obsession with The Cotswolds. If you have an area that you would recommend, I would love to hear! I never know where to pick as it always looks gorgeous everywhere x Thank you for your good wishes, and for reading xx Happy New Year to you xx

  12. January 4, 2020 / 3:28 pm

    I’m so with you on exploring more this year. We’ve already made a couple of plans to go away this year – and I also want to go on a couple of mini retreats like you did Kerry – go away and contemplate and write – and just do whatever! It’s so good to have plans to look forward to isn’t it? Being a travel lover isn’t cheap but it’s blooming good fun and that’s what life should be about.

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 4, 2020 / 4:23 pm

      Thats great that you have made plans Lauretta, good for you. Our plans are very tentative, but it feels good. I always justify my travel money by telling myself it fine as I am not much of a shopper lol. Travel is where all my money goes!

  13. January 4, 2020 / 5:33 pm

    I’d rather spend money on travel and creating happy memories as they never fade do they? Not like a pair of shoes lol!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 5, 2020 / 9:21 am

      Exactly x

  14. Jean
    January 5, 2020 / 4:17 am

    Fabulous trips list you have put together Kerry, look forward to reading all about them. I have visited the Cotswolds a few times and love the area very much, some of the villages can be very busy with visitors but it has never stopped me enjoying it. Somewhere I would love to visit is the Lake District and some of our big cities like Newcastle and Liverpool, maybe I should put a list together.
    Anyway, enjoy your first trip away, look forward to hearing all about it

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 5, 2020 / 9:25 am

      You should definitely put a list together! Put it in your diary or somewhere and work through it. Why not! The Lake District is beautiful. I have only been once but loved it

  15. Emmalene Fletcher
    January 5, 2020 / 5:02 pm

    Kerry, after the year you’ve had you deserve all of your travel wishes for 2020 to come true! I love a good UK staycation and we have a couple booked already – and European city breaks are always in the plans! Never been to Sofia so looking forward to hearing your thoughts x

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 6, 2020 / 11:10 am

      Oh thank you so much. It feels so good to be able to look forward. Sustainable travel is very much at the heart of the blog this ear, so staycations will feature heavily I think. I love them! Thank you so much for your best wishes xxx

  16. Emma @ Adventures of a London Kiwi
    January 5, 2020 / 9:26 pm

    You and I have a very, very similar travel style! I can’t wait to see what adventures you & Nik get up to!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 6, 2020 / 11:11 am

      Yes! I think so to. I always find myself nodding my head in agreement when I read your travel posts. Thank you Emma, I look forward to sharing xxxx

  17. January 6, 2020 / 8:14 pm

    Wishing you and your partner the best in 2020, and many happy travels!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 6, 2020 / 8:37 pm

      That is so kind, thank you so much xx I really appreciate that x

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