Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Our Travel Plans 2015 ♥

The shoreline in The Algarve 2014.
2015 is my year for positivity and living life to the full. Last year wasn't the best of years for me and my family and after all the negativity, downs and anxiety that I've had to deal with within the past year, I'm trying my best to make 2015 a year to remember - for all the right reasons. This year my family and I have lots of travels and adventures planned and I really can't wait for us to experience them all together. You may have seen that I've added a travel itinerary section to the blog sidebar, this is so every time I log on the blog I can be reminded of all the great things we have to look forward too.

The Spire, Dublin, January 2015.
Jacek and I have already taken a day trip to Dublin which was amazing. We hadn't been away together since June 2013 and although we really missed our boy it was nice to spend quality time together as a couple - something which we don't get to do as much as we'd like. Although we were only able to explore the city for a few hours we saw loads and had lots of fun sightseeing together.

No idea who that guy is in the foreground but that's Jacek in the grey jacket at the back.
We also have a two-day trip planned for Amsterdam in March. This trip was one of Jacek's Christmas presents and I'm so glad I was able to finally plan it as I've wanted to go there with him ever since we first got together as a couple. It's one of my favourite cities, I love the laid-back atmosphere and all the quirky places the city has to offer. I'm looking forward to doing some more sightseeing there (I've already visited Amsterdam three times before) and exploring more of the city.

In June we're attending Britmums Live in London and I'm really looking forward to the event. It'll be my first time ever at a blogging conference and I really hope to see some familar faces! I also hope I'm able to learn a lot of blogging tips and tricks on how to improve my blog. We'll arrive in London quite early in the morning and I know Jacek wants to do some exploring as he's only been in London once before and wants to see more this time.

However, I know all this sightseeing and visiting attractions can be expensive, that is why we shall be taking advantage of discount websites such as Smartsave when we're planning all of our sightseeing trips. Sites like this offer a whole range of discounts for a whole host of attractions and even restaurants, meaning that we can have all our fun experiences but save money whilst we are doing so. Why pay full price when you can get a great discount, right?!

Jacek and I in Jersey, Channel Islands 2014.
In July we're planning to visit my father and his girlfriend again in Jersey, Channel Islands, which is where we had our first family holiday last year. We really loved our holiday there last year and it really was like being on a sun holiday as it was roasting hot and the sea was even warm. It'll also be great to see my Dad and his girlfriend again and I think it's nice for Tyler Lee to get to see his grandad again too.

Tyler Lee under the caves in The Algarve.
In August we will be going our second family holiday abroad, where to though we just can't decide. We want to go somewhere hot and by the beach but also somewhere that doesn't take too long to get to from the airport - unlike the almost three hour long bus journey we had from the airport to our hotel in The Algarve last year. We're thinking of Lanzarote, Greece, Italy or Croatia but we really can't decide - any suggestions?!

The Cliffs of Moher from one of Jacek's trips there.
 As well as all these trips to places outside Ireland I'd love to explore some more of my home country too. I really want to visit the Cliffs of Moher this year. I also want to visit The Burren and the Ring of Kerry again. I also think I may be visiting Dublin again in April but that's to be confirmed.

What are your travel plans for 2015?
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  1. Sounds awesome. I'm in the US but would love to make it over to Italy and Greece sometime. It's on the travel hopeful list. Enjoy.
    Angela @ Stepping into Motherhood

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    1. Thank you Angela! I've been to both Italy and Greece before and highly recommend a visit to them :)

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  2. Sounds awesome :) I hope you enjoy all your travels this year! We currently live in Germany and we're going to spend this year exploring Germany, and next year explore the rest of Europe! Enjoy!

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    1. Thank you Brittani! Have fun exploring Germany and the rest of Europe next year too :)

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  3. Gorgeous pictures, love the one of your little man in the Algarve. I love Dublin, isn't it fab there? Have an amazing time this year - we've just had a baby & bought a house so we're sticking to holidaying in this country this year!

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  4. Looks like you guys have been having amazing times already :) I can't wait to see pictures of your upcoming travels...especially Amsterdam! It looks so beautiful there :)

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    1. Also, this year we plan to travel back to the east coast to visit our family. There is something special about Lancaster County Pennsylvania. I think it's the amish, homemade quilts and antiques that have a comfy rustic charm. And I really miss those cornfields!

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  5. I look forward to seeing all of these planned adventures! I cannot wait to see Amsterdam as this is also a place I've always wanted to visit! Thanks for taking us along with you on your trips!

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  6. You have so many terrific travel plans for the year! My husband and I only have plans for Riga and the Dominican Republic, but I know we will add to them as the year goes on. I"ve heard so many terrific things about Croatia, so I definitely recommend it!

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  7. You certainly will be traveling on 2015 to a variety of places. They all sound so interesting. I am in the US and the reality is I won't be going anywhere this year. But then-that is how I like it!

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  8. Wow, you have a lot of really cool adventures planned for the year! I'm so jealous that you live in a place where you can take a day trip to Dublin. I've always wanted to visit Ireland. So many places on my list. Amsterdam is another one that looks really beautiful!

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  9. It sounds like you have a lot of fun adventures coming up! I think we have a few trips.too, but nothing is booked yet.

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  10. You have a lot of travel plans in store for 2015. I'm sure you'll be having a great time on all those trips even if some are just for a few days. I might have several trips this year too in Asia and in Australia.

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  11. That kid. Boy is he cute. I've always wanted to visit Ireland, and Dublin is first on my list of stops. Hopefully I'll get there one day!

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  12. Oh I LOVE to travel and these all sound like great trips. I hope you enjoy them all and post lots of pics for us to see! Amsterdam is the one place I still would like to visit and have't gotten aorund to it yet.

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  13. Boy, what I life! I would love to travel, but it's always nice to come back home too! These are some great pictures too. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Your travel plans for 2015 look very promising and glad you and jacek have been able to do some time alone. I think go italy or Greece definitely I am planning a Europe trip later in the year after i get back from zambia but will see

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  15. Ahhhhh that's the one thing I'm totally jealous of all you people over seas! You can travel cooler places a lot easier.... I would rather see all of Europe than chill on a beach in FL lol

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  16. We don't have any travel plans yet but that could change. I really really want to visit Ireland and New York.

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  17. Exciting time ahead for you. Sounds like lots of fun. I was in mainland Greece, three of the Greek Islands, Italy and Montenegro last year. Loved the Greek islands- Mykonos is so beautiful. You can check out some of my photos over on my blog. This year I'm off to Barcelona, Mallorca, France and a coastal trip of Italy- can't wait! I will also explore Ireland- went to Clonmacnoise this weekend and hope to explore lots more. We hadn't holidayed for years so I really pushed the boat out these past few years. Looking forward to hearing of your travels...

    All things nice...

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  18. I really want to visit my aunt and uncle in South Carolina this year, so fingers crossed!

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  19. You guys have a busy travel schedule ahead of you! that is great! So jealous about Dublin, What a superb place to wonder and get lost in!

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  20. Channel Islands looks fantastic! I like this kind of place, beautiful :-)

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  21. Sounds like you have some really fun travel plans lined up. I would love to see my family in California this year, but don't know if it's going to happen.

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  22. Wow! I am so jealous! I wish that I could travel like you do. Your one lucky gal! It's been too long since me and husband went on a vacation alone. It would be nice if we could do something soon.

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  23. We have plans to go to the coast here in the Northwest and probably camping. I am not sure how much more travel will do this year. Hopefully next year we will be able to take the kids to Disney land and Universal Studios.

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  24. You've been to so many great places! I'd love to see Dublin!

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  25. Oooh I'm liking your travel plans for this year. Do you live near Dublin? My brother used to live in County Meath for 10~ years, until they (he and his wife/family) moved back to Canada. The cliffs of moher, sounds pretty familiar to me. I'm not entirely sure if I went there or not (I've only been to Ireland twice).

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  26. There are soooo many places that I would love to visit outside of the US but it's not really feasible on our min income with 2 children. We do plan on doing some fun traveling this year to the beach and mountains. It's in our 5 year plan to go to central america to visit family

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  27. It sounds like you have some amazing things planned for 2015! I'm beyond jealous that you get to go to all of these amazing places! Dublin is pretty much my #1 place on my list of places to travel to!

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  28. A day trip to Dublin would be so amazing. I think a trip to Greece would be really nice as well.

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  29. I hope you had a great time. thank you for the post

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  30. These pictures are beautiful! I especially love the one of your son standing in the water...that one's a framer!

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  31. I've always thought Greece was exquisitely beautiful. I'd love to add that to my itinerary too.

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  32. Brilliant travel plans for 2015. I have a few travel plans this year and I am hoping that I can fit in even more!

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  33. I will have to make sure I continue to follow your blog over the year. It looks like you have already been to some great places and have many more to cover. Good luck to you on your trips.

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  34. I suggest Greece, or a really lovely little place we visited in Spain called Cala D'Or. I'm glad you are looking forwards in life, it's such a hard thing to do sometimes. The travel itinerary is a great idea, I wish I was going somewhere this year, but sadly not. Hope to meet you at Britmums though!

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  35. I want to go to Europe and travel, I think that would be awesome. You have a gone a long way on your travel bucket list. I am sure you will travel a lot this year and in the coming years. Good Luck.

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  36. This is my bucket list. I'm trying to get to Europe before I turn 50 years old. This looks like a really good traveling plan and I can't wait to see the picture's of your travel plans come to life. I have bookmarked this blog, to follow because I like the insider tips on different places, so I can totally enjoy my trip. Thanks for putting this back on my to do list.

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  37. Such a good idea to have your travel plans there on your sidebar! You have some very exciting plans coming up, how cool!! I LOVE Amsterdam so much!!!
    That guy in your photo is hilarious!! xx

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  38. I wish I could travel to all these fabulous Europe destinations so easily! I am in Florida so I am able to travel to tropical destinations often, but nothing like Europe. Amsterdam is definitely on the bucket list, but I'd be happy with a summer trip to Maui or Mexico!

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  39. You always share the best photos here. I always enjoy them. I'm here in the US and travel plans have always included a trip to Ireland but it seems like something always comes up :(

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  40. It sounds like you and your family have a lot of traveling ahead of you! Have fun and stay safe. Oh and take lots of pics to share with us! :)

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  41. Wonderful! I think it's great to plan ahead and make all the necessary arrangements when we travel with children. It looks like you're are going to have a fun travel year.

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  42. Wow, you have so many awesome trips planned this year already... and I'm over here trying to convince myself that I need to attend my classes next week! Your travel itinerary has inspired me to start planning some trips this year... can't wait to read more about your adventures as well. :)

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  43. Looks like you have some awesome trips planned. Hope you have a fun and adventurous 2015!

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  44. I love travelling! London has lots of exciting places to visit so i'm sure you will an amazing time! You should definitely go to Rhodes in Greece, I've been there and it's beautiful!

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  45. I live in New York and my background is Italian. I have never been to Italy but it is a dream vacation for me. I hope one day to be able to visit.

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  46. I am not sure where we will be traveling this year. I have always wanted to go to Amsterdam.

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  47. Looks like you had an amazing time in Dublin. I have no place for go traveling this year but hopefully that will change. I would say maybe Italy would be an amazing place to see. Thanks for sharing.

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  48. Great plans, I hope you'll achieve all of them successfully :) I am especially pleased to see my country among your plans. Croatia is tiny but very beautiful and I would definitely suggest you to visit Dubrovnik, our pearl :)

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  49. What awesome plans! I hope you get to go to all of them. Can't wait to read about your adventures!

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  50. We have one trip abroad and the rest is within my country. Great travel plans for your family!

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