Here, There and Everywhere in 2014

In 2012 and 2013 I missed out on going to Iceland and Italy.  I had booked a package deal with Guernsey Jen to Iceland for September 2012 and by a fluke of our return flight being cancelled and not returning on our chosen date did I have a chance to ditch the entire trip and not lose any money.  I needed to cancel anyways however because I had to apply for another visa.

Then because it took so long to get said visa I missed Jen turning 30 in Cinque Terre in March 2013, a place I’ve been dreaming of going to ever since I knew it existed.  Italy is one of my favorite countries so any time I can visit it is welcomed.

This year I already have two trips set pretty much set in stone and lots more potentially on the horizon.  Mandy just posted about her upcoming travels so I decided to join in and share where I’m going in 2014.

February – Marrakesh, Morocco

Roadside Plant Market - SenegalRoadside Plant Market – Senegal

One night while sat at the computer looking through sky scanner (a too common occurrence) I noticed that flights were pretty cheap to Marrakesh.  By the time I got around to actually booking it, it the price had reduced by £11.  I took it as a sign and will be heading there solo mid month.  The colors sights and sounds of the souks are already calling my name.  I’m excited to visit another African country and see the diversity in culture.

April – Normandy, France – Road Trip

A cold trip to Iceland morphed into a sunny break to Portugal and then ended up as a boozy and cheesy road trip to France.  I’m very excited to visit small town France and eat yummy fresh well prepared and flavorful food.  Also to see Mont St-Michel, anything else is a bonus.  Also in my goal to get out of cities and explore smaller towns will be happening finally, Paris is grand but I’m happy to go beyond the city.

May – The Lake District, England – Road Trip

St Ives - CornwallSt Ives – Cornwall

After going to Cornwall I thought I had found the prettiest place in the UK.  While I still believe that to be true other destinations like Guernsey are tough competition.

Another area of outstanding beauty is the Lake District.  From the pictures I’ve seen it looks almost magical there and evokes myths and tales of faeries and hobbits.  I will be heading there with a few co-workers at the end of May and I hope it isn’t a complete wash out weather wise.

June – Toronto, Canada

Home time!  Nearly two years have passed since I’ve been home and I try not to think about it in hopes I’ll turn around and all of a sudden it will be time to get on a flight outta here for three weeks.  I look forward to driving on the correct side of the road, a hot summer, seeing friends and family, and most importantly meeting my niece for the first time who will be a year and 4 months old by then.

I am also considering a side trip to the US during this time but that is very much up in the air until D and I actually book our flights which should be this month.

July – TBA, Scotland

My lovely mother is planning to come back for a visit at the end of June into July and I’ve already decided that we should go to Scotland.  I’m looking forward to the train ride up there and hope that since it will be the middle of summer we might get a day or two of no rain.

July – Reykjavik, Iceland

One of my first true friends that I met in London (a fellow Canadian) will be heading back in July and has proposed a short jaunt to Iceland.  I’m not sure that it will work out with my mom visiting the same month and us heading to Scotland but I am going to have a Tim Gunn moment and try to make it work.

Throughout the year I hope to catch a few festivals and celebrations that have still eluded me for the almost 6 years that I’ve been here.  I hope to get to Chinese New Year celebrations, the Notting Hill Carnival, see the Ceremony of the Keys at Tower of London and see a few plays and shows.  I might even venture to a football game although, that isn’t high on my to do list.  I also plan to get in more than a few day trips or short weekends away to Oxford, Harrogate, Manchester, Liverpool, Stratford-Upon-Avon, and somewhere nice by the sea.

Roman Baths - BathDay trip to Bath

Of course I will be seeing more of Kent, it is basically my second home here.  I have some holiday explorations to share shortly and other day trips I took last year.  I want to go away again in Autumn as it is my favorite season and I’m thinking a solo trip to Amsterdam would be nice at that time but I will leave the latter half of the year to a bit of spontaneity and the reality of my bank balance.

This post is linked to one completed by Mandy who blogs at Emm in London, she recently shared her travel plans and aspirations here for the coming year.  What about you?  Anything in the works or any daydreams of travel?

21 Comments Add yours

  1. Jay says:

    You’ve got a lot on the horizon – that’s exciting. Our future in Norway is a bit up in the air these days which makes it difficult to plan. We go to Mexico at the end of the month for a Joe’s sister’s wedding & hope to book a big trip to Italy in April but the calendar is feeling pretty bare!

    1. Wanderlust23 says:

      It is exciting because I usually just kinda happen into my travels. This is the first that I’ve set out to hit up some destinations I really want to see. I think it’s nice to not plan it all and see where the year takes you, you were super busy last year discovering some amazing locations!

  2. shunpwrites says:

    I’m so looking forward to the narrative!

    1. Wanderlust23 says:

      Welcome, glad to have you here. I’m looking forward to exploring and sharing on the blog.

  3. What great plans! Can’t wait to read about your adventures.
    (Marrakesh was delightful.) This summer/spring going to mountains somewhere..need mountain fix!

    1. Wanderlust23 says:

      Let’s hope they all happen! The mountains would be a great, I’d love to see the Dolomites.

  4. Spinster says:

    Lake District is nice, even with the notorious weather. (Kep forgetting to post my photos from my trip there in June 2012.) The rest of your travel plans sound great. Wish it was me. Sounds like you’ll have a great 2014.

    1. Wanderlust23 says:

      Post those pictures!! I want to see. The year has started with an eye injury and someone stealing my bank details…so not a great start but looking on the bright side and yes it should be a good one.

      1. Spinster says:

        Damn. Truly sorry to hear those things. Whoever stole your details is a dirtbag. You definitely need these trips, then. 😐 Take it easy with your eye, too.

        1. Wanderlust23 says:

          Thanks. Thankfully bank sorted it quickly and the eye is almost better now 🙂

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  5. JR says:

    Wow, i cant believe you’re doing morocco on your own of the places i have been it is the only one where i felt i needed a male with us. I know you’ll be fine I’m just impressed. Were you at all inspired by candace?

    Sent from my iPad


    1. Wanderlust23 says:

      I’ve heard that from two other friends who went that they preferred to have a male with them, but they went to a resort anyways. I figure I’m in a main city, there will be other solo travelers that I will meet and also I’ve been to Senegal where the market was quite aggressive. People will follow you and try to guide you to their stall. I had a freak out at the beginning but by the end of the trip I rolled with it and became good at haggling. Also no, I didn’t know Candace had been.

  6. wow! you have loads planned and it’s only january – sounds fabulous! have a great time!

    1. Wanderlust23 says:

      Yeah, may be a bit ambitious but I think I can do it. Thanks.

  7. Wow, excited for you!! That’s fabulous!

    1. Melissa says:

      Thanks, let’s hope I can do it all 🙂

  8. Mandy says:

    Eek! I’ve just realised I owe you an email. Please forgive me – it’s been a crazy year. I can’t wait to hear all about your trip to Marrakesh, I have always wanted to go there. Okay, I’m off to send you all our info about the Lake District now.

    1. Melissa says:

      No rush! I just like to be ridiculously ahead of my plans. Looks like we might have switched destinations now for that trip but I want to go this year still. Maybe with D’s family and later on in the year.

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