As 2019 nears an end, I’m starting to consider what is on my travel bucket list for 2020. The possibilities are endless, and my travel bucket list grows bigger by the day as I learn of new places. Needless to say it is pretty hard to narrow it down. Despite being a difficult task, I have listed the top 8 trips I would like to take in the new year.
We will be welcoming in the new year in Dunsborough, Western Australia with very good friends. Its a place we have visited so many times and feel completely at home. They say you should finish the year the way you wish to spend the new one. Think good wine, beautiful beaches and the perfect place to chillax. For us, it doesn’t get much better than that!
First Trip with BRB
The first trip on my travel bucket list for 2020 is my inaugural trip with Be Right Back Travel. You might recall a little while ago I signed up to the hottest travel trend this year. You pay a monthly subscription and in return receive 3 surprise trips throughout the year. The subscription includes flights and 2 nights accommodation at a 3-4 star hotel. You can choose the type of vacay you would like i.e. romantic, foodie, 4TheGram etc. And you can also select places that you don’t want to travel to. I will be taking my first trip early in the new year and I literally cannot wait. I will be receiving my postcard in the mail soon to tell me where I am going – It will be strange but liberating to have a trip arranged for me! This will also be my first solo trip since becoming a mother so it will be unusual to only have to fend for myself!
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We feel very honored to have been invited to a wedding in Kentucky in June 2020. We have never been to Kentucky and so are eager to check out a different part of the US. When I think of Kentucky I think of horse racing, bourbon and fried chicken – we should be in for a real treat. Plus there is something special about an international wedding (we should know, we got hitched in Singapore after all). If everything goes to plan we will be traveling sans child, therefore we are hoping to add a few days in New York and Las Vegas onto the trip. As expat parents we don’t get much down time to ourselves, so this will be very fun indeed.
I have been slightly nervous to travel to Turkey in recent years due to the unrest in the country. However, after seeing pictures of Cappadocia and learning of the unique Museum Hotel, this destination has very quickly skyrocketed to the top of my travel list. The unusual rock formations and hot air ballooning opportunities in Cappadocia look so idyllic and almost too beautiful to be true. Can you just imagine waking at sunrise to watch all of these balloons sail peacefully into the sky? I cannot think of a better way to start the day!
Everyone tells me that I will absolutely love Copenhagen as it is renowned for its fashion and design. And it’s surprising given all of our travels that I’m yet to visit anywhere in Scandinavia. In Copenhagen I can see us hiring bikes to explore the city or taking a boat tour along the canal. And of course we will try some Nordic cuisine. Whilst summer is a wonderful time to travel in Europe, I think Copenhagen will be a perfect destination in the spring. This also means we could avoid the crowds and high prices that summer attracts. There is plenty to entertain the kids but I think our first stop will be Tivoli Gardens – the second oldest amusement park in the world!
We have quickly learned that when you are living in the UK and experiencing the depths of winter, all you want is to escape somewhere warm. My husband has recently suggested that we venture to Hurghada in Egypt. The flight is approximately 6 hours which means the temperatures will be low-mid 20C at that time of year. Now this is nowhere near the Pyramids (which I have wanted to see since I was a little girl) but it is said to be quite safe for tourists and families. Hurghada is on the Red Sea and is famous for it marine life. Personally I fancy a camel ride and desert safari tour! If a picture tells a thousand words, then what I have seen online has sold this destination to me.
Morocco is an Insta worthy destination with all its colorful markets and stunning backdrops. It is just 4 hours from the UK and very affordable when you are in country. Now I have heard that Marrakesh is pretty hectic and I am not sure that it is the most idyllic place with a toddler in tow. However, quieter resort towns like Essaouira seem more our cup of tea for now. We have been talking about traveling to Morocco for a couple of years so hopefully 2020 will be the year!
If I’m completely honest, I hadn’t heard of Lapland prior to moving to the UK. I guess it isn’t something that is really accessible when you are living on the other side of the world in Australia. But lately it is all I have seen in blog posts and on Instagram. Given that our little girl is starting to understand the concept of Christmas and Santa, I really hope we can take her to the ‘North Pole’ next year. It looks so beautiful (albeit freezing) and really is a once in a lifetime experience. I can just picture us now – enjoying hot chocolates, building snow men and feeding reindeer.
Can you believe we have been UK living for almost 3 years and I still haven’t made it to Scotland? Edinburgh is less than a 3 hour train ride from York, so we really have no excuses as to why we haven’t made the journey yet. This capital city is steeped in history and is said to be breathtakingly beautiful. It is famous for its arts and fringe festivals, however I think as a young family we would be best placed to travel at a quieter time. Question is, can I stomach some Haggis?
So what does your travel bucket list look like for 2020? Are you super organised and already have your trips booked? Or are you a last minute kind of person? Share your wanderlust with me below and help me grow my (never ending) list. And if you are a blogger with posts about destinations on my travel bucket list, please share your links below! Safe travels everyone – Shell x
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