Happy 2016 – #Take12Trips

Happy New Year
to you. So it’s 2016 and whilst there is still no sign that I’ll have a
personal rocket pack any time soon but I’ve still got plans to fly… I’m
trying to get out in front and organized this year for work and personal travel
and I’m also trying my hand at the
#Take12Trips Challenge. I saw it over on the wonderful the travel hack blog and it seems the
right antidote to the sadness and pain that 2015 brought. So while the aim is
to take 12 trips they aren’t all going to be jetsetting adventures in fact 3 of
the booked trips are for right here in the UK.


So on the cards
so far;

for work, I’ll be off to Paris Deco Off and Maison & Objet this week. It’s
a city I visit at least twice a year and I can’t wait to get back for my next

again for work to go to the Stockholm Furniture Fair. It’ll be my first visit
to this exhibition although I have been to Stockholm before. I am so looking
forward to being bowled over by Scandinavian design. If anyone has any tips I
am all-ears.

for the discerning adult, oh yes at last some time away full of adult fun at
the blissful Ham Yard Hotel. Firmdale’s newest outpost is an interior writers
dream full of saturated colour, wonderful texture and impactful styling.  I love staying in London hotels, as a born
and bred Londoner it wasn’t something I really took part in until we moved to
Brighton and now I’m hooked. 


Rye &
for a weekend of family fun and frolics (with my
dashing dachshund too). I booked the Sunday Times and Tatler recommended
Gallivant almost 9 months in advance because a weekend visit to this beautiful
dog friendly accommodation is a sought after commodity. We can’t wait for long
walks on the beach, good food and antiques hunting. 

Woburn Center Parcs a family trip that everyone can enjoy. If you have a
child under 5 then Center Parcs is THE
business. You don’t have to worry if you’re little angel throws a wobbly
(plenty of other kids doing the same) and the indoor water park is bound to
burn off some energy.  There are plenty
of family friendly places to eat and the grown ups can go and relax in the
wonderful spa… WIN WIN really. 

in the sun. A weekend get away to
wander the pretty streets of Copenhagen, visit the wonderful design
shops and get my Danish design fix. 
Plus a trip to Copenhagen with a pre-schooler wouldn’t be complete
without a trip to Tivoli Garden and the
Den Lille
Havfrue. It’ll be my second trip in 2016 with the fantastic Norwegian Air who fly from Gatwick just up the road.

Family Festival
Fun at the Goodlife Experience. In September we will be back for our
second fix of
food and the great outdoors
at the Goodlife Experience in set in the stunning grounds of the
Hawarden Estate in North Wales
. Guaranteed fun and frolics for the whole family, our dog Milo had
a brilliant time, almost as much as we did. My highlights from last year were
sitting engrossed around the campfire listening to all kinds of speakers including
Ben Fogle’s talk on a life well travelled, the helter skelter (so much fun even
with the ubiquitous carpet burns!) and salsa dancing my socks off to
Cuban band ‘Revolucionarios Cubano’ with my son on my back. The Tincup
Whiskey shack was also a rip-roaring stop on our way back to our bell tent.
Click over to the Good Life Experience website
to keep an eye on the 2016 festival plans.

Le Sud. No holiday line up would be complete
without our annual fix of the South of France. We’ll be back enjoying the sun
and rose in the summer and I’ll be desperately trying to improve my French.
Grade B GCSE really doesn’t cut the mustard when you really need more
than où est la plage?

our biggie trip…… yes we are going to circumnavigate the globe again, New Zealand here we come! At the end 2016
for a big family milestone we are all going to be brave and travel for 36+
hours to visit family and friends and have a fantastic reunion. I say brave, as
when you plan to travel that long with a preschooler you need your wits about
you and lots of patience. Probably more helpful would be
courage in trying circumstances – not something I possess buckets of.

There are 365
days in a year and 52 weekends. When you think of the year like this, taking 12
trips doesn’t sound that hard. “Real life” and jobs do eat into this time granted,
but it’s still a lot of time to travel. I’ve still got some travel ideas up my
sleeve for other destinations in 2016 but
I’m looking
forward to a new year of travel ahead with lots of new experiences. Bring it



  1. January 20, 2016 / 3:10 pm

    Bring it on indeed. Wow, this sounds awesome. And I'm looking forward to seeing how you get on in NZ. I'd love to go but I don't want to wait until our little guy is older. That long flight could be a toughy with a pre-schooler!

    • January 20, 2016 / 4:33 pm

      Monica, I took my son to New Zealand when he was just 15 months old and it was actually a breeze. All things considered. I was so very worried about the flight but actually he was ace he slept and had the munchies. The jet lag for him was horrid though and it kept us up as well as a consequence. I'll let you know how going with a 4 year old is once I've done it.

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