2018 flew by, didn’t it? It’s weird that in just a few hours time we’ll all be clinking our glasses and shouting “Happy New Year”. For me 2018 was a tough one, and after a mega hectic Christmas followed by celebrating my twenty-fourth birthday, I’m looking forward to the fresh start that January 1st brings.
If you read my 2018 review post then you’ll remember I said I had some mega travel plans for 2019. So far I’ve booked three trips and they’re all strong bucket list destinations for me, so needless to say I’m pretty excited about 2019. On top of that, another trip just slipped into the pipeline.
So before you all head out to see in the New Year, here’s a quick look at what’s to come on my blog in 2019, including all the info on what we booked and what it has cost us so far.
*Updated February 2019
This wasn’t on the radar until Christmas Day when I unwrapped a piece of paper that said we’re flying to Budapest for the weekend in mid-January. Darryl and I have wanted to visit this city for ages so I was over the moon that he’d booked this as a surprise for me! Definitely cried a bit. If there was ever a cringey time to say “boy did good”, it’s now.
As this was a gift I don’t know what the flights or our Airbnb cost, but I know he got a pretty great deal on Black Friday (so maybe check out flights in the New Year’s Day sales if you’re looking for a trip yourself!).
Any tips for what to do during a quick break in Budapest?
Our second trip of the year is to Iceland in March. I saw super cheap flights last April so impulse booked one morning and now it’s nearly here, I’m stupidly excited. Iceland is one of those places that everyone seems to go lately, but for good reason. Who wouldn’t want to go? Even if you’re not a fan of the cold, it’s worth the trip for so many other reasons. I can’t wait to start sharing content on this destination, especially as we have two mega trips booked for whilst we’re there!
We still need to organise our car hire, so if you have any recommendations please let me know.
Well this is an exciting new addition as of February 2019! In April my mum is not only celebrating a birthday, but also her retirement from the NHS, so she wanted to celebrate with a little weekend break. Last year Darryl went to Salzburg and raved about the lakes, so we’re recreating the trip! I can’t wait for a combination of city exploring, trekking in the fresh mountain air and relaxing in the spa.
New York City, USA
This was possibly the most spontaneous trip we’ve ever booked. We were originally thinking about a huge Canadian road trip with a short stop in the Big Apple, but realistically we can’t afford that right now, so instead I suggested just doing NYC and later that day we’d booked our flights and accommodation for our anniversary in May. What a way to celebrate eight years together!
- Flights & hotel package: £701pp via lastminute.com (5 nights)
Can anyone recommend affordable things to do or great cheap eats in NYC?
We were originally planning a luxury, all-inclusive stay in Sri Lanka for September, but I felt like I wanted another adventure. Snazzy resorts are amazing, but I knew that we’d get lost in the luxe of it all and put off exploring. So instead, we’ve booked a 10-day tour to see as much as Sri Lanka as possible. This country was voted Best in Travel for 2019 by Lonely Planet, so I’m really excited about this one too!
- Flights: £565 pp via STA Travel
- Tour: £562 pp via TruTravels (includes some meals and all accommodation for 9 nights)
If you’ve been to Sri Lanka before, do you have any top tips or advice?
We’ve never entered a new year with so much planned! It’s a really pricey year for us, but 2019 is shaping up to be amazing because of it. And the fact that we’re both turning 25 seems like a pretty good excuse to go big (right!?).
What have you got booked for 2019? Is there anywhere you’re hoping to book?
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