Updated March 2020
2020 was shaping up to be an insane year for travel. It was all going so well, and then COVID-19 (Coronavirus) hit the world.
It’s fair to say that this pandemic has changed our plans fairly dramatically… with one trip already changed and another looking like it could well be cancelled.
It’s frustrating, but I completely appreciate that missing a few holidays is absolutely nothing compared to the trauma and difficult times that thousands of people are now facing worldwide.
So, where have I visited so far this year, and where am I really hoping I can still travel to in 2020?
Read more: My Year in Travel – 2019 Edition
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Lake Bled & Ljubljana, March
Not only was it Darryl’s twenty-fifth in 2019, but it was also the year he proposed to me with a beautiful ring. From that day on I felt bad that I received something lovely and he didn’t! So I upped my birthday budget a little and treated him to a trip in Slovenia.
I booked a wooden lodge style hotel on the edge of Lake Bled, giving us three days to explore the lake, the beautiful town of Ljubljana and surrounding areas.
I’ve always loved the look of Slovenia, there’s something so peaceful and majestic about how the church sits in the middle of the turquoise blue lake.
Thank God Coronavirus didn’t get in the way of this trip!
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Singapore & Philippines, May
We had originally planned to go to the Philippines next Christmas, but we realised that we’d be away for our first Christmas in our new home, which is not what we want at all.
We were going to scrap the idea for a few years, but a few days later we’d booked ourselves some cheeky Black Friday flights for May!
Singapore is a country that I’ve wanted to visit forever, so we played around with flights until we found some that included a stopover in Singapore. We’re only there for one night but it’s a great way to break up a very long flight to the Philippines!
I’m yet to book hotels or internal flights as we’re still trying to narrow down which islands to visit, but at this point the dreaded COVID-19 could ruin this trip anyway, so there’s no point in booking anything further.
- Flights: £598pp return with Singapore Airlines via STA Travel
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We were meant to go to Pisa, Italy in April. This was my twenty-fifth birthday gift from Darryl in December. But then Coronavirus hit and suddenly it didn’t look so promising!
Luckily Easyjet let us change our flights, so even though they ended up costing £72 more, we have booked to go to Nice instead!
This isn’t a place that has ever really been on my bucket list as such, but after watching a few vlogs it looked like the perfect late summer escape!
Fingers crossed this one doesn’t get cancelled too, because I’m so down for baguette picnics on the beach and a day trip to Monaco.
We haven’t booked anything else yet a) because of Coronavirus and b) saving for our wedding, but I wouldn’t say no to a couple of staycations!
Where are you off to in 2020? Let me know below!