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Travel plans for 2012

Last year was an epic travel year for me, and although it’ll be tough to beat 2011’s record of spending a third of the year travelling, it doesn’t mean I won’t be giving it a good go. 2012’s also going to be an expensive year with house-buying on the agenda, but I’ve still got to have a few trips to keep me going! After most of last year’s travels were back to countries I’d been to before, this year I hope to add a few new ones to the list, as well as ticking off at least one of my top-five travel wish-list trips. So far I have a few trips in the pipeline for 2012 (as well as plenty more travel ideas)…

Skiing in Méribel-Mottaret in January

After spending five weeks in the Alps last winter, my love of skiing (and vin chaud) has only got stronger, so a 2012 ski trip was a must. Plus I have a large amount of thermals I never got to use last year which I need to get some wear out of. And luckily the winter sports bug rubbed off on a few of my visitors from last year, so we’re getting eleven of us together and hiring out a chalet for a week in January. A catered chalet too, so someone else will be doing the work – no cooking or bus trips to the launderette for me this year. We’ll be back in Méribel-Mottaret, part of the Three Valleys ski area in the French Alps, which is one of my favourite places and where I first learnt to ski.

Skiing in Meribel in the Three Valleys in France

Skiing in the Three Valleys with my sister back in 2007 on my last trip there

Champagne tasting in March

I’m a member of the Thelma and Louise travel site, designed for women looking for people to travel with, and have been on a couple of UK weekend trips with a great group of ladies. So this year we’re going further afield and organising a trip to Reims in France’s Champagne area. The plan is to spend a long weekend visiting some of the Champagne producers and tasting some fantastic wines, accompanied with some good food and lots of laughs.

Champagne tasting in Reims in France

Champagne tasting in Reims – photo credit e_calamar

Travel bloggers conference in Umbria in April

Since I started this site I’ve read a lot about the Travel Bloggers Unite conferences and how useful (and how much fun) they are, so when the 2012 destination was announced as Umbria I had to sign up. By then this site will be nine months old so I should have a better idea what I’m doing (well that’s the theory) and am looking forward to learning from other travel bloggers as well as getting a better idea about PR and social media – plus eating and drinking lots of Italian food and wine. I haven’t been to Italy for years so hope to see a bit of the country while I’m out there, maybe exploring Tuscany, or heading south to Naples, Amalfi and Capri, one of my top-five travel wish-list destinations.

Village of Castelluccio in Umbria among flower fields

The beautiful village of Castelluccio in Umbria

Canadian road trip in the summer

On the subject of the travel wish-list, one item I’ll definitely be ticking off this year is the big Canadian road trip – with Vancouver, Calgary, Jasper, Banff, national parks, snow-capped mountains, turquoise lakes, grizzly bears, beavers, hockey, Mounties, maple syrup, and every other Canadian cliché you can think of! This road trip is also going to deviate slightly into a rail trip as I’d love to take one of Canada’s scenic train routes while I’m out there.

Canadian Rocky Mountains in Banff National Park

Banff National Park in Canada – photo credit Satoru Kikuchi

Norwegian fjords with my mum in the autumn

This was very nearly on the travel list for 2011 when I found some very cheap flights out to Norway in September. But my mum quite rightly pointed out that we’d talked about doing this one together. And as she couldn’t make it then, it’s going on the list as our annual mother–daughter trip destination for 2012. The idea is to visit the coastal city of Bergen for a long weekend and take a boat trip and sail up through the spectacular scenery of the Norwegian fjords.

Boat trip on the fjords in Norway

Sailing the Norwegian fjords – photo credit chuddlesworth

Not bad for starters! I’ve got plenty more travel ideas too – depending on time and money – including taking photos at Petra in Jordan, a long weekend city break to Prague, and a trip to Cornwall on the UK’s other sleeper train. And who knows what else might turn up – I can’t wait to find out.

What about you? What are your travel plans for 2012?

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  1. The fjords are gorgeous, I’m sure you will enjoy them, Petra is one of the most amazing places I have ever seen, you will love it.

    For us we will be revisiting Tallin, Estonia, Cyprus and the Greek island of Rhodes and exploring the Cape Verde islands for the first time. Plus numerous trips to see the daughter up in Edinburgh.

    January 4, 2012
    • I’ve seen so many fantastic photos of Petra I really hope I can make it out there this year. Tallin sounds great too and I look forward to hearing how you get on in the Cape Verde Islands, I don’t think I know anyone who’s ever been!

      January 4, 2012
  2. Great list, these places look beautiful. My travel plans are to visit Venice and Ibiza so far. I’m very excited.

    January 4, 2012
    • Thanks Christine. I went to Venice years ago in the depths of winter and it was stunning even in the cold and fog so sure you’ll love it. Have a great travelling year!

      January 4, 2012
  3. Sounds like a great year ahead!

    January 4, 2012
    • Thanks, look forward to seeing where your travels take you too!

      January 4, 2012
  4. It goes from Bergen in Fjord by the boat.
    We will recommend travel that visits “hotel Mundal”.
    A permanent glacier is seen.

    January 4, 2012
    • Thanks for the tip, I’ll check that out. The scenery looks so beautiful out there, I can’t wait to see it.

      January 4, 2012
  5. Sounds like a brilliant year of travel planned! Norway looks awesome – on my list of places to go – can’t wait to see your pictures, I am sure they will only further inspire my desire to go!!! You will have a great time in Prague! Just back – it was a dream! Have a great time in the Rockies in Canada – they are spectacular! Happy travels!

    January 4, 2012
    • Thanks Anita, it should be a year of epic mountain scenery for me so hopefully I’ll get some good photos! I saw some of your pictures from Prague and it looked beautiful, its been on the wish list for a while so hope to actually make it this year.

      January 4, 2012
  6. You have some great plans. The Reims Champagne tasting break sounds very expensive but very delicious though.

    January 4, 2012
    • Thanks Charlie, I’ll have to see how many tasting freebies I can get to keep the cost down! I see you write about Prague so will take a look if I manage to make it out there this year.

      January 4, 2012
  7. High fives to Canadian cliches!

    The train ride through Western Canada is probably one of the most scenic routes on planet Earth (yeah, I said it).

    I’m looking forward to reading your 2012 travels!

    January 4, 2012
    • Thanks Sarah, so looking forward to finally making it out to Canada – will have to see how many of the cliches I manage to tick off!

      January 5, 2012
  8. You have quite an impressive list! Fantastic travels ahead and I look forward to hearing all about them! Though i think you need to add London-Olympics to this too? Or will you avoid the city during that time?

    January 5, 2012
    • Not sure about the Olympics yet – after 10 years on and off in London I moved out last January and my boyfriend moves out in a month so won’t have a London base any more. Sure it’ll be worth seeing if I can brave the crowds (though on the flip side I’m keeping me eye out for cheap flights out of the country at the same time so a holiday bargain might win out!).

      January 5, 2012
    • Hmmm, I think you should stay! The Sydney Olympics were fantastic and I still associate great memories with them. A once in a lifetime experience (or morem if you are lucky!), especially if you live close-by. There were crowds and the usual hubbub that goes along with such events, though everyone is in a great mood and just living life – supporting people from all over the world and cheering one another on. I want to be in London for them 🙂

      January 5, 2012
  9. Beautiful photographs!

    January 5, 2012
    • Thanks Karen, can’t take credit for half of them but hope to get some shots that are somewhere near as good when I’m out there!

      January 5, 2012
  10. I just want to come with you!

    January 5, 2012
  11. Cressida Howard #

    Soooooooooo jealous!

    January 5, 2012
    • Thanks Cress, Just hope I can fit it all in and do enough work to afford it all!

      January 9, 2012
  12. Looking forward to your photos from your travels. You inspire me to get my travel fund in place and do more traveling. I have said for awhile I want to travel more and this year I hope to do just that. Great photos!

    January 9, 2012
    • Thank you – fingers crossed my good weather luck holds out for another year! And hope you manage to do lots of travelling this year too, look forward to seeing where you get to!

      January 9, 2012
  13. I hope you have a very fun year. Your photo essays are interesting.

    January 9, 2012
    • Thanks Gerard, and hope you have a great 2012 exploring New York and beyond!

      January 9, 2012
  14. There are some truly fascinating places to visit in the world! This year, probably London for the olympics and then back to the Cotswolds!

    January 10, 2012
    • I’ve been living in Cheltenham for 6 months and not explored much of the Cotswolds yet so that’ll be in my list too – such a lovely bit of the country.

      January 10, 2012
  15. Looks like you’re gonna have a fun-filled year! Have yet to visit the places you’ve listed but have been to Petra. It’s definitely a place worth going – better than the pyramids! Have a fantastic travel year!

    January 22, 2012
    • Fingers crossed! I so hope to be able to make it to Petra, everyone seems to rave about how great it is. Hope you have a great year of travels too!

      January 23, 2012
  16. Looking forward to reading about your exploits! My traveling will be curtailed this year due to a new arrival! Staycations and daddy blogging!

    Love the blog, kind regards, Si

    January 25, 2012
    • Thanks Si, hopefully it should be a good travel year. And best of luck in your new role for 2012 too! Hope you manage to squeeze some travelling in (got to get them started young!) even if it’s a bit closer to home!

      January 26, 2012
  17. Ooooh, I would love to go through the fjords just like you did.

    February 7, 2012
  18. I’ll be saving most of this year after my recent five month trip around South America. I hope to have a base in Tenerife though so maybe I’ll get to the other Canary islands and even west Africa if I’m lucky. Other than that there’ll be a weekend or two in the UK and in Sweden. I’m hoping to go back to India by the end of the year.

    February 8, 2012
    • Sounds like you have a good year lined up! I’m very jealous of your South America travels, hope to get out there sometime soon, though with such a huge area to see I’m saving it up for a long-term trip. Never visited the Canaries so look forward to reading about them!

      February 8, 2012

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