With just a day (hours at the time of posting) till we enter 2020 and the new decade its only natural we think about where we’re looking to travel to.
Usually my travel plans throughout the year are based on where my heart is set on at the time of looking for countries, and also my budget. Hence why I consciously choose not to do posts on upcoming travels. Because I never really know where I’m going.
Well for 2020 that’s about to be a bit different. Certain countries are getting the Ryanair priority treatment (probably even better). Most of these countries you see on the list were trips I originally planned to visit but for their own reason the trips fell through.
1. Luxembourg + Trien, Germany
Kicking off my 2020 travels I’ll be heading to Luxembourg in mid February. A very small country. So small that even Stockholm has a greater population than Luxembourg itself.
Since Luxembourg is quite small and close to the border of Germany, I’m also spending a day in a small, cute town called Trien in the Western part of the Deutschland, where I can be in awe of some majestic architecture.
This was a formality last year, only for some last minute cancellations. My mum and I were about to board the coach to Stansted. All of a sudden to get the text on our phone saying that our flights had been cancelled.
I booked flights a few months for my “half term” getaway. And to sweeten things public transport around the country starting is gonna be free from 2020! First country to do so. Wow wow WOW! Perfect (and lucky) time to visit.
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2. Lisbon, Portugal
Everyone who has been to Portugal has had nothing but good things today to say to me about the country. Whether they’re Portuguese, tourists or who ever. I was getting nothing but recommendations from cheap prices, wine, beautiful and colourful scenery to the gorgeous weather to compliment the sights.
At the time in which I’ll be visiting I’ll be getting the opportunity to experience some of that. That will be during the spring in Lisbon as I’m riding Tram 28 to enjoyment 😉
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3. Novaija + Split, Croatia
Seeing how much of a popular summer destination and how scenic their islands it is, Croatia will hopefully slot in for a perfect mid-summer vacation.
My intentions are to go for the Fresh Island festival happening in early July and in small town called Novaija. One of the things on my bucket list is to attend a music festival abroad so why not kill two birds with one stone. Also before that I’m hoping to spend a few days in Split before hitching a shuttle to Zadar itself in time for the main festival.
I reckon the trip will be a culturally entertaining experience and hopefully allow to create life-long memories, which is what travelling is mainly all about.
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4. Toronto, Canada
If I could live in any country of my choice in the world then it would be Canada with little thought. Purely mainly for the good of the people living in the country and comparing it with the lack of it from most people in the UK
Canadians have a really kind heart wherever they are in the world. the small matter of saying good morning or afternoon to strangers or smiling makes a difference to your outlook of a country/place. You can punch them in the face on your worst day and they’ll still be nice about it.
I first visited 4 years ago with my brother and mum to see out 2nd cousins over in Toronto. My best memory was munching on some big BBQ wings at a place called Buffalo Wild Wings and seeing the crystal clear water strolling down Niagara Falls.
I’ve been wanting to go back ever since and been saving for this trip as far back as last summer. May 2020 finally be the year.
Now that I’m much older and more travel-savvy, I’m planning to do more sightseeing than I did on my first visit too. I’m looking forward to exploring the city more; experience the Canadian culture a lot more deeply and create more of those memories.
5. Budapest, Hungary
One of my late summer trips will see me hit up Budapest.
Much like Luxembourg this was a formality. Flights, airport transfer, accommodation, itinerary all sorted. But I had the **** misfortune of having lost my phone the day before the day I was flying out. To this very day I still have no idea how it just disappeared
I’m going at a time when it is one of the best times in the year to visit; The weather is still warm enough and at the same time it’s not as rammed with tourists as it is during peak summer months (June-July). Can’t wait to soak my body in some of their ublic thermal baths the city is best known for and indulge in the nightlife.
Plus Budapest is actually close to plenty cities in other countries. The plan is to book up to 4/5 days off work to travel to Bratislava, Brno and make a 2nd visit to Vienna as I’ve got some unfinished business over there.
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Thinking about these countries is getting me more and more gassed and excited for what 2020 has in store for me. Anything can change with plans of course. In fact Nice and Lyon in France have popped up in my thoughts lately, and Switzerland too. But hopefully this is one of the situations where everything goes according to plan.
I might even start a hashtag for the year. Each one of my travels are for different reasons and will be personally satisfying. Fingers crossed my plans stay intact.
What are your plans for 2020 in terms of travels? What countries are at the top of your bucket list? Let’s talk about them below in the comments and share this post with others so they can do the same. Can’t wait to hear them all!
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