As 2018 is almost behind us, I thought it would be nice to take a look back over some of our travel highlight from the year just gone – especially with so much to look forward to in the year ahead! It’s been such a busy year that it was almost too hard to pull together the highlights, but there were a few particular getaways that stood out to me. And here they are!
1. Edinburgh, Scotland – February
We kick-started the year with a last minute trip to Edinburgh. You can read about the whole weekend in my post ‘how to spend a budget weekend in Edinburgh’, but the trip as w hole consisted of a nine hour bus journey, VERY cold weather, whiskey and lots of very cute pubs. Of course we did all the usual tourist traps as well such as Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile, but it was nice to find some cosy nooks too.
2. Belfast, Ireland – March
I went to Belfast on a hen do. Aside from the fact that it was Easter weekend (so much quieter than usual), it was nice to visit a new city. Although admittedly we didn’t get to do too much sightseeing, we did take a hilarious beer bike ride through the city centre. This gave us a chance to stop at some of the smaller pubs for a drink on the way. But I would definitely love to visit here again in the future and spend some time taking in the culture.
3. Perranporth, England – May, June, August
We made several trips to Perranporth last year, including for the Tunes in the Dunes festival. You can read all about the festival weekend in our beer, bands and beaches post. This seaside town has a very special place in our hearts and holds so many wonderful memories for us. In fact, we plan to go and spend the summer there next year on our UK road trip!
We also spent a week here for our honeymoon in June, as we hadn’t managed to have one after we got married. This was the first time we tried out our campervan and it was so perfect to have a nice peaceful week away together.
4. Our campervan, Fleet – July
Not a destination, but definitely a highlight; back in July we started converting our own campervan. This van will be our home from April 2019 and we’re so excited to get back on the road and really start living the nomadic life we’ve been dreaming of! There’s still a bit of work to do, but we love our little home on wheels (we call her Stella) so much already.
5. Albuferia, Portugal – October
We fancied a sunny break away, so we booked a long weekend on the Algarve. This also included some of my family, but as it got colder in the UK it was nice to get away and enjoy a little Autumn sunshine before the winter set in. The old town and beautiful beaches make Albuferia so much more than just a clubbers holiday. It was nice to get away and get a sun tan!
6. Brighton, England – November
We tend to visit Brighton a few times each year, just for a nice day out more than anything. But a few weeks ago we decided we needed a getaway and to spend some time together, so we booked a last minute hotel in Brighton. It was so nice to be back there with all the Christmas lights up and festive feel. We didn’t get there until later, but we found a few cosy pubs, had some mulled wine and even sat on the beach for a little while. Just like Perranporth, this city by the sea means a lot to me in particular, as I lived there for three years when I was studying at university, so it’s always nice to go back.
7. Minehead, England – December
We ended the year with a weekend at Butlin’s in Minehead, for the Madness Weekender. For those who may not be aware of Madness, they’re a very popular Ska band and my step mum’s absolute favourite! So for her 50th birthday we booked tickets to their festival weekend in December. Though Minehead itself wasn’t the most exciting place, we had an amazing and very boozy few days, including Danny, my dad, my sister, my step mum and my mother-in-law.
We’ve got so much lined up for 2019 and I can’t wait! We’ll be packing up the van in April and starting our life on the road! We’ll be doing the UK first, hoping to see Scotland, the Lake District and Wales (and Cornwall of course!), hopefully moving onto Europe nearing the end of the year.
More posts to follow on our coastal road trip of the UK and more advice and tips as we learn what it means to live a truly nomadic lifestyle!