My 2018 Monthly Travel Plans

Travel in 2017 was unforgettable. I finally took my dream road trip across California as well as some cheeky weekend visits to Copenhagen and Paris. It may not seem like a lot, but California was nearly 3 weeks of travelling, which took up most of my annual leave (and money).

This year we would like to continue with one big trip but do even more cheap weekend breaks and include some UK spots. There’s so much to explore right here on our little island. So here is a month by month account of our plans, some confirmed and some just ideas.

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We are heading back to Amsterdam! Yipee. I last visited Holland in 2013. It was for only 8 hours and I wasn’t even a travel blogger back then. So I am very excited to return with a fresh head and fancy camera. We’re going for a long weekend so we should have ample time to explore the nooks and crannies of the city. Please let me know if you have any tips in the comments below.


Snowboarding would be the dream but there’s no way we can afford that among everything else. So we will have to save for another year. We will probably reserve February for a nice trip to the Lakes. Or a good old rummage of the city on our doorstep, Manchester.


These months are for our annual BIG trip. The past two years we have travelled East Coast and West Coast America but in 2018 we are planning to Interrail! We struggled to pick between Scandinavia and Central Europe, but we’d like to squeeze in lots of countries so we’re swaying towards the latter. We’re thinking France – Switzerland – Austria – Hungary – Slovenia – Croatia. We still need to research the journey to make sure we know what is possible in 18 days. Please let me know if you have ever done inter-railing as I’m in desperate need of advice.

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My partner and I didn’t buy each other Christmas presents because we didn’t have time. Life has been crazy since moving cities. So instead, we agreed to book a little weekend away. We’re thinking somewhere on the coast of Spain. We’ve been to Barcelona and wouldn’t rule out returning, but we also have our eye on Valencia. Do you recommend anywhere else?


We’re going to try and join my partner’s family on their adventure to Italy. Naples and Almalfi are on the cards but not confirmed yet. Both have jaw dropping scenery and last time I went to Italy it weirdly felt like home, so I’m really hoping we can make this happen.


I’ve heard so many great things about Brighton. It looks so vibrant and fun. I would love to go in the height of summer for the true seaside experience. I just love strolling along the beach, eating ice cream, playing in the arcades and eating fish and chips. I’m ready for the sun already.


We are off to Kent for a wedding (1 of 3 this year?!) and would like to use our time wisely and explore a bit of Dover whilst we’re in that direction. The White Cliffs are a must on my list.


I’ve not been to London in ages, so it would be nice to pop along and see a show in the West End. We normally go down for the day, so only need to book cheap train tickets.


This is a hugely busy month at work, so we enforce a travel ban.

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Now, this is a bit of a long shot, but we would love to go back to East Coast America for 4 or 5 days. It’s my partners 30th birthday and he’d love to see an NFL game! It would be the best way to celebrate the big 3-0. Annual Leave and funds will dictate if this can happen, so fingers and toes crossed.


It’s my family tradition to visit a different European Christmas Market each year. We’ve seen the likes of Belfast, Brussels and Paris since starting it. This year we are thinking Germany, where you find the most well known markets in the world right?

So there you have it. This is obviously quite a lot… We may not be able to do it all but we are pretty good at finding cheap deals and save everything to feed our travel addiction. I’m super excited to see more of the world this year and hope you follow my adventures.

Are you off on your travels?



  1. January 6, 2018 / 4:51 PM

    Loved this! Can’t wait to see what you get up to in 2018, you have so many exciting potentials!
    I would definitely recommend Berlin if you’re looking for somewhere to go in December to see Christmas markets. I LOVED my trip there!

    Chloe ❤

    • Gina
      January 6, 2018 / 5:00 PM

      Thanks Chloe! I’m really hoping to make most of them happen. Berlin is definitely one of top markets to see. I remember your vlogs looked great xx

  2. January 7, 2018 / 8:46 AM

    Your plans sound amazing! I absolutely love Croatia, though I’ve only been to Dubrovnik, I really want to go back and see more of the country. And I love Kent – we walked along the white cliffs of Dover back in the summer and it’s stunning!
    xo April | April Everyday

    • Gina
      January 7, 2018 / 10:17 AM

      I’ve only been to Dubrovnik too. But I really want to go back because Croatia is gorgeous. Oooo I’m glad you enjoyed the cliffs. I can’t wait to see them. Xx

  3. January 7, 2018 / 6:53 PM

    It sounds like you’ll be very close to be doing 12 in 12 this year, especially with inter-railling! Im so excited to see all your posts!

    • Gina
      January 7, 2018 / 7:41 PM

      Omg you’re right!! I will be near 12. I never thought of that!! ? xx

  4. Zara
    January 8, 2018 / 12:29 PM

    Sounds like you have so many exciting things planned! I can definitely say that Germany has some incredible Christmas markets (I lived their on my year abroad last year). I wrote a couple of blog posts on some of my favourites – I visited a loooooot. Hope you find them helpful! I don’t have any travel plans yet, although I would really like to have a weekend break in Berlin at some point! Good luck with your inter railing x

    • Gina
      January 8, 2018 / 6:15 PM

      Thank you for the links!!! I love Christmas markets. How amazing that you lived abroad. That’s so cool. You must know the place so well by now. X

  5. Liam McNally
    January 8, 2018 / 12:24 PM

    That’s a lot of travelling you’ve got planned! There’s so much to see but it’s also so expensive!

    I went on loads of holidays last year (Canada, Paris, Berlin and London) so this year I’m keeping it more local and touring Scotland!

    Have fun on your travels!

    • Gina
      January 8, 2018 / 6:13 PM

      It can be cheap if you want it to be. Low end hotels and street food are the best way to lower the cost. Wow you went to some amazing places. I’d love to go to Canada.

  6. January 14, 2018 / 10:32 PM

    This is amazing. You have planned a trip for almost every month. That’s really cool. And that Interrail trip sounds great, I’m sure you’ll have lots of fun!

    • Gina
      January 17, 2018 / 11:55 PM

      I’ve tried to plan a trip monthly as a goal but it might not happen. Got my fingers crossed though. Inter railing is going be amazing. I hope you have some great plans for this year!

  7. Alicia
    January 17, 2018 / 1:01 AM

    So many incredible places. I am also hoping to go on an interrail trip, but thinking of mainly doing Spain and Portugal.

    Alicia x

    • Gina
      January 19, 2018 / 12:44 AM

      Oh really? When are you planning on inter railing? I’ve never been Portugal! Thanks for commenting.

  8. Beth Alice Peggie
    January 18, 2018 / 9:22 PM

    Love it, have an amazing year ?

    • Gina
      January 19, 2018 / 12:48 AM

      Thanks!! Have you any plans?

      • Beth Alice Peggie
        January 19, 2018 / 6:36 AM

        This year is going to be finishing college, exploring the UK and working my butt off to save for seven months in new zealand in 2019, veryyy excited!

        • Gina
          January 19, 2018 / 11:48 AM

          Omg i’d love to go New Zealand. That sounds amazing!!!

  9. January 25, 2018 / 2:24 PM

    So many places, so lucky!! I used up half of my annual leave for my last trip ? Going to Alicante next month, Venice in May and Devon in September, but really hoping to squeeze another one in somewhere! Maybe Paris ?

    • Gina
      January 25, 2018 / 4:48 PM

      They’re only plans at the moment but hopefully I can make them all happen! Wow sounds like have a fantastic year planned too though! Venice is lush and Paris is beautiful too x

      • January 25, 2018 / 6:21 PM

        I’m so excited for Venice! I’ve wanted to go for so long ? How much holiday do you get?

        • Gina
          January 25, 2018 / 7:58 PM

          I get 28 days plus bank holidays. So a pretty healthy amount! You?

          • January 25, 2018 / 8:03 PM

            I get 4 weeks worth plus bank holidays

          • Gina
            January 25, 2018 / 8:09 PM

            Not bad!!!

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