With 2016 coming to an end, it has me thinking about all the places we’ve been lucky enough to see this year and start thinking of all the adventures in store for us in 2017.
2016 started with a trip to Grand Cayman and Cozumel Mexico, while mid year we trekked through Canada (Niagara Falls and Montreal) and upstate NY. Watkins Glen was especially magical. Towards the end of the year we had an unplanned trip to see my in laws in North Carolina since Hurricane Matthew hit our area and we had to evacuate. That was a first for us!
Next year we have a few plans laid out that are set in stone while others are still in the planning stages:
In January, we’ll be celebrating my son’s 7th birthday in Disney and a 4 day cruise to the Bahamas. He’s never been to Disney World before, so we’re going to spend one day at Magic Kingdom and then leave out of Orlando on a Carnival cruise to the Bahamas. Last year, we took him on his first cruise to Mexico and Grand Cayman for his birthday. Even though my husband and I have been to the Bahamas before, my son hasn’t. So for this year’s cruise, he’s chosen to go there.
|photo from google|
Cruise to the Bahamas
|This picture was taken on my last trip to Freeport. I loved this beach!|
|This was from out Bahamas cruise on the Carnival Sensation. In January, we’ll be on the Carnival Liberty.|
In April, we’re going to the UK!!! London, Scotland, and the Highlands. This trip is for my husband and I’s 10 year wedding anniversary…which is really in May, but we’re doing the trip in April. I’ve been to London multiple times for work, but that was 10 years ago. The company I had worked for went bankrupt before my husband had the chance to visit. I’ve been trying to get back to London ever since with him! Plus, Scotland has been a dream destination of mine forever. This is happening people! I am so excited! Tickets are already purchased…we got a great deal on them with Delta during Black Friday!
London and Scotland (Edinburgh and the Highlands)
|Edinburgh- photo from Google|
|The Highlands- photo from Google|
|London- photo from Google|
For this trip, I’m going to try carrying everything in a backpack….no suitcase at all…for 10 days! I just think it will be so much easier transferring between airplanes, buses, trains, and walking from the bus station to our hotel (in Edinburgh)….plus, there’s the upside of not having to worry about lost luggage! I’ve done so much research and have found the Osprey Farpoint 40 backpack will be my best option. And these packing cubes. I have heard so many great things about using packing cubes that I have to give it a try. And supposedly they save so much space in your luggage, which let’s face it….if I’m going overseas for 10 days with just a backpack? I’m gonna be needing all the space saving help I can get! Have you used them before? I’d love to hear how they work out for you and your tips on using them!!
I’m also wondering about outerwear in Scotland. We’re going at the end of April and spending most of our time outdoors exploring…and I hear the weather can be very unpredictable. I’m thinking of getting this Patagonia coat. It’s expensive, but I hear it’s totally worth it. Very warm, not too bulky, and folds down to almost nothing for packing. Now, I live in South Carolina where I really have no need for a coat like this, however, it may help with my next big trip to……
Thoughts on if I’d need a coat like that in Scotland in April?
We’re hoping to go to Fairbanks, Alaska around Christmastime but this may happen early 2018 instead, we’ll see. This trip is still in the planning stages, I’m crossing my fingers we can get to Alaska this year as it’s been another destination I’ve wanted to go to for a long time. The coat will definitely come in handy here! lol.
I mean come on….how can you NOT want to go here??? It looks magical!
I’ve been wanting to see the Northern Lights for a long time as well and I hear Fairbanks is one of the best places to go for a chances at seeing them if you venture away from the town. I hear about the Chena Hot Springs outside of town that sounds like a lovely place to go. Imagine sitting outside in a hot spring lake with snow all around you and getting a chance to see the Northern Lights above you. Is there anything better than that??
Have you made travel plans for 2017 yet? What are your favorites from this year? Is Scotland cold enough at the end of April for a really warm winter jacket? Have you used packing cubes?? Things I need to know!!! lol.