I love writing this post which gives me the chance to look back at our travels for the past year. In 2017 we managed 14 trips of 1 night or over. 2 of the trips have just been myself and the husband, 1 has been a girlie night away, 9 trips with the family, and the kids have enjoyed 2 school trips.
Our first trip of 2017 was to the beautiful city of Bath. Staying in a luxurious 3 bedroom lodge at Bath Mill Lodge Retreat, it was the perfect base to explore the city. We enjoyed visiting the Roman Baths, wandering around the stunning Bath Cathedral, and enjoyed a bus tour around the city.
The husband and I got the chance to escape for the night, as we went away and celebrated our friend’s wedding. We stayed over at The Grosvenor Hotel just outside Chester, where the wedding reception was held. As we were attending the evening reception, it gave us the chance to experience the spa facilities at the hotel before getting ready for the evening with friends. For some reason I am holding my husband’s pint in this picture.
It was time to return to our favourite hotel Ikos Olivia in Greece, which we had fallen in love with the previous year. We were welcomed back to the hotel like old friends, and we had an amazing week. Granted we didn’t have the best weather, but that didn’t stop Katie from enjoying the pool. We had a wonderful week and we plan to return in 2019.
The beginning of May saw us head to Liverpool for the night to see The Vamps in concert. This trip was part of Katie’s birthday present, and I booked the Premier Inn at the Albert Dock so we could stay over. We danced to The Vamps, enjoyed some shopping at Liverpool One, and finally put our love lock on the Albert Dock to celebrate 15 years of marriage.
It was another chance to escape with the husband, and we booked into the Victoria and Albert Hotel in Manchester. In the day I enjoyed Blog On which is a brilliant blogging conference, whilst the husband rediscovered his old UNI haunts. In the evening we enjoyed cocktails in The Alchemist.
My blogging highlight of the year has to be when I got the opportunity to review a brand new hotel at the Sani Resort in Greece. Sani Dunes is a breathtaking hotel which caters for children aged 12 and above (though they are removing the age limit from 2018). I got the chance to experience Sani for 5 days with Hywel and Katie, and it was an incredible experience.
We also enjoyed a night away in Blackpool after I had booked 2 rooms in the Village Sale back in the New Year. A bargain at £60 which included bed and breakfast, oh I do like my bargain breaks away. We combined our night away with a trip to the beach huts which are in nearby Lytham St Annes.
It was time for Katie’s end of primary school trip with a 1 night stay in London. She came home full of stories after making memories for 2 days with her friends and teachers. They enjoyed a trip to see the Lion King, the Natural History and Science Museums, and a stroll through Covent Garden.
At the end of July we took the train to Edinburgh for an overnight stay. I was feeling pretty pleased with myself that I had bagged return train tickets for the four of us for less than £100, AND we got to travel home in first class. We spent a fun packed two days exploring the city, and we all agreed that we would love to return at Christmas time one year.
Having not gone away in August, we were all ready for our little trip to Northumberland. I had booked 3 nights in a lodge at Slaley Hall for the bargain price of £250. It was a chance to chill out before the new school term started, but also gave us the opportunity to meet our friends in nearby Newcastle, another new city to us.
The end of September was a chance to enjoy a girlie night away in Birmingham. I love Birmingham and our time away was filled with gin, laughter, bellini’s, afternoon tea and girlie gossip. Perfect for the soul.
The highlight of the year for the teen has to be his school trip to Iceland. I was following the trip on the school’s instagram page as they got to experience glacier walking, huge waterfalls, and on the last night the amazing spectacle of the Northern Lights.
Whilst Morgan was away enjoying himself in Iceland, I booked a surprise night away for the husband’s birthday. We stayed at Cottons Hotel in Knutsford and had a lovely night away with Katie joining us too. It was nice to spend some time with just the one child, and hopefully we can take Morgan away in 2018 when Katie is at Scout camp.
It was time to return to Bath Mill Lodge Retreat for our festive break. As the kids were breaking up from school on the 15th December, I took full advantage of the following week to go away. I love going away at this time of year as I knew Christmas was all organised back home, and it gave us the chance to reconnect as a family after the busy last half term at school. We explored Bath and also visited nearby Wells which has the most stunning cathedral I have ever seen. Plus I even got the chance to meet up with blogging friends on the way home.
What another year of travel it has been for us as a family, and also with the kids experiencing their own adventures. 2018 will be a slightly different year for us, as due to exams there won’t be much travel in the first 6 months of the year. However we have MEXICO to look forward to at the end of summer. How are your 2018 travel plans looking ? Have you booked somewhere or still contemplating where to go to ?