When I look back at 2016 and our year of travel, I love how many adventures we managed to fit in. Some trips were taken just me and the husband (ah blissful lie ins and child free times). Some were with girlfriends, where there was lots of chatter and far too much gin. But the majority were me, the husband and the kids. With Morgan turning 15 this year, I am under no illusion we are on borrowed time with family holidays. And whilst on one hand that makes me sad, it also makes me determined to pack as much travel and adventure in as we can.

Our travel plans for 2017

Here are the holidays and nights away we have booked for 2017.

February

In half term we are going on our first holiday of the year to Bath, which is a city we have never visited before. We are staying in a lodge retreat just outside Bath, and I cannot wait to explore this beautiful city. Please let me know if you have any recommendations of restaurants and places we must visit.

March

The husband and I are looking forward to staying at the Grosvenor Pulford hotel, which is just outside Chester. Our friends are getting married, and I couldn’t resist staying over. I last stayed at the hotel for my 21st celebrations, and I am looking forward to going back after 22 years (I swear I turned 21 about 5 years ago and not TWENTY TWO).

April

I am literally counting down the days until I can feel sunshine on my very pale skin. We are going back to Ikos Olivia in Greece, the most stunning resort we have ever stayed at. Our holiday last year was simply amazing, and it came as no surprise that the hotel won Trip Advisor’s best European all inclusive hotel, and came 2nd in the World category. The attention to detail is impeccable, and we are very much looking forward to a week of relaxation, cocktails and exquisite food.

Travel - Ikos Olivia

Travel - Ikos Olivia pool

May

In May we are taking Katie to her 3rd Vamps concert in Liverpool, and this time have decided to stay over. Well it’s easier than fighting to get out of the car park, plus a nice hotel breakfast to look forward to the following morning.

June

I couldn’t resist the Village Hotel sale which was on between Christmas and New Year. I managed to book 2 rooms in Blackpool (separate rooms can sometimes be the way forward when you have older kids) plus breakfast for £60.

As well as family adventures, the kids have some pretty awesome trips booked too. Next month Katie is off to Scout camp, then in March she goes away on her school residential. Then in July she heads down to London for her year 6 leavers trip. And as for Morgan, well in October he has a school trip to ICELAND to look forward to.

So 2017 is already shaping up to be another fun year of travel for us. I just need to get planning on the final 6 months of the year, and choose where to go in the summer holidays. I tend to get inspiration from websites such as Sunshine, and the question is….. head for the sun or enjoy a UK staycation?