Our travel plans for this year are slightly different. Having managed 14 trips away during 2017, we will be travelling far less this year due to one thing…. GCSEs. Holidays are on hold for the first 6 months of the year, but I have made up for our lack of travel with our summer holiday trip. This is how 2018 is shaping up so far.

Our travel plans for 2018


The husband and I managed to escape for a night to celebrate my birthday. We booked one of our favourite Premier Inns at The Trafford Centre for the bargain price of £29. We ate, shopped, drank gin, but sadly we were tucked up in bed before 10pm as hubby was suffering with the flu.

Happy Birthday


Last weekend Katie went on her first scout camp of the year. No braving the elements in a tent (thankfully), as she stayed in a beautiful lodge in North Wales.


Okay, I know I said no holidays for the first part of the year, but I couldn’t resist booking a little getaway for us over Easter. We are heading to Shropshire for 2 nights, another Premier Inn bargain at £84. We plan to visit Shrewsbury and Telford, which is a part of the UK we have never visited before.


Katie goes on her first high school trip in June, and what a trip. London for 1 night to visit Harry Potter World, London Eye, watch Wicked in the West End, and she also gets to visit the Pineapple Dance Studios to meet the cast of Wicked. To say she is very excited would be an understatement.


Another month, and another school trip. Morgan goes to Sicily for 4 days, where he will visit Mount Etna, go river tubing, and bathe in warm mud baths. Another amazing opportunity for him.

And whilst the teen is away, I get to go on a spa break with 2 of my bestest friends. Ribby Hall Spa in Lancashire has been on my ‘travel list’ for years, and finally I get to go in July.


After booking this trip back in September, I think by the time August comes we will be more than ready for our holiday. We are off to Mexico, 17 years after we first visited Cancun on our honeymoon. We have always wanted to go back as a family, and this year we knew our main holiday would have to be in the summer (we usually take our main holiday in April to our favourite hotel Ikos Olivia). When I first started looking at Spain and Greece, I was shocked at how dear it was to holiday in Europe. Mexico was coming out at the same price you would pay for a decent hotel in Europe. So our decision was made, and 2018 will see us head back to Cancun as a family.

The Grand at Moon Palace


We loved our festive trip to Bath just before Christmas, and this year I have booked a lodge between York and Harrogate. The perfect start to the festive season.

So despite me thinking that we will be travelling far less this year due to GCSEs, writing it all down makes me realise that 2018 is going to be yet another fun and exciting year for us.