My Travel Bucket List 2020

It’s never too early to start planning a trip. 

2020 travel bucket list

Can you believe that 2019 is nearly finished? I most certainly can’t. All of the travel countdowns for 2019 are nothing but a distant memory and an array of photographs. It’s crazy how quickly time flies. But, the good news is it means I can start planning for 2020 travel plans.

If you’re like me and already thinking about your 2020 travel plans, you might want to see the ideas I’ve come up with for our 2020 travel. After all, it’s never too early to start planning a trip.

After writing my 2019 travel bucket last year, I thought it would be perfect to share a new one for 2020. There are my must-see places for 2020. Well, I say they’re must-see, let’s face it, we’ll book one or two of them and the rest will get followed over to the next year!

1. Orlando, Florida

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I know, I’ve just come back from Florida. I know I’ve just come back from the sunshine state this summer but I’m already desperate to go back, but this time, a little differently. I really want to spend Christmas 2020 in Disney and see the castle all lit up and the decorations along Main Street.

I absolutely love shopping at the outlets too so if I don’t buy any clothes next year, then I can go on a splurge in the outlets. More Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, please!

2. Road Trip

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Something I’ve frequently looked at recently is a road trip around Easter time with Rio. I’d love to take him to the North of Italy, Switzerland and the villages in Germany. Then, on the way back down I’d love to stop off at a French village or two and Paris. It would be amazing for us to tick off a few more countries and get some beautiful travel content. I’m hoping that I could liaise with a few hotels for a sponsored stay in exchange for a blog post, but I’m not sure if it would be feasible. It would be a super expensive trip, but I’d definitely love to do it. If not in 2020, then definitely in 2021 or 2022. Talk about forward planning.

3. Segovia, Spain

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Segovia is a place that I’ve been toying with for a while now, but our car wasn’t to be trusted to drive that distance. Now that we have a car that is reliable, I’d love to nip away to Segovia for the weekend with Alex and Rio. I’m keen to see the beautiful castle there and the aqueduct. It would be lovely to soak up the atmosphere of the traditional Spanish city.

4. Valencia, Spain

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It’s time to make amends with Valencia. After being broken into on Christmas Eve in Valencia, it’s always been a bit of a sore subject. But, after 5 years, I think I’m ready to head back as a couple. I have been since with friends, but we haven’t been together. Rio has also never been to Valencia, so I’d like to get some photos of him near the Arts and Science Museum.

5. West Coast, USA

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I’m probably being far too optimistic here, but I’d love to spend a few weeks in summer back on the west coast, USA. I loved Anaheim when I visited last and Disneyland is always a solid plan. I’d love to see Las Vegas and Seattle too. I don’t think we could do both USA trips in one year realistically, but it’s a nice thought. Depending on what we feel like, I’m hoping we’ll do either the West Coast of the States or Florida at Christmas. We’ll see how things pan out!

6. London, England

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We used to spend most weekends in the capital of England when Alex worked down in the rafting centre, but it must be about 3 years since we last visited! I want to head back to the capital for a weekend and take some photos around the main tourist places. I want to spend more time around Notting Hill too. I’m also very keen to see Wicked on the West End, so I’m keeping my eye out to see if it arrives!

7. Prague, Czechia

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Prague is still on my bucket list for 2020. Prague is a lot cheaper to visit than Florida, so if we don’t manage to get to the USA for Christmas 2020, then Prague is definitely somewhere I’d consider. I’d love to see the Christmas market there.

What’s on your 2020 bucket list?

Hasta luego,

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Top 5 Winter Travel Destinations in Europe

Winter is a magical time to travel, there are smaller queues in the tourist attractions and usually, hotels are a lot cheaper.

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Winter is one of my favourite times of year for a quick getaway and with Ryanair and other low budget airlines bringing us closer than ever to what Europe has to offer, it’s the perfect time to sit in a cafe and take in the wintry but wonderful atmosphere.

Winter has so many different faces across Europe, sunshine and blue skies in Southern Spain and long, dark nights with deep snow. They’re all beautiful in their own way.

Winter is a magical time to travel, there are smaller queues in the tourist attractions and usually, hotels are a lot cheaper. Make sure you wrap up warm though!

1. Finland

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I would love to visit Finland during the winter. Who hasn’t thought about Lapland in the winter? Visiting Santa Claus with the piles and piles of snow whilst a reindeer or a husky pulls you along in a sledge. That is Christmas.

Finland doesn’t stop for the “dark and dreary” weather, instead, they embrace it. Finnish Saunas, snowboarding, skiing. There would be so much to do.

2. Switzerland

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Switzerland has always been somewhere that I’ve wanted to visit. You can get down to business and do some serious, or not so serious in my case, skiing. But, even if you aren’t into snow sports, there’s still so much to do.

Vibrant Zurich would be beautiful during the winter months with the intricate architecture and the bursts of colour. Add a blanket of snow and it’s the perfect winter photo.

3. Germany

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If you’re not thinking about German Christmas Markets then it’s time to start. Just seeing a photo of Germany in the snow makes me want to book a flight and go. The food, the mulled wine, the enchanted wintry forests and let me tell you, the photos of Neuschwanstein Castle in the snow are nothing short of breathtaking.

Germany does Christmas right. As long as I got a German Market and Neuschwanstein Castle in the snow, I’d be very happy.

4. Copenhagen

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Home of the little mermaid. Home of Christmas. Copenhagen is a bustling Christmas city where the magic comes to life.

There are Christmas markets and quality restaurants as well as Danish Christmas delicacies. I could see myself spending a couple of nights eating my way around the Christmas markets, taking a river cruise and enjoying the snow in Copenhagen.

5. Venice

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When we went to Venice in the winter it was absolutely beautiful. Of course, it was made better because we got engaged, but the city was really magical.

There aren’t hardly any crowds and Piazza San Marco was so quiet and peaceful. They also had a lovely Christmas market and a huge Christmas tree. The weather is much colder than summer and it’s so peaceful just sitting out watching the Gondolas. I’d recommend booking yourself on one to truly embrace the captivating magic that Venice emits, you can only see it all from those intercrossing canals.

Are you off on your travels this winter?

Hasta luego,

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The Best European Markets – That I Want to Visit

They are a treasure trove of Christmas. It’s like something took the essence, the sounds, the smells, the atmosphere of Christmas and tied it together in a little-hatched market and tied it together in the form of a market.

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Have you ever been to a Christmas market? They are a treasure trove of Christmas. It’s like something took the essence, the sounds, the smells, the atmosphere of Christmas and tied it together in a little-hatched market and tied it together in the form of a market.

All over Europe, glittering Christmas Markets take centre stage of the towns and cities bringing a host of festive cheer. They’re a magical place to browse trinkets, look at knick-knacks, enjoy an evening with family and friends, get great street food and embrace the Christmas spirit.

It’s also the place where the best Christmas lights come to life. The lights twinkle above the market to create the ultimate Christmas experience.

Of course, no Christmas market is complete without scrumptious street market food. You’ll find German sausages, puffy pretzels, hearty soups and stews, treats like truffles and hot chocolate with marshmallows, plus the roasted chestnuts. Isn’t that just the epitome of Christmas? Chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

You can also get sentimental, unique gifts from markets, some which are handmade. Dolls, clothes, trinkets. There is always a great selection. Plus, you can always find beautiful pieces of Christmas decor. I mean, how perfect? Christmas decor from a Christmas market. I love being able to showcase travel, so the next time I go to a Christmas market, I’ll be sure to pick up a little Christmas Decor so it can be displayed year in, year out.

Most Christmas markets have a selection of kids rides too. Although I don’t ride them, obviously, it’s always nice to hear and see the children laughing. So nostalgic.

Then there’s my all-time favourite Christmas activity. Ice-Skating. At Christmas markets, there’s usually a pop-up ice rink. I love wrapping up warm and skating around. Even if I’m not that good. It’s a little tradition now leading up to Christmas. My favourite was Ice Skating at the London History Museum.

Which ones are on my future list though?

1. Vienna, Austria

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Known as one of the best Christmas markets in the world, Vienna is somewhere that I’d love to visit. It has over 150 stalls which sell everything from Christmas drinks to Austrian delicacies. There’s also a huge ice rink and a classic nativity scene.

They also offer a game of curling on the ice rink which is something completely unique.

2. Prague, Czechia

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After seeing so many updates from Prague, like Chloe in my A day in the life series, my desire to go to Prague grows and grows. The city has two main Christmas markets, the old town and the Wenceslas Square. They’re a short five minutes’ walk away from each other.

The market may look similar to many others across Europe, but they host a wide selection of Czech foods, like klobása. What’s so unique about Prague, is that they stay open every day over the festive period. They run all the way through until Epiphany and even open on Christmas Day!

3. Krakow, Poland

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Poland is on my list of places to go and Krakow is the one that pulls me the most. Even better, they have a Christmas market that is known and appreciated across Europe. If you’re looking for a white Christmas, Krakow usually serves it.

They create beautiful hand-painted Christmas baubles which I’d love to add to my Christmas decor.

4. Berlin, Germany

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Moving away from the original carols, Berlin hosts their Christmas market with top class nightly concerts which can include anything from traditional to jazz. Berlin is hugely popular for its whole host of Christmas markets, though due to the terrible attack in 2016 it had a rapid decline of seasonal appeal.

Since the heavy works to rebuild the views and safety of the Christmas markets, Berlin is back to its festive cheer. Wooden huts are filled with anything from wood carvings, paintings and Christmas treats that foodies will love.

5. Brussels, Belgium

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Brussels have a huge event that spans more than 200 chalets filled with Belgian beers, waffles, chocolate and more. There’s an ice skating rink, a Ferris Wheel, light shows and a breathtaking Christmas tree.

I could definitely see myself drinking a mug of hot chocolate eating my body weight in waffles before heading on to the ice rink in Brussels. I’d make sure to meet up with a few friends whilst I’m over there and take a look at the EU building. Should I pack my bags now?

Are you off to a Christmas market this Winter?
I’ll be off to the one in Benidorm whilst dreaming of all of these.

Hasta luego,

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