Sunday, February 3, 2019

10 Places I'd Like to Visit in 2019

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I'm definitely not someone who's super organised when it comes to planning travel. I'm a last-minute bookings kind of gal, but this year I'm trying something new. I'm writing down the places I want to visit in 2019 and it will be interesting to see how many I've been to when the year finishes. The following destinations aren't listed in any particular order - they're mostly places I've been wanting to visit for a long time, but just haven't been to yet.

1. Mainland Spain
Last year I went to Mallorca, which is technically Spain, but it's an island and therefore has its own cultural vibe in some ways. This year I'd really like to visit the mainland if possible and to be honest, I've never been so I'm not particularly fussed about where we go. I'm most intrigued by Pamplona, Barcelona, Madrid, Marbella or Bilbao, but really I'd try anywhere, so if you have any opinions about these places or a recommendation of a place you loved in Spain please do leave a comment!

2. Edinburgh
I've been living in the UK for over 8 years and I've never even been to Scotland. I think it's time to change that and while I'd really love to see the Scottish countryside, I'm keen to visit Edinburgh first. I'm not even really sure what we'd do there, but I'm sure a whisky tasting would definitely be in order and I'm just really keen to explore the city I've heard so many wonderful things about!

3. Liverpool
My husband is a Liverpool Football fan and I'm a Beatles fan, so it only seems appropriate that we should visit Liverpool at some point... I'd be lying if I said that I don't intend on taking the Magical Mystery Tour while I'm there. I used to have a sales job when I was in my early 20's and the company sold tickets for it, so I've wanted to go ever since. It's about time...

4. Guernsey
I've wanted to go to Guernsey for years and have just never made the trip. I've heard that it's a beautiful island and I've read about it so much in various books over the years, particularly the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which is one of my faves. If the opportunity presents itself, I'd really like to visit the Island of Sark too which isn't too far from there.

5. Weymouth
Over the last few years I've been to Dorset a few times, but I haven't made it to Weymouth yet and I always enjoy a jaunt to the South Coast of Britain. Not far from Weymouth is Durdle Door, something else I haven't yet had the chance to see on my travels and if the weather is nice when we go, it will certainly make for a nice hike.

6. Winchester
I've heard a lot about Winchester recently and how beautiful it is. When I last went South on a train (not very long ago actually) it stopped in Winchester, so I know it's not going to be difficult to get there... I might even be able to do it in a day trip if a longer jaunt isn't in the cards and to be honest, the ease of getting there makes this destination seem like a winner that won't require too much planning, which is always nice for times when you just need to get away.

7. Greece
I have always wanted to go to Greece and if we'd planned better last year, we might have gone. This year I'm determined to look into a week in Greece, even if I need to book it really far in advance which is something I rarely do. I'm not sure where to go or stay, but I just know that I want to get there as soon as possible! I imagine lots of instagram-worthy scenery, sunshine, seaside, shopping and all the delicious Greek food I can fit in will be on the cards, but who knows where such an exotic trip might take me?

8. Parma
My husband and I went to Bologna a few years ago and had the most incredible time. We mostly ate the whole time because it was too hot to do much else and the food was the best I've ever had in my life. Parma is in the same region and not too far away, but a change of scenery, so I think we could have a nice time there and I'm sure the food is just as incredible!

9. Berlin
I went to Germany when I was 17, but my husband has never been and I haven't been back. It's time for a visit and I haven't been to Berlin, so it seems like a great place to start! I'm mostly keen on seeing all the historical sights particularly including East Side Gallery and Checkpoint Charlie. Otherwise, I'm really excited to try out restaurants, nightlife and just in general, explore the city.

10. Royal Tunbridge Wells
Another spot in British that's on my radar, this village is in Kent seems like an ideal place to spend a lovely weekend away. Looking at the photos I've seen online makes me all dreamy and excited to pack a bag. From my searches on Google, it seems there's plenty to do including historical sights, natural sights, shopping and restaurants, so I'm sure it won't be too difficult to fill a weekend.


Do you have any travel plans or resolutions for 2019? What are the destinations on your radar right now? Also, if you have any tips or recommendations about any of the above destinations, they'd be much appreciated, so please feel free to leave a comment below or email them to me at ashley@pinkjulepabroad.com.
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