I’m always being nosey and asking other people about their upcoming travel plans, so I like writing these posts where I talk about mine. I’m aware it's basically April (!) already so I’ve missed a few months and a couple of trips off here, but there’s still plenty of 2019 left for adventuring.
We’re trying (kind of) to be a little more conscious with money this year so we're being stricter about not jetting off every weekend. It’s no bad thing to spend time appreciating south London a little more either. It’s also a big year as my sister is having a BABY (!!!!!) in August, and we’ve got a few weddings too (yes, we’ve hit the age of all weddings and all babies). I’ve also left the summer wide open with the hope that it’s going to a repeat of The Great Hot Summer of 2018, where the only place I wanted to be in the world was in a beer garden in south London. So without further ado, some places in the pipeline...
We’re headed back to Barcelona for Easter! Yes, we’ve already been there once this year but it was for a work project and really wasn’t all that chill. We love to go back every year in the spring to enjoy a few chilled out days of sunshine, cheap cava and tapas. Ed skateboards whilst I sit on the side and drink Estrella, and we just tend to potter around our favourite neighbourhoods. I love how familiar and relaxed it feels — and fingers crossed we’ll stay at Casa Bonay again this time (it’s one of my favourite hotels in Europe).
In May we’re headed to Cyprus for the first time, for four days of sun, sea and exploring. We’re spending the first two days staying up on the north coast of the island (crossing the border into Turkey as the country is split in two) then spending the last part of our trip nearer Ayia Napa, which looks to have some damn beautiful coastline despite having a pretty bad rep. I really don’t know much about Cyprus (except for the fact I’m a big fan of halloumi) but I'm sure we're going to discover all sorts. Tips welcome!
In April, I’m headed out to Chicago for work as we open The Hoxton, Chicago, but I’m super excited to get to go and check out the city. I've never been but I’ve heard amazing things — plus the hotel is looking incredible. I know it’s touristy but I can’t wait to see Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate.
Eek! In May, we’re headed out to Copenhagen for the marathon (all things going well!). This one definitely isn’t a holiday but hopefully it will go smoothly, and we’ll get to enjoy a bit of time revisiting our favourite spots and drinking Mikkeller. It’s one of our favourite cities and running it certainly feels special. We’ve booked to stay in a new hotel, Hotel Ottilia this year — will report back!
Once the marathon is out of the way, I'm hopefully headed to Cornwall at the end of May to Porthilly Spirit, a new festival debuting this year that sounds a lot like Wilderness in its early days, only, on a farm next to the ocean, with surf classes and stand up paddle boarding sessions. Should be a goodie!
I’m in the midst of booking a weekend trip to Budapest with the girls in June, which is just going to be so much fun! Like our little Malaga trip last year, we’ll do it cheap and cheerful, stay in an Airbnb, and spend 99% of the time getting tipsy and pissing ourselves laughing. It’s a different dynamic to going away with Ed but I’m already soooo excited!
After what I hope is going to be a long and luscious summer in London (including a few festivals, weddings and my sister’s baby arriving), we’re planning a week in Italy, doing a bit of Calabria and scratching the surface of Sicily’s north coast. We’re planning to tick off Catania, Palermo and Cefalù, and hopefully discover a few extra gems along the way. Let me know if you have any tips. I’m just excited for the Aperol and the arancini.
Last but not least, our big trip of the year…we’re going to Mexico! I haven’t quite finalised the itinerary but we’re planning to spend a few days in Mexico City first, hitting up all the taco joints, and ending up on Isla Holbox for a couple of chilled out days. We’re gonna skip Tulum but maybe try do San Miguel de Allende (voted 2nd Best City in the World by Travel & Leisure) and Oaxaca. It's still in the works but I can't wait to discover more about the food and the culture. It’s been on my list for yonks!
and some trips I’m hoping to squeeze in:
I’m looking at my diary and thinking there’s probably no way I can make it happen with work getting a little crazy over the summer but I’d bloody love to go back to Menorca. It was by far one of my favourite trips of last year, and went well beyond my expectations. The beaches are incredible and it’s small and easy to drive around. We absolutely loved it.
A VINEYARD TRIP
Again, I’m not sure if it’s gonna happen this year with work, but I’m dead keen on doing a vineyard trip — either within the UK or in France. I honestly know nothing about wine, except for what I like, and I’d love to learn a little bit more. Rathfinny Estate in Sussex looks amazing, combined with a stay on the vineyard at Flint Barns.
I love Lisbon and I’ve got my eye on Nova Batida festival in September— the line up looks sick! I’m looking to see if we can try squeeze in a cheeky weekend there to end the summer with, but it’s looking kinda pricey so we’ll see. Such a fun city though! My biggest regret from last time was not eating enough pasteis de nata.