Happy Monday and welcome February! I haven’t written for a couple of weeks now, but I’ve been an busy bee making sure all of my Destination Guides are totally complete and up to scratch and getting back into Twittering (@HeyImMichaela). My blog is also a whole month old now (yippee!), and I’m so happy with the initial reach – your favourite countries to read about are also my favourite countries to visit; both of my Iceland and Slovenia pages have been super popular, thank you guys for your shares and comments, it means a great deal!
So 2016 has gotten off to a slow-ish start, but as they say, last month is just a trial run for the real thing, so let’s kick 2016 into the next gear and get going!
I’ve got some exciting trips lined up for this year already, but hoping to book in some more before the year is out. So far I have been researching the hell out of Barcelona for my up-coming holiday to Spain. I’ve wanted to visit Barcelona since forever… the artist in me is dying to see the incredible Gaudi’s and the Picasso museum and my foodie loving side is eager to get stuck into oodles of paella, tapas, churros and sangria. I’ve chosen March because I think I’ve finally learnt that I don’t function well in crazy temperatures, so the mild spring weather should be perfect exploring conditions, as long as the rain holds off (fingers crossed for me, yeah?). I shall be visiting for four days and staying central; a few minutes stroll from Las Ramblas. I hope to pack everything I want to do into those short few days, as well as giving myself time to soak up the Spanish way of life!
I’m hoping to take a second break around May time, but this will be budget dependant because my next two booked trips are likely to stretch my wallet somewhat. In mid-July I’ve booked a four-day trip to Brussels, the capital of Belgium. This is a return trip as I’ve been here before a couple of years ago. I adored the Belgian beer, the amazing pub-culture (better than English pubs? – maybe!) the pretty streets, the moules, frites, waffles (Oh so seriously yum)! A lot of people tend to by-pass this unique city on their Euro-travels, but guys, you’re all missing out! I’ve chosen to book up a second trip here for my bachelorette weekend ahead of my Wedding in September. I hope to be spending my four-days here eating and drinking well and relaxing in this quaint city with family and friends. Should be a great group holiday!
This then brings me to September and my Wedding / third trip to the stunning country of Iceland! Having gotten engaged at Jokulsarlon on the South Coast this time last year, we opted to return to say our vows in Vik. We’ll be basing ourselves in Reykjavik and taking a day trip to the church and then spending the rest of the week pampering ourselves in the many geothermal pools, perhaps snorkelling in Silfra this time, going another trip boat trip to see if we can spot any whales (third time lucky eh?), and gorging on excellent sea food and copious amounts of hot dogs, of course! Iceland has been getting hugely popular over the last few years, so no doubt we’ll notice a marked increase in the number of tourists.
I also hope to take a few days trips in and around my home country of the UK, there’s still loads of places that are pretty local to me that I’ve yet to go and see!
So anyway, that’s me all caught up with you…
Let me know what you’re doing and what your plans are for the next few months. Any one got and tips and tricks for me for my Barcelona travels? Got any suggestions for a short break in May? And let me know if you’re also going to be heading to Brussels or Reykjavik and what you’re most looking forward to?