I thought it was about time I shared an update on my travel plans for 2020. As many of you may know, I took an unexpected hiatus from overseas travel when my son Theo was born. This was for a number of reasons, but mainly to do with the fact that we wanted to stay close to the NHS after he was born so early. Now Theo is 1 year ‘corrected’ and he’s so much bigger and stronger than ever before. My anxieties have calmed down and I am happy to share that I now feel ready to take him overseas. Here’s what I’ve got planned so far…
February – Amsterdam, Netherlands
This month I took a flying visit to Amsterdam for my friend Natalie’s hen party. It was my first trip abroad since becoming a Mum but being a hen party, Theo stayed at home with his Daddy. The jam-packed schedule was Saturday to Sunday, so we were in Amsterdam for one night only. I am so pleased I did something for myself by going on this trip. It was a healthy dose of laughter, silliness and girl time that I really needed. I shared more reflections on this trip in my Instagram post below. Check out my 9 Fun things to do on a Hen Party in Amsterdam blog post.
June – Weymouth, UK
In June we are heading down south for a one week UK holiday across Somerset and Dorset. This trip was inspired by a wedding that we’ve been invited to attend, with Theo too. First we’ll spend 2 nights at Dillington House (the wedding venue) then we’re driving over to Weymouth in Dorset for another 5 nights. I chose Weymouth as its where my Grandma grew up but somewhere I haven’t visited since I was a child. There are some beautiful golden sandy beaches there and plenty of family-friendly accommodation. We haven’t booked anywhere yet but I am hoping to find a nice self-catering lodge on the beach. I’ll definitely be using this ‘50 unique things to do in Weymouth and Portland‘ blog post by fellow blogger Emily Luxton.
Image Credit: VisitEngland / Weymouth and Portland Borough Council / John Snelling
September – Almunecar, Spain
In September we’ll be taking Theo abroad for the first time for a holiday in southern Spain. Almunecar is a quiet and authentic Spanish town on the Andalusian coast about 1 hour from Malaga. My parents have a villa there and it’s one of my favourite places in the world. Last time I visited I was pregnant with Theo and this time we get to bring him with us. I can’t wait for Theo to have so many first on this trip; his first plane ride, his first swim in the sea and making his first sand castle. Scott, Theo and I will spend the week there with my parents too. With the extra pairs of hands we hope to squeeze in a bit of relaxation as well as running around after Theo!
Read my post; 7 Reasons to visit Almunecar
October – New York, USA
Myself and two of my best friends all turn 30 this year, so to make the occasion we decided to plan a big girls trip to New York City. This will be my second trip to New York after visiting for the first time in November 2017. I completely fell in love with the place and knew I would return. You simply can’t see and do everything in New York in just one trip. We’ll be spending 5 days and 4 nights and plan to do plenty of eating, drinking, exploring and relaxing. We’re currently looking into booking tickets for Moulin Rouge on Broadway which will be a dream come true for me as its one of my all time favourite films. Quality time with friends is like therapy for me!
Read my post; A First Timers Guide to New York
I can’t wait for my confirmed upcoming trips and hope to squeeze in a few more within the year too. What are your travel plans for 2020 so far? Share them with me in a comment below. Jess x
claire chircop says
Oooh lots of exciting things coming up for you guys! That’s brilliant. I went on a hen party last year, baby free, and it was bliss! I think it’s so needed & I’m so glad you enjoyed yourself. We’ve got a couple of nights in the lakes next month with some friends and their baby which will be super cute & exciting and then Dan & I are having a couples holiday to Barcelona in summer – We can’t bloody wait! Eeek!
Jess Gibson says
Hey Claire! Glad you’ve also enjoyed a baby-free hen. The Lakes sounds lovely, I hope we take Theo there soon as my best friend lives in Kendal. and YESSS to the couples holiday in Barcelona! Girl enjoy every min x
Karen Hutzcal says
I think I’d love your Spain vacation the most but interested to see more of England! New York York just too busy for me. I’ll still read every word of your NYC trip! Theo will love the big sandbox! ❤
Jess Gibson says
Thanks so much Karen. I think you’d love southern Spain. It is so relaxed there. I can’t wait for some sun. Thanks for following along as usual x
Lots of exciting trips planned! Especially New York, that will be amazing!
Jess Gibson says
Thanks Laura. I am excited for them all but NYC will be one to remember for sure x