Planning a new adventure

I absolutely love planning my next adventure. It’s usually a sunny holiday somewhere abroad which encompasses a lovely hot sunny beach with a lot of culture and history thrown in. Somewhere we can go to see a new place, new people and learn a lot whilst of course, eating a LOT of amazing food and making a tonne of memories in the process.


The planning process is just as exciting I find. I’ve always been someone that loves hotels and can easily spend hours pouring over sites such as Expedia looking at place after place and then having some very important discussions with the Other Half about how much we should budget for this next little gem. My argument usually starts with “this could our last holiday in a while because…”. He’s sussed me out a long time ago.


Over the years I’ve loved adventures abroad with my friends where holidays were made up of accommodation and transport of the most budget kind to places like Paris, accidentally booking a hotel bang opposite the Moulin Rouge to girlie holidays to Dubai over 10 years ago when it was just an up and coming place and didn’t look anywhere as sparkly or busy as it does these days.

Adventures with the other half were slightly different. They’ve evolved from holidaying wherever the heck we liked and taking hundreds and hundreds of photos as we’re both so trigger happy, to finding more family friendly places once Little Z came along (and still taking hundreds of photos!). We were slightly terrified of taking him abroad at first and didn’t venture abroad again until he was nearly two years old to Dubai again; a place I consider extremely family friendly for Little Z and delicious for a foodie like me. We got a lot more confident after that and even braved Malaysia one year. It was an amazing experience and I really hope to explore more of the Far East some day, particularly Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia. Oh and food! If you do like eating (and who doesn’t?) then this is one part of the world that is an amazing visit and one you could just eat your way through. Its just a very very long way away. Then there were the adventures close to home, one of favourites being Edinburgh.


Of course this year our holiday plans will evolve again with the addition of Baby E and having to go on holidays in the school holidays (Boo!). We’re still not brave enough to escape around the Christmas holidays and, realistically, I think that holidays abroad are not going to be anytime within the next six months. I think that does give me plenty of time to reminisce back over all our memories and start plotting our next adventures. I’m thinking of starting with some local trips, like maybe up to beautiful Scotland again. And then maybe Disneyworld. Possibly! 


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  1. Sarah MumofThree World November 11, 2015 / 6:31 am

    Yes! Disneyland is fab. Me, my younger son and my daughter are campaigning to go again next year, but my husband and eldest aren’t so keen. No doubt you’ll be back on your real adventures abroad with all that lovely food before you know it 🙂

    • Notmyyearoff November 14, 2015 / 9:34 pm

      Ooh I would love to go. I might start looking at package holidays around Easter time. I reckon Z would love it!
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  2. Mummy Tries November 11, 2015 / 7:45 am

    I absolutely love the planning stages! Can’t wait to hear where you decide to go 🙂 really wish we’d have travelled more when 6yo was a baby but funds were super tight back then. Oh well, we’ll have to start making up for it xxx
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    • Notmyyearoff November 14, 2015 / 9:35 pm

      I think the planning bit is so much fun. The possibilities are endless are that stage…till you actually book it 🙂 packing is less fun I have to say!
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  3. The Reading Residence November 11, 2015 / 10:14 am

    I hate being tied to the school holidays, hate it! We’re hoping for Disneyworld in a couple of years – the husband and I have been years ago and really want to share the magic with the kids. One day…! x
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    • Notmyyearoff November 14, 2015 / 9:36 pm

      Me too!! I’m actually thinking about taking Z out of school if it makes a huge difference to cost. I wish the rule didn’t exist for younger children.
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  4. MissPond November 13, 2015 / 9:42 am

    I love planning holidays! Most of my holidays involve stays within the UK, usually Scotland at Christmas (sadly not this year- new job and stuff waaah). I’ve not been abroad for a holiday in years, although I managed to escape on some conferences abroad with my old job. I hope you find something fun for your next holiday x
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    • Notmyyearoff November 14, 2015 / 9:37 pm

      Congrats on the new job, hope it’s going well!! I would love a long drive around Scotland but the timing is probably bad with a new baby right now.
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  5. brummymummyof2 November 15, 2015 / 4:55 pm

    We have got a few holidays planned for next year but I am currently planning on saving for Disneyland Paris as a little extra treat! Shhhhh don’t tell the husband! 😉 x
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  6. Hayley (@hayleyfromhome) November 18, 2015 / 9:04 am

    I love the planning stage of holidays….in fact many a time I plan a holiday just for fun, checking all the websites and hotels! I think we may actually get abroad next year which will be the first time in a loooong time but I love places in the UK too, Edinburgh is one of my favourites!
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