My Travel Wishlist for 2019 (by Sam)

This is usually the time of the year where I dream of sun and sand; if you were to ask me last year, I could reel off a list of far away places that I would love to Jetset off to. And I still want to visit all of those places, that list still exists! But as my thoughts wandered off to where I would like to go next, I surprised myself in that I found my list had grown to include places a bit closer to home. It probably has to do with the fact I am trying to be much more money conscious this year. I know that weekend breaks aren’t exactly cheap! But I definitely feel like I would like to explore more of the places that are easy for myself and Chris to just pick up a bag for the weekend and go.

So without further ado, here are some of the new additions to my travel Wishlist that I hope to get a chance to visit this year!


three bicycle upright parked on bridge
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It’s pictures like these that are the reason Amsterdam has made my list. The canals and the tall buildings along the waterfront remind me a lot of Sweden actually! I can see Chris and I hiring a couple of bikes and just getting lost round the city. Thank God for Google Maps! We did something similar on a trip to Lanzarote a few years ago, and we had an amazing time just going off and exploring the island! I would imagine there is a lot more to find in Amsterdam πŸ˜‹

Just looking at this picture, I think I would like to go at a time of year where the trees are nice and green and flowers are in full bloom. I think Amsterdam needs to be shown off in full colour!


structural photography of red suspension bridge
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I have started to hear more and more about Edinburgh recently! I’ve read a few blog posts where it comes highly recommended. But best of all, it has an amazing array of places to visit if you are a Harry Potter fan *me raising my hand in the air like Hermione trying to answer a Potions questions* πŸ˜‚Β πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈΒ The Elephant House cafe is top of my list as it is where J.K Rowling went to write and there is a graveyard round the back that gave her the inspiration for character names and Tom Riddle’s grave πŸ˜—


beach clouds dawn dusk
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So now we have established how much of a geek I truly am, we can move on to the Game of Thrones tour! I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am for the final season! But that is majorly off topic, so moving on! A lot of the show has been filmed in Ireland, with the likes of Winterfell being a pretty obvious one, but there have been numerous beaches, coves and caves that have featured as well that I think will make for some awesome pictures.

One of the places that has caught my eye as I was doing some research for this post is the Giant’s Causeway. Much like the picture above, it is a mass of rocky columns that all interlock on hexagonal sides, with some of the columns reaching up to 12 metres high! I don’t imagine there to be much else but this to see; and being right on the coast I imagine it will be bloody cold! But it has made it’s way on to my list of something I would like to say I have seen 😊


Napoleon's Tomb, Paris
Napoleon’s Tomb, Paris

So this wouldn’t actually be a new place to go. Chris and I went to Paris for Valentine’s Day about 5 years ago now. When everyone thinks about Paris, the pictures you always see are the Eiffel Tower, so I thought as a way to be a bit different, I would show you somewhere we went that was a bit off of the beaten track so to speak! The above is the Tomb of Napoleon, and the inside is both beautiful but a bit creepy (if that is at all possible).

Chris and I have been contemplating going back to Paris for a while now, as it feels like there was so much that we didn’t get a chance to see. I personally would like to spend more time researching where to go for food, as we just ending up picking places to eat that were near our hotel. I want to go fancy! But no frog legs or snails 😳 🀒


worm s eye view of the barcelona cathedral
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Last but not least! Barcelona. I have been back and forth to Spain quite a lot over the years as my Nan and Grandad lived there; but that is as far as I have really ventured (other than the Canary Islands). I would like to explore more of Spain and where better to start than their vibrant capital! I may not be one for religion, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the beauty in the churches and the stunning Cathedral above. Another obvious one to see would be the Sagrada FamΓ­lia (designed by Gaudi). I remember learning about the building at school, so would love the chance to see it in the flesh.

So there you have it, the newest additions to my travel Wishlist! These are all trips that Chris and I could just take a weekend out to visit, either by train or by flying (we are happy to travel either way). I may do another post in the not to distant future for the more “adventurous” places that are on my list – and by adventurous, you just know I mean damn expensive!!

Let me know in the comments if you have been to any of these places on my list! It would be great to get some more recommendations of places to eat, or sleep.

Until Next Time,

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21 thoughts on “My Travel Wishlist for 2019 (by Sam)

  1. You are so lucky to have such fabulous places as weekend getaways! I have been to Barcelona, and I am obsessed with all buildings Gaudi, especially Casa Batllo. I wrote a post on Barcelona, but the one place that is a must to visit if you like Game of Thrones is Girona. Girona is the location where the production uses for Kings Landing. Also, go to Montserrat to see the magical mountain carvings. xx

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  2. I just got back from Amsterdam last weekend – such a lovely place to visit (but cold!). You list looks great, good luck with all of them. I did a similar list in my recent post – this year I’m going to Istanbul next month and maybe Switzerland or Germany in March. As for the rest of the year I do not know yet! x

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  3. What a great list of places! A lot of these are on my travel wish list too – especially Paris, Amsterdam & Ireland. Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year! πŸ™‚

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  4. Amazing list! I’ve been to Paris and Edinburgh (if you go there, I loved the Camera Obscura! Also I wrote a blog post about the three days I’ve spent there, you can check it if you want πŸ˜‰ ) and I’d love to visit Amsterdam and Barcelona ! Good luck for all these trips πŸ˜‰

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  5. Beautiful list of beautiful places to visit πŸ’• If you ever come to Amsterdam let me know. I would love to show you around. I’m living in Haarlem which is just 15 minutes from Amsterdam by train. I would love to meet you. I would also love to go to all the cities on your list. I have already been to Barcelona some times and it’s beautiful. I loved the city Sitges with the beach. I also loved the Gaudi park. I also been to Paris one time but I can’t remember almost anything of it as I was very young. I would love to go back. Travelling is amazing 😍 I hope you will visit all these places soon.

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    1. Thank you very much! That’s an amazing offer thank you! If I get the chance to go to Amsterdam I may just take you up on that offer! I always enjoy having someone show you around as they tend to know all the good spots, and all the places tourists may not think to go to. I will keep you posted ❀️ Sam xx

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  6. Northern Ireland and Amsterdam are amazing. I just got back from road tripping Northern Ireland and so if you would like some travel tips then watch my blog for new posts. When in Northern Ireland, make sure you visit Port Rush, its a stunning seaside town with the most amazing views!

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  7. I love Paris. Barcelona is wonderful too, although I would recommend visiting neighboring cities as well as I didn’t find Barcelona completely satisfying. Amsterdam is pretty high on my list of place to visit too!

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