The last three years have been filled with so many adventures that I worried when I settled in one place life may get a little boring.
However, my plans for 2020 so far are going to be anything but.
This is what I have planned.
>> Read my past travel summaries here
Ringing in the New Year in Dunkeld
I’ll be spending Hogmanay with friends in Dunkeld, located in Perth and Kinross. Dunkeld is a little more off-beat so I’m excited to write about my experience there.
I’m also hoping to see Starling murmurations as there is a large nest located nearby!
In January, one year to the day we met, the Haggis and I are tying the knot!
We’re getting married in a 16th century house that Mary Queen of Scots once visited, and the house (which is now a hotel) is surrounded by acres and acres of nature.
A winter getaway to Prague
In the spirit of buying experiences, not things, I booked flights to Prague for Haggis’ birthday in January.
I love European winter breaks- one of my favourite things to do is cosy up in a pub or restaurant after exploring the snow laden streets.
London and Glasgow for music festivals
I’m going to see Pearl Jam and Taylor Swift at Hyde Park in London in July, and TRNSMT festival in Glasgow.
I love music festivals, and will happily spend all my money on them- I’m so excited to see some of my favourite artists live for the first time!
Visiting Kraków, Poland
I had such a great time in Gdańsk in 2019 that I want to go back- this time to Kraków.
Obviously I’m excited to eat a lot of pierogi again, but there’s another reason why I want to visit Kraków.
Kraków is close to the Auschwitz concentration camp. The more I’ve been reading about World War II, the more intrigued I am to visit Auschwitz. I won’t be taking any distasteful photos of my visit- I simply want to pay homage to the people that once existed there.
I think it’s important to educate yourself about the past [even the awful bits of it] so we can avoid making the same mistakes again.
Travelling to parts of Scotland I haven’t seen yet
I plan to tick off three places off my Scotland bucket list I haven’t visited in Scotland yet: Oban, the Isle of May, and Speyside.
I plan on seeing puffins on the Isle of May, and visiting as many whisky distilleries as possible around Speyside on the Malt Whisky Trail.
Oban is becoming a popular tourist destination in Scotland, so I want to explore it to see what all the fuss is about.
I haven’t spent much time in Argyll- but in 2020 that is going to change!
There’s no doubt I’ll be visiting many more parts of Scotland- but these are the three main areas I want to explore.
Spending Xmas in New Zealand
It’s been over three years since I was last in New Zealand, so a trip home is well overdue.
I have zero qualms about escaping the harsh Scottish winter for summer in New Zealand. I’m bringing the Haggis with me- it’s going to be much more fun touring the length of my home country with him!
We’ll be doing all the touristy stuff- plus I’ll be taking him to some of my favourite hidden places in New Zealand too. I can already taste fish and chips on the beach…
What are your plans for 2020?