There is something about this time of year that makes me want to plan holidays. Even if you know that you won’t be able to go for months, you still can’t help thinking about them. I suppose it is that combination of the comedown after Christmas and New Year, combined with the bleak, cold unfriendliness of January. Add to that the constant stream of holiday adverts on TV and it’s no wonder you start to crave a week on a hot sunny beach somewhere.
Having said that, holidays aren’t always about the hot an sunny destinations for me, it is lovely of course, but these would be my top five holiday destinations for this year if I had an unlimited holiday budget.
One – A skiing holiday
Skiing has eluded me so far in my life and I would love to give it a try at least once. I have lots of friends who go yearly and they say that there is nothing better than a ski holiday. France and Austria provide perfect destinations for family ski holidays and with my love of all things French, I would love a week or two learning the ropes on the French Alps.
Two – The South of France
Have I mentioned that I love France? I would happily go anywhere in France as I love everything about the language and the culture. I am a French teacher, which of course helps as I able to speak French. But this year, I would love to go to inspire the kids. One is taking French GCSE, one might be taking it next year and my daughter loves speaking French, so I think it would be wonderful to take them and give them some practice and hopefully some motivation too. It is also a beautiful country and with so many different types of holiday available in one country, it is easy to see why it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
Three – Jersey
I am ashamed that I have never been to Jersey and my daughter has been desperate to go there for a while now after a friend of hers went and raved about her holiday there. Jersey is an island with unending shorelines and beautiful unspoilt beaches. It is a perfect family holiday with lots to do from climbing up to one of three majestic castles, taking a trip to see the wonders of Jersey Zoo, jumping in a boat to see the dolphins and much more. Jersey is definitely on the list for us this year.
Four – Cornwall
Before we had our children, my husband and I spent a lot of time in Cornwall and we even spent our honeymoon in St. Ives as we love it so much there. Once we had all of the children in tow, a five-hour drive in the car always seemed to be too much and we have been once in the last few years. My eldest son lives in Falmouth now and so there really is no excuse and we need to book a break and introduce the younger children to the many wonders this English county has to offer.
Five – Florida, USA
Our trip to Walt Disney World in 2016 was the trip of a lifetime and we loved every second of it. Walt Disney World is magical and we would love to go back for a second trip. This time, however, we would love to spend more time there and explore the area more and visit Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, Discovery Cove and of course some of the incredible beaches.
That would be my top five holiday destinations this year and I think we need to get saving! Where do you want to go on holiday this year?
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