The wanderlust wishlist for 2017!

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A couple of years ago, me and the mister decided to have a rethink on holidays. Sick to the back teeth of splashing the cash on overpriced holidays to Spain with the children we decided we needed to start ticking things off the bucket list and the only way we were going to do that, was to start planning and saving.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with two weeks in the Canaries – I’ve done it loads of times and enjoyed it but that was when it was cheaper. Now, to get somewhere decent is £££ and I’ve realised that by foregoing a holiday every other year we can have a much much better experience the next year.

As it’s that time of year, where we all making bucket lists and plans for the future I thought I’d start making a new list of places for our travel bucket list. In 2o17 we’re lucky enough to be ticking off a few bucket list items with our Florida trip. No Disney for us this year, or any theme parks at all – we’re off to the Florida Keys and the Gulf Coast. Bucket list places include Miami, Key West, the Everglades, Sanibel, Captiva, Fort Myers….to name but a few!

I haven’t even had this holiday and I’m already thinking about our future trips! So today I thought I’d get it out of my system and share these with you! These are the places that are at the very top of my list and probably where I will plan to go next.

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Alaska, Vancouver, Nashville, Banff National Park, Charleston

Yes I am VERY much focused on the US right now, there are SO any places I want to go to and I’ve not even started with Boston, Cape Cod, Salem, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, San Francisco, Las Vegas…so many places so little time and so little money!

The biggest dream right now is Alaska and Canada. I’d love to do Banff, Rocky Mountains, Vancouver and a cruise to Alaska all in one trip but it depends whether funds will allow. The cruise to Alaska is big bucks so this might have to stay a dream, or we could save it until the children are older and we no longer have to pay for them…but I do want to take them with us.

Then I’d love to do Nashville (especially when the Country Music Festival is on) as well as a trip through the Great Smoky Mountains and also take in Charleston and Savannah and maybe a beach trip to Hilton Head or Myrtle Beach area.

Either one of these options are the most likely for our next trip.

And then of course in 2019 I will be celebrating a special birthday, that happens to fall in the school holidays.  We’ve discussed a trip away for that and I have decided a want a week of luxury and lounging around, we rarely do that – we’re always on the go! Possible destinations are Lake Garda (been before, but LOVE it) or Santorini or Sardinia. Choices, choices!

How are about you? Do you have a wishlist of places you want to go to? or have you been to any of the places mentioned above? I’d love your input!

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Mrs M’s Travel Wishlist

I have serious wanderlust right now.

I pretty much think about holidays, short breaks and camping trips all of the time. It drives my husband mad. If I’m not planning a trip or looking to the next time we can go away, I’m diligently planning things to do, transportation and restaurants to book for existing planned trips. It’s becoming a full-time hobby.

I love to get away and I’m not even that fussy. A two week holiday in Barbados? Yes please. A two night stay in a tent in Bournemouth? Yes please. See, easily pleased.

It seems like over the past however-many-years holiday prices have gone up? Flights certainly have. This means we have to make better choices. Instead of going for the usual two weeks in Mallorca at a holiday resort, we’re knocking things off our bucket list, even if it means having to save really really hard.  Because I have mild OCD am a forward-planner I am already looking to 2016 and so far this is what is on my travel wishlist.  (Note: I’m not including anywhere I’ve already been but my yearnings to return to NYC and Florida are constant)

Avoriaz

Avoriaz, France – I am totally NOT a skier but Mr M is and I’d like the children to have the chance to try it. My plan would be to sit near a roaring fire with my Kindle and some hot chocolate, make use of a spa and generally just eat cheese. Pretty much a dream holiday for me.

Hawaii

Hawaii – Somewhere that has always been on my list, can’t tell you why. I just want to, ‘kay?

nashville

Nashville – I’m a country girl at heart and this is a MUST do. Ideally I’d like to go for the country musical festival in June time but beggars can’t be choosers. Ideally I’d also like to go with a girlfriend but my husband will throw a strop.

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Vancouver/Rocky Mountains – The strongest contender for Holiday 2016. Canada has never appealed but Mr M wants to go so…I picked Vancouver as it looks and sounds like an interesting city and I’d like to explore the Rocky Mountains too. Though not too much, I’m not overly keen on the thought of a bear all up in my grill.

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Alaska – Might seem like an odd choice but an Alaskan cruise is way up there on my list of things I want to do before I peg it. Not sure I’ll convince my husband into a cruise but time will tell.

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New England – Quaint towns, golden leaves, clam chowder and hopefully no Robert De Niro bobbing around in the sea waiting to BRUTALLY ATTACK ME. Yes, Cape Fear did that to me. Always always wanted to experience New England in the fall. One day.

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Sardinia – I totally want to go to Sardinia, laze on a beach for a week in a 5* star resort and do nothing but gaze at it’s utter beauty. I might need a lottery win though.

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Ireland – The least glamorous of my holiday destinations but it’s been 20 years since I’ve been to the Emerald Isle, and as someone with an Irish parent it seems somewhat of a travesty. Mr M would like to go to and I’d like to take him off the beaten track, perhaps rural Galway where I once went as a child. It will of course rain like you’ve never known it.

Amalfi

Amalfi Coast – It wouldn’t be a dream holiday list without some Italy in it  because Italy is one of my favourite places in the world. I’ve never been to the Amalfi Coast and I must, so I will.

So there it is, my current list. All of these should be totally achievable eventually – as long as I keep working that is, no retirement for me any time soon!

Any of these on your dream travel list? What other places would be on yours? Leave me a message or why not write your own post and share it below.

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10 places I’d like to go

Yes, I am dreaming about holidays again.

And yes, I realise I haven’t been on this years holiday yet.

Doesn’t stop me dreaming does it.

Mr M and I decided we needed to write a “bucket” list of places we want to visit. This was mainly down to the shocking cost of school holiday vacations to run-of-the-mill hotels in Spain. I am sure it’s perfectly lovely, but I am no longer willing to spend £3-5k sitting around a pool eating chips for two weeks. I’d rather save a bit more, or go on less holidays, and have good ones!

So here is our shortlist of destinations for the next 5-10 years!

Sardinia

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Hawaii

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New England

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Greek Islands

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Nashville, USA

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Cinque Terre, Italy

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Avoriaz, France

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The Cayman Islands

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Las Vegas

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Italian Lakes

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So there you go, our travel wish list.

I don’t think any of it is too unrealistic do you?

Do you have a travel wish list of your own? I’d love to see it!

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Things my kitchen needs…

“Needs” is probably pushing it to be fair, “wants” is more accurate. What my kitchen actually NEEDS is a massive decluttering and half as much stuff in it but that’s never going to happen, so moving swiftly on…

I’ve realised recently there are gaps in my life. Small cooking appliances, tools and the like that really should be housed in my kitchen. Some I’m sure will never grace my kitchen with their presence, others…well if I can sneak them in without Mr M noticing, I will.

I’ve been a bit bored, doing a lot of procrastinating and thought I’d share with you what I’m are my current culinary covets!

A Cuisinart Waffle Maker to erm, make waffles.

A cast-iron skillet for making all the delicious things I see on Pinterest.
 
Le Creuset Grill – I have no idea why, I just like it.
 
Le Creuset Tagine for all the Moroccan-style cooking I don’t do…
I know my son would love a  Gourmet Gadgetry Popcorn Maker
I have the urge to buy a raclette. I’d absolutely never use it but hey-ho.
A whole host of things I really don’t need. I’m probably going to get the waffle maker though. And the skillet. Just don’t tell my husband, he’ll never notice.

Lusting after anything kitchen-related at the moment?

2014 Cookbook Wishlist

If you know me, you know I am a cookbook hoarder. (In fact that reminds me that I was going to make a big inventory of my cookbooks…I’ll get on to it this weekend!). The fact that I have hundreds doesn’t stop me wanting to add to the list, I am constantly adding more books to my Amazon wish list – and watching and waiting for the price to drop enough for me to buy it.

My wish list isn’t all new books, I look from inspiration from everywhere and some books have been available for ages, I just haven’t got around to buying them yet! I like to keep a list as its handy when birthday and Christmas comes around, I can never think of things I want!

Here’s what’s on my 2014 wish list.
Have you got any of these books or have you got a cookbook wish-list of your own? I’d love to hear about it if you have!

I’m pretty sure this list will just grow and grow this year! It always does.