2015 was a bit of a bummer in terms of travel, unless you want to count moving to Leeds? I guess it does count in a way! Because we moved cities and had to spend a few months saving to catch up on bills etc, we ended up only taking very small breaks within the UK. There wasn’t a single flight for us in 2015, something which made me feel a bit itchy thinking about it! Hopefully we’ll be able to splash out on a few trips soon, so in the spirit of making lists and resolutions, here’s my city break wishlist for 2016.
1 / Copenhagen
This city is on so many travel bloggers’ lists for 2016, I think mainly because it’s so close yet one of those places you just never seem to get to. The first thing I’d do is see the real Little Mermaid, a statue based on the mermaid in Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale. Then I’d take some classic pics of Nyhavn dock, try some seafood, and see all the amazing architecture Copenhagen has.
2 / Reykjavik
Iceland was on our 2015 wishlist to celebrate our first wedding anniversary and we even sorted a 12-day itinerary, but we never got there due to moving. Maybe this will be the year? We planned to spend a couple of days exploring Reykjavik, then tackle driving the Golden Circle, stopping in a couple of AirBnBs on the way to Vatnajökull National Park. Driving in Iceland is on my ‘brave things to do’ list because it’s not an easy thing to do, but it’s the best way to explore the country at your own pace. Let’s make this happen 2016!
3 / Manchester
This one’s kinda cheating because we are actually going to Manchester in January! Neither of us have ever been (even for gigs) so since we’re now only an hour’s train ride away, we figured a quick weekend away would do us some good. We’ve booked a super intriguing hotel, so make sure you’re following me on twitter for snaps. I’ll also be posting some exclusive stories from the trip in my newsletter – sign up to those who wander to keep updated.
4 / New York
The last time I visited New York was in 2007, so we’re well overdue a visit. It’s one of those cities that just gets better and better so it’s worth a place on my city break wishlist. I plan to do all the things I never got to do eight years ago – see the Friends fountain, walk through a pedestrianised Times Square, buy all the things from Sephora, drink at a cocktail bar (I was 19 and too young to drink back then!). I’d also get better photos of the Empire State and 30 Rock…
5 / Dublin
It’s so close to us now (only an hour’s plane journey) so there’s really no excuse to not get over to Ireland in 2016. I want to pull my own pint of Guinness at the Storehouse, drink in a proper Irish pub, browse ancient manuscripts at Chester Beatty Library, eat street food at Howth market, try some Irish stew, listen to traditional music at The Cobblestone…The list is truly endless.
6 / Stockholm
Another city that’s been sitting on my city break wishlist for far too long! And it’s just another quick plane journey away too. I hope to indulge in some fika, eat a real smorgasbord of herring, meatballs and salmon, take a few ferries to the Archipelago and see the calm side to Sweden, soak up the culture in all the museums, and take hundreds of pictures on the Sodermalm bridge while the sun is shining.
Where’s on your city break wishlist for 2016? Tell me in the comments!