My 2020 travel plans…. hopefully 🤞🏻

Well, like I’m sure some of you, I’m wondering whether I’ll get to go away on trips I’ve already booked for this year. Every day is bringing new developments about coronavirus and with 2 trips booked for April and May, all I can do is wait, keep an eye out on the FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) website and just come up with Plan B if necessary. There’s always a Plan B!

The trip which is probably most at risk is my weekend in Venice booked for mid May. I haven’t been to Italy before but, virus-depending, my plan is to head there on the overnight sleeper train from Paris on the Friday night (with the train company Thello), spend 10 hours exploring Venice before catching the train home Saturday night. I haven’t even had to book a hotel there as I get my own sleeping cabin on the train and a restaurant car to enjoy the views as we head through scenic Switzerland. All in all, I’d be away from my home for less than 48 hours and it sounds like an amazing adventure!

Before that, I’m meant to be on a 7-night cruise starting 4 weeks tomorrow taking me to Vigo in Spain, Porto and Lisbon in Portugal and Guernsey. As well as exploring the cities, I’m planning on sitting on my balcony, going along to events for solo travellers and just checking out everything the ship has to offer. P&O are rerouting some of their cruises due to coronavirus but, again, fingers crossed I’ll get to go.

This is all part of a bucket list challenge to visit 10 countries or self-governing islands before I turn 50 that I haven’t been to before so…drum roll…here’s my list of places I plan to visit before late 2022:

  • Italy
  • Portugal
  • Guernsey
  • Denmark
  • Sweden
  • Croatia
  • Slovenia
  • Czech Republic
  • Hungary
  • Romania

Have you been to any of these? Perhaps you live in one of these countries! I’d love to hear about the ‘must visit’ attractions you think I should check out.

Next weekend, I’ll tell you all about my visit to Cadbury World and West Midlands Safari Park which I visited with my daughter on Tuesday but have a great weekend everyone xx


  1. Yes, it’s so stressful to just sit and wait for news on new coronavirus cases every day poping up around the world, especially if you’ve got travel plans! And we don’t even know which way it’s gonna go 🙈🙈🙈 I absolutely love your travel wish list and I hope you get to cross of every single country on it, all while having heaps of fun. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 😀 Aiva

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    1. Thank you so much, Avia. Yes, it is stressful as the picture is changing very quickly 😬 but, even if it’s not this year, I’ll tick off Portugal along with the other countries before I turn 50! Wishing that everyone’s travel plans can go ahead and that you have a great day too xx

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  2. It sure is hard to plan with it. It’s going to have a huge impact on the world economy and each of our travel plans.
    We loved Portugal and the Czech Republic. We got off the beaten path in both and it was so awesome to see the countryside during our bike trips.

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    1. Going off the beaten path sounds wonderful and I’m glad you enjoyed both countries. It can be easy to do the typical tourist sights but there’re often other treasures hidden away!


  3. Hello.

    We cancelled our vacation trip to Bardolino, Italy. At this moment it seems, that will stay in our country Finland making some road trips on those areas where we have not been earlier.

    Happy weekend!


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