A reasonable travel wishlist for 2019?

With the arrival of our first child and my maternity leave Q1 2019, it looks like my travel schedule will be pretty quiet next year. That being said, plans are already flooding my mind and I’ve made up a short wishlist. Now the question is: will it be doable?

First weekend away with baby in Sevilla?

Photo: Jorge Franganillo/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/franganillo/12174114426

Where to go with a 2-month old bambino for his very first trip? Somewhere not too far from the house … With the possibility of a bit of sun and warm weather … and not for a long period … Ok, Spain it is!

There are plenty options in Spain but I particularly want to discover the cities of Sevilla and Bilbao, and then the islands of Tenerife and Lanzarote.

What drags me to Sevilla specifically is the idea of walking around with the stroller and see beautiful historic monuments, while respecting baby’s rhythm. And of course to benefit from all the conveniences from a city: food shops, drugstores and hospital if needed.

One or several other weekends in the nature (w/o flying out!)?

De Hoge Veluwe – royalty free photo

Skipping airtravelling in 2019 seems impossible, not just with my first trip mentioned above but also because I travel for work to places where you cannot use another transportation mode.

However this year it’d be great to reduce the impact by using the car and by exploring more of the countryside in the Netherlands.

Over the years spent living in Amsterdam, we’ve explored the major cities of the Netherlands (The Hague, Rotterdam, Eindhoven, Groningen, Maastricht, Amersfoort …) as well as the seaside in Zandvoort and in Scheveningen or even the island of Texel.

Now I’m thinking about discovering places like the national park of De Hoge Veluwe and its beautiful forest.

3-day spiritual retreat in North Italy?

Photo: from Mandali Retreat official website

I’ve heard from Mandali center at one of the yoga studios I go to in Amsterdam. Probably one or even two years ago already…and yet the idea of doing a retreat there remains stuck on my mind.

Mandali is located one hour away by car from Milan. Truth be told, everything about this center drags me to it: its location in a small Italian village with a magnificent view on the lago d’Orta, the content of the retreats of course, the style of the spaces and also the fact that it’s run by a non-for-profit foundation.

Let’s make this happen in 2019!

Summer break in the Mediterranean sea?

Cyprus coast – royalty free photo

When I grew up, I was lucky to spend summers in countries like Greece (ad Creta), Turkey and Croatia.

Also at least 5-6 years ago I went on a roadtrip across Jordan and I have very good memories of it. It made me discover a wonderful country rich of history and diverse landscapes that almost made me forget about the religious and political troubles in the region. That’s why in 2018 I made plans to visit Israel this time but it did not happen in the end.

So if it’s possible, I’d like to set foot in a country where I’ve never been before and that is safe, and enjoy a summer holiday by the Med sea. Cyprus? Egypt ? Lebanon ?

A relaxing week far, far away from home?

Finally what would really top it all off would be to spend 7 to 14 days in an exotic warm destination, for leisure time consisting of resting by the pool or the sea, safely with a toddler.

Going on a circuit in Iran would be amazing but let’s be rational as this is not baby-compliant and I’d rather spend that precious time with my whole family.

I haven’t made up my mind about the destination as this will be tied up to the calendar period in question. But ideas such as Bali, Mauritius or event returning to French Polynesia already put a smile on my face.

In addition to these plans above, I’m hoping to travel to other places for work-related reasons and if possible to extend these trips with a resting weekend with the family.

What’s your own travel wishlist for next year ? Made any plans already? Please share in the comments section below

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