2019 is finally here, and while many people are working on their New Year’s resolutions, I’m impatiently waiting for our 2019 adventures to begin! As some of you may know (if you follow my Instagram), for Christmas 2017, my husband made me the most wonderful gift I could have ever asked for. It was our whole 2018 planned out, month by month, filled with adventures, activities, and travels. Honestly, I had cried. We both love to travel and it was beautifully thought out. It definitely kept us having something to look forward to.
So this year, I returned the favor, after we agreed that we would switch the planning responsibility every Christmas. This makes it fun for each of us, as we can still surprise each other with places and activities that we know the other will like or wants to travel to. So here’s cheers to the New Year and look at all the excitement for 2019!
Wildcard – Unfortunately, my original plan for January fell through, and since the month is so busy with other activities and visits with friends and family, I’ve made this month a wildcard. I’ll probably find some last minute fun in Brno for us to take part in.
We will be heading out with our friends to St. Anton, one of the biggest ski areas in Austria. We’ve been there once before, in April when the snow was wet and slushy. The views were fantastic, the riding not so much. So going in February this year will be awesome for us, and I can’t wait to enjoy some beautifully fresh powder in the Austrian Alps. On the way back, we also plan to travel to Neuschwanstein Castle (we can make a slight detour).
A weekend in Prague is just what we always need. We love Prague and spending a romantic weekend there is something we do often. But aside from that, I bought my husband an evening barman class, focused on all of the cocktail possibilities with gin. As my husband loves to make cocktails at home for us and experiment with different flavors, this will be a fantastic way for him to broaden his skill set and have some fun. After that, we’ll probably hit up our favorite clubs or cocktail bars and stroll across the romantic city at night.
We’ve had a Scotland road trip planned for several years now. I mean, I’ve literally got it planned to the day. But we could never find the right time. That is, until now! We are finally going to travel the North Coast 500 by car, and I couldn’t be more excited. There will be lots of whiskey, lots of bed & breakfasts, and lots of green green landscape.
This is a little bit of an oops on our part. You see, I planned a golfing weekend with wellness at a design hotel in North Eastern Czech, but Karol also had a surprise for us this Christmas, and it landed on the same exact weekend (great minds think alike). So we will have to postpone the trip in CZ to travel to Venice! I’ve always wanted to go. And to top it off, my husband also bought us tickets to a concert of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
One of our trips this year includes something that will take us out of our regular elements. Georgia is a beautiful country with lots of history and culture, plus kilometers of beautiful nature. We plan on visiting Tbilisi, cave monasteries, as well as sheep farms and remote villages. If you’re looking for a different and unique place to visit, I’m told that Georgia is definitely worth it.
Since we will be doing several big trips three months in a row, July is going to be our ‘sit back and relax’ travel month. I found us a lovely, remote cabin in the hills of Austria, where there’s no WiFi, no phone signal, and the shower is outdoors… This will definitely be a relaxing long weekend, with just me, my husband and our dog Marley wandering the outdoors, grilling and enjoying the quiet of nature.
It’s road trip time! When we were on our way to Zagreb, we had to drive through a little bit of Slovenia, and I’d decided it’s a country that needs a trip in itself. I’ve planned a one-week road trip for us, where we will visit iconic places like Lake Bled, Ljubljana, the Julian Alps, Vintgar Gorge and so so much more. The best part? It’ll be a true road trip, where we’ll camp in each region while we go and visit all of the places on our checklist. What could be more fun to end the summer?
This will be another wildcard, as I had planned a Venice trip for September, but Karol had beat me to it. Since we are going to Venice in May, we will leave September as a wildcard and find a different travel adventure (maybe something close to home)!
It’s time to bring on the fall! And I’m pretty sure that Russia’s colorful architecture will wonderfully complement the yellowing leaves! We will go on a 5 day trip to Moscow and St.Petersburg to see the wonderful sights, try some real Russian Vodka and enjoy the last of the warm weather while we can!
Winter is coming, and Switzerland is just the place to be for it! I’ve planned a long weekend getaway to Switzerland, where we will visit Lucerne, Bern, and Zurich. On top of that, we will take the Glacier Express to view the marvelous alps by train, before finally setting our eyes on the iconic Matterhorn.
Once we’ve braved some colder weather and visited enough chillier locations, we will end the year with a double trip! First, we will travel to Tahiti or Bora Bora (we haven’t decided which place yet) for a week and a half of basking in the sun, snorkeling and adventuring the islands before heading to the U.S. to spend Christmas with my parents and siblings. What better way to end the year?
As you can tell, a lot of thought and planning went into this year’s adventures. Obviously, some trips aren’t set in stone and some things may need to be moved around, as plans and work obligations can change. But all in all, this is a wholesome and exciting list, and I can’t wait to begin our adventures. 2019 is going to be another fun and exciting year, with most definitely many more unplanned adventures as well!
What are your plans for 2019?