2 January 2014

2014 Travel inspiration, plans and aspirations Travel Linkup

The mind wanders to enticingly unvisited corners of the map as a new year approaches and travel plans begin to take shape.

Today, settling back at the work cliff-face with many people are returning from the festive break, it's lovely to look ahead to travel possibilities that 2014 might bring.

I have a feeling that for chez London Kiwi, this year is going to be the year of the many-mini-trips. We're already starting to get dates in the diary, and transport booked. Last year it seems like we spent much of it exploring our immediate doorstep and to me, the travel addict, it almost didn't feel like we managed to visit many places (despite visiting New York, Florida, France (twice), Grimsby, Gloucestershire to name a whew). Although I did go to Paris for Lunch!


Madagascar, a dream destination;
Sifaka - the dancing Lemur, the archetypal beach scene & Indri Indri - the largest Lemur.

I've been thoroughly inspired not only by my fellow bloggers, but also by a good friend of mine who keeps posting the loveliest photos of her holidays. One such trip was to the tropical shores of Madagascar and she has kindly allowed me to share them as inspiration. Sadly Madagascar isn't in our near future as we're trying to save the annual leave for next year, but we're certainly going to make the most of the weekends available to us. 

Myself, Mr Kiwi and assorted mischievous friends (you know who you are) this year are probably looking to include Brussels, York, Amsterdam, Chichester, Ireland, Dover, maybe Morocco, maybe Greece, maybe Canada, and who knows what else we'll get to see. Watch this space! 



I also really hope to fit some sunshine in & turn my skin colour back from pasty blue to icing white. We'll see, we'll see. If London has as good a summer as last year, we may not need to even board any flights in search of vitamin D. Fingers crossed!

Spied on a night walk through the rainforest; a male Parson Chameleon, a yellow frog & a miserable female Parson Chameleon
In the spirit of the general "A new broom sweeps clean," feeling of the New Year, a few of us blogistas (including linkup co-host Kelly) are sharing our travel thoughts, inspiration, plans and aspirations of travel plans in the New Year. Please join us!
 

On to the link up!
 

Twitter | Google+ | Facebook | Bloglovin' | Email

28 comments :

  1. I'd love to have some sun in London right now! x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. How amazing would that be! x
      (Ps. feel free to jump in with a blog post too!)

      Delete
  2. Madagascar does look like a beautiful holiday...might have to add that to my list too. As for going to York, go, you will not regret it. I fell in love with the place and have been itching to go back since.

    Great link up :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Doesn't it just look amazing! It's a return visit to York, but I have this weird itch to go again. Not to mention it's beautiful!
      Thanks for playing :D

      Delete
  3. It seems like the year is filling up fast, indeed! :)

    I'm thinking or organising a short trip to Luxembourg - I wonder if people would be up for it?

    y.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That could be a very interesting thought Mr Y!

      Delete
  4. Madagascar would be incredible! That's a dream trip for me, too. Along with the Maldives....sigh.

    So far we only have Austria planned and booked. Considering how expensive that trip has turned out to be, we may not get to go too many other places in 2014! Ha! We'll see....it might be the year we stick close to home and see more of England!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ooooh, the Maldives would be incredible. Sun, sand, islands.

      There are some awesome places in the UK that can be done as a day trip - even some as a coach thing and they drive you everywhere. Bath, the Cotswolds, Salisbury, (slightly longer) York, The Lakes, Lincoln... I know I'm missing loads!

      Delete
  5. Wow! Madagascar looks amazing! I love that we can live in London and consider Morocco for a long weekend! We were thinking about that too for one of the May Bank holidays!

    ReplyDelete
  6. YES to all of these! May all your travel dreams come true x

    ReplyDelete
  7. Oh, I'd love to visit Madagascar one day! I always found it intriguing that it was so close to South Africa yet it was definitely not a tourist destination for us. Your travels sound really cool! You've reminded me that I want to go to Amsterdam! I'm thinking we should drive there one weekend and leave Warsaw for a non-Bank Holiday weekend.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's really intriguing - I wonder why it's not considered a place you'd go!
      We should all go the same weekend - I can see the headlines - 'UK Bloggers Storm Amsterdam, But Are Too Busy Talking And Drinking Tea To See Anything' :D

      Delete
  8. The photos are amazing! If visiting Chichester then you need to head to Arundel where we used to live to visit the castle. Laughing that Amsterdam seems to be on almost every wish list xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, very cool - thanks for the recommendation!
      We need a Tweetup there!!

      Delete
  9. You're not the only one who has Madagascar on their 'dream' list! Hope all your 2014 travels come true - look forward to hearing about them!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. And you - I can't wait to see yours too!

      Delete
  10. Oh what an exciting list but yes Madagascar is on my 'dream' list too. Now when to fit it in.... Awesome idea on the link up! Happy New Year!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I can't tell you how many are on my dream list - it's about as long as the ocean.
      Happy New Year!!

      Delete
  11. Awesome idea to do the link up! There are just so many bloody places in the world I want to visit. Reading everyone's posts I am just like 'hey, YES, I want to go there as well!'

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know right! I have SUCH a bad case of travel envy!!

      Delete
  12. Madagascar would be incredible! You've got to get to Brussels, it's fantastic, and you can just take the train! It's also only a short train trip to Bruges, which is well worth the day trip away. I can't believe you've come back up to Lincoln and not gone to York yet! That's an easy one to tick off the list :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We can't wait - I've got friends who are going for the day, but as we've never been we're going earlier.
      I've been to York a few times, it's just been too long, and I feel like I need to get up there again. And I've recently found out about Betty's! (We're up near Lincoln every few months as my husbands family live there :D)

      Delete
  13. Would love to see what photos you end up with if you visit York. I last visited 15 years ago, and loved it there.
    Thanks very much for putting this link-up together!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I definitely need to go with a decent camera this time!
      Thank you for joining in, it's great to 'meet' you!!

      Delete
  14. I've always wanted to go to Morocco - it seems so exotic and colorful! My husband doesn't seem particularly interested in going, so if you need a travel buddy for your Moroccan adventure, let me know! ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I will definitely bear you in mind :D Thanks for joining in the linkup, it was great fun!

      Delete

So, what do you think? Comments are blogging mana; short, sweet, long, loquacious, deep and meaningful...