2016’s 12 TRIPS CHALLENGE: An Update

A year ago today I published this post – setting myself a challenge to be more pro-active in my travelling for 2016 and make at least 12 trips throughout the year. While for some that may not be many, the addition of two young children both tied to the school term dates calendar makes it no mean feat.

365 days later I’m sitting down ready to reflect on how well this was achieved.

The year started with a cold weekend in Bologna, accompanied by my wonderful blogging buddy Kate. We made, and ate, copious amounts of pasta, walked until our legs could fall off and sat drinking beer in the winter sunshine.

Next up was an overnight ride on the Caledonian Sleeper (a must for everyone bucket list) and a visit to Edinburgh for Lottie’s 7th Birthday followed by a few days in Les Deux Alpes skiing with Madame Vacances.

The end of March saw us having our annual weekend break to the Chessington Azteca Hotel ahead of another annual tradition in April with our visit to Looe in Cornwall.

By the time my birthday arrived in May, and we had a weekend at the coast in Harwich, we had reached trip number five and were on track for this 12 trips Challenge to be a success.

Knowing July and August were to bring with it the biggest trip of the year we decided to take early June slow and just made the one trip across the Cannel to spend a weekend in Boulogne with Nausicaa.
Then it was time for the BIG ONE! June 20th 2016 we jetted off across the Atlantic for a trip of a lifetime that would see us cover nine States, visit Canada and not return to the UK until August.

Camp Bestival came next, as well as a weekend of old school entertainment at Potters and a family weekend by the Essex coast thanks to Milsoms and The Pier Hotel.

By the time the girls returned to school in September we had reached 11 trips….not bad going really considering one of them spanned 3 separate months!

The autumn brought with it a weekend in London, another trip across the Channel, this time staying in Saint Vallery Sur Somme, and a very cold, but extremely fun, weekend with friends in Camber Sands for Little O’s birthday.

So there we have it. 14 trips (not including day trips) in 2016. The 12 Trips in 2016 challenge was a success!

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Our plans for 2017? More of the same please!


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