Oh 2018, we had so many travel plans for you.
Of course, plans are something which can always change, and it’s safe to say 2018 saw our plans change BIGtime when we relocated to Ireland in September. This meant that instead of spending the summer exploring more of Europe or even possibly another American state, we took several planes trips back and forth from England to Ireland as we tried to get to know the area to see if we liked the idea of moving here and when we decided we did, we had the stress of house hunting as well as finding the kids new schools.
We did manage to get away to Cyprus in February which was meant to be a relaxing getaway, but we ended up doing everything that Paphos had to offer, there were just so many historical sites for us to explore. The weather was hit and miss, some days we had rain, some days there was sun and one night we got to witness an epic lightning storm over the sea from our hotel window. As a family, we enjoyed Paphos so much that we have been tempted to go back this February for a short break.
That was really our only overseas trip this year unless you count the fact we sailed across to Jersey at the start of the summer holidays which was a welcome break between the chaos of relocating. We packed as many activities as we could into that weekend, Jersey is an Island full of so much wonder, it is rich in history, a history I’m so happy my kids have had a chance to learn more about.
2018 was the year of staycations for us; our favourites were our trips to Dawlish Sands in Devon and Landscove in Brixham. Both these getaways we took Coulson away with us for the first time, he loved walking along the warm sand and the doggy ice cream he got especially for him from the ice cream stand.
Just over the last few months, we’ve visited places like Galway, Cork, Killarney and top attractions such as the Cliffs of Moher and Blarney Castle where I did indeed kiss the Blarney stone. Whenever the kids and the man had a day off at the same time, we took full advantage of it to explore what is practically on our doorstep. And that is where our 2018 travels end; I cannot wait to explore more of Ireland as we head into 2019.