Thursday, 15 January 2015

January is the cruellest month, and why we need something to look forward to.

Happiness is pretty simple

We all need something to look forward to don't we? Especially during January which has got to be the cruellest month.

Last year we didn't get a proper holiday. It was all my mistake, I left it quite late to book something and couldn't find anything suitable and within budget.  It was the first time in years that we hadn't had our usual seaside break, and by the end of last year I began to feel the effects of not having one. Getting away from it all even for one week is a real boost to the system, so this year I thought I'd get in there quick and book something for the summer so yesterday I actually booked our summer holiday, go me!

I booked a week in a log cabin with a hot tub, on a holiday park in Devon.  We usually go to Wales, so I'm looking forward to the change and the girls are excited about the activities on offer for teenagers, not to mention the hot-tub. We're also taking the Teenager's lovely boyfriend, which is a first for us. Cannot wait.

And because I'm on a roll, I'm also planning a weekend in London for Tall Daughter and me. I'd like to visit the V&A (never been), do a bit of shopping and take in a show.  Billy Elliot has been suggested, but we're open to ideas.

I haven't stopped there either. Because last year was such a non-event with regards to travelling, I'm also planning to visit a few different places in the UK this year. Places I've never been to, which is shocking really given we live in such a beautiful country.  I'm embarrassed to say I've never been to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Brighton or Bath (how can that be?) and there are plenty of other places I've always 'meant to' visit.

We also have tentative plans to visit friends in Belfast this year which I'm really looking forward to as I've had a longstanding love affair with Ireland over the years. It's such a great place, and I love the people, the culture, the scenery.

Beautiful Northumberland has also been on my travel wish-list for a while, and even more so after friends visited last year and raved about how stunning it is. I've always wanted to visit Lindisfarne and Holy Island, and have been looking at some last minute cottages in that area. I'm hoping to book something for February or March, and the website I've been looking at makes it very easy to choose the right location with an interactive map. I've got a couple of cosy cottages on my short list and just need to confirm dates. Exciting.

What are you looking forward to this year?

p.s. Are you doing dry January?  I'm not, I tried it a couple of years ago and HATED it, so I'm having a damp January instead. It involves drinking moderate amounts of wine at weekends only, and it suits me so much better, after all why deprive yourself of a treat during the longest, coldest, darkest month of the year? Cheers!