Ideas for a travel bucket list 2019 : In a couple of days time it will be the end of the year. I do love this time of year as it is when I look back on all the wonderful things we have done and make plans for the coming twelve months. This year I am writing a Travel Bucket List for 2020 with 20 things on it! But before we get to that I wanted to review how we have done with the list for this year and if we managed to tick off all 19 things from our travel bucket list.

Our list was never meant to be an ultimate style list, it needed to work around two jobs, school and budget. Plus we had a number of special occasions such as a wedding and a pretty big birthday for myself to fit in. When I reviewed where we were with our list back in July we had seven ticked off the list already and eight which were looking like they would happen.  Plus there are a lot of things which we have done that haven’t actually made this list, but I will be writing about when I write about Our 2019 Adventures.

Ideas for a travel bucket list 2019 – things we have ticked off the list

Have a wedding in Vancouver – Kipper and I travelled to Whistler for my brothers wedding before spending a few days in Vancouver.  I had never been to the West side before only every going to Toronto and the surrounding area. Other than watching my brother tie the knot I think the two highlights of the trip for me were doing to the Peak to Peak and going Whale Watching which was amazing!

Eurocamp Italy (Venice & Burano)– Italy is by far our favourite destination. Our week away in May half term to Union Lido was brilliant. The highlight being for me a trip to Venice and the rainbow houses of Burano. For the kids I think the highlight was the beach and the fantastic pool area in the holiday park. However we didn’t see the sunflowers, it was too early in the year. Something I am looking to address in 2020!

Easter city break with Monkey – Last year I took Monkey on his first city break to Barcelona.  This year we made it to Berlin and Rotterdam. Travelling between the two cities by train, which was thankfully uneventful. When we reached Rotterdam Kipper and Hubby joined us for a few days. We enjoyed both cities although Berlin stole my heart. We hope to go back another time to explore further.

Stay in a tree house – We were  lucky enough to do this in March in North Wales. It was a great experience and I really enjoyed switching off from everything. Something I could do with doing more often.

Visit Camber Sands for a beach day – this didn’t quite go to plan it was so windy when we visited that we couldn’t actually stay on the beach. Since there was sand flying everywhere. Although Kipper did try to make a sand castle. You have to admire his determination! We actually stayed there for the weekend but it didn’t improve. So we will just have to try this again another time. We did get some beautiful beach days at Rhossili Bay over Easter so I am not feeling too cheated by it.

Visit a theme park we haven’t been to before – Working with Konfidence this year we stayed at Alton Towers and went to CBeebies land. It was great fun and I can not believe we have not visited before with the boys. They loved it and we loved it too. We are hoping we will go back again in the not too distant future.

Camp – So we haven’t actually got the tent out this year and I can not see us doing it. But we have been glamping both in the Lake District and Shropshire. The husband really isn’t a fan of camping so I do think that glamping is the way forward for us. Hopefully we will manage to fit in some more next year too.

Indoor sky dive – In September three of us jumped into the wind tunnel. Monkey turned out to be a bit of a natural although Kipper wasn’t very keen on us doing in, getting quite upset when we put on the gear. It has not encouraged me in anyway to do a real sky dive. Although Monkey is quite keen!

Birthday Trip
– initially we were looking at Las Vegas. Partly because we went for my 30th. However in the end we settled on Dubai. With Kipper being three I feel like we are constrained to Europe at the moment. I know there are many family travel bloggers  out there that would raise their eyes to this comment. But for that reason I wanted to try something really different for my birthday. I think Dubai is the sort of place you either love or hate. We really enjoyed the craziness of it and hope to go back one day. Although we didn’t manage to get the hot air ballon ride we had planned, we did eat at the tallest building in the world.

40th birthday weekend with the girls – In November I went to Marrakech to celebrate my 40th. To say its nuts is probably an understatement but it was good to do something so different to the normal European breaks of shopping and drinking. Although there was a fair amount of both going on!

Summer trip to Bournemouth to see family – Initially I thought about staying in a beach hut but we ended up taking a trip in the Autumn and staying at Sandbanks. Which tied in well since the family member we were meant to be seeing had a birthday close to the dates we visited. Our apartment was right opposite the harbour which meant we also took the boat over to Brownsea Island.

Go to a Christmas market – Last year we went to  Edinburgh, and I did think that we wouldn’t be able to do it again. However we ended being invited up by The Inn Keepers Collection and had a very festive couple of days. Not only that we went to the Christmas market at Blenheim Palace as well.

Visit castles beginning with A, H, D and L – these are the big four which I wanted to get to in 2018 with our ABC of Castles. But failed miserably. This year we did slightly better making it to  Herstmonceux and Ludlow Castles. We also visited Bamburgh when we went to Northumberland.

Things which we didn’t manage to tock off the list….

Tour Stonehenge – Will be going on the list for 2020.  For some reason this year we didn’t make it to the West Country at all. Even visiting Wales we travelled late in the day so it wasn’t practical to make the detour.

Go on a cruise as a family – Although staying overnight on a cruise liner the SS Rotterdam we never made an actual cruise. At the end of the day finding holiday days is always a challenge and for this one we would probably have needed at least a week if not two. I would still like  to do a cruise, but preferably a river one. Although I am not sure if it will make the list or not for next year. One for the  kids to decide.

Escape to Disneyland Paris again – This was always a bit of a wish list item and we have decided to spend the money on something else. We were every lucky when we went last year as we picked the right time of year and had practically not queues. For this reason I would want to stay in the park again. We did contemplate the 3 hour drive from where we were staying in Normandy but thought better of it. There is so much to see and do where we were that is seemed stupid to do a six hour round trip.

However I have now got a piggy bank and I am teaching the boys about not being able to have it all. By putting the equivalent amount into the money box towards our Disney fund if they decide not have have the tat in the gift shop etc. I am also hoping to top it up with money from eBay sales. It may help with motivation to declutter then house!

Lapland to visit Father Christmas – We started to look into booking this in June. Only to realise we are too late to get everything arranged. So this has been bumped and will need a lot more planning than initially thought. Something we are not very good at. But it is on the list for next year.

Start our Monopoly Board of London – we have just been a bit rubbish with this. In fact we haven’t spent that much time in London. Or when we have we are always on a tight time frame. I did do some research into a walking route to pick up some of it. But despite going to London for a festive weekend in December we never actually started this.

Take part in a Gruffalo trail – I just need to do this with Kipper on a Friday.  Although I would like to find a new one I have not visited before. We did do the ZOG trail and went round and round on the Gruffalo ride at the launch of the Gruffalo Summer Party. But not the Gruffalo trail. One for the Spring next year before he starts school.

Ideas for a travel bucket list 2019 – So out of the original nineteen we have ticked  off thirteen! So thats not too bad especially when you consider all the other things we have gotten up to. I will be sharing our 2020 list shortly. I am as always on on the look out for inspiration. So please do share whats on your list in the comments below.

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Ideas for a travel bucket list 2019


  1. Priscilla Stubbs Reply

    Some great holidays there. Looking forward to seeing your bucket list for 2020

  2. You have visited some amazing places and I am looking forward to your travels next year

  3. Nigel Soper Reply

    The bucket list is excellent, but a good bucket list place should not be ticked off, it should be transferred to the ‘places I want to revisit’ list.

  4. James Travis Reply

    Some superb holidays, what fabulous places you have visited

  5. Sounds like a fine plan, love that you make time to travel and explore! The tree house stay sounds like it’d be an interesting experience!

  6. Andrea Fletcher Reply

    You have visited some lovely places, the tree house looks amazing.

  7. Looks like you visited some really great places!! I am from Vancouver and its so fun!!

  8. Thirteen out of nineteen plus all the extras sounds like quite an achievement to me. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your posts. Thank you!

  9. Amy Jo McLellan Reply

    Saw this on your Instagram and so impressed with how many places you went to!

  10. Nadia Josephine Reply

    Havjnt a travel bucket list is a great idea! think i might do this!

  11. Rose Ann Sales Reply

    Wow, you have done so much off your bucket list.. Staying in a tree house in North Wales sounds so fun, especially for Monkey.

  12. I wanted to do indoor sky diving but we haven’t yet! Time just seems to go By on the weekends ! My oldest would love it though.

  13. Fiona jk42 Reply

    You’re correct that Dubai is a love it or loathe it destination, and I’m firmly in the loathe camp. However, Oman, which is not that much further, is fabulous. My children really enjoyed the beaches and the various forts and old ruins we visited, as well as wadi bashing.

  14. Gruffalo trail is in my travel list for a very long time, not sure, when I will be able to make it.

    thanks for the wonderful post.

  15. Looks like you visited some amazing places… And thanks for sharing your experience with us. I really love that tree house which you mentioned above.

  16. The indoor sky dive must be thrilling! We’ve always looked at this activity and we think it’s awesome. How was the air pressure?

  17. Bindu Thomas Reply

    You had a great bucket list and a great 2019. Wishing 2020 will be even more enjoyable. Happy New Year!

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