Our dream travel destinations

Our dream travel destinations

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I mentioned last Friday how winter is my least favourite season. I also mentioned that we would be starting to plan our spring and summer travels soon so that we have something to look forward to on these cold and dark winter days. Today I want to share with you my dream travel destinations. These are places I’d love to visit, not necessarily this year though. Whether you are dreaming of vacation rentals in Maui or climbing the Eiffel tower, it certainly gives you something to look forward to on a wet January day. Anyway here are some of the places we’d love to visit over the coming years along with some great blog posts from some bloggers who have already visited.

Great Britain

Whilst the girls are little we have been happy to stay in the UK. We love visiting Anglesey and the Lake District but there are so many more places we’d love to visit. We are hoping to start camping again this summer and continue to explore the North West for short breaks and days out. I’d love to glamping sometime soon. we’d love to explore:

Scotland – I remember a childhood holiday in Scotland well, it was wet and windy. However, my husband has memories of better childhood holidays and would love to visit. This vlog by The Michelaks completely blew me away with the stunning scenery (North road 500) so I’d love to visit Scotland again. Five little Doves shared an amazing week in a log cabin in Scotland which looks like a perfect family holiday. Global Mouse shares a fantastic trip to Ayrshire.

Photo by Laura from Edinburgh with kids

I’d particularly like to spend some time in Edinburgh. If you are thinking of a short break in Edinburgh these blog posts might give you some ideas – 36 hours in Edinburgh, a day at Edinburgh zoo, Edinburgh with a toddler and 5 new things to try in Edinburgh with kids (if you are going to Edinburgh make sure you have a good read of Edinburgh with kids blog as it was so hard to choose just one post to feature here).

Bath – I’ve wanted to visit Bath for a long time. To get some inspiration for a short break in Bath with kids head over to Dear Bear and Beany or William’s world for 10 ideas for what to do in the city. As well as seeing the sights, I’d love a child-free couple of hours at Bath’s rooftop spa. Perhaps we could tie a trip to Bath with visiting Bristol’s hot air balloon festival. I love seeing hot air balloons and I’d love to see the sky filled with them.

Cornwall – There are so many places I’d like to visit in Cornwall. Some of my favourite bloggers have share 5 places you must visit in Cornwall, why Cornwall is a great destination with a baby and an April trip to St Ives.

Photo by Chloe from Life unexpected

London – Of course, we’ll have to take the girls to London when they are older to see the sights. Lots of bloggers have written great post with ideas of things to do such as A London day trip featuring a city river cruise and Museum of London.

Family festivals – I’d love to take the kids to Just So festival again (if we go this year I’ll be reminding myself of my top tips for taking a toddler to Just so festival). I’d also love to try some other family festivals when they are a bit older like Camp Bestival and The Big Festival.


We had a long weekend in Paris before we had children and I’d love to go back one day. A mummy too wrote about Paris for couples and Little ladies big world shared Paris with a baby.

I’d also love to take the girls to Euro Disney when E is a little older. There are lots of great blogs out there about trips to Euro Disney, I read this really informative one from Battle mum this weekend – Tips for visiting Disneyland Paris. I think my girls would love Lunch with a Princess like Twinderelmo.

A Eurocamp style holiday in Northern France is also on our list. You can read Mudpie Friday’s Eurocamp diary here.

Italy is high on my list too. We got married in Tuscany and had a week in Northern Tuscany and a week in the less well known southern Tuscany (the Maremma). It was amazing and I’d love to go back but I’d also like to visit other areas of Italy like Venice, Rome, Cinque Terra, the Amalfi coast and Puglia. Baby Foote shares 5 unforgettable day trips from Cote d’Azur and Mudpie Fridays shared Top 10 places for families in Tuscany. Hello Cuppies post on Sicily has me adding here to my list too. If you are going to be visiting Italy with kids, this article is really useful.

Venice photo by Pondering Parenthood

Strangely, even though winter is my least favourite season, I’d love to visit some Nordic areas such as Scandinavia. From the Norwegian fords to cities like Stockholm and Copenhagen. What to do in Copenhagen: Tivoli gardens is a great blog post to start with if you are planning a trip to Copenhagen.

Photo of Stockholm City Hall by Petra from A mum reviews.

A complete dream would be to see the ice hotel. I’d also love to visit Iceland and until I read Monkey and Mouse’s recent post (Traveling Iceland, with kids on a budget), I thought it would be both too expensive and somewhere we would need to wait until the kids were a lot older to go. Here are 5 things you should know before visiting Iceland. Another dream would be to take the kids to Lapland. Here are 8 activities you will love in Lapland. I’d love to see the spectacular Northern lights whilst visiting one of these Nordic countries.

I’ve holidayed in coastal regions of Spain, Majorca and Menorca but next time we want a beach holiday I’d love to try Portugal. Barcellona is on my list but also San Sebastian and Bilbao in the Basque country.

International travel

I think it will be a while before we do any international travel but when we do, we’d love to visit Australia and New Zealand. This post on the Hunter Valley in Australia is full of stunning photos. My husband has Japan on his list too.

I loved watching Dear Beautiful’s vlogs of their visit to Dubai which really made me see what a fantastic place it is to visit with children. Aquariums, beaches, theme parks and more. It’s high on my list of dream international trips.

America is not that high on my list but I’d like to visit New York, San Francisco and of course the kids would love Orlando. Otis and us has a great post packed full of tips for Walt Disney World if you are about to book your dream trip.

Where would be on your dream travel destinations list?

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Disclosure – This post was written in collaboration with Luxury Retreats. I was compensated for my time but all thought and opinions are my own.



  1. January 16, 2018 / 8:19 am

    Ah, the Eiffel tower struck a cord. We’ve just come back after a Christmas in Paris and such a beautiful place with lots to see. Hopefully I’ll get a dog sitter next time as we could only admire its beauty from afar.

    We also love Scotland (did the North Coast 500 for Christmas 2016 in the camper – so scenic… shame about the poor phone signal 😀

    • Claire
      January 19, 2018 / 10:29 pm

      Christmas in Paris sounds amazing.

  2. January 16, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    Oh, this is a brilliant idea, bookmarking your destinations in your own post – love it, will definitely be checking some of these out (and we too LOVE Bath!)
    A x

    • Claire
      January 19, 2018 / 10:30 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it. Sounds like I need to visit Bath then.

  3. January 16, 2018 / 10:17 pm

    What a wonderful post and so many lovely ideas here! We love the Just So Festival….and Scotland… and Italy and Croatia are high on my list this year too!

    • Claire
      January 19, 2018 / 10:31 pm

      It’s so hard to decide where to visit first!

  4. January 17, 2018 / 8:31 pm

    I LOVE scotland and we went to Sweden last year – it’s a wonderful country and amazing for kids 🙂

    • Claire
      January 19, 2018 / 10:32 pm

      That’s good to know about Sweden.

  5. January 17, 2018 / 10:41 pm

    I adore The Lake District! It is such a beautiful part of the country. I think Copenhagen and Hamburg are wonderful places to visit with little ones. Rome and Paris are also great destinations in Europe. We would love to visit Canada, do a road trip across the USA, visiting Finland and doing an African safari.

    • Claire
      January 19, 2018 / 10:33 pm

      The lakes are stunning. Sounds like you has some exciting travel destinations on your list too.

  6. January 18, 2018 / 9:50 am

    Great ideas here – I think in the UK we are very lucky to be so close to European destinations. I would be happy to go anywhere at all on this list.

    • Claire
      January 19, 2018 / 10:33 pm

      Yes, we are very lucky.

  7. January 18, 2018 / 10:32 am

    Great post. We love going on adventures and can’t wait for our next one which is in February to Cornwall – I have never been before so will be checking out your recommended blogs. There is so many wonderful places to see!

    • Claire
      January 19, 2018 / 10:38 pm

      Cornwall looks amazing.

  8. January 18, 2018 / 12:10 pm

    You missed off Jersey 😉 Some fab destinations. I particulary love Scotland and I am hoping to visit Glasgow this year. That luxury retreats website looks amazing. Now planning holidays!

    • Claire
      January 20, 2018 / 8:34 am

      So I did. I believe Jersey is lovely. Another one added to the list.

  9. January 18, 2018 / 3:24 pm

    Any chance of squeezing your green neighbours in there? 😉 (Doing my bit for the Irish Tourist Board!) Some lovely choices there. My other half was in Bath last year and said it was really beautiful. I’ll have to join him next time.

    • Claire
      January 20, 2018 / 8:35 am

      I’d love to visit Giant’s causeway, forgot to add it to my list.

  10. January 18, 2018 / 9:11 pm

    So many fab destinations. I really want to visit Cornwall this year, I haven’t been since I was a child and I feel like we are missing out. Thank you for including me x

    • Claire
      January 19, 2018 / 7:04 pm

      You’re welcome. I think I’d like to go to Cornwall this year too.

  11. January 18, 2018 / 9:25 pm

    There are so many places on your list I would love to visit on your list. We are definitely planning to do one of the family festivals in the near future.

    • Claire
      January 19, 2018 / 7:02 pm

      There’s so much choice isn’t there?

  12. January 20, 2018 / 5:40 pm

    I would really love to take Monkey to a festival this year. I have heard so many good things about Bestival that I think it would probably be the top of my list. Hubby and I would love to live in Italy one day. Its got to be our favourite place. Hope you reach all your destinations x

  13. January 20, 2018 / 10:47 pm

    Thanks for including my tip. It’s great to get so many ideas in one place

  14. June 8, 2018 / 4:58 pm

    Hi Claire,
    Amazing post with a lot of information!
    I have read your posts “A London day trip featuring a city river cruise” and “Museum of London”. These posts were very interesting to reading! Really Croatia is high on my list this year too.

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