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Ideas for our Travel Bucket List 2018

Ever since we came back from our lovely stay in Cornwall a couple of weeks ago, I've been dreaming about our next family getaway. I'm all for staycations - especially with a toddler in tow but I'd really love to go abroad at some point this year (or next) and I'm pretty sure Arthur would be the most excited little boy in the world, getting on a plane for the first time! So when Destination2 got in touch asking if I'd like to share my travel bucket list, I thought it'd be the perfect opportunity to draw up some potential options for a (hopeful) trip abroad this year.

Now, I know bucket lists are usually reserved for exotic, once-in-a-lifetime holiday dreams of visiting places like the Caribbean and Barbados but when you're not very well travelled yourself and have a young child, destinations with a shorter flight time are more appealing for a (realistic) bucket list right now!

One place I'd love to visit again is Greece - the food is amazing, the beaches are beautiful and I enjoy the history too. A few years back (before I had Arthur) I went on an amazing girls holiday to Rhodes with three of my best friends. We stayed in a lovely hotel in Pefkos and found the perfect balance between relaxing by the pool and exploring the beautiful island. Given the opportunity, I'd definitely love to visit other islands, like Crete and Kos. Santorini also looks particularly dreamy and is a destination that's always appealed to me for a romantic getaway. I feel like Greece has something offer everyone - an educational experience, beautiful beaches and plenty to do. So whether you're on a trip with friends, a romantic break or a young family holiday, it ticks all the boxes.

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When I was much, much younger, I visited Spain with my family but unfortunately, other than knowing I had a good time, I can't really remember much about it. I'd really like to visit some of the Spanish islands - they're popular sun holiday destinations and offer a reasonable flight time for toddler travel too! Holidays to Tenerife and Majorca seem to be fairly reasonably priced and with sunshine, picturesque landscapes and historical beauty spots - what more could you want?

Other destinations on my bucket list are Italy and Iceland! I visited Lake Garda in my teens but I'd love to go back to Italy now that I'm older, as I just feel like I'd appreciate it so much more. The food, the history, the culture, the beauty of the landscapes - it really is a dream destination and somewhere I'd love to explore with the boys. Iceland has also been on my 'holiday radar' for a while, after watching a vlog by The Michalaks. I was so jealous when my brother and his girlfriend went back in the autumn and saw the Northern Lights. The scenery looks awe-inspiring. It's a place that really fascinates me and I'd love to see it for myself. Of course, these two destinations are a little more pricey, so probably not somewhere we'll be visiting this year as a family but definitely in the future!

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Thinking about some of the places I'd like to visit with the boys has got me wanting to book somewhere right now...better renew my passport and start saving first though!

What destinations are on your holiday bucket list?
Have you got any advice / recommendations for taking a toddler on holiday abroad?

Megan x
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