Part-time traveller, Full-Time Brummie

Hello 2017…

Well, 2016 eh? That was an interesting year! It was like a party guest that stays just a little too long; the longer it stayed the more awkward it got and more things happened that just can’t unhappen. The death of heroes. Brexit. Trump. BBC losing Great British Bake Off…
Yet here we are; all those bad things are SOOOOoooo 2016 and its time to look forward to 2017.

In 2016 I visited six countries (ok, I’m no longer counting Bosnia); four of them new (Denmark, Sweden, Croatia and Montenegro) and revisited Spain and Portugal. I spent weekends away here in England, in Bristol and in Scarborough. I explored my home city, both as a local and through the eyes of a tourist. ย It’s been all about Europe the last couple of years so maybe it’s time to go a bit further afield in 2017…
Unusually, thereโ€™s no definite travel plans made yet for 2017 (hopefully something will be booked by the end of January!). Ironically, now I have a permanent job I have a steady income, but less annual leave days so a bit of creative time management may be required!
Hereโ€™s what’s on the 2017 wanderlust wishlist so far:
Germany: The Romantic Road
I’m currently looking at routes which will allow us to see the best of the famous Romantic Road in just a long weekend doing a circular route for more cost effective flights and car rental costs. Must sees en route include Neuschwanstein Castle just west of Munich, Bamburg and Rothenburg ob Der Tauber. We can fly to Frankfurt from Birmingham, so we could spend a night in Heidelberg before a long drive to the southern end of the Romantic Road. Or we can fly to Stuttgart and head north to Wurzburg. Decisions, decisions!

North Wales: Snowdonia National Park
10 years ago this March Mr Fletche and I had our first official date so it’s only right we do something vomit-inducingly romantic to celebrate. Currently looking at cottages and guesthouses in beautiful Snowdonia for the weekend. Will I have calves and lungs strong enough by then to tackle a climb up Mount Snowdon itself? Or should we go for the adrenaline of the longest zip line in Europe?

Canada: Vancouver and the Rockies
If planning the Germany trip is giving me a slight headache, this one is on killer migraine level. With it being a birthday with a whole new digit at the start, I’d love to tick off a big “bucket list” item. And for me, a trip on the Rocky Mountaineer train is that item. But it’s not cheap. Oh no. And I’ve found a tour company that can do the trip from the UK including flights, accommodation and the train for a decent price, but then we lose some of the freedom of planning our own itinerary, driving at leisure, and spending time at some of western Canada’s spectacular national parks (free admission too next year to celebrate the 150th birthday of confederation). To sacrifice the train or not sacrifice the train…that is the big question! I’m doing the sums and looking at all the possible alternatives so hopefully it’ll all come together soon.

Aside from these, it would be nice to get away for a couple of long weekends in the summer. I’ve also been incredibly jealous this year of all the people who’ve been lucky enough to spend the festive season away; with my Christmas break at work extending well into January it might be nice to think about a Bewixtmas or New Year break next year.
Closer to home…how about more street food, more visits to new bars and restaurants in Brum, more walking (I’ll never cross climbing Snowden off my bucket list otherwise), more dancing, more live bands, more hula-hooping, more blogging!

What are your plans for 2017?


17 responses to “Hello 2017…”

  1. Great choices! I’d love to visit Prague and Arizona but it might have to wait until I’ve saved a bit more. I might manage Wales with the kids this year!

    • emfletche says:

      Wales is the only one we have booked so far! Prague is beautiful, I’ve been twice now and would love to go back again; and we did the Grand Canyon on our Vegas/West Coast road trip ๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. Love your list. Yes Canada is offering free admission for 150 birthday celebrations to Parks Canada but you have to apply on-line (just in case you think the door is just open). I love to travel and day-dream also! Just putting it out there but check out Atlantic Canada also as a maybe on a later travel list!

  3. Elena says:

    Fingers crossed, I will visit your town and Suzie this year! And truly, there are a lot more beautiful places to see in Canada. You picked the most expensive province!

  4. Han Eats says:

    A great list, not too long and unobtainable but doable and very exciting! I always wanted to do the Romantic Road after seeing it in a flight magazine ๐Ÿ™ˆ had to compromise on a 2-stop city break in Berlin and Munich though – Munich was the fave! Good luck on the planning, be great to see how it pans out ๐Ÿ˜Š

  5. I also went to Sweden and Denmark last year! Where abouts did you end up? X

    • emfletche says:

      We were in Copenhagen for three days and did a daytrip to Malmo. First trip to Scandinavia, lots more to discover I feel! We were really unlucky with the weather though so didn’t get the best of Copenhagen ๐Ÿ˜•

  6. Jason Tremere says:

    Maui is currently on our families planning list. We did visit Vancouver as a family 2 years ago and it is really nice. I checked into that Rocky Mountain train ride too and it is crazy expensive. I also recommend putting Eastern Canada on your list, I’m biased because I live there, but it is closer for you logistically and we have lots of free national parks too!

    • emfletche says:

      Yeah, I think I’ll end up sacrificing the Rocky Mountaineer and do a road trip instead. There’s so much beauty in Canada that I’m sure this won’t be our first and last trip!
      Maui sounds wonderful by the way!

  7. Jamie Larkin says:

    If you head to snowdonia, I would advise Tryfan. Try to go on a weekday to avoid queuing for the gully’s, if not get there early! Tryfan is scrambling most of the way up so it’s a bit easier on the calves as the arms take a pounding too!

  8. […] back at my 2017 “Where Next?” Blog, there were three places floating around our plans: Germany’s Romantic Road, the Canadian […]

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