My Updated Travel Plans for 2015

A lot has happened since my January ‘Travel Plans for 2015′ post. In fact, only about 10% of the rest of the year still stands. Here’s what I’ll be getting up to for the rest of the year, all correct at the time of publication but could change with a flutter of a butterfly’s wing.

April – Spain

On Monday I’m off to Lloret Del Mar in Spain for the TBEX conference (Travel Bloggers Expo). It’s not just some boring stuffy convention but a chance to meet some fellow bloggers to learn and have fun. I went to one in Dublin 18 months ago and had a lot of fun. When you work alone it’s good to meet people in the same industry, and Lloret Del Mar looks beaut too. 

May – Israel and Russia

I’ve been invited to visit Israel with VIBE Israel. I’ve always wanted to see Tel Aviv and the trip they’ve planned for me looks amazing. Of course I know this is a controversial destination right now but politics are off the agenda and I want to see the country first hand to make my own opinion on travelling there.

At the end of May I’m going on a cruise from Moscow to St Petersburg in Russia. I’ll be cruising the canals and rivers with a local vodka in one hand and my camera in the other. I’m so excited to see the Kremlin and experience Russia for myself – another fascinating country I want to learn more about.

June – Estonia and Latvia

From St Petersburg I’ll be taking the bus to Tallin in Estonia and then continuing on to Riga in Latvia. I’ve seen a few countries in Eastern Europe now but I’m always interested to experience the uniqueness of more. Tallin and Riga are gaining in popularity as cheap places to visit from England for a weekend so I’m keen to see what the fuss is about.

There’s also another awesome June time trip that I’m really excited for, but I’m just waiting on the confirmation before the final reveal.

July – a festival or two and Berlin

Secret Garden Party has sadly sold out, before we managed to buy tickets. Gutted. My friends and I are tempted by NOS Alive Festival in Lisbon, but seeing as we’ve just got back from India we’ll wait and see a bit.

I definitely want to go to Latitude this month though.

I’m also planning on going to Berlin at the end of the month for a conference, and for some Berghain partying afterwards too, but we’ll see. I plan to live in London in some sort of Airbnb apartment in between. There’s no place on earth like London in the summer. 

August – Berlin and London

I’ll still be in Berlin for some of August and then I’ll maybe go back to London for a bit until Shambala Festival on the Bank Holiday weekend.

September – Cuba and …

Cuba is still an absolute definite at the start of the month.

I think Thailand is looking more and more unlikely though – as you can see it’s been a crazy year of travel so far and I just think it’s all too much. At the moment I’m thinking I’d like to go to France for a few months to learn French, with a quick trip to Budapest or somewhere in Scandinavia for a short time instead. We’ll see nearer the time.

I’m a planner, I love it, but as you can tell I also like to change my mind too. I’ll let you know any updates as soon as I do!

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  1. by Catherine on April 21, 2015  12:12 pm Reply

    What an incredible year of travel! Russia and Estonia were on the top of my list this year, but sadly with the ongoing Russia issues I chickened out at the last minute :'( I'm devastated, but have just booked in a trip to Palm Island in the Grenadines to make up for it...totally justified, right?

    I'd really love to see your opinions on travelling in Russia and then maybe it'll persuade me to just book it in and not back out again!

    C x | Lux Life

    • by Vicky on April 24, 2015  8:34 am Reply

      Ha, definitely justified! And pretty much the total opposite :)

      It's going to be a good year of travel – already has been!

  2. by Catherine on April 21, 2015  12:12 pm Reply

    PS: Super jealous about Cuba! I'd LOVE to go back sometime!

  3. by Gwen on April 21, 2015  12:47 pm Reply

    Sounds like you have some amazing plans on the books! I can't wait to hear all about them!

    • by Vicky on April 24, 2015  8:33 am Reply

      Thanks Gwen. Definitely a diverse repertoire of countries!

  4. by Jo on April 21, 2015  6:22 pm Reply

    These trips sound so exciting! Mega jealous! Israel is somewhere I'd really love to go, but I have to get around to doing Iran first (passport stamp issues). So I'll settle for hearing your take on it for now :)

    And if you're looking for somewhere in France besides just Paris, Bordeaux is a great choice :) It's gorgeous, just the right size to settle quickly and has plenty to do in the city and the surrounding Gironde département.

    • by Vicky on April 24, 2015  8:32 am Reply

      Oo ok, Bordeaux would be good. Heard they have good wine there too :). The more I read about France the more interesting I think it is – so much to discover that I think Brits naturally dismiss because it's so close. And yes, VERY excited for Israel. That will be a good week!

  5. by Emily on April 21, 2015  7:06 pm Reply

    Oh my gawd!!!! What a freaking awesome lineup of travel you have for the rest of the year!!! I got goosebumps just thinking about it all -and a wee bit jealous :) But I have some awesome outdoor U.S. plans for the summer and will try to check out the best of 3 or 4 states outside of Oregon and really drink in an American summer out in nature. Also, CUBA is still hands down the best experience I have had, I went a few years ago and it still blows my mind when I think about it.

    • by Vicky on April 24, 2015  8:30 am Reply

      An American summer sounds pretty cool! I'd love to spend more time in the US – I did two summers working as a camp counselor and they were brilliant. Thanks for being so supportive of my travel itinerary – looking forward to it! And yes, can't wait for Cuba with my mum!

  6. by Emily Ray on April 22, 2015  8:27 am Reply

    Eep, reading this makes me so excited for you! Estonia, Russia, Cuba and Israel are right up there on my wish list, so I'm going to be eagerly awaiting all your posts. Don't blame you for wanting to take it a bit slower towards the end of the year - think you've definitely earned your Christmas break too ;) x

    • by Vicky on April 24, 2015  8:16 am Reply

      Thanks Emily :) I'm definitely going to some cool places. I was a bit worried about Russia and Israel but seems like everyone wants to go! x

  7. by Sam on April 22, 2015  11:06 am Reply

    Exciting! What conference is it in Berlin you're attending? I'm based there now with my husband, and we'll be there then too. Maybe we'll see you!

    • by Vicky on April 24, 2015  8:14 am Reply

      Hey Sam, it's DNX Global. I haven't booked a ticket or anything yet as I've had to cancel so many things this year I'm leaving it until I'm 100% – looks good though. Let me know if you go!

  8. by Irene Corchado Resmella on April 22, 2015  11:15 am Reply

    Hi, Vicky!
    Ambitious and exciting plans ahead, indeed. If you need any tips for Estonia or Latvia let me know. I lived in both countries before I moved to the UK.
    Happy Travels! ;)

    • by Vicky on April 24, 2015  8:11 am Reply

      Hi Irene, nice blog! Oo you've moved to Oxford – I want to live there :) I will be in touch nearer the time about Estonia and Latvia, I know nothing!

  9. by Joe on April 23, 2015  10:17 am Reply

    Nice plan, give a yell if you need any recommendations for Berlin!

    • by Vicky on April 24, 2015  8:08 am Reply

      Oo I will do!

  10. by Rebecca on May 8, 2015  9:56 am Reply

    Ummm... bl**dy awesome! :-)

    • by Vicky on May 9, 2015  2:35 pm Reply

      Yep, it is! Loving working my way through my itinerary – in Israel right now!

  11. by Ella on May 18, 2015  10:28 am Reply

    It sounds like you'll be having a very exciting and eventful year of travel.. I'm really excited for you! It's actually been a dream of mine to study French in France for a few years now, that's something I would LOVE to to do! I think it would probably also be nice to stay in the same spot for a while after all that moving around. Reflect on all those amazing experiences :)

    • by Vicky on May 18, 2015  7:05 pm Reply

      Yeah definitely! Life feels pretty manic at the moment – it's definitely a nice problem to have but yeah, I need to find somewhere to chill and do some work! I hope I make it to France :)

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