I know it is already the middle of March, and maybe a bit late to start writing about our travel plans for 2018, but our plans have been in a bit of flux for this year.
The Year So Far:
Early January: France
I was finishing off a house-sit in Callas in the South of France, but then returned for a day and a meeting in Beaulieu-sur-Mer near Nice and a quick trip to Monaco for a coffee in Stars and Bars, as you do!
I decided that we needed some heat, so we flew off to Rajasthan in India for 16 days to get a taster before planning a longer trip. Our itinerary was kind of done on the hoof, but we managed to get to Delhi, Agra (when in India, you have to see the Taj Mahal), Jaipur, Pushkar, Jodphur, and overnight in Bikaner and then back to Delhi using buses, trains, tuk-tuks, camels and a rather interesting late night trip 3-up on a motorbike!
February: York, England
Our first proper Trusted House Sitters housesitting gig this year was to look after the lovely Shayna, a Golden Retriever in Wetherby, West Yorkshire. With miserable weather, we used the time to catch up on our paperwork but hope to return to do some exploring.
Late February- early March: Kelso Scotland
Some family time and a chance to visit one of my favourite towns in Scotland – Kelso. Okay, so my Mum lives there, but it is such a delightful place to visit with mainly independent shops and very few high street ones, it is a joy to visit. We were there for the fabulous monthly Farmer’s Market and we treated ourselves to some handmade soap, delicious ginger wine and Alan’s favourite the haggis sausage rolls. We left when the “Beast from the East” snow storm abated to have some time at home gearing up for our next big adventure.
What is coming up for the rest of the year:
Mid-March – mid-April: Maun, Botswana
This is our second big adventure of the year combining some housesitting and exploring. We haven’t spent much time in Africa and are really excited to spend three weeks housesitting in Maun, Botswana looking after 3 dogs and a cat, taking walks by the Thamalakane River looking out for hippos and crocs and exploring what Maun has to offer. We will then bid our two- and four-legged friends goodbye and head off to the Unesco site of the Okavango Delta for a safari, staying in tents and lodges and hopefully seeing elephants, zebra, lions, leopards and many other wildlife and birds before crossing over to Zimbabwe to the Victoria Falls.
End of April: Somerset
This is when Alan and I will part company for a while. Alan will be jetting off to Honduras and the island of Guanaja to look after a stunning property for the owners, while I enjoy a 3-Day Blogger’ Retreat in Somerset run by Claire and Laura from Twins That Travel and Monica from The Travel Hack. I am kind of a newbie blogger, so I am looking forward to learning lots of tips and tricks as well as supping some Somerset cider!
Following on from the Bloggers’ Retreat in April, I am travelling to Rotterdam for the Traverse 18 conference where digital influencers, creators, bloggers and vloggers meet up to learn, experience, create, network and grow our businesses. Slightly scary, but I am sure it will be immense fun!
June: Cuneo and a surprise trip!
For my other job with the F1 Grand Prix Drivers’ Club, I have been invited along to their AGM in Pianfei in Cuneo. We have some exciting tours lined up, keep an eye on the blog for more!
I was going on a trip as a treat for my birthday, but I am waiting to hear about a trip with WOWTrip. With a WOWTrip, you chose your dates, your airport and how long you want to go for and find out 48 hours before you fly (or at the airport!!) where you are going. I will be a really unique experience.
Mid-July: Kelso, Scotland
I am travelling back up to Kelso to help with the celebrations for my Mum’s 80th birthday and to catch up with some friends and maybe a few detours along the way.
End-July: The Cayman Islands and Guanaja
I am flying over to spend 3 months in Guanaja with Alan looking after the beautiful Mariposa Estate which is currently for sale, see old friends and get to know the island better. On the way, we are having a few days in the Cayman Islands before flying down to La Ceiba and on to Guanaja.
Mid-October: The Cayman Islands
I will be flying back from Honduras to the UK via a few days in the Cayman Islands.
November – London
One of the reasons I am flying back from Honduras is to attend WTM – World Travel Market in London from 5-7 November.
December – Kelso, Brazil
After a change of plan, I have to spend time with family in Kelso with a quick trip to Brazil in the middle.
Which of our plans are you most excited to read about? Leave us a comment below and we’ll be sure to create an article just for you! Do you have any BIG plans for this year? We’d love to hear from you!
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Larch has had wanderlust all her life, travelling as much as she can whenever she can. Now in her 50’s, she writes about her adventures on her travel blog The Silver Nomad to encourage travellers of all ages to look at different destinations. In early 2019, she qualified as a CAA PfCO Drone Pilot and now travels with her DJI Mavic Pro to capture aerial videos and photos to enhance her work.