Upcoming travel plans

It’s all going on, it’s all going on. Travel plans are being made faster than I can keep up with them so I thought I’d write this, as much to keep me up to speed as anyone else.
Right upfront I’d like to ask for any tips from anyone who has been to, or done extensive dream-planning for, the following locations. Every little helps!

There’s a prize if you can guess the locations before you read below. Special prize if you can guess top or bottom left!

Early October: Croatia

This was our holiday that wasn’t, the fabled trip that fell to fate. Well, we finally got our backsides in gear (or the fates allowed it, whichever way you want to look at it) and have booked our stay at a resort on the coast near Zadar. We’re going for 4 days, at least 3 of which I plan to be sat on, near, or overlooking the beach with a book or two. For the remaining time, we’ve got a hire car so we may go exploring. Watch this space.

Early November: Paris

I was missing my beloved Helmut Newcake so it was time to plan a return journey. Eurostar had a sale, and voilà. A weekend in Paris. We’re leaving early doors Saturday and returning late Sunday, so it’ll be a quick jaunt but I still can’t wait. I plan to walk around a lot, eat lots of gluten free patisserie, and just, y’know, be in Paris.

Late November: Sydney

Of course I need little excuse to go and visit my sister, and as S will be going on a work trip out to this side of the world I thought I’d make my way out, too. Hilariously, it’s worked out that S and I will only spend about 5 days together when all is said and done, but that’s ok. I get 2 weeks with my sister, brother-in-law, and gorgeous niece and nephew, and I get to stay in their fancy new house. It’s got a pool. I know.

Side trip: Brisbane

S’s work trip is actually to Brisbane, so I’m going to pay him a whistlestop visit whilst I’m over. That works out to basically a day and a half in the city, but I’ve booked us a nice looking hotel near the Botanic Gardens so I’m hoping we’ll have lots of good stuff within easy reach. I’m especially keen for foodie recommendations for Brisbane, especially gluten free, so if you have any please do pass them along.
And that’ll about do for now. Time to start planning my packing lists!
Have you been to any of the places I’m heading off to? Do you ever dream-plan a holiday? 
-Rachel

Linking up with LaurenCourtney Bonnie for Travel Tuesday, and with Malinda for Wednesday Wanderlust.
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  1. 29th September 2015 / 12:51

    I’m seriously so jealous of all of your trips that you’ll be taking over the coming months! I keep on seeing all these posts about Croatia and how beautiful it is, so I know you’ll have a great time relaxing and then exploring a little bit!

    • 29th September 2015 / 15:41

      I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming 🙂 I’ve only been to Croatia once and I had the best time. It’s so beautiful, so much history, so much to see! I will have a job staying in with my book, but I will make sure it happens.

  2. Kerri Taylor
    29th September 2015 / 13:50

    ok so you have the coolest travel schedule in all the land. i’m just totally jealous. go on these trips and blog the crap out of it and i cannot wait to see photos!

    xoxo cheshire kat

    • 29th September 2015 / 15:42

      Why thank you! I’m really very excited about it all. I can’t wait for you to see the photos either! Best blogger foot forwards…!

  3. 29th September 2015 / 14:49

    I live exactly 2 minutes away from the first picture so I guessed where is it without even thinking. It’s the northern wall of the Diocletian’s palace in Split, and the bottom left one looks like a picture made in some coastal park or some coastal beach. I would guess it’s a park Sustipan in Split, but maybe I’m wrong with this one.

    • 29th September 2015 / 15:44

      Ahhh no way! You’re so lucky to live near such a beautiful place. Got it in one! What I don’t understand is how you’re able to get anything done whilst living two minutes away from a mostly intact, real Roman palace. How do you not spend all your time walking around pretending to be a real Roman!??

      • 1st October 2015 / 11:49

        Haha Rachel, I don’t look at it anymore. Figuratively speaking, It’s like eating a chocolate cake every day from the day you’re born – at the age of five you just want something that’s not a chocolate cake.

  4. Andrea On Vacation
    29th September 2015 / 15:08

    I’ve been to them all. You will have a blast! My next few months are fairly tame- all within the US and Caribbean. I plan to venture out more in the new year.

    • 29th September 2015 / 15:45

      Lucky you!! I’m so excited. Tame for you is pretty out there for me, I’ve never been to either the US or the Caribbean. Looking forward to seeing what you get up to!

    • 30th September 2015 / 09:25

      Wow! Your selection sounds amazing too! I’ve always wanted to go to Costa Rica. Actually I’ve always wanted to go to all of them! Looks like we’ve both got some fun times ahead of us 🙂

  5. 29th September 2015 / 18:50

    Oooh what fab plans! Great time to visit Sydney too – it’ll be so warm!

    • 30th September 2015 / 09:26

      I know! I’m so excited to see the sun. It’s been so chilly here that I haven’t stepped out of jeans or tights all year – keen to change that…!

  6. 29th September 2015 / 18:57

    I dream-plan holidays alllllll the time! It’s so much fun! But actually planning a holidays is even better! Sydney and Brisbane sounds fabulous! Have fun!

    • 30th September 2015 / 09:27

      Ha glad it’s not just me! Yes, actual planning is way better (except for the paying part…). Thanks, I’ll try my best to have fun although it will be hard, in such horrible places 😉

    • 30th September 2015 / 09:27

      Ooh thanks I’ll have a read. I feel very lucky to be off to such great places!

  7. 30th September 2015 / 16:37

    So jealous of all your travel plans!! Croatia and Australia have both been on my list for so long!! Oh well, for now I’ll just have to live vicariously through your posts! Can’t wait to read all about them!!

    • 30th September 2015 / 22:42

      Yes do! Just like I live vicariously through yours! Yay for internet travel. I do hope you manage to make it to one or both at some point in real life though.

  8. 30th September 2015 / 18:09

    i have only been to brisbane once and it was like for a couple of hours haha. and i’m sure you don’t need my assistance with sydney – i’m so jealous. have fun!

    • 30th September 2015 / 22:43

      You never know, I tend to do the same stuff every time so you’d probably come up with a heap of stuff I haven’t done. I’m excited about Brisbane but know literally nothing about it, so it’ll definitely be an adventure!

  9. 1st October 2015 / 10:48

    Oh yay – holiday planning – love it!!!! How exciting. And nope, didn’t guess those 2 :/

    Thanks for linking up for #wednesdaywanderlust

    • 2nd October 2015 / 21:22

      Ha! To be fair, they were very obscure. It’s been a very exciting phase, now just have to sit tight and wait for the trips…!

  10. 1st October 2015 / 13:21

    I am probably not the only one green with envy, lol. Will you be sharing the stories here? Most importantly, wishing you having a blast in Croatia, Paris and Australia!!!

    • 2nd October 2015 / 21:23

      I will most definitely be sharing the stories here. I hope you will enjoy reading them! Sorry to have made you green though :/ Thanks for the well wishes, will definitely do my best to enjoy myself!

  11. 2nd October 2015 / 06:01

    I am super jealous you are going to Croatia! I live in Brisbane, so I can help out with that one. You really don’t need much more than a day and a half to see the city. I would for sure visit the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary while you are there though. It’s one of the only places you can hold a koala.

    • 2nd October 2015 / 21:26

      Yep definitely sold on the holding a koala. I’ve had Lone Pine recommended to me (met someone at church who’s son’s father – bear with me on this one – owns the park!) so we will definitely try to head down there. I can’t wait to just get a feel for the place, really.

      • 7th October 2015 / 09:20

        There’s a nice boat ride that takes you to the sanctuary and gives a audio guide of the river and fun facts about Brisbane. You would probably only want to take it one way though as it takes us quite a bit of time. It’s a pretty laid back city, but we love it here. I hope you have a great visit!

        • 9th October 2015 / 12:33

          Ah yes I’m keen to get in a boat trip; but good idea to take it one way. Thanks for the tips, I can’t wait to visit!

  12. 2nd October 2015 / 06:09

    We should catch up for a coffee when you’re in Brisbane! I know a great cafe (right outside my office, quite near the botanic gardens!) that does gluten free food 🙂 A day and a half is plenty time, Brisbane is a great city. There are lots of lovely walks to do, Southbank you can spend the day there at the man made beach, and walking around, if you’re here on a day when the markets are on that is enjoyable to browse too. There is a few shops in Brisbane as well, and you can take a little ride up and down the river on the city cats. I second the recommendation for Lone Pine for a koala cuddle!

    Mt-Cootha is a beautiful scenic spot with a great view over the city, although I can’t remember the gluten free food options at the restaurant there, I’ve not been in a while. Oh and if you can, climbing the Storey Bridge is a pretty awesome

    You have probably found it already, but http://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/whats-on is good to show you some of the events that will be happening when you’re in Brisbane – there’s frequently things on.

    So jealous of all your travels, have a great time!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • 2nd October 2015 / 21:28

      Yes we definitely should! I’ll send you an email. I can’t wait to visit, thanks for all the recommendations. Lone Pine is a dead cert, koala cuddles trump most other things in life, really. I’d also like to go on the river, I hear it’s beautiful. My research so far has been extremely minimal so I’ll be checking to see if there are any events on, too. Good shout.

      I’m going to write all this stuff down somewhere so I don’t lose it! Or, you can remind me in person when we meet 🙂

      • 5th October 2015 / 04:40

        You will definitely love Lone Pine! 🙂

        Feel free to flick me an email, I’m happy to give what advice I can if you need it 🙂

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