Image Credit: Ryazan from Two Monkeys Travel Group
When I worked in retail my ideal way to spend a New Years Eve was at home, a massive take-away order placed, a few movies on, a couple of drinks and a relax knowing I didn’t have to wake up early on 1st January. But ever since coming out of retail my ideals have changed. At any other time of the year when there’s a bank holiday I’ll be jumping on the first plane I can find to get out of the country so why should New Year be any different? Especially when if I want the three days of between Christmas and New Year they have to come from my own measly holiday allowance (I’m actually working one day this year which will be tough.)
Last year because of the way the days fell I had an entire week to kill so joined a tour to Morocco with Exodus which you can read about here. Now my thoughts turn to this New Year. As I’m working 28th December this leaves me with five days (29th-2nd) as work starts again on Tuesday 3rd, and I’m trying to come up with ideas of what to do. As it’s just five days I’m kind of restricted to Europe due to traveling times and costs so here is what I have come up with.
I have been wanting to go Iceland for ages now and New Year is a great opportunity to potentially see the Northern Lights alongside relaxing in some thermal pools, going whale watching and enjoying the colder weather. I picked up a First Choice book on Iceland as a whim and the prices are a lot more reasonable than I thought (although I’m not sure about single supplements).
I have only been to the city once and that was just overnight so I have pretty much not done anything in the city. I’d love to visit Anne Franks house, visit their iconic Sex Museum, go to Van Gogh’s house and explore the art galleries around. Realistically I think I could do most things in 2-3 days so I’d either do a shorter trip here or bypass another city as well. My only thing holding me back from this option is I’d love to go in Spring during tulip season, but that could always be a second trip.
Part of me feels that I want a relaxing holiday and the Canary Islands are one of the warmest places to be in Europe during the winter as they’re close to Northern Africa. With plenty to do during the day and enough sunshine to sunbathe in I’m debating doing something altogether more relaxing than any holiday I’ve had in a while. Imagine how many books I’d get through?!