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It doesn’t seem two minutes ago when we were writing our 2020 round-up, in the middle of a global pandemic. We did not know when we would be allowed to travel, or where we would end up first. Covid-19 still hasn’t gone away, but travel to some countries compared to this time last year is much easier. Both myself and Vicky have received both doses of the Covid vaccine and have also got the booster jab. This certainly makes travel easier for us. So, this is our 2021 round-up and plans for the year ahead.
Our 2021 Round-Up and Plans For The Year Ahead
We did finally get to travel in 2021. Things took a while to get going, but we got there in the end. As expected, though, Tui canceled our trip to Aruba, but we rearranged this for 2022. Jet2 also stopped our trip to Portugal (already rearranged from 2020) from going ahead.
Santorini was a trip booked way back in 2019 for Jason’s birthday in 2020. It got to be at least three weeks before we had originally planned to travel and Tui cancelled the trip. We rearranged for exactly a year later, and here we are.
It was our first time in Greece, and boy, were we ready for this holiday. After all the cancellations and uncertainty, we had finally stepped foot on foreign soil once again.
We made sure we made the most of our time here, as we were still unsure of where or when we would travel again.
During this trip we visited three Greek islands (Santorini, Thirassia and Ios), one volcano, a prehistoric village, and even picked up a collaboration with Justbottle. Not bad for a week’s stay, wouldn’t you say?
You can read all about our time here by clicking the following link. How To Spend A Week In Santorini.
We stayed overnight on Ios island. Ios was a forty-minute ferry ride away from Santorini. We loved it here. The island was beautiful, our hotel was magnificent, and the beach and scenery were something else. Our hotel was on the absolutely stunning Mylopotas beach.
After experiencing the sunset over in Santorini, we were hoping for something similar here. However, both of us were blown away by how beautiful it was. Being on the beach added some extra atmosphere and colour.
We loved Chora, the capital of the island, a small town. There were many churches to see, as we explored, windmills and even an amphitheatre.
Read Island Hopping From Santorini To Ios to see everything that we got up to, and enjoy our photos.
Our second trip of 2021 would be to Kraków. This was also a rearranged trip. It would be our first time in Poland. It blew us away with just how pretty the city was. We definitely will visit more of Poland after this experience.
I already know in my mind that we will return to Kraków, and it has spurred us on to want to visit more of this beautiful country. In fact, I already have plans to visit again in the next couple of weeks from writing this post.
During our stay, we also visited Auschwitz-Birkenau. This was an incredibly moving experience, and we were so glad we did it after much deliberation.
If you would like to take some inspiration from this trip, then check out A Three-Day Guide To Kraków.
Our Plans For 2022
So what’s next? What plans do we have for this year? At the time of finishing this post, 5th January 2022, the UK Government has again changed the testing and quarantine rules. You no longer have to take a pre-departure test to fly back into England, and the day 2 PCR test and quarantine has gone back to just a lateral test.
This is fantastic news and opens up travel once more. Obviously, please check the requirements to enter other countries as some still require a negative Covid-19 test before entry.
As I said earlier, I am planning on visiting Gdańsk at the end of January. It will be a solo trip. Unfortunately, Vicky has work commitments and can’t make it. It will be the first time I have ever done a solo trip, and I thought it would be a good bridge to get some extra content before our next trip in March.
Our love affair with Italy continues in March when we hopefully visit Venice. We have plans to visit the islands of Murano and Burano, too. We can already taste the pizza and pasta!
Our trip to Aruba should have taken place in June 2021. We booked it way back in 2020. This is a big trip, and we hope we can finally travel to this bucket list destination. We are desperate to feel that Caribbean sun on our backs once again.
Having visited Greece for the first time in September, we are itching to get back. We really liked the idea of island hopping again, so this is what we will do. Going from Santorini to Ios was easy to organise, so this time we head to Rhodes.
We will spend a week in the Old Town. During this time, we will travel South on the island and visit the coastal town of Lindos, where we will stay overnight. After, we will travel back and hop over to the island of Symi. Where we will again stay over and travel back to Rhodes the following day.
We have always liked the idea of spending Christmas outside of England. The festive holidays across Europe always look so much more special. The idea of traditional German markets, colder, crisper weather. We aren’t sure if anything will happen, but we are actively looking at what we could do. Budapest is also a current favourite. Where ever we might end up going, it will be in Europe somewhere.
Vicky’s 40th & Ideas for 2023
In 2023, Vicky will turn 40. We have discussed lots of ideas of where we would like to go to celebrate, including Bali and even a trip back to Mexico, possibly Holbox or Cozumel.
We would also like to continue to do some island hopping around Greece if possible, and maybe even a cheeky city break in Paris.
We are also currently working on some new collaborations and can’t wait to reveal some more details soon. We also have some work to produce for our existing ones, so this will keep us busy, I am sure.
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