2016 Itinerary

2016 Itinerary

A new year means a new list of places to visit and adventures to be had. As Mr ESLT gets set holidays we have to take our trips when he is able. It’s always a struggle to stretch my 32 holiday days (and wages) to ensure we travel as much as possible and this year looks to be no different. However, this year we are trying something new! We are not going to book up the whole year in advance. Instead we are going to try to book three months in advance, provisionally book the next three months and take the last six months of the year as they come……we’ll see how long we (I) can stick to that. Spontaneity is not really my thing!

So with over 40 countries (possibly more – I must count them one day) under our belts between us it is always difficult to jointly decide on new ones to visit and it has got to the point where we are revisiting a number of countries but visiting different cities in them.

This is our provisional itinerary for the year which is bound to change as we make our way through it…..who knows we may even be able to tick a few places off the Bucket List. And if we win the lottery it will definitely change 🙂


  • Berlin, Germany – 4 days
  • Yorkshire Dales, England – 4 days
  • North Yorkshire, England – 2 days


  • Gothenburg, Sweden – 4 days (originally Stockholm but had to change due to flight times)
  • Leeds, England – 1 day


  • Manchester, England – 2 days


  • Manchester, England – 1 day
  • Ljubljana, Slovenia – 4 days
  • Leeds, England – 1 day
  • York, England – 1 day
  • London, England – 2 days
  • Bournemouth, England – 2 days


  • Cardiff, Wales – 4 days
  • Dubai (& Sharjah) UAE (originally Santorini, Greece but flight times and airport didn’t work out for us) – 8 days
  • Leeds, England – 2 days
  • Newcastle, England – 2 days


  • Scarborough, England – 2 days
  • Newcastle, England – 2 days
  • Bratislava, Slovakia – 4 days (Our Wedding Anniversary)
  • Manchester, England – 2 days


  • The Lake District, England – 2 days


  • Summer at home? Open to offers 🙂


  • Madrid, Spain (Mr ESLT’s (belated) birthday) – 4 days
  • Split, Croatia – 5 days
  • Rhodes, Greece – 4 days


  • Malta & Gozo – 6 days
  • London, England – 2 days


  • Shropshire, England – 2 days
  • Lake District and Scotland Roadtrip – 4 days
  • Iceland Roadtrip – 7 days


  • Rotterdam, The Netherlands – 2 days

Have you been to any of the places that we are visiting/may visit in 2016? I would love to hear from you with your tips and recommendations of what we should see/ what we should do……


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  1. November 3, 2015 / 12:35 pm

    I love German Christmas markets!! Loved Heidelberg & St. Wendel. I hear Rothenburg OBT is amazing. I still have a TON to go to this year. Excited.

    In Croatia I LOVED Zadar. Absolutely beautiful! I have a blog post on it… let me know if you want to read it.

    I highly recommend NOT going to Brussels. Of course the Grand Place is nice to see but in the winter it is pretty boring as nothing is really open.

    I haven’t really been anywhere else on your list. Other than if you are looking for a less crazy Oktoberfest go to Stuttgart. 🙂

    Happy travels!

    • November 4, 2015 / 5:18 am

      Oh me too!!!! I’ve only ever been to Dussledorf and Cologne’s Christmas markets in Germany but hopefully the Berlin one will still be up and running when we visit for New Year/early Jan. Ideally I’d love to do a cruise of the Rhine stopping along the way at the little towns and villages for the markets (think I’ll actually look into that for next December).

      I’d love to read your post on Zadar – thank you. Croatia is one of those places that we’ve always wanted to go to but have never had the time so hopefully we will manage it next year. Plus it’s becoming more and more popular so we would like to visit before it’s just a mass of holiday resorts.

      I’m with you on Brussels. We visited January just gone. And for us it was a one time place. The Christmas markets where still on thankfully but like you say once you have seen the Grand Place there’s not much else.

      I love the idea of Stuttgart, in fact anywhere in Germany but I’ve never been to Munich before and Mr ESLT has always wanted to visit Oktoberfest there and it’s his birthday so who am I to say no (plus I really really want to go too) ? I think we’ll try and squeeze a day drip to Salzburg in too as it looks beautiful – have you ever been? ??

  2. November 3, 2015 / 12:51 pm

    Make sure you check out the Corn Exchange in Leeds

    • November 4, 2015 / 5:07 am

      Oh I love the corn exchange, it’s beautiful isn’t it. I’ll be honest we only live just under a hour away from Leeds but very rarely visit so it’ll be nice to see things that we haven’t seen for a while ??

      • Travelangelista
        December 21, 2015 / 8:36 pm

        If you want to a bit of SE Asia in Leeds I’d recommend visiting Zaap! Its a Thai Street Food restaurant kitted out with neon street signs inside and tuk tuks to sit in. Just maybe visit at an unexpected time, it can get busy during the usual meal times!

        • January 3, 2016 / 3:04 pm

          Oh that sounds great! I love Thai food. I’ll check it out next month when I’m in Leeds. Thanks for the recommendation!

  3. Anisa
    November 4, 2015 / 3:59 am

    Wow, so many great places!

    For Belgium, I have heard great things about Bruge,

    Stockholm is going to be freezing in Feb! I went in the summer and enjoyed a boat ride. The vasa museum is also really good.

    • November 4, 2015 / 5:05 am

      Hey Anisa, we have an overnight ferry service from our neighbouring city to The Netherlands and Belgium which is awesome for a quick, cheap get away. So I’ve actually been to Bruge about 5 times already. It is beautiful but I think I’m done with it, we’ve also been to Brussels and Ghent. I quite like the look of Antwerp or Liege but there’s plenty of time to decide.

      I will check out the Vasa museum in Stockholm (anything to be indoors during February – ha) plus Mr ESLT is a marine pilot so I’m sure he will love anything nautical themed. I’m not great in cold weather so I hope I don’t get too whingey! 🙂

  4. lindaeee2015
    November 10, 2015 / 4:57 pm

    India was my first “exotic” trip and moved me in indescribable ways. I travelled with a photography group through Northern India, and while I could (and may) write a book on my journey, I would call out the following sites/experiences as “musts,” as they bring back powerful sense memories three years later: Delhi’s Lodi Gardens (omg I’m in India); Bicycle Rickshaw ride through Old Delhi and the Chandni Chowk (death defying and life affirming); Delhi’s Sikh Temple, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib (humbling and glorious); Jaipur’s Amber Palace (jaw-dropping); Samode Bagh and Samode Palace hotels (time travel); Ranthambore Fort (peacocks, monkeys, history, mystery); any train ride – mine was 5 hours from Delhi to Ranthambore (omg I’m SERIOUSLY in India); Taj Mahal (I am forever changed by this place). I’m excited for you, and jealous, and can’t wait to read about your journey.

    • November 10, 2015 / 5:31 pm

      Wow thank you for your comment! All the things you did when you visited India I want to do and I want to do them now!!!! Thank you so much for pointing me in the direction of amazing things to do. I’m very excited about exploring as much as possible. I’ve eaten in Italy, I’ve loved in Bali and now I’m ready to pray in India. I hope my visit changes me the way it has obviously changed you.

  5. November 11, 2015 / 4:57 pm

    India is one of those places you either love or hate. The first time we went, back in 1988, I loved it, my husband hated it. I ‘made him’ go back ten years later (different places within India), and he was converted. So much so he started looking for jobs out there!

    I love India deeply, and really consider it my ‘second home’. We’ve been ten times now and are looking at tentative plans for our eleventh visit in 2017… although we might fit in a short trip in 2016 too…. When you start your India planning, let me know and I can give you tons of tips. I also have contacts for agents, drivers and guides out there if you are interested.

    I agree with Linda about all the destinations she mentions, plus I would suggest Ranakpur – one of my favourite temples in India. You might also want to consider the Pushkar camel festival or being in India during Diwali?

    We also thoroughly enjoyed Croatia – Plitvice National park really was one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever been, and Split was a dream come true for me.

    Sounds like a great plan of action for 2016 for you guys!

    • November 11, 2015 / 6:35 pm

      Thanks Grete, Mr ESLT worked out of Mumbai back when it was Bombay (that’s how long it’s been since he was last in India) and I have never been so we are both really looking forward to (hopefully) visiting next year and fingers crossed we both love it. You must truly love it having been 16 times! I’d love to go for Diwali but we have to go mid November due to set leave which is a shame. I will certainly be in touch with you Grete when the planning phase starts, thank you for the offer of help!

      Croatia has been on the list for a couple of years now. It seems it is becoming very popular so I really want to go before it becomes too touristy. We will be spending our 5th wedding anniversary there so hopefully we will have chance to relax and explore. I guess it gives us an excuse to go back if we don’t get to see everything we want though 🙂

  6. January 5, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    Sweden is usually nice, but Gothenburg in February is a bit risky with the weather. But at the same time, there is always a risk with the weather in Sweden 🙂

    • January 5, 2016 / 9:15 pm

      I’m really excited for the ridiculously cold weather although I’m sure I won’t feel the same when I’m there and can’t feel my toes 🙂

      • January 7, 2016 / 10:20 am

        There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. 😉

        • January 8, 2016 / 12:12 pm

          True Grete, I’m good with most weather but I cannot stand rain – my poor hair 🙂

  7. January 10, 2016 / 11:36 am

    Leeds is a fun city, and I loved Munich as well. Where in the USA would you go?

    • January 12, 2016 / 1:04 pm

      I think a western tour incorporating San Fran, Yosemite, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego but I worry about the weather in November! Can’t wait for Munich, do you recommend anything to do/see?

  8. Dave Mcclane
    January 10, 2016 / 4:09 pm

    If you want any Leeds tips give me a shout! Seems like there’s great new places opening weekly here! Other than that it seems like a great itinerary 🙂

    • January 12, 2016 / 1:05 pm

      Hi Dave, think we are going to the tapas restaurant you recommended – thank you!

  9. January 11, 2016 / 9:24 pm

    Hi there! What a great list – a very exciting 2016 lies ahead of you 🙂

    I feel slightly cheeky giving tips to people who have more travel experience than me, but I would say you don’t need 4 days in Ljubljana, great place that it is. Bled and Bohinj are certainly worth your time and not too far away to the West, especially if you want to check out picture postcard pretty/dramatic lakes and countryside! Slovenia’s countryside is sublimely beautiful, and getting out of Ljubljana is a great way to see it.

    Cardiff…I’m from near there originally. Is it your first time? The highlight is Cardiff Bay for me, but I’m sure you’ll find lots to see and do there and around it 🙂

    Did India’s golden triangle last year and loved it, especially the camel desert safari near Jaisalmer, which is magical. As others have said, Taj Mahal does very much live up to the hype. Hope you have a great time there – I am positive I will go back to India one day.

    • January 13, 2016 / 12:36 pm

      Thanks Joe, you should never feel cheeky about offering tip. At the end of the day very few people have been everywhere (hopefully me one day :)) I always ask for tips and recommendations to ensure I don’t miss the good stuff! I think a day trip to Bled is on the cards and I am hoping that it is as beautiful in real life as it is in the pictures.

      My in-laws actually live just outside of Cardiff so we have been loads but never really done anything touristy if that makes sense? I think the main reason is because we normally visit in winter. So hopefully by visiting in May we will have nice weather and have the opportunity to explore more. But I agree the Bay is great, especially for restaurants.

      The Golden Triangle is what I would like to do. I have heard so many mixed reviews about it but I guess not everyone is going to like everything so I should probably give it a go for myself. Although, since I wrote this we are now thinking 3 weeks in Vietnam. Too many places, not enough time eh?

      Do you have any plans for this yea (apart from Hong Kong)?

  10. Ashleigh Bugg
    February 24, 2016 / 3:14 pm

    Thanks so much for following Travel Bugg. I love hearing about others’ travel adventures. I get 10 days of vacation each year so it’s been a stretch to keep up with my itinerary, but I’m trying to make it work.

    If you come to the States, make sure you visit Austin, Texas. 😉
    Best wishes and safe travels. — Ashleigh

    • February 27, 2016 / 7:45 pm

      Hi Ashleigh, thanks for your comment. I heard that holiday days in the USA are very limited but 10 days?! Wow, that’s not many at all. I’m like you and love reading about other people’s adventures and we can’t wait to read about yours. We’ve met a lot of people through blogging who either live or are from Texas, there must be something in the water over there producing so many great writers 🙂

      • Ashleigh Bugg
        February 29, 2016 / 12:25 am

        Vicky & Chris, yes, it’s an unfortunate aspect of our culture although some professions like teachers get a little more. Thanks for your kind comment, and happy travels!

  11. September 30, 2016 / 3:49 am

    Malta’s great! If you intend to visit the Hypogeum, make sure you get there to book in advance. I don’t recall that there is an online reservation but visits are limited! Otherwise, enjoy the streets of Valletta and island fotresses that the Knights of St John built!

    • October 3, 2016 / 12:26 pm

      I have been before but it was over 20 years ago, so very excited to see how the island has changed. Thanks for the great time about the Hypogeum, will certainly book in advance as we really want to visit 🙂