I wonder if it’s really true that time passes faster as you get older? I’ve been looking back at some of the amazing adventures I’ve been lucky enough to experience this year, and they seem like only yesterday! Here are my highlights from 2015.
After a quiet January, February brought an exciting cruise around the Caribbean on the Disney Dream with Sam. You can read all about our adventure, when we discover that Disney cruises aren’t just for kids over on the Telegraph website.
February saw me heading to Amsterdam, on assignment for Cruise International on board the brand new river cruise ship, Scenic Jasper. You can read my review of the ship here.
In April, Charlie and I were lucky enough to jet off to explore Texas, before boarding the gorgeous Carnival Freedom and visiting Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Jamaica . You can read all about our amazing trip over on the Cruise International website.
And closer to home in April, Mr E and I also visited the beautiful English countryside and spent some time at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. Definitely a contender for my favourite hotel:
In May, I joined a really lovely group of people to explore the beautiful south western coast of Florida, including Sarasota, Fort Myers and Naples. This trip really stands out in my mind as the places we visited were just absolutely stunning. I’m definitely planning to head back and spend more time in this glorious part of the world.
In June, the boys and I visited Paris for some Frozen Summer Fun:
And in July, Mr E and I were back in Paris for a couple of days of relaxation:
And then at the end of July, it was time to jet off to Barbados for the incredible, colourful Cropover 2015. What an experience (look at those freckles – stay out of the sun, girl!):
In August, we visited beautiful Seaside Palm Beach hotel in Gran Canaria for a family holiday, which was just wonderful as we don’t seem to spend much time together these days:
In September, I visited Tuscany, in particular Montalcino, with Sorcha from wine tour company Away With Wine. I absolutely fell in love with the area, and had a fabulous time learning all about Brunello (and made a lovely new friend too):
And then in October, I was off on assignment for Cruise International again, this time flying to Istanbul to board the stunning SeaDream 1 and cruise to Kepez, in Turkey to visit the ancient city of Troy, then on to Kusadasi, the gorgeous little Greek island of Patmos, glamorous Mykonos, the medieval city of Rhodes, and finally beautiful Santorini. Look out for this article in the New Year.
November was the only month without any travel, but I was still busy, talking at the Family Travel Show, and also at World Travel Market.
And finally in December, there was Grinchmas in Orlando at Universal Studios, which was fabulous fun, and again I met some incredibly lovely people. Sometimes, before I head out on a press trip, I have a bit of a wobble – it’s daunting meeting new people – but then I remind myself that every trip I do, the people always turn out to be fascinating and fun, and I wonder why I worry in the first place:
I wonder what 2016 will have in store? Hopefully it will have a job for Mr E, who was made redundant back in the summer. Whatever else it throws at us, I’ll be embracing it all and pinching myself at just how lucky I am to live this amazing life filled with all these wonderful places and people.
So from me, and my barking mad family, here’s wishing you and yours a fabulous 2016. Much love and thanks for taking the time to stop by! xx