2021 Gone, 2022 Beckons

In years gone by at this time of year I would have recapped my exciting travels undertaken and talked enthusiastically about my travel plans for the coming year.

2021 was far less adventurous than normal for obvious reasons and I daren’t plan too much for the year ahead. I did however get around a bit, mainly in the UK.

After the lockdown, the first thing I did in May was to visit the Wildfowl & Wetlands site in Arundel, Sussex followed by a pub lunch with my sister & nephew. It felt amazing after all those months locked away.

Canada Geese & Goslings

The main travels were in July with a road trip taking in towns & cities that I had never visited before. The route was set as Lincoln to Northumberland to Carlisle via the Borders Region and onto Cartmel & Stratford-upon-Avon, finishing with some time in Hertfordshire and a first ever balloon ride.

It was all great fun and threw up some magic moments in the cathedrals of Lincoln & Carlisle, a boat trip to Holy Island, the stately Alnwick Castle, a wonderfully scenic drive along B roads from Seahouses to Carlisle via the border towns of Kelso & Jedburgh, and a return journey on the picturesque Carlisle to Settle railway line.

We also made a few trips to Devon, Bristol & Windsor to visit family & friends.

October & November saw us take our first flight and make our first overseas visit since February 2020.

First up a flight to Jersey complete with PCR test on arrival. This was mainly a trip for relaxing in our nice spa hotel and we stayed in St Helier rather than doing any island touring.

In early November we took a trip by train to Nancy in France. We found a beautiful little city waiting for us and will surely return one day.

Nancy was followed by a weekend in the Dorset coastal town of Lyme Regis.

That just left a day trip to London to visit the Harry Potter photographic exhibition, the theatre to see Only Fools & Horses and the Christmas lights/decorations.

So what of 2022? I am loathe to plan too far ahead but a family weekend in Bournemouth has been booked, as has a May tour of Scotland by train followed by a week in the Yorkshire Dales.

Isle of Barra, Scotland

Hopefully the Trans-Siberian Express trip thrice postponed will finally happen. No chickens counted of course!

Whatever you do in 2022, have a happy & healthy year with at least a sprinkling of travels I hope.


  1. Not a bad year after all. What a shame that you were in Lincoln but didn’t drop by!

    1. Thanks Andrew. It was a tad packed itinerary wise. Would have been nice. Hope you have a great 2022 with some travels of course! Will.

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