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.
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.
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.