My New Year’s resolutions tend to fall by the wayside quickly.  Usually by January 2nd.  So, can a resolution be something you are going to do anyway? We travel a lot and it’s fun trying to narrow down the options of where we want to go.  So, I’m resolving to set out some of our travel plans.  I think of it as a win/win.

world travel

Here are some places that have caught my fancy and I’m lining up the options for Mr. N and me to discuss.

Val d’Isere, France

We’ve been skiing at Val d’Isere with friends the last 2 years.  We liked it so much we are going again!  Skiing can be a bit of a hassle with young children so we are sticking with the tried and tested.

val d'isere

Normandy, France

We are planning on going this year to Normandy for the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.   The commemoration will occur from June through August with a series of fireworks, parades etc.  This event may also be the last major anniversary attended by soldiers who were present for the actual battle.

d-day anniversary kiss

photo: www.the70-thenormandy.com

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA

We also spend time at our summer house in the USA when we are not renting it out.  Summer wouldn’t be the same for our children until they get their fix of this idyllic island.

vineyard sign

Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA

No doubt, we’ll spend time with our friends and family up and down the East Coast of the USA.  My parents have retired to a particularly beautiful part of Pennsylvania which is only over the border from Southern New Jersey. I love the rolling farmland and national parks a fairly short drive away (for the USA).  For example, on Christmas Day we went to Washington Crossing Historic Park.  They had a re-enactment of George Washington’s famous crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas Day 1776 which I will write about later.

washington crossing

The Outer Banks, North Carolina, USA

One trip we are planning is renting a house with friends in the Outer Banks, a series of barrier islands of the coast of North Carolina.  We will definitely visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial and my airplane-mad son will be delighted.  On a remote sandbar in North Carolina, history was made when an aircraft made its first flight in 1903.  Populated with wild horses, scenic drives, beautiful beaches, the Outer Banks are a very popular American tourist destination.

mustangs

OK, that’s as far as I have gotten.  I’m going to wait to spring my wish to go to Egypt on Mr. N at a later date.  I’ve wanted to go for ages and the children have now studied Ancient Egypt at school. I think they would love to see for themselves all the cool things about which they have learned.  Mr. N is understandably worried about the safety issues of travelling there at this time.

So, what are your travel plans for this year?  Have you thought that far ahead?