January is in term of traveling a quiet month for us. Normally, it’s high season at Paul’s work and we’re just back from Xmas holidays. Nevertheless, we have visited both travel fairs, reisbeurs in Utrecht and FITUR in Madrid. Yes, our first trip of the year was to Madrid. Well, it was the kids and I. Paul stayed in The Netherlands. And so I’m becoming an expert about flying alone with a baby and a toddler. By the way, the most popular picture of January was the one I took from the airplane on our way back to The Netherlands.
I have to say, I enjoyed FITUR much more than the Reisbeurs. Probably because I was able to go on a day that there weren’t so many people. But also because there was a great presentation about Slovenia, the #TBMEslovenia, and because I finally was able to meet Suzanne from menudos viajeros in person as well as other travel bloggers.
Last weekend we visited FITUR and we have gathered up some travel inspiration 🙂 But still we haven't booked our holidays, have you? Where are you going?
So after two different travel fairs and so much inspiration, what will be our travel destination this year? Well, we don’t know yet!! We are doubting about two destinations and probably you have already guessed one: Slovenia!!
What makes Slovenia so special? It’s a small country (20.000 km² & 2Mio inhabitants), but it has a lot of nature. Almost 60% of its territory is covered by forest. In fact, it was declared world’s first green country las year!! And in addition, it has the largest population of grizzly bears of Europe. Add 46,6km of coast, nice people and a great gastronomy and you have the perfect holiday destination.
But what is our second option? The second one is further away, but it has some similarities with Slovenia. It has a lot of National Parks, gorgeous nature, and particular animals like bisons and grizzly bears. Can you guess it? Well, it’s West-Canada.
In particular, British Columbia and Alberta. Have a look at the Instagram account of Travel Alberta and you’ll discover the beauty of this region. Especially, the National Parks Banff and Jasper offers a lot of hiking opportunities and magical places. Last year, Marcella traveled around West Canada and her blog posts shows the beauty of this region. So visit her blog to get some more travel inspiration about West Canada.
West Canada can be reached from Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton. All three have direct flights from Amsterdam (something we take into consideration when flying with the little ones). From the three, the most appealing city at the moment is Edmonton. In the summer, it hosts a lot of festivals, which you can attend for free. In the autumn, you can admire the changing colors of the trees and, with some luck, an Indian Summer.
What we have clear is the way we want to travel! If we look back at our travels, we have been traveling with campers and motorhomes since 2012: Australia in a camper in 2012, New Zealand in a camper in 2013, Southwest USA in a jucy camper in 2014 and Norway in a motorhome in 2016. We enjoy the freedom of sleeping and cooking in our own vehicle. For the kids, it’s also fine that they have the same bed the whole time. Therefore, this year we will for sure rent a motorhome or a caravan!
No matter the destination, we need to decide quickly as the availability of motorhomes is already low. Just tell me, have you already decided where you will go this summer? Where do you think we should go, Slovenia or West Canada?