I'm lucky enough to have a job that allows me 10 days off every five weeks. While this does not allow for too much long haul travel there are certainly aound 10 holidays a year to look forward to.
Here's what we've done in 2011 so far.
Jan. Innsbruck to watch the 4 hills ski-jumping.
Feb. Firstly London to see a Waterboys gig and then a long weekend in Brest.
March. A long weekend in Valladolid.
April. 4 days in Lisbon.
May. 5 days in Kiev
June. Visits to Rostock and Wismar in Germany then Malbork and Gdansk in Poland with a good ferry ride between the two.
Aug. A weekend in Rotterdam
Sept. Visits to Sarajevo and Konjic in BiH then Metkovic and Cavtat in Croatia.
Oct. Munich and Kaufbeuren, just missed Oktoberfest!
Nov. A week in Sharm el Sheikh.
Dec. Long weekend in Lyon.
And so into 2012.
Jan. A long weekend in Marseille
Feb. Oslo and hopefully a visit to Vikersund to watch the ski flying
Early Mar. An appointment with The Waterboys in Genk, Belgium.
Late March, April. A long weekend in Poznañ, Poland
April. a boys weekend in Munich, sounds awful!!
May, visits to Tbilisi and Batumi in Georgia, then another appointment with the Waterboys, this time in Birmingham.
June A week in Western Switzerland, arrive and depart from Basel with stops in Bern and Lake Thun.
July. Denmark, visits to Copenhagen, Odense and Aarhus. - Cancelled Mrs B injured her knee and plastered for 6 weeks.
Aug. The Dorsten Bierbörse and some time in Essen, Germany.Hmm, doubtful -cancelled as well.
Sept. 8 days in Croatia, arrive in Zadar and leave from Cavtat, stopping off in Makarska along the way, lovely! - no chance of this one either. We will make a short visit to Peterborough and Long Sutton, near to the East Coast.
Oct. Finally going to see Leonard Cohen, and it's in Lisbon, excellent! - definitely going to this one!
Later in Oct, a long weekend in Tirana, Albania - this is looking promising too! canceled, a schedule change by BA making travel impossible, now off to Costa Dorada in Spain for 4 days, good to be back on the move!
Dec. a week in Sliema, Malta
Jan. A long weekend on Guernsey, one of the Channel islands.
Feb. Skijumping at Willingen, Germany and another visit to Wuppertal
Mar. Bangkok and Cha Am- Thailand
Apr. Weekend in Naples
May, early, a weekend in Alicante
May, late, Odense and Aarhus, Denmark
June. Munich with lots of friends - fantastic!
Aug. Offenburg, Germany and Strasbourg, France. then some time in Burton on Trent.
Late Aug, Leonard Cohen again, this time in Brighton.
Sept. 9 days to get from Wroclaw, Poland to Brno, Czech Rep. Sounds like fun!
Oct. A long weekend in Chisinau, Moldova.
Nov. Leipzig for a long weekend then a Waterboys gig in Milan
Dec. A week in Dubai, some Xmas sunshine hopefully.
Jan. A long overdue revisit to Bratislava, Slovakia
Mar. A mysyery trip for Mrs B's 50th! No mysteey now, a week in Tel Aviv, Israel
Apr, Debrecen, Hungary for a long weekend.
May. Coatia, stops in Zadar, Makarska and Cavtat
Jun. Footie World Cup, stays in Rio and Sao Paulo - fantastic!
Late June, Suzanne Vega in Cheltenham
July. Neil Young in Ulm
Aug, Dorsten Bierboerse, stays in Essen and Soest
Sept / Oct, Montenegro, stays in Kotor, Herceg Novi and Podgorica
Oct. A cheeky weekend in Munich!
Dec. Prague with lots of friends
Jan. Weekend in Alicante
Feb. Paris and Rouen, 2 days each
March. Agadir, Morocco
April Augsburg & Munich
May. Nagoya & Seoul