The #Take12Trips Challenge: My 2016 Results

#Take12Trips has become a bit of a thing for me – it helps keep me motivated to find ways of bringing more travel related experiences into my life. Having something to aim for is really the key, otherwise those days soon turn into weeks, then suddenly months have gone by, and before I even catch breath life just runs away with me, as it can so easily do when you feel like all you do is juggle tasks in the quest for balance.

Anyway – 2016 was a pretty good year. I wasn’t sure how I’d fare given that we’d just felt the pinch big time from the expense of moving house this time last year. But all I’ve done is readjust my priorities so I can still afford those trips and days out. Here’s how it went:


I started the year by making the most of visiting places in my new (old) home of Liverpool. Now that I was back full-time in my hometown, seeing as much of it as possible was high on my agenda. January saw a day trip to the Museum of Liverpool, which we’ve revisited throughout the year. It’s a firm favourite for a rainy day.



You can’t go wrong with the Mersey Ferry, so when my in-laws came to visit us in our new abode, we made a beeline for the ferry terminal so that we could all enjoy something Liverpool is famous for. I never get tired of those views!



Time for something a little bit different! The Fab 4 Taxi Tour! We spent half a day with our taxi drive guide taking in some of Liverpool’s lesser known historical sights, as well as those that are much more familiar to us (a guided tour of the Anglican Cathedral was included). And of course, some Beatles history. It was thoroughly enjoyable and I learned so much about the city that I’ve taken for granted all these years.


Read more about all these places: The January to March #Take12Trips Update


Now it was time to fly off somewhere further afield – Barcelona was the place. A new route from Liverpool Airport had recently launched, so we took advantage of cheap tickets and had the best family friendly city break I could have hoped for.


Not long after our return, I then hit up a new UK city for me, Cardiff, where I attended the Traverse conference and took in some of the city’s culture. It felt like a flying visit, but what I saw, I loved.



To celebrate our wedding anniversary, and because she knows how much I love an overnight trip, my sister booked me and Mr Holiday Addict into a hotel in Liverpool that I’ve been lusting after for months – the Titanic Hotel at Stanley Dock. I loved it. We got a lovely grown up night off from mum and dad duty in a fab location that blended dockland history with swish modern luxury just perfectly.



Off to Portugal! To be more specific, a three night break to Porto. In the sunshine, this city is just so ridiculously photogenic it’s kind of hard to concentrate on anything other than the spectacular views. We had a fabulous time, and drank plenty of famous port wine.



When the sun comes out at home, one of the best things to do is to visit and explore local parks. So we got out and about doing just that this month. We love Court Hey Park in the south of the city, but my top pick for Liverpool if you’re visiting? Calderstones Park. Beautiful landscapes, family friendly playgrounds and a lovely cafe and ice cream parlour.


The month of August will always mean summer holidays for me – and this year was no different. Off we flew back to Crete, for some fun in the sun with some of my extended family. It will come as no surprise I’m sure, that we’ll be destined for Greece again in August 2017 – but which island this time? You may have spotted a mention when I booked the trip and mentioned it on my Facebook page, but I’ll tell you more in an upcoming post early in the New Year.



One of my favourite cultural spots in Liverpool is the Walker Art Gallery – I’ve come to love it there. But I’d never visited with my son until now. Turns out they have a wonderful children’s area with plenty to keep crafty little hands busy. Plus, when they’ve created their masterpiece, you can stick it on the wall for all to see!



This moth saw our first real trip away from home without our Holiday Baby. And while we missed him, the romantic, culture filled city of Florence in Italy was a wonderful place for us to indulge in being grown ups for a few days. I urge you to visit!


We made up for our time away from our wee guy though, with a trip to the Riverside Museum in Glasgow, which is home to the Glasgow Transport Museum. We visited with our family and loved seeing the cars, trains, trams and so much more through the eyes of the little ones. Glasgow is such a great city for museums – there’ll be more on my list for next year!


Oh dreaded winter bugs – you hit our house big time in November! So much so, that it was all I could do to drag myself into work. November was our month of hibernation as we hoped that the snot would subside in time for Christmas…


Back with a bang! We missed having the opportunity to go away for a Christmas market break, but we made the most of what Liverpool had to offer with a lovely day out exploring all the Christmas attractions. Devoting a day to enjoying the city rather than racing round the shops was just what we needed to get our fill of festive spirit – and with New Year’s Eve tomorrow, it hasn’t run out yet!


Total Trip Tally = 13 (That’ll do for me!)

Until next year…



  • Am finishing up my final post for this year’s challenge later/tomorrow. Right up to the wire of 2016! Looking forward to looking back over the year. And a few of your trips are definitely on my wishlist especially pretty Porto.

  • Lucy says:

    Lots of love for Porto and the Riverside Museum in Glasgow from me too – and one day I’ll finally make it to Florence. Here’s to a fab fourth year of the Take 12 Trips challenge to come!

  • Upasna says:

    13 trips, good on you !
    I’ve been taking the challenge myself, ever since you started it and 2016 was the third year. I took a total of 8 trips last year, so didn’t make the goal, but it was fun nonetheless. 🙂
    Working on my own #Take12Trips post update now and definitely taking the challenge forward into the new year!
    Happy New Year to you and cheers to many more explorations in 2017!

    • Clare says:

      Happy New Year to you, too! I’ve been following you for a while now since #take12trips started and I’ll definitely be on the lookout for where you get to in 2017. Happy travelling!

  • Vlad says:

    Florence is next on my Italian wishlist, I hope I can go soon, as it looks super pretty! Congrats on a great year of travel, hoping your 2017 will be even better 😀

  • Dave says:

    Hey Clare – fantastic recap of your year!
    You’re totally right, time passes but so quickly when you don’t set specific targets and goals. They let you “achieve” something and that feels good.
    We posted a slightly different recap about our year, you can find it here (
    Portugal and Greece are in our list… your pictures look good.

    All the best for 2017 and lots of terrific trips! Lovely website design btw – our webpage just crashed and we’re still rebuilding

    • Clare says:

      I’ll check out your post for sure! Thanks so much for the kind words about the site, too. Hope you make it to Portugal and especially Greece – I love Greece so much!

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