I figured it was time to update you on my travel plans. As summer is fast approaching and the end of term for uni is just around the corner. Thanks to being a student I get an incredibly long summer holidays (like June – mid September) and cannot wait to make the most of that time this year.
Last year I stayed based in London but took many small Europe trips, this year my plan is far grander. I will be moving out of my room in London for the summer and if you have been following my blog for a while you will already know where I’m going. Yep, you’ve got it Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
As I keep going on about, my boyfriend is living there with work this year and I will be heading over to join him mid June until mid September. This means I will be living in the city during the Olympics and enjoying every moment of the magic that brings.
But before I get into too much detail about that trip, I have something else lined up first. I am going on my first family holiday since I was 17! My parents, my brother and I will jet off to the Algarve on the 31st of May for 10 days of sun, relaxing and eating. I have arranged a gorgeous villa for us to stay in and booked car hire, the two essentials for a family holiday in my opinion. I can’t wait to practise my Portuguese and hopefully make the holiday as smooth as possible for everyone.
Once I return from Portugal I have five days to get myself ready for the longest trip I’ve taken since my gap year. Winter will be in full swing once I arrive and I’m trying to work out just what the weather is really going to be like and what clothes to pack! All those things are boring though, lets get back to the travelling plans.
In terms of Rio, I have a whole wish list of things to do and see. I was a pretty rubbish tourist during my last visit at Easter so I still have so much to tick off my bucket list. Then of course there is the small matter of the Olympics. Again, I am very fortunate because with my boyfriend’s job came a chance to get some amazing tickets for the games. We will be going to see equestrian show jumping, rugby sevens, track cycling and the 100m final. What’s more, my boyfriends apartment looks out on the lake where the rowing is happening. Aside from the Olympics and the city, we are hoping to get back to Ilha Grande and possibly visit Buzios (or somewhere nearby that area). We are also hoping to get to Iguazu Falls on the Brazil Argentina border but as of yet we have nothing booked for that.
We do have one massive trip coming up during our time in Rio, we are going back to America! We will be taking a very quick trip to Detroit, Michigan (where my boyfriend and I first met at the start of summer camp five years ago) for our friends wedding. We met this couple at camp and have continued to keep in touch with them ever since, so when they invited us to their wedding we felt like it was something we couldn’t say no to. It will be a flying visit to one of our favourite states in America and although we won’t make it up north to camp we will get to see another camp family while we are there. I cannot wait even if we have to endure flight hell (aka three different flights and a lot of travelling time) getting there and back.
I think that rounds up everything I have planned for the summer currently, I would love to see more of South America while I’m out there but I just don’t think the funds are going to allow it. Still who knows what adventures will come over the following months, I will certainly be sharing them all with you guys.
Oh and one more thing while we are on the topic of travel plans, I’m going to Mexico City in October. This will be another flying visit to another new country but my boyfriend and some of his work mates are heading to the F1 race there and I decided to tag along with them. We all know how much I love F1 too (or at least you will if you read about the other F1 races I’ve been too) and I’ve always wanted to visit Mexico. I’m just a little gutted that I won’t be able to visit more of the country during this visit.
Am reading this on the commute home from work and am already feeling a little jealous! What an amazing summer you have planned. The atmosphere in Rio is going to be fantastic during the Olympics and so nice that you’re going to be able to catch up with your camp friends too. I’m meeting up with someone I was a camp counsellor with for the first time in 12 years this summer – can’t wait!
Currently traveling SE Asia with my husband 🙂
Amazing, I loved travelling in SE Asia. I hope you have the best time 🙂
Wow, I agree, incredible summer! The Olympics will be absolutely amazing – can’t wait to see it through your eyes 🙂
Wow, you’re going to have an awesome time! 🙂
I’m so pleased for you Jodie that you’ll be spending the whole summer together and going back to the place you first met – so romantic!! Can’t even begin to imagine how incredible the atmosphere in Rio will be at Olympic time!
Thanks Shikha, I cannot wait to experience Rio during the Olympics!
Wow that’s so cool you get the tickets to the games, and his apartment. I’ll be really interested to read what you think of it all as everything I read seems to focus on the negative side of the games, although that could just be what I choose to read?!
If I remember rightly it was similar before London, the media do it to drum up interest in the Olympics. However, this time I think all then native stuff is a bit more real. Im sure they are going to pull it off amazingly well. Will certainly be sharing my thoughts at the end of the summer!