January 15, 2020

Our Travel Goals for the next decade

As we have entered not only a new year but a new decade, I’d love to share with you our travel goals for the next 10 years.  Seems crazy thinking that far ahead, but I think to how the last 10 years have flown by and what we’ve experienced as a family of 2, then 3, 4 and now finally a family of 5!

I wrote my Uk travel bucket list a fair few months ago now, but this time, I’ll be sharing a little further afield as to where I hope to visit in the next 10 years.

Firstly, I would just like to say how grateful and thankful I am for having the opportunities to travel when I was a child.  We were lucky that my parents loved to go on holiday and we were often on a little holiday here and there, mostly visiting Spain, France and taking monthly trips down to our caravan in Devon.  We were also super lucky enough to visit America, and thats when I fell in love with Disney!

Now, as a Mama to three and with our family complete,  I want to expand on our journey of travelling and visiting new places, and of course visiting our much loved locations too – not mentioning Disney at all!

I suppose if money was no object, this list would be perhaps more doable that reality.  But we can all hope and dream, and I think it is therapeutic and positive to write down goals and aspirations for the future.  You never know, it may encourage us to work even harder to achieve them!

Walt Disney World

Ok, this is an obvious one.  Our love for Disney is huge and we visited for the first time as a family of 5 in September 2019.  For Matt and I, it was returning to a much loved destination from our childhoods. For the kids, it was fresh and all brand new.  It was a holiday of a lifetime but is one that is bloody expensive too, especially if you stay onsite and travel in the school holidays.  I would love to visit here again in 2021 and that’s what we are aiming for.  So with a bit (a lot!) of planning, we hope to be back here in our happy place real soon!

For our next trip, we are already thinking about hiring a villa close to Disney and hiring a car.  We loved staying onsite at Disney, but we would also love to experience visiting other places too, including the outlets, Character Warehouse and Millers!

Disneyland Paris

Of course, this is our ‘closer to home’ happy place and thankfully and with the utter most gratitude, I can say we only have 4 weeks until we visit for the fourth time as a family.  Disneyland Paris was where it all began for us in 2016 when we visited for Mr B’s 6th birthday.  We spent 6 nights at Disney’s Newport Bay and fell in love with the beautiful resort and the hub of magic.  We visited again in 2017 staying at Disney’s Cheyenne, then again in 2018 where we stayed at Sante Fe (Disney Cars themed)

This year, we have booked to stay at Sequoia Lodge (which I am ecstatic for!)

For the remainder of the decade, we aim to visit and stay at Davy’s Crockett Ranch and drive perhaps visiting another location too.

halloween sign at the entrance to Disneyland Park Trip report 2018

Disney’s California

I bet your sick of Disney right now. BUT, we really want to visit Disneyland’s California with the kids.  This is a place we visited on our honeymoon so is a real special Disney resort for us.  It’s not cheap to get there and for that length of flight, it really does need to be a 10/14 night holiday.  But, it’s a dream and one that we hope to put into reality one day.  Hopefully in the next 10 years!


This is a relatively new place to add to our travel goals and since I found out about Tivoli Gardens, I’ve wanted to go. Tivoli Gardens is an amusement theme park and is known to be a national treasure! (Walt Disney even got his inspiration from here!)  It’s full of beautiful scenery, historic buildings and lush landscapes.  It is also home to many restaurants and attractions.  I’ve done a bit of research and the rest of the city also looks great for families, with many museums (including Guinness World Records!) and so much more!

We hope to visit for about 4/5 days in total, and cannot wait to add it to a must seen places!


Cornwall is high on our agenda and we definitely want to visit here in the next 10 years.  I suppose the long drive as always put us off.  Having said that, we’ve driven to France twice and therefore I feel it can be achievable.  I would love to visit St.Ives as I hear the beaches and scenery are beautiful.  I would really love to tour the coast and travel up to Devon and along the bottom coast of the UK.


Italy is also on our agenda and I’d love to take the kids to several places – Lake Garda, Venice and Rome.  I know some people shy away from city breaks with the kids, but with the right research it can be doable. We also have family in Italy and we would love to visit them and experience a day in the life of  traditional Italians.

New York

Finally, I would love to return to New York.  I was only 11 when I visited and I feel that I didn’t get the most out of the experience being so young.  However, that doesn’t mean I do not want the kids to experience this vibrant and hustle bustle city.  I know many families who have visited with young children and feel it is 100% achievable with the right planning and excursions booked.  I’ve heard all about Ellen’s Stardust diner, and I’d love to take them to Central Park and visit the Zoo.  I do feel this will be in the latter part of our decade travels when the youngr two kids are out of their preschool and infant ages!

For now, that is my list for the next 10 years.  Of course, there are other places I love to visit such as Ibiza, Spain and many seaside resorts in the UK.  But these are big dreams and I really hope we’ll be able to experience these trips in the next 10 years.  If not, I hope we do in our lifetimes!  Heres to wishing and hoping  – and working hard!

Thanks for reading xxx



4 comments so far.

4 responses to “Our Travel Goals for the next decade”

  1. Matt says:

    Some great places there on your list!

  2. Sherry says:

    Your list sounds great! I’m very excited to visit New York in May but I will be there for a conference…hopefully there will be some free time! You are right, it’s all about planning for success!

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Hi and welcome to The Willow Tree. I’m Michelle, also known as Shel and I am a mama to three beautiful crazy kids – I have two handsome boys and a wild and wonderful girl.

I really wanted a concrete place to share my love for travel, in particular Disney and offer my readers a chance to gain some knowledge around what we love to do as a family of 5.

I share our family adventures which include days out, travel advice and tips, holiday reviews, restaurant visits and of course, our love for Disney, including Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney World.

Life is about creating memories, and here we are sharing them with you




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