Holidays That Sleep 5 – Five Places I Want To Visit Before I’m 40

Somehow, despite still feeling 22, I have shockingly realised I only have 7 years left until l hit the big 40. Considering how quickly the last ten years have flown by, I’m aware it will be here in no time.

The past ten years have spent making and raising babies, so our travel has been pretty limited. This is something I’m keen to change. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about places I’d like to visit in my 30s, and here’s just a few.


Florida, Disney World in particular, is a tricky one for us, because we want our youngest to be old enough to be able to join in all the fun with her brothers, but then we don’t want our eldest to be too old to enjoy it all. When I hit 40, my eldest will be 17 (aaaah!) so we would definitely like to visit before then.

We don’t just want to see Disney World, there’s other parts of Florida we’d like to see. The Kennedy Space Center is high on my husband’s to do list, and the kids would love the science exhibits at Wonder Works.


Portugal and it’s stunning beaches is another place at the top of our list. Anyone I’ve spoken to who have visited Portugal have loved it. Be it Lagos or the Algarve, Madeira or Carvoeiro, I’d love to visit any of them!

As a family of 5, I’m known to complain about our struggle to fit all five us in the one room. When it comes to travelling abroad, it seems our best (and most economic) option is to stay in a villa or apartment. I’ve seen some gorgeous reasonably priced villas in Portugal on Clickstay. Who wouldn’t want their own space and own pool to relax in?

South of France 

Considering how close we are to France, it’s shocking we’ve never ventured there! I’d love to visit the French Riviera. The beautiful beaches, the shopping and the food are just a few of the many reasons I’d love to visit.

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There’s just something so romantic about Italy! The culture and the general charm of the place has always appealed to me. We’ve only been to Venice so far, but we’re desperate to explore Italy more. We’ve seen some gorgeous apartments and villas in Florence. It would mean we could see it’s famous cathedral and crypt, along with Michelangelo’s David, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and work by Leonardo da Vinci. Plus if the food is anything like the food in Venice, I’d be in pasta heaven!


As I mentioned in my Obscure Travel Bucket List, I would love to visit Copenhagen. It’s known for being really child friendly so it’s somewhere we’d feel confident taking the kids. However it’s not just Copenhagen we’d like to visit. The Lego House is Billund is a must do, not only for my kids but my husband too!

These are just a few of the places I’d love to visit in the next few years. Where are you heading to next? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Good luck with making all the holidays you would love to get on before you are 40! What an absolutely amazing mix of different locations, with different activities to do!

  2. That’s a great list! We’ve got that same dilemma about going on trips to places before our kids are both old enough to remember them – there are places (Japan!!) that we’d love to go to now, but feel like they might be once-in-a-lifetime experiences that we want the kids to remember… gives us more time to save up for them, though!

  3. I can highly recommend Portugal and in particular the Algarve as I now live there. The beaches are fab and the weather is great. And a villa is definitely something to consider over a hotel. I know sltwo bloggers who stayed in a villa over the summer and they looked amazing while being reasonably priced too. And Copenhagen is a great city, been there twice pre-kids and would love to go back!

  4. Some great places on your wishlist. Disney and Florida in general would be a dream for me but I know house saving for us is a priority at the moment so we’re trying to not book anything new x

  5. This is a great list! I’d love to visit Florida, in fact it’s my absolute dream to do a road trip around America x

  6. I went to Florida last year but Italy is on my wishlist too. I’m off to Amsterdam next weekend and Malta in December so I’m excited to end the year with some great trips

  7. I really want to go to Finland. Stuff to do with the country keeps popping up around me making me think I am being called to go. Love your list.

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