Dee and Graham’s Journey Diary for 2023

A journey diary is one approach to keep in mind all of the locations we’ve visited. They’re nice for recreating the thrilling occasions we’ve seen whereas away from residence too. Do you retain one? Maybe with some momentos out of your adventures?

Our free-spirited travellers Dee and Graham visited numerous locations in 2023. Together with the vacation of their goals! Publish travels, they’ve shared extracts from their journey diary with us. Their journey diary for 2023 began with a visit round Devon…


‘We began holidaying in February with per week in Devon. Though it was a bit chilly, we did handle to journey round a good bit and particularly loved Fortress Drogo.’ Fortress Drogo is a 20th century household fort (the final to be constructed in England). It’s present in Drewsteignton on the sting of Dartmoor Nationwide Park.


As spring arrived in March, ‘we stayed in one in every of our very favorite barn conversions in Shropshire. The assorted species of birds and wildlife are phenomenal! We stayed there once more in September.’



‘In April, it was yet one more 12-night Western Mediterranean cruise. We do like these and at all times guide our favorite suite. We stopped at Lisbon, Cartagena, Vigo, Gibraltar, Malaga and Cadiz however not in that order!  All of that are tremendous ports to cease, wander round and store!’

dee shopping in Malaga


‘Could took us to a brand new vacation spot – Croatia. Reserving a a lot, a lot smaller cruise alongside the Dalmatian Coast was a very completely different expertise. But, Croatia is a wonderful nation and Dubrovnik particularly is filled with historical past. It’s a very fashionable vacationer attraction.’ Beneath is a photograph of Dee on the stone mason’s faculty in Croatia.

the stone mason’s school in Croatia


‘June was a particular month, particularly for me, as we celebrated my seventieth birthday in Puglia. Such a stunning a part of Southern Italy’. The immense variety of olive groves, citrus fruit orchards and fig timber was paradise. Additionally seeing the wonderful Trulli Homes and visiting cities like Matera with its historic cave houses too. It was 40 °C!’.

travel diary agenda for dee's birthday - a trip to Alberobello, Puglia


‘July noticed us within the Peak District and the Dales. England has a lot to supply for surroundings and historical past, and Derbyshire is one such place, Dovedale is beautiful’. Dovedale is a picturesque valley inside the Peak District. Throughout a visit right here you possibly can comply with plenty of strolling routes or plot your personal throughout a rural staycation.

travel diary highlight UK highlight - Dovedale


‘August is often a quiet month for us however we made up for it later within the 12 months!’


‘In September, we lastly realised one in every of our absolute vacation goals – Jordan! Clearly, not a part of Europe. So, we did have to purchase a separate journey insurance coverage coverage (a Free Spirit Single Journey Tremendous Duper coverage). It was expensive however once more with out it, we might by no means have realised the dream.

Jordan was completely wonderful. Not solely had been the folks beautiful. The abundance of monumental crops of fruit (particularly figs and watermelons) offered by the roadside was beautiful too! Petra was sheer magic and our lodge was actually on the entrance to the world. This was fairly an emotional expertise, by no means to be forgotten.

In the identical month, we had been again in Shropshire – for a relaxation!’

travel diary highlight - Petra


‘In October we visited Northern Cyprus someplace we’d by no means been to earlier than. Though very fashionable with new vacationers, effectively definitely worth the go to for historic historical past and tradition. Visiting Famagusta was fairly a shock, because of the deterioration of all of the buildings and houses. This was a results of the troubles between two nations. Unhappy.’


‘November has been considerably loopy with two separate weeks once more. We stayed in two of our favorite conversions in Somerset and Rutland. Each lovely counties, which we do get pleasure from and attempt to get to loosen up in’.

Take Appropriate Journey Insurance coverage

Wherever you journey and no matter reminiscences you’ll cherish in your journey diary discover the suitable journey insurance coverage – as quickly as you guide (ASAYB) your journey.

Though Dee lives with a uncommon type of most cancers known as NETs (Neuroendocrine tumours and carcinoid syndrome) and requires common therapy, scans and consultations to detect new tumours, the situation will be saved beneath management. Free Spirit has offered Dee and Graham with an acceptable journey insurance coverage coverage for numerous years sine her dignosis. The coverage consists of emergency therapy, repatriation cowl and extra if/when its required.

Since 2017, Free Spirit has given Dee and Graham the ‘freedom to fulfil all their adventures’. Each within the UK and abroad. As Christmas approaches they’ll be on the point of talk about their 2024 Free Spirit annual coverage.


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