Welcome to 2017! First off, I would like to wish all of you a Happy New Year!
I hope this is the year in which you’ll realise at least a couple of your travel goals.
Although 2016 was a turbulent year politically, on a personal level it could not have been much better. At the beginning of last year, I set myself the goal to do something outside of the house every weekend. And for the most part, I definitely reached that target. We visited more destinations both in the UK and abroad in one year than either of us had ever before.
2016 – HOW I TRAVELLED FOR 60 DAYS (WITH ONLY 24 DAYS OF ANNUAL LEAVE)
Last year we managed to travel to 15 destinations, in 7 countries. We took 16 flights across two continents. Wand in total we travelled for 60 days in 2016, but only took 24 days of annual leave.
We kicked off the year with a three-day trip to Snowdonia in Wales, using one day of annual leave and the weekend. In February we travelled over a long weekend to the Harzgebierge to celebrate my grandmother’s birthday.
Easter is a great time for a short trip in Europe or the UK. We made the most of the two bank holidays and drove up to Yorkshire, where we spent a total of four days, by including the weekend.
In May we were spoilt again with not one but two bank holidays. So we decided to head to Somerset, visiting both Bath and Glastonbury in those four days.
At the beginning of July we spoiled ourselves with a short break in Vienna. We stayed there for 6 days, using 4 days of our annual leave and a full weekend.
In September, we splashed out and used 10 days of annual leave and three weekends, for a two week trip to Thailand.
In October we were invited to the Isle of Wight for another long weekend, using one more day of annual leave.
In November, we realised a long kept dream and travelled to Iceland for Gary’s birthday. For this purpose, we booked three days off work and added a weekend into the mix.
In December, we visited Hamburg for a weekend. We then spent the Christmas break in Scotland using 3 bank holidays and 4 days of annual leave. On our drive up to the North we stopped for one night in Blackpool, and driving back down we stayed in the Peak District.
2016 – A SUCCESFUL YEAR FOR THE BLOG
2016 was also the year in which A Life Beautifully Travelled really took off. With that, the opportunities started flooding in and I am grateful to have had the chance to work with so many amazing people and companies. I discovered new places, new gadgets and met a lot of incredibly friendly people, both online and in the real world.
But one of the best things by far I did in 2017 for the blog, was to join the travel community on facebook. There are some amazing travel bloggers out there and all of them are more than willing to answer a newbie’s many questions. I want to thank every single one of them for the support and kindness they showed me other the last year.
WHY I WILL BE TRAVELLING LESS IN 2017
2017 will be a little different from 2016.
Some of you might know that I am an architect or should I say an architectural assistant. This year I am taking the plunge, and finally completing the last step of my seven-year-long degree.
This means that I will be studying part-time, whilst continuing my current job in London and blogging on the side. It involves attending long lectures in the evening, sitting numerous exams, writing a 10000word long case study and finally a terrifying interview at the end of the year.
This is the main reason why I need to turn down the volume on my travel plans for 2017. I certainly won’t be travelling abroad quite as much as last year. And the amount of days I can allocate to gallivanting about the globe will, unfortunately, be reduced.
MY TRAVEL GOALS FOR 2017
This however does not mean I will stop travelling altogether. I am still determined to fill every bit of free-time with as many experiences as possible. I just won’t be doing it in the customary way.
TRAVEL – customary definition: “to make a journey, typically of some length.”
It is the “typically of some length” that I wholeheartedly disagree with. I have preached on many occasions through the past year, that travel starts on your doorstep. And my goal for 2017 is to prove to you that this is true. And thus my main focus in 2017 will be exploring every nook and cranny of London.
Gary and I have now lived here for three years and yet we are far off from having done everything that is worth seeing in this gigantic metropole. We haven’t even visited the Tower of London, believe it or not!
With house price skyrocketing in London, Gary and I have come to the conclusion that we have been pretty much out priced. And since one of our goals for the next few years is to buy a house, we will probably need to move sooner or later. So we might as well make the most of it, whilst we are still here.
London is one of the top destinations in the world. There is so much to see and do in the capital of the UK, that it is actually impossible to do it all in one year. However, we are going to do our best to visit as many London attractions as possible in the next 12 months.
And thus my goal for 2017 is to check-off at least one item from my London Bucketlist every weekend.