After almost eight years of retail working with no bank holidays/ weekends off and having to book whole weeks off work rather than the odd day I vowed to change my travelling habits when I changed jobs. At the beginning of the year I set myself a challenge to be out of the country every single month. This could be for a short whistle stop weekend or a proper full blown holiday it didn’t matter. I was going to say out of the UK but I knew I wanted to visit Edinburgh so country seemed fair enough.
Going away for me is such a great experience as I can do new things and see new sights but also be away from the constant drone of work. It might seem like I’m always on the go when I go away (I want to make the most of travel time) but it is massively relaxing for me. When I come back to my hotel or hostel I can read and relax rather than being drawn into emails and posts on my laptop and during the day I can do what I like.
Here’s a run-down of what I’ve done in the few months so far, but most importantly what I have booked/ planned for the rest of the year.
January: I have banged on about this trip a lot but I headed over to Morocco which was my first experience of solo travel. I joined a great group of people and trekked camels, slept in the deserts, hiked mountains and had a great time. You can read more about my trip here.
February: This was my first completely solo trip with no one else with me and I loved it. I went to Edinburgh and could get up when I wanted and go where I wanted. In less than 48 hours I did such a lot and have already fallen in love with the city. You can read more about my trip here.
March: My March trip is quite late as I am going away over the Easter weekend with my friend to Malta. I’ve never been to Malta and I am looking forward to a little bit of relaxation. As we’re there for four days we can explore, eat loads, try local cocktails and just relax.
April: I have just booked four days in Paris with my friend Amy and I am excited to head back to the city. I’ve only been to Paris once before for New Year 2010 with an ex-boyfriend and because we spent one whole day at Disney and one day was New Years Day and nothing was open we didn’t get chance to do much. I’m looking forward to going up the Eiffel Tower and exploring the city more.
May: I haven’t yet decided where I am going to go in May although I know it’s only going to be a very quick stop somewhere. I’m tempted to go somewhere I’ve been before like Berlin, Amsterdam or Copenhagen to finish up the things I didn’t manage to do last night but who knows at the moment. I’ll be hopefully booking this trip later this month or in April.
June: The first weekend of June will mark my first outing to Rock am Ring which is an amazing festival in Germany. Each and every year I look at the line up and it is insane and this year seems to be even better than previous years. A good friend of mine is moving back home to Germany next month so I am going to meet her and head to the festival together.
July: This is going to be the biggest trip of my year and will see me spend eight days in New York City. I am going to be heading to Long Beachs’ Warped Tour and then spend the next seven days exploring everything in the city that I haven’t yet done and repeating some experiences I loved. This will be my fourth time in the city and I’m excited to be going on my own (other than meeting a friend for a few days out there).
August: I am going back to Edinburgh in August to take my parents. I raved so much about my trip when I came back that my parents said they wanted to go, plus my dad loves Whiskey and there’s so much of it there. Because there’s still stuff I want to do which I haven’t I said i’d go with them so we’re going to have three days in the City.
September: One of my friends wants to go to Budapest and despite the fact that I’ve been there before there’s still a lot I haven’t done in the city so I am excited to go back. I want to explore more of the city and see what it has to offer.
October- December: I haven’t settled on any of my trips for this month although I was tempted to head for two days to Disneyland Paris for Halloween due to my Nightmare before Christmas obsession but this is down to money as Disney can be expensive. I know that I want to go to the Cologne Christmas market which should happen late November or December but nothing is yet set in stone.
As you can see my years’ worth of travelling is going really well and these are just the trips abroad, I also have five UK camping festivals planned, a few day festivals, a trip to Whitby and a long bank holiday weekend in a cottage with my friends. I am incredibly lucky to be able to travel so much and I will be doing a post very soon about how I manage to afford to travel so often.