I seem to have said this the past few years but last year was an incredible year for travel for me and I feel so lucky to have gotten the chance to head to as many countries as I did. Travel for me is always going to be a huge part of my life and unless anything major happens I can’t imagine I’ll ever go a year without at least one or two trips away, but unlike the past few years I do plan on toning down 2018 just a bit. I have a lot of goals for this year and starting to make active steps in saving to move from my flat to a house is a real mindset so of course this is going to mean I’m going to have to spend money more wisely for the next 2-5 year’s while me and my boyfriend do all the ‘adult’ things we need to.
But this doesn’t mean 2018 is going to be that quiet as I have two nights in Luxumburg planned for February, five days in New York for my boyfriends birthday in March, four days in Romania pencilled in for May/ June, five days of relaxation in Dubrovnik pencilled in for September and a German Christmas Market must visit in December. So it’s not really ‘quiet’ but these trips are more pre-planned and saved than sponteneous for me.
Planning has always been my forte and while I’ve been having a HUGE post Christmas flat clear out I’ve been thinking about the items which are going to help me with my travels in 2018.
Culture Smart Books
I am still a massive fan of good old fashioned physical books and Culture Smart are celebrating publishing their 100th country book this month. The books aren’t the most traditional travel guides and this is what I really love about them as there’s chapters on the land and people of the country, traditional food to try, safety, values and attitudes, the customs and traditions alongside some language and common phrases. But they go beyond that and have really useful information for expats and those living abroad with stuff on how to make friends, home life, time out, health and much more.
I picked up four books from the titles to keep on hand including a book on Romania which is going to come in really handy for my trip later this year as there’s a whole load of information on travelling around the country which is something I plan on doing to include a trip to Translyvania.
Technicals Parka Jacket
My boyfriend will be the first person to acknowledge that I am really bad at dressing in weather appropriate clothing and with a trip to Luxumburg planned for next month I knew I needed something to keep the cold edge off and this Technicals Polar Parka* from Blacks is perfect.
The jacket itself has a fully waterproof exterior and I can atest after wearing it out and about over the Christmas period when the weather wasn’t at it’s best it kept me so dry, but the good thing is due to the smart fabric used it does keep you toasty but there’s breathability so it isn’t stiffling hot. I opted for a navy jacket as I wear so much black I thought it would be nice to have a change for once and it’s such a nice colour with the nicest cosy fur trimmed hood.
Another thing which I loved about it is that there are 2 outside zipped pockets meaning there’s no chance my phone is going to get wet when I’m out and there’s also an interior zipped pocket (perfect for documents and passports) and an exterior chest pocket. It’s one of those coats which can enhance space so much.
Cable Knit Bobble Hat
Up until a few year’s ago I never used to wear hats as I didn’t think they suited me all that much but growing up and being a bit more practical changed my mind and I do love a good bobble hat. I got this lovely burgandy North Face Cable Pom Beanie* and it’s my new favourite hat partly because the colour is one of my absolute favourites but also because it’s so warm for these cold winter months, especially when the rain and occassional snow falls. The pom pom itself is really soft as well and even after washing it the nice feel to it remains.
Knowing how cold Luxumburg could be in February and how tempremental the March weather in New York is likely to be I know it’s going to be coming with one both of my first trips out of the country, but chances are it will be around for a whole lot more too.