Travel Plans for 2016
The New Year is not too far away, which means it’s time to outline my travel plans for 2016! Yippee!
This year has been record breaking for me personally – I was packing my bags to take off somewhere every couple of weeks (and somehow getting steadily worse at doing so).
This year, I made quick overseas jaunts to Belgium, France, Germany, Croatia, the Netherlands and Greece. I’m currently in Hungary and Norway awaits. I spent three weeks in North America and two and a half in Iceland. Not to mention my month of extensive travel in the land of Oz and several jaunts around my current home of the United Kingdom.
I’m exhausted thinking about it now!
On the upside, by the end of the year, my country count will be at 22 (25 if you count Scotland, Northern Ireland and England separately, which my boyfriend says I am not allowed to). Not a huge number by any means, but one I’m still satisfied with.
So, what’s next on the cards? I have one goal for sure:
To slow down.
It’s very tempting and easy to travel just about anywhere from the UK (EXCEPT FOR CUBA IT WOULD SEEM). When I was bored in Australia, I used to online shop for clothes. I’ve barely bought any new threads over the last few months because now all my money goes towards travel. From flights, to buses and trains, hostels and completely random events, there is always something to do or see. While it is excellent fun, it is also totally exhausting.
Each time I fly, I feel this strange mixture of guilt and (if I’m on a Ryanair or Easyjet flight) revulsion. By the end of this year I will have taken 29 flights – a shocking amount, which makes me feel utterly hypocritical. While flying is inevitable in my life, as I currently live on an island and I don’t ever want to travel to Australia by boat… I really want to cut down on how much I fly over the course of next year. No more jetting off across Europe for a short few days here and here. My interest in slow travel is growing, along with an appreciation for the United Kingdom, which I long to see more of.
All that being said, I do have a few trips pre-planned for next year.
I have at least one delicious week off in January, which is screaming to be filled with some overseas adventure. From there, I will be going on my long-awaited holiday to Cuba. I foolishly booked a cheap ticket to Miami (oh well), so I am having to fly to Havana via Mexico (shame we’re not spending any time there – another day, I guess). After a little over two weeks in Cuba, we’ll be flying straight back to London. I had dreams and aspirations of going home via Toronto, which I have always longed to see. However, I was less enthused by the cold weather and the prospect of having to lug a winter coat around Miami and Cuba, two places where such an item will be rendered completely unnecessary.
One of my best friends is spending some time in France early on in the year, so I see an inevitable trip there… thankfully for all the right reasons. In July, I will be attending my first TBEX conference in Stockholm – FINALLY MAKING IT TO SWEDEN AT LONG LAST AND THEREFORE COMPLETING THE SCANDINAVIAN TRIFECTA.
I don’t like to leave it too long between jaunts Down Under, but I don’t fancy going home again in the middle of the year. Aussie winters are generally mild and lovely (at least on the East Coast)… but did I mention I was desperate for some sun? Ideally, I’d love to spend a proper chunk of the English winter back home and there is so much I wish to do there. Desires include finally ticking Perth off my list, a trip out to Broken Hill in country NSW, more time at home in Newcastle and Sydney, which I barely stepped foot in this year, almost certainly a few days in Melbourne and if I’m really lucky, perhaps even a jaunt down to Tasmania. On top of that, I think it’s time to break up the 24 hour flight to the land of Oz and step outside the airport to explore whichever city I end up having my layover in – for at least a couple of days. Dubai, Singapore and Bangkok are all viable and appealing options!
Apart from that, I plan to spend the majority of the summer working and chilling in London, with jaunts around the UK. I’m still yet to cross the border into Wales and there’s so many other places I wish to visit – Liverpool, the Lake District, Cornwall and Aberdeen, to name just a few. At some point in the summer I will need to spend at least a week somewhere sunny (Spain perhaps?) to soak up my vitamin D for quite possibly the entire year.
Iceland is never far from my mind and I’d be stoked to return for Airwaves again next year. I would also love to make it back to Germany, or even the German part of Switzerland (where I will be able to visit another very dear friend of mine!) to practise my German… which will surely have improved some by then?!
Of course, this is mostly wishful thinking. Apart from those trips booked for the rest of this year and the first few months of next, I have no idea where I’ll be, or what I’ll be doing. It’s a prospect that would have been utterly unnerving not very long ago – but the last year has definitely taught me to both chill and ride out whatever comes my way.
After all – life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.