Travel Linkup; Resolutions and Reflection

Happy New Year!

I hope you are all live and well after celebrating New Years Eve.

I for one am recovering from the free flowing Prosecco after bouncing around making too many Boomerangs.

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After reflecting on 2016 in my last post before Christmas, the tables have turned and now I’m looking forward to the year ahead, planning more adventures and setting some resolutions.

First, let’s talk travel. Last year I somehow managed to go somewhere new every 6-8 weeks and I definitely want to keep that up this year, if not more often.

NEW YEAR TRAV-OLUTIONS

‘Plan’ regular impulsive getaways

My short break to Cortina proved that with only booking one day’s holiday, you can get a lovely taste for a place over a long weekend. Therefore I’m planning on using up more of my weekends and enjoying lots of little breaks.

Travel Linkup; Resolutions and Reflection

Explore more of the UK

With my first resolution in mind, I’ve decided that I’m going to focus on exploring a lot more of the UK. Outside of London is so much incredible countryside and sights only a short train ride away. Also, I have actually never been to Scotland or Ireland and so definitely want to cross these off my list this year. Other places that rather take my fancy are the Isle of Wight, the Lake District, the Cotswolds and more of Cornwall.

A Drive around the Sights of South West Cornwall
A Drive around the Sights of South West Cornwall
A Drive around the Sights of South West Cornwall
A Drive around the Sights of South West Cornwall

So what’s on my travel wish list?!

If I’m being honest, I’m not sure what next year will hold for travels just yet. I have an idea of places I’d like to go to in the next few years, so I sense that it’s going to be more of a ‘spontaneous’ adventure.  So I’m renaming it my ‘travel inspiration list’…

Amsterdam - near the top of both mine and Allyn’s list, I think Amsterdam will be a definite choice for us soon.

Morocco - I can almost touch Morocco. Spices, desert sands and adventure… come at me.

Iceland - Everything about Iceland appeals to me… the Northern lights, the dramatic landscapes, whale watching and the Blue Lagoon. It’s only a matter of time before Allyn and I plan this trip!

France - Paris. Oh Paris. Coffee shops, macaroons and luxury are calling my name. I’m also desperate to do a road trip around the Northern coastline, visiting Normandy and the beautiful Champagne regions… I mean seeing as I share the name of one I should probably sample its bubbles?

Cuba - everyone is saying that in the next year or two, Cuba will have become overrun with tourists and no longer be the beautiful island it once was. So the desperate traveller in me is screaming to go before this happens.

New Zealand - my (fingers crossed) long haul holiday of the year will be New Zealand. With so many incredible natural landscapes (and home to my favourite Sauvignon Blanc!) it’s somewhere that stands out as my next big trip.

Fiji  - after flying to New Zealand it makes sense to add in some luxury beach time and where better than Fiji! A few days of blue oceans and white sands sounds idyllic.

Tallinn - from now on I definitely want to do at least one festive trip a year. I’ve been eyeing up Estonia’s capital for a while now and their Christmas markets look like a true winter wonderland.

And that’s just a few places I’d like to go to in the next year! Brussels, Poland, Switzerland and Norway are also all calling my name.

Luxurious Sophistication at the Hotel Ambra Cortina; A Review

NEW YEAR LOND-OLUTIONS

Just before Christmas I wrote a post admitting to my embarrassing not-yet-done London bucket list. So obviously I really need to start getting around to ticking these off! Apart from the tourist must-sees...

Top city cocktails

London has some bloody fantastic bars and there’s SO many I need to experience. Dandelyan, Cahoots, Nightjar and Evans & Peel are just some.

Cocktail Tasting at TwoRuba

Eat more brunch and afternoon tea

Anything that comes with unlimited Prosecco or tea needs to happen regularly. So I’m hereby stating that I will endeavour to have more London brunches and afternoon teas, finally crossing off The Sanderson and Sketch from my list.

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

― Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady
National Seafood Week at Angler; Restaurant Review

Arrange more blogger meet ups

I’ve made some great pals through blogging and really enjoyed organising little get-togethers last year. Next year I plan on arranging many more starting with a Valentine’s dinner where we can all take pictures of our food whilst our partners moan in unison that their plates are getting cold.

The Big Blogger's Christmas Dinner at OXBO Bankside

An Exclusive Cocktail Tasting and Mixology Masterclass at Reform Social

NEW YEAR BLOG-OLUTIONS

If you ask me what my faults are I’ll tell you I’m a perfectionist and incredibly indecisive… so having to design a blog was probably the hardest challenge yet! I'm proud of where I've come and hope you love my new redesign, but there are a few things that I'll be improving this year.

Focus on photography

I've become more and more in love with photography and capturing the perfect shot. So this year I want to develop my skills further, becoming a master of the manual setting and low lit food!

Let’s get personal

Developing your writing style is probably the hardest thing about blogging. On one hand you want to make your readers crack up laughing with every sentence but on the other you want to sound descriptive and professional in the hope that Lonely Planet hire you as their next top travel writer. On that note, I’m going to aim for both, continuing to be personal and (attempt to) make you laugh whilst sharing stories of my adventures.

Travel Linkup; Resolutions and Reflection

Reader involvement

As much as I write my blog for myself, I also put it out there for all you lovely lot who come and read it! Firstly thank you… because without you my little blog would be a very lonely place! So I want to involve you more in my writing.

I’m going to start doing a reader’s choice post, whereby you can vote for what you’d like me to write about from a selection of three topics. I’ll also be asking you for suggestions, thoughts and your ideas throughout the year.

So let’s kick if off with a bang shall we!

With Valentine’s Day coming up, how would you like me to write about the occasion? You can leave your preferred choice (or let me know your own idea) in the comments. I’ll also be running a voting poll on my Facebook page and twitter at the end of January.

Why I’m all for online dating

The importance of keeping the romance

It’s all about the little things

What are your New Year resolutions?

This post was written as a part of the monthly #travellinkup. If you write about anything travel related, you can join in by popping your post up over the first week of the month (the 1st - 7th January), adding it to the link up widget - found on either Angie's, Emma's or Polly’s blog - from the 1st of the month.

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31 Comments

  1. 7th January 2017 / 11:47 am

    Liking the new look of the blog, Eppie! Tallinn sounds good to me too – just need to convince more people to join me on holiday!

    • 9th January 2017 / 4:52 pm

      Thanks Honey! Maybe we should organise a blogger’s weekend getaway!!

  2. 7th January 2017 / 9:14 am

    What an awesome and varied list of resolutions! Yay for NZ making the list. And having just visited Cuba I agree it’s amazing – but I think it’ll take a lot of time before its overrun so you’re safe for a little longer 🙂

    • 9th January 2017 / 4:53 pm

      That’s so good to hear Jessi! I always panic when I hear a destination is loosing its authenticity

  3. 5th January 2017 / 5:33 pm

    You have to visit Scotland! It’s such a beautiful country (though I’m half scottish so I might be a little biased haha). The highlands are my absolute favourite! I really want to try and travel more of the UK this year too – we’re converting a van to a campervan, so hopefully we’ll be able to take a few more 2-3 day trips over the weekend to see more amazing places once it’s done!
    Can I just come with you to all of your travel wish list places please haha?! They’re pretty much all on mine too, though we’ve already ticked off both Iceland and Morocco and they were so amazing (I especially loved Iceland).
    xo April | April Everyday

    • 9th January 2017 / 4:55 pm

      That sounds amazing! My Dad has a campervan and although I haven’t travelled in it yet I know my Dad’s loved driving round the UK in it!
      Ah hell yes! #bloggertrip2017

  4. 5th January 2017 / 9:00 am

    Love how organised you are with your resolutions 🙂 I love Scotland and the Lake district, both beautiful places to visit.
    I quite like ‘it’s all about the little things’ but I’m sure any of those will be an awesome post to read. Happy new year and look forward to reading many exciting articles! xxx

    • 9th January 2017 / 4:56 pm

      Thanks for your suggestion Asma! Happy New Year and looking forward to reading about everyone’s future travels!

    • 9th January 2017 / 4:56 pm

      Agreed Emma!

  5. 4th January 2017 / 5:26 pm

    love your plans for this year. both lake district and scotland are amazing, a perfect escape from London. I would love to go to a blogger meetup, there are a few bloggers I’d love to meet. Hope you can tick loads from your list

    • 9th January 2017 / 4:57 pm

      Thank you! Keep an eye on my Twitter for future meet ups 🙂

  6. 3rd January 2017 / 9:59 pm

    I share so many of your travel wish list locations – especially Cuba. Maybe I should try and sort that out this year before I regret it…

    • 4th January 2017 / 10:29 am

      Maybe we should organise a last minute bloggers trip to Cuba so we can all make sure we see it quick!

  7. 3rd January 2017 / 5:26 pm

    Great post! Glad I discovered your blog! I have the same travel ideas, I need to see more of the UK. I live in Scotland so I’ve seen loads of it, but not much else, so I need to try to visit at least a new place in England/Wales/NI in the next year hopefully 🙂

    • 4th January 2017 / 10:26 am

      Thanks Camila! Oh lovely where abouts? Are there any places you’d recommend for a first visit? I hope you get to explore more too 🙂

  8. 3rd January 2017 / 9:13 am

    Happy new year! I love the term ‘travolutions’ btw! I am also planning on taking many more spontaneous breaks this year – I think it’s good for the soul to get away regularly, even if it’s for a quick staycation somewhere. Sounds like you have a great year in store, I look forward to following along 🙂

    Polly xx

    • 3rd January 2017 / 2:13 pm

      Happy New Year Polly! haha thank you. Yes I agree, it gives me something to look forward to each month! x

  9. 2nd January 2017 / 7:37 pm

    Love your travel plans – and talking about Sauvignon Blanc I’d love to visit a vineyard this year. 😀

    • 3rd January 2017 / 2:14 pm

      Thanks Jane, haha yes do it! I’ve been to a couple and its definitely something I want to do more!

  10. 2nd January 2017 / 3:14 pm

    I love the fact you have more cocktails and brunch and afternoon tea on the list, a damn good plan! As for mini-breaks, yes indeed. We took 5 – Toulouse, Stockholm, Milan, Tel Aviv and the Cotswolds and I still have annual leave to use up!

    • 3rd January 2017 / 2:15 pm

      Haha I couldn’t resist! Oh those sound divine! I do love the Cotswolds. How did you ever have leave left!

  11. 2nd January 2017 / 12:22 pm

    More brunch and afternoon tea is always a good idea! I would definitely recommend Cuba. It’s such an awesome place and Havana is one of my favourite and most vibrant cities I’ve ever been to.

    • 2nd January 2017 / 2:31 pm

      Good to know Ayla! I really hope I get to go this year.

  12. 2nd January 2017 / 10:53 am

    Great list hon, I also want to do more weekenders this year.

    • 2nd January 2017 / 2:30 pm

      Thanks Angie. Yes I hope we all inspire each other to go!

  13. 2nd January 2017 / 10:48 am

    Happy New Year, Eppie! You *must* get to Amsterdam soon! We went over Christmas (though I’ve also been in the Spring and Fall) and I’m now convinced that it’s the best travel destination for a short break. Chilled and laid-back, but easy to navigate, with so many excellent restaurants, boutiques, museums, and more! I’m beginning to sound like the tourism board haha.

    • 2nd January 2017 / 2:29 pm

      Happy New Year Jaime! Oooo really! Well I’ll have to ask you lots of questions when I get around to planning it!

  14. 2nd January 2017 / 2:35 am

    Oooo loving the new look to your blog and of course your 2017 travel plans! I definitely want to explore more of the UK this year and I love doing weekend city breaks as it means you can save the annual leave for long haul trips. I choose ‘The importance of keeping the romance’ but all three topics sound great!

    • 2nd January 2017 / 1:08 pm

      Thanks Maggie! That’s my thoughts exactly! Good choice 🙂

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