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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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.