2018. A new year. A new opportunity for exploring and months of adventures. So what do I have planned? Nothing, actually.
For the first time in, well, as long as I can remember, I have absolutely zero plans for the year ahead. And I’m pretty ok with it. I’ve realised that the more frequently I travel, the more I plan at a moment’s notice. I’m more likely to organise a trip for in ten days’ time than ten months away.
I don’t even have a rough idea of where I’ll go. My travel wish list has become so long that I’ve stopped paying attention to it. When you want to go everywhere, a list has no purpose and I often look back and find I didn’t tick off a lot of places because something (or somewhere) else came up.
In 2017 I stated that I wanted to visit Morocco, New Zealand, Fiji, Amsterdam, Tallinn, Cuba and France, as well as a resolution to plan more spontaneous getaways and explore more of the UK. The latter I achieved; with trips to Wiltshire, Exmoor and slightly impulsive holidays to Florida and Hamburg.
However I only actually ‘ticked off’ two countries – Amsterdam and Paris (which granted I visited twice) and instead explored Vienna, Phuket, the French Riviera and planned a special trip to Disneyland – places that of course were on the list too.
So this year, rather than reel off some destinations that take my fancy, I’ll share with you the current ideas that are floating around in my mind…
Allyn and I talked about planning a trip to Iceland this month – we both are desperate to see the Northern Lights, go whale watching and of course have a dip in the Blue Lagoon – however timing wasn’t quite right.
With that said, we’re considering looking into it for a few months’ time, my only hesitation being that Iceland is better travelled by car and I’m not yet confident enough to drive a rental abroad. If you’ve visited Iceland do let us know your thoughts!
For similar reasons, Norway has also been discussed. There’s so much of the country I want to see including the train ride from Oslo to Bern and adventures in the Fjords.
On my last trip away with my girls to the French Riviera, we began discussing our holiday for 2018. The Algarve and Norway were suggested but it seems a road trip around Southern Italy is a popular option. Naturally we envision zooming around in a Fiat 500 with silk scarves in our hair.
We’re not decided on specific areas; the Amalfi Coast and Sicily are top of my list but Tuscan Hills and Umbria also sound dreamy.
Of course the best way to travel when I’ve spent too much and don’t have any annual leave left is to explore the UK. Last year I ventured further around England with my Dad adding Wiltshire and Exmoor to some of my favourite places and finally got myself a National Trust membership for countryside weekends. I’m already thinking my Dad and I will probably plan a trip over Easter – perhaps the Lake District – but I also want to spend more time in my city whilst I live so close to the top London attractions and hub of it all.
My Dad and I have also had a Scottish Highlands roadtrip on our joint bucket list for a few years… maybe we’ll get round to it in 2018!
The Big Trip
I’m hoping I can squeeze in one or two big trips this year, and by big I mean far and wide. If you know me well, you can probably guess what’s on this list as whenever someone asks me where I want to go next, they’re normally what I talk about…
New Zealand and Fiji
This killer combo featured on 2017’s bucket list, and probably 2016’s come to think of it. Allyn and I have talked about going for at least 18 months and I’m starting to think it’s about bloody time we went. Our rough plan involves a two week adventure in New Zealand with a few additional days relaxing on the Fiji sands – if my bank account and annual leave allowance permits it!
Ecuador and the Galapagos
I’ve managed to narrow down ‘South America’ to two areas that particularly allure me every time they are mentioned or David Attenborough pops up on the TV. This duo could well replace the Oceania itinerary…
China and Japan
A new contender on the big trip list, in recent months I’ve developed an interest in exploring Asia further. Initially fuelled by a plan to tour Disney Asia, I began to become more intrigued by the contrast of the quaint cultural villages compared to the mahoosive crazy capitals of Tokyo and Shanghai.
I’m unsure if this trip will take place in 2018 but it’s one that’s fresh in my mind for future years.
Without any plans at all for the year ahead, I’m full of excitement rather that a sinking stomach. How fun it will be to look back in January 2019 with, hopefully, a hearty handful of new countries under my belt.
This post was sponsored by London Attractions but of course all ideas are my own.