Just like every year, it gets to December and I naturally start thinking about what I want to do and where I want to go over the next 12 months. I haven’t travelled as much this year. That was a conscious decision I made at the beginning of 2017. I wanted to explore other areas of my life. To find a balance where travel wasn’t everything.
I even left my job in the travel industry. I hated doing that because all I’ve ever wanted was to work in travel. But it was time to move on.
So, yeah, travel definitely took a back seat this year.
And it’s made me sad.
Yes I’ve saved some money so I’m not constantly worrying about dollar. I’ve also started playing netball again which I’m loving. And I’ve treated myself to a couple of things for my room in my flat. Sure it’s not how I’d quite like it but it’s mine.
Anyway, I’m getting off topic. The thing is, I don’t want travel to take a back seat any more. Yes, I still want to save for a house. This will constantly be in the forefront of my mind but I’m happy for it to take a little longer if it means I can still see the world bit by bit.
Because if there’s one thing I’ve learned after not travelling much this year, it’s that I miss it so much. And, it’s also a super important part of my life. I feel alive when I travel or visit somewhere new.
So in a dream world – one where I maybe win the lottery – here are some dream destinations for 2018. It’s not a bucket list as such but definitely more of a “If I think I can make it there, I’m more likely to go there” kind of list. And some aren’t even destinations as such, they’re places I want to go, to have a change from everyday life.
This is a trip that’s already kind of being talked about. It’s not somewhere I’ve ever been particularly bothered about – Bali on the other hand, hello! – but it’s a potential for next Easter. After asking people for some advice on Twitter, it sounds like an epic place with a perfect mix of culture, chilled out vibes, and picture perfect beaches.
After seeing some of my favourite bloggers, mainly Sophie and Jess, visit Rudding Park this year, it’s become a place firmly on my list of destinations for 2018. Rudding Park recently had a huge refurbishment of their award winning spa so I’m dying to go see this place for myself. I can just imagine sitting in the hot tub on a cold winter’s day waiting for a relaxing massage…
I have a little plan cooking in my head for when I would like to go to Iceland. I want to go for a long weekend in March but have a few little logistics to sort out before I go ahead and book. Plus, there’s the next destination that might have to be a long weekend break instead of Iceland…
Never had the thought of going to Berlin entered my mind but a few weeks ago at a Jet2 Christmas event, I won a trip there! It’s a 3 night trip which I have to take before April so if anyone has any tips, let me know! I want all the good food places and coffee shops please!
Now, there’s always time for London and I can’t say quite yet but I’ll be going down in March for a truly one of a kind experience and I can’t wait!
When is there ever a time I don’t want to go to Hong Kong? It’ll be great to see my buddy’s new flat out there on Lamma Island and have some chill time. Plus it’s my 30th birthday next year and I actually can’t think of a better place to celebrate if I can persuade all my friends to go out too…
My sister went to Seville earlier this year and after seeing her photos, I want to go! It looks like a gorgeous place and to be honest, I’ve never been disappointed with anywhere in Spain so I don’t see why Seville would be any different.
The Lakes are so close yet I haven’t been in so long. They’re one of the most stunning places in the UK so I really need to make an effort to go there in 2018. Maybe it’ll be a summer destination when I can drive over on a Friday night after work and make a good weekend of it when the light nights are here.
I think it’s about time I go visit the capital of Scotland. Despite it being only a few hours away on train, I’ve never, ever, been to Edinburgh and something tells me I’m massively missing out. Is it enough to spend a couple of days there as a little taster?
Because it’s Ibiza. I love it.
A couple of my friends visit Sweden this summer and on their road trip was Stockholm. They loved it and the way they talked about it, I reckon I’d love it too. Especially Fika. An excuse to eat cake and chill for an hour or so every afternoon. That sounds good to me!
This might be one for a year’s time, but Lapland is calling me. It’s the snow, the wild nature, the remoteness. It just looks like nowhere I’ve ever seen and I want to go have fun in what looks like the perfect winter wonderland.
Do you have a dream list of destinations for 2018? Let me know where you’re thinking of going next year, I’d love to know!