Christmas Day has been and gone, and I’m pretty sure my body is about 90% prosecco and cheese right now. But I love this part of the year, when you look back at what you achieved last year before planning the next year. I started 2017 with almost no trips booked and just a few vague travel plans – most of which I totally failed at!
I think it’s fair to say that nobody’s going to forget 2016 in a hurry. The last 12 months of political meltdowns, terrorist attacks and celebrity deaths are going to need a big chapter in the history books. But although it’s tempting to say good riddance to the whole year, there were plenty of good things which happened along the way too.
It’s the time of year to pour a mulled wine, settle down by the fire and look back at the last year’s travels – right before you start planning the next! 2015 has been a hectic year On the Luce, and it feels like I spent it zipping from place to place, never quite having enough time but getting a taster of some fantastic destinations I’d love to go back to (Canada, Copenhagen, Glasgow…). It was also my second year taking on the Take 12 Trips challenge – a pledge to make at least one trip every month, whether local or long-haul.
Looking back on the last 12 months, 2014 has been a year of travel surprises. There have been a couple of trips I never imagined I’d be taking, some unexpected destinations, plus the odd travel disaster when things didn’t go quite to plan (oh Canada!). But altogether it’s been a great travelling year, with return trips to a few old favourite destinations as well as some great new discoveries across Europe and in the UK. 2014 has also been the year of the ‘Take 12 Trips’ challenge.
As part of my mission to ‘Take 12 Trips’ in 2014, I’m taking at least one trip each month – which can be anything from a local day out to an international trip. So far this year my trips have taken me from the North of England to the souks of Morocco, back to my old hometown of London and on a culinary journey to Catania in Sicily. But June saw me trying out a whole new travel style on my first cruise.
As part of my mission to ‘Take 12 Trips’ in 2014, I’m taking at least one trip each month – which can be anything from a local day out to an international trip. So far this year my trips have taken me from the North of England to the souks of Morocco and then back to my old hometown of London. But May was my busiest travel month yet.
As part of my mission to ‘Take 12 Trips’ in 2014, I’m taking at least one trip a month – which can be anything from a local day out to an international trip. After starting the year with two trips to the north of England, it was lovely to see some sun on last month’s mini-honeymoon in Morocco. But by the time my April trip came round, spring was on its way, with blossom on the trees in my destination of the month – London.
As part of my mission to ‘Take 12 Trips’ in 2014, I’m taking at least one trip every month – which can be anything from a local day out to an international trip. After January and February had me bundling on the layers for trips to the north of England, it was time to warm up with my first international trip of the year to Morocco in March. And it wasn’t for just any old trip, it was my honeymoon… well one of them anyway.
Being a part-time traveller, I’m always looking to fit in as much travel as I can possibly manage, so the ‘Take 12 Trips’ challenge was made for me. Started off by Claire from Need Another Holiday, the idea is to commit to taking a trip each month of the year – whether that’s a day out, a weekend away or an international trip. I made a start at the end of last year, but am going to try and make at least one trip a month for the whole of 2014.
I love reading travel blogs, learning about new destinations and experiencing other people’s adventures across the world. But I know that the tales of people who give up their jobs, homes and lives to live out of a rucksack indefinitely can sometimes be hard to relate to. ‘Part-time traveller and full-time travel obsessive’ is how I describe myself, and although travel is my passion it’s not my only one – I have a husband, family, friends, business, house and a couple of cats that all take up their share too.