It’s only 21 days into 2018 and I feel like I’ve been on Skyscanner about 238947 times (minor exaggeration) already. Flight prices in the January sales are all too tempting – I’ve seen flights on Ryanair for £5.09. That’s less than the price of a footlong subway! (legit my way of measuring the cost of things)
2017 was great. In December, my boyfriend and I went on a romantic getaway to Venice. In November, I went to Paris to visit my pal who moved there for work (blog post on Speakeasy bars coming soon!) and did a cute little trip to the Cotswolds with my friends. In the summer I did a road trip around the USA, tried surfing in Cornwall, camped in the Lake District, explored my Irish heritage in Dublin, etc. etc. Far away places are incredible but it’s so easy to forget to explore a bit more close to home as well. So I’ve been trying to do more of that recently.
2018 is going to be an extremely busy year for me. Juggling a career with long hours as well as studying and passing six professional exams in one summer is going to be tres difficile. Not to mention making time for the acting/singing classes I take, my website, my long distance relationship and friends/family. BUT I want to cram every gap with an adventure.
I’ve made a list of 8 travel experiences that give me that wish-I-could-just-quit-my-job-and-go feeling. Hopefully I can tick most of these off by the end of the year.
8 travel destinations in 2018
- Spot grizzly bears in Banff, Canada
Omg just look at it!!!!!!!!!!!! Mountains, wilderness, hiking, bears, that incredible blue water – what more could you want? I cannot wait to go to Canada in summer.
2. See the Northern Lights in Finland
B-E-A-UTIFUL. I’ve always wanted to see the Northern Lights and if I don’t catch them in Canada then I’ll definitely be heading to Finland to get a glimpse!
3. Eat crepes and pastries in Paris
So I’ve been to Paris a billion times but I want to go again, alone. Every time I’ve been before, it’s involved drinking/Disneyland and not enough culture.
I have this image in my head of sipping a coffee in Parisian spring, with nothing but a good book and my camera for company. I want to just sit and observe the French lifestyle.
4. Push myself to climb Killimanjaro
I texted my friend the other day saying, “do you fancy climbing Kilimanjaro?” and she’s like “yeah why not, you free in October?” and honestly these are the kind of people I need in my life. I immediately sent an email to my resourcing coordinator at work to book off the time and now I guess we’re climbing Kilimanjaro in October. Cool
5. Go to the airport without knowing where I’m going
I’ve been dying to do this for ages. Whether it’s just turning up to the airport and booking onto a random last minute flight or using a website like srprs.me, which books you a trip based on your style/budget and only tells you where you’re going when you get to the airport, the idea of not being able to plan anything sounds oddly comforting to me.
6. Everest base camp trek
In all honestly, there is absolutely no way I’ll be able to afford both this and Killimanjaro, especially since I’ve already booked a trip to Canada. But … let a girl dream.
For complete transparency, I’m going to admit that I initially wanted to climb Everest (as opposed to the base camp trek). I then realised this costs about $45,000 and takes two months. Um, no thank you. ANYWAY, I have now realised that most people do the base camp trek, which is much quicker/cheaper. It looks peng de la peng and some people have described the route as the “steps to heaven”.
Maybe I’ll win the lottery or something?
Home is my favourite place and I want to spend as much time as possible there this year, even if it means four hours on a train from London.