“And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.”
Amongst my New Year Resolutions last year was to travel. My initial objective was to go abroad every month, but that soon became travelling to 12 new countries…
I left the UK for my first trip on 8th January and returned from my last trip on 30th December, which I think is a pretty comprehensive year of travel! I’ve travelled solo, with family, friends and loved ones. I’ve flown, caught buses, trains, boats and gone on a road trip. There’s been city breaks, beach holidays, weekend trips and long haul three week travels. There’s been sun, sea, sand, snow, drinking, diving and dressing up! Google maps sent me an email to say that I travelled 76,782, which is the equivalent of travelling around the world three times!
In total, I had fifteen trips abroad, to twenty one countries, with twelve of them being new – I smashed it!! Admittedly, December was a little crazy, with 3 separate trips covering 5 countries but I like a challenge!
So in 2018, I went to:
- JANUARY – Riga, Latvia
- FEBRUARY – Senegal
- MARCH – Australia; Singapore; Vietnam
- APRIL – Scotland
- MAY – Bulgaria
- JUNE – Cluj Napoca, Romania; Malta
- JULY – Netherlands; Germany; Luxembourg; France
- AUGUST – Georgia
- SEPTEMBER – Larnaca, Cyprus
- OCTOBER – Ukraine; Albania
- NOVEMBER – St Lucia
- DECEMBER – Tallinn, Estonia; Zurich, Switzerland; Liechtenstein
It’s hard to pick holiday highlights when my trips were so different. But I absolutely loved travelling with my Dad and helping him tick off a bucket list item. Visiting Chernobyl was a sobering experience but one that had been on my travel list for a few years. And I LOVED Liechtenstein- not just because it represented mission complete but because of the variety of things on offer – history, culture, castles, wine tasting and alpine adventures!
I’m not going to be quite so crazy on the travel front this year but I’ve not got any trips booked currently and it’s stressing me out..!