September 12, 2017

Musings: Prepping for 2018*

It’s usually at this time of year that we all start to think a little more about what the new year will bring. Whether you’re looking forward with excitement or trepidation, with every new year comes a whole host of opportunities. So, you can either choose to let them terrify you, or you can embrace them and see what might be in store for you in 2018. Although the choice is your, the latter seems so much more appealing. Team that with the idea of planning in a few travel-based treats, and you may just be looking forward to the possibilities of the new year after all.

But the trick is, to make plans and see them through. Just having a few ideas in your mind isn’t enough. You actually have to get out there and do, rather than think and plan. Yet to make the latter happen, you have to have some idea of what you might like to do. And now is the perfect time to plan that out. So whether you’re keen to beat the dreaded winter blues or you’re just determined to make something of next year, it’s time to think about planning ahead and prepare your travel plans for the next twelve months.

Write Out Your Bucket List

Before you get ahead of yourself, you’re going to want to work out what is feasible for the year ahead, and what might not be. But to do that, you need to know where you’d ideally like to go. This is where your bucket list comes in. You should think about writing up a list of all the places that you’ve always wanted to go. While you may not be able to visit them all in the next twelve months (but if you manage it, lucky you), your bucket list will always give you a good starting point.


Figure Out A Budget

Now that your mind is racing with all of the possibilities that you could take on next year, you’re going to want to get real. And although it can be a killjoy, it’s essential if you’re going to make plans you can actually carry out. So the next step is to come up with a realistic travel budget. It will be personal to you, and it can be as big or small as you want it to be. No matter what it is, the budget needs to be set.


Start With Something Daring

You’ve got the list, you’ve got the budget, now it’s time to match them up. And you’re going to want to start off at the top. This means picking out the place that you’ve always wanted to go, or something you’ve always wanted to do – the bigger, scarier, and more daring, the better!



Then Maybe Something Nostalgic

For a change of pace, you might like yo pick out something nostalgic too. Because there’s nothing quite like taking a trip down memory lane. And holidays are a great form of nostalgia. Whether it’s a coast you use to visit with your family as a child, or a romantic city you met the love of your list, 2018 should be the year that you finally go back!


Explore More Of The UK

Next, you need to make more room for the UK. Because there’s a lot of quirky travel UK to get on board with. Take a look at some of the notable events coming up throughout the year you might like to celebrate, or spots around the nation that you might want to see. Because there’s a lot to see, and you don’t always have to head overseas to have a good time.


And Europe

Then, there’s the European adventures to consider. Because, just like our fair isle, there’s an incredible amount of culture and excitement to explore throughout Europe. If you’ve not traveled in a while, staying somewhere a little closer to home could be the best way for you to ease yourself into more exciting ventures.


Not Forgetting Further Afield

Or maybe you’d like to skip ahead to somewhere on the other side of the world? If you’ve always want to see Australia, or head to Japan, 2018 should be the year that you finally do it. Why? Because you only live once and the next twelve months are now. Why put off your dreams when you could finally plan them in and make next year one to remember?

Char xo

Please note, this is a collaborative guest post. 

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