December 28, 2019

Memoirs: How I Did 12 Destinations in 12 Months Using My Annual Leave (Again)

At the end of 2018, I wrote a post detailing how I did 12 trips in 12 months using only 15.5 days annual leave and well I am very proud to say I have done it again. 2019 has taken my to places I never thought I would go and I guess that’s the beauty of being an open-minded traveller and letting go. 

I usually visit somewhere based on:

Disclaimer: I started off with 28 days* annual leave at the beginning of 2019.

*Bank Holidays don’t count as I automatically get these off. 


Eindhoven = 0 days leave (One day trip on a weekend)

Pisa & Florence = 1 days leave (Over a weekend)

Madrid = 1 days leave (Over a weekend)

Cambridge 0 days leave (Over a weekend) 

Ibiza =  2 days leave (Backed on to a bank holiday)

Amsterdam 1 days leave (Over a weekend)

Dubai & Abu Dhabi = 4 days leave (Backed on to a bank holiday)

Berlin = 1 day leave (Day trip on a Friday)

Mykonos = 3 days leave (Over a weekend)

Tokyo = 6 days leave (utilised two weekends) 

Other UK trips: Reading, Manchester, Windsor  


What have I learnt from doing this challenge again? 

Always have a day off if you’re returning from a mid or long-haul trip. 

Day trips are tiring. 

– Me, A Tired Person

Day trips are a good way to get a taste of a place.

There is travel at home. Make sure to explore your home country too.

Book the flight. Tokyo was somewhere that was always going to be too expensive for me but I found flights for £340ish and well I had to book them. 

Go solo. If you wait around for people, you will be waiting forever. There is a whole world out there waiting for you. 

You don’t need to quit your job to travel the world. Just get creative with your annual leave. 

Final thoughts 

Am I going to visit 12 destinations in 12 months again next year? I’m not sure. I always say I want to slow down but whilst I’m “young” and travel for me is form of self care I can’t really say no. What I can do is change the way I travel which means doing everything on my terms; affordable but bourgeois. 

What travel challenges are you setting yourself in 2020? 

Char xo 

One response to “Memoirs: How I Did 12 Destinations in 12 Months Using My Annual Leave (Again)”

  1. Jenna’s World View says:

    You inspire me sis! 12 trips is goals!!!!! I will jump on your wave soon! Thanks for plugging me in the post! Open minded travel is life!


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Welcome to my little space on the internet, known as Memoirs and Musings. I’m Char, short for Charlotte and my blog/website/diary is dedicated to documenting my Memoirs and Musings, hence the name. I wouldn’t say I was your ‘typical’ blogger either. I don’t care about getting the perfect flatlay or feeling bad for not posting, I just enjoy writing. If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading. Anyway, I love to travel, indulge in a glass of white wine, when plans are cancelled and purchase overpriced make up.  I guess that’s me in a nutshell, trying to figure out this thing called life, have fun and never lose sight.