I’m going to be completely frank here because why not? This blog post was scheduled to be my Solo Traveller’s Guide to Lake Como but, as is so often the case, I appear to have run out of hours in the week to sit down and put that together. Blame my full-time job, the fact I am going to be away ALL weekend and that I went to see Sara Pascoe last night when I could have been writing aforementioned blog post (I’m sure you won’t hold that against me though!)
So instead, as I sit here waiting for online check-in to open for my flight, I thought I’d run through my travel plans for 2018 – at least those I’ve made so far! This involves minimal research on my part so here’s hoping I can squeeze it into the few hours I have free before the weekend… if you’re reading this (then hello from the past!) and also I did it!
My first trip of the year is somewhere I booked on a bit of a whim, knowing very little about the place but having made great use of Skyscanner’s Flight Search AGAIN… it’s Gdansk. This is my first solo trip since Italy in the summer and I’m really looking forward to that sense of freedom that I miss so much from my days of travel in Australia (I do love travelling with friends but it’s so different).
This is just a short city break and I’m not even taking any annual leave to do it, instead I’m flying Friday night and heading straight from work to the airport and then returning on Sunday – now you see why I had no time to write that blog post! As it’s not too far to go I should still have plenty of time to explore and am hoping to fit in a visit to Sopot too!
This is a trip that myself and a friend have been planning for almost a year now, and I can’t quite believe it’s almost upon us! In the second week of March we will be heading to Sri Lanka for a blissful 2 weeks.
It’s going to be very action-packed as we are travelling all around the island and have a whole itinerary that we will be following which includes hiking some very big rocks, visiting temples, road cycling, safaris, camping on the beach, snorkelling… everything involved in my dream holiday. My whole life I have wanted to visit India and this is the closest I have got so far so words can’t quite convey how excited I am about it… the whole thing still feels really surreal at the moment.
In May, like so many of my fellow travel bloggers I will be heading to Rotterdam for Traverse 2018. I’ve not been to Traverse before, which is quite funny because they’re usually held where I live, but I couldn’t make last year’s and before that I was in Australia/barely starting this blog.
Honestly the fact that this year’s conference is in Rotterdam makes it even more of a draw though and I am really looking forward to checking out the city as much as is possible in the time I have. I will unfortunately only be able to attend for the long weekend due to work so I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to see but I can’t wait to meet some bloggers in real life and hopefully pick up lots of tips for growing the blog in the future.
AND ON THE WISHLIST…
I definitely have some other ideas of places I was to visit this year. In between the above mentioned trips I hope to utilise some more bank holidays and take a few shorter European or UK-based trips. I have been thinking about going back to Edinburgh or Cornwall (where I went to university) for a long time and might try to squeeze these in.
I am hoping to visit New York in the summer… it will have been 10 years in April since I last went and I’ve been wanting to go back ever since. If I do I will DEFINITELY stopover in Reykjavik on the way there or back as this is somewhere else I would love to revisit (5 years since I’ve been there too!)