What are my top ten travel goals for 2019? This question was put to me from Clickstay in the form of an exciting travel blogger competition.
And if you have enjoyed my blog you can vote for me in the travel blogger competition here, I’d really appreciate it! And if you think a friend would get some travel inspiration from it share it round!
Before seeing the competition, I hadn’t really considered what my travel goals were for 2019. Just keep travelling was about as far as I had got. But with a little more thought, I realised I had A LOT of travel goals. So here they are. These travel goals may not include the most exotic of locations, or the biggest of trips, but that’s not what travel is about for me. As long as it allows me to explore a new place, culture or delicacy I’m pretty happy.
Explore My Local Area
I’m going to start off small. This year I’d like to get to know my local area. I’ve been living in Southeast London for three years now and have finally started exploring areas close to me. Including the wonderful Crystal Palace, which I wrote about here. But we’re debating a big move to either another part of London, with a little more green space, or branching out to surrounding areas of Kent or Surrey. Meaning a lot more weekends spent out and about discovering new places to eat, drink and walk close to our new home.
Visit A National Park
Image credit: Dan Moore
I love a national park. The nature, the fresh air and the sheer beauty. And the UK is absolutely full of them! I’m ashamed to say I have barely scratched the surface when it comes to visiting the 15 National Parks. Last year I managed to explore a small part of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, during a spontaneous road-trip around Scotland. So for 2019 I need to visit more. The plan is to go stargazing in the Lake District and if time and money permits it a trip to Snowdonia too!
Attend More Travel Events
One of the things for this year I want to continue with is attending travel events. And this year I have a few on my list already. I’ll also be taking my second trip to Italy this summer. Whilst at university I visited Bologna, Rome and Venice and fell in love with the country. The copious amounts of pizza, pasta and gelato I consumed, as well as the cheap price of wine, may or may not have influenced this decision… But this year I will be visiting Trentino for Traverse19, another blogging conference, which this time included travel! I hope to be able to explore the Dolomites mountain range whilst away, as well as exploring Verona on my way to the conference.
This Blue Monday I’ll also be attending Travel Story. A new travel event to take place in London. There will be speakers, those from the travel industry and like minded travellers too. When you’re a travel blogger without much travel in the works for the next few months, these events are the perfect way to stay inspired and in the travel loop, even if you only travelled a few stops on the tube to be there
Become A More Environmentally Friendly Traveller
Environmentally- friendly travel is something on everyone’s lips at the moment and it’s something we should all strive to be better at! Over the last few years I’ve made some small changes to become better at this, but there is still a way to go!
I’ve swapped my plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles for shampoo bars and conditioners packaged in recyclable pots (thanks Lush!), invested in a bamboo toothbrush and purchased metal straws and reusable water bottles. All of which come travelling with me, from my two-month backpacking trip in Asia to my weekend away in Scotland. I’ve also kept up my habit of asking cleaners in hotels to not change my bedding or towels unless absolutely necessary. For a week trip I find it ridiculous to get my bedding changed every two days, it’s not what I do at home and it’s such a waste of water. Top tip: look out for small cards to leave on your bed or in your bathroom in hotels. It makes the staff aware you don’t wish to have your room cleaned!
Explore More Of The UK
Last year was pretty heavy on the flying for me and my boyfriend. So this year we’re aiming to keep our air miles down and visit destinations a little closer to home, which are accessible via train or car. We’d love to go back to Scotland as we fell in love with this country during our trip last year. I’ve also got a potential trip to Cornwall and Devon to plan for this year, which will involve a lot of driving and exploring the areas stunning coastline and breathtaking nature, oh and eating all the cream teas I can.
Take More Road Trips
Image credit: Dan Moore
Last summer was mine and Dan’s first road-trip. It was a spontaneous trip to Scotland and having the car meant we had much more freedom when trying to decide where to explore. We were able to get to the Scottish Highlands from Loch Lomond in fairly quick time, as well as allowing us to head further up into the country to head to the Glenfinnan Viaduct (aka the bridge in Harry Potter). I love not having to rely on public transport when travelling, so road-trips are something I definitely wish to do more of. The list at the moment consists of a road-trip to the Lake District, Snowdonia, the N500 in Scotland, a trip around Ireland and some time in Cornwall and Devon. And that’s just in the UK!
Take better travel photos
I’ve always taken photos whilst travelling, be it on my phone or my camera, and love having a snapshot from a specific time and trip to remember it by. But this year I would like to learn more about taking better photos, as well as how to edit them too. I also want to spend more time actually seeing a destination, instead of worrying about capturing everything. Hopefully learning to photograph things better will reduce this need and the time I do spend taking photos will be worthwhile, and not reflected in an album of a hundred mediocre pictures and one or two great ones.
Read More Travel Books
Reading is a big hobby for me and you’ll always find me reading whilst on a trip. Be it in the airport lounge, on the plane or whilst relaxing on a beach. But I want to get more travel books off my to-read list and onto my bookshelf (sorry Dan). Whether it’s travel guides about a destination I want to visit, a fiction book based in one of my favourite destinations or non-fiction taking place somewhere interesting around the world, I want to read them all. They get me inspired, help me plan trips and get me away from my computer.
Save For A Trip To A Bucket List Destination
I wish this one was titled ‘Tick Off A Bucket List Destination’ but this year it definitely isn’t going to happen. Unless 1. I win the lottery 2. A travel company sends me on a press trip. I’d love to visit Orlando mainly for all the Disney stuff and Harry Potter World. I’d love to stay in a villa in Orlando, complete with very own pool for those in-between park days, but close enough to the parks so we can spend every hour on the rides, getting photos with the characters and buying ALL the merchandise. So instead of putting pressure on trying to make this happen this year, I’m going to take it slow and begin saving. SO when the time comes we have enough money to take with us and can take on every opportunity and travel experience we wish, without having to worry about money too much.
Revisit A Past Travel Favourite
New York City. An absolute favourite destination of mine and somewhere I would love to return to in the future. We visited in November 2017 and had the BEST time doing all the things that tourists do. Eating pizza at Joe’s, getting great views from the Rockefeller Centre and walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. But the dream would be to visit at Christmas and maybe spend the festive period in the city. Well that’s the aim anyway! You never know I may end up jetting off way before that if the mood strikes me. Watch this space.
Wow that was a long one! Thanks for sticking with me all this way to discover my top ten travel goals in 2019. What are your travel goals for this year, I’d love to know!
Until next time.