#take12trips: 2017 travel planner

If you read this blog regularly you’ll know that last year I undertook
the #take12trips challenge and for me it was a revelation. Not only did
it
help keep me motivated to find ways of bringing more travel related experiences
into my life but it was also hugely beneficial for my mental health.

Where to go to on holiday is a discussion I have
all the time and boy does it get ever so slightly competitive with travel
blogger types – it’s a real leveller to say somewhere in the UK rather than
somewhere tropical and exotic.  (I also
believe that I need to see more of this wonderful country I live in.)  In all seriousness though choosing where to
take a trip is a personal choice, one mans trash could well be another mans
treasure.
Big, small, luxury, shoestring, near or far are all
meaningful points of view.  The
conversation inevitably then moves on to the financial aspect – “how can you
afford to travel so much?” I’m often surprised by this,
why
do people still think travel is expensive? Ok, so the GBP is incredibly weak
against most currencies at the moment but with all the blogs, magazines, apps,
travel hacking and deal sites out there it really doesn’t have to be. There are
travel deals all the time if you know where to look. I highly recommend looking at Skyscanner, Kayak and booking.com (I use the app an awful lot and have 3 future bookings in 2017 through them)

For some people what I am about to propose is just
a horrible. Plan ahead. Not exactly revolutionary really? January is full of
discounted travel options. You might think it’s a wishing your life away
exercise but for me though it’s all about prudent financial planning and having
a pipeline of fun filled activities to look forward to.
Having something to aim for is
exhilarating;
I already have 6 of my trips booked and in the
diary.  I’m particularly excited about my first trip to Oslo in May.

Did you make a new years resolution to travel more? The only way to make
sure you don’t back out of it is not to make up some excuse about time and
money. Commit and just book it. Look for a cheap flight or a cheap train ticket
and book it. Worry less about logistics. My biggest tip is to look for less
popular cities for weekends away rather than the big hitters – you’ll usually
find cheaper flights and hotels.
 It shouldn’t come as a surprise that surprise
that Leeds is cheaper than London (even with the train fairs) or that Lyon is
cheaper than Paris. That said last year I went to Stockholm and the journey was
cheaper than going to London in rush hour (and I live only an hour from
London!!!)


I believe that disrupting routine is important for
gaining new perspective. So for 2017 I’m planning
12
trips. 12 months. 
I’d love to hear about your travel
plans.

A big thank you to Clare from Need another Holiday and Monica at the travel hack for inspiring this adventure a little over a year ago.

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2 Comments

  1. January 18, 2017 / 5:32 am

    Really impressive post. I read it whole and going to share it with my social circules. I enjoyed your article and planning to rewrite it on my own blog.
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  2. January 21, 2017 / 11:46 am

    I really want to travel more in 2017 and I have a little girl in school, so limited to school holidays. Thank you for the inspiration though. Where else have you got planned? Does your son travel with you?

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