Sitting now with work commitments and rent to pay I realise the true value of my wasted gap-year. Well, it wasn’t entirely wasted, I worked hard but spent my money on trivial things, oh how I wish I could do it all again, every penny would go towards travelling. Oh, the joys of hindsight.
But there’s no point dwelling too much on the past, I still have plenty of opportunities to feed my travel bug and with a few re-arranged priorities I’ll find myself on foreign land again in no-time.
I’m coming back strong for the second half of 2018, I’ve had my half-time pep talk, regained my strength and I’m ready for my next adventure. So what next?
Here are the three places I want to try and visit before the clock strikes midnight on 2018.
Yes, believe it or not despite the brilliant transport links from London, I have never been to Paris. But that’s not for lack of wanting to! The first destination on my list is the city of art, fashion and gastronomy. The Arc De Triomphe, Louvre and Notre Dam de Paris are all calling my name and it would be rude not to answer.
Next on my list is Barcelona, the art and architectural capital of Spain’s Catalonian region. Architecture has always been a love of mine, I adore beautiful craftsmanship and Barcelona is full of it with gothic mansions, graceful churches and modernist masterpieces.
My final trip of 2018 will be to Prague to experience the fairytale wonder of the Christmas Markets. Christmas is such a magical time of year for me, I adore each and every moment of it and this year I want to take it one step further and experience my first European Christmas market.
But how am I going to do it?
It’s all very well and good saying I’m going to visit these places but real question is how with limited time and financial flexibility?
Travelling can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be and there are definitely ways to find cheaper deals. Shop around on dedicated cheap holiday websites such as https://www.holidaygems.co.uk/cheap-holidays who are looking to find you the best deal for your destination. Also, consider travelling with a friend, a room shared is a cost halved. For closer locations such as Paris, I’d even consider a couple of day trips throughout the year instead of one long weekend, saving the cost of the room.
Book attractions in advance. Booking attractions online and not on the door can save you up to 20% of the entrance fee. It does mean being a little more organised with your itinerary but will leave you extra money for other luxuries such as food!
Travelling can quickly eat into your holiday allowance. Making use of bank holidays and weekends will make this stretch further, but be aware that weekend and bank holiday travel is usually at a premium for this exact reason. Once again finding the time to travel ultimately comes down to re-organising your priorities and where there’s a will, there’s always a way.
Wha destinations are on your 2018 travel bucket list? Let me know in the comments.