Most of the popular travel blogs I read are from bloggers saying you should quit your job and travel the world. The problem with that is, I don’t want to quit my job. I like my job and better yet I like having somewhere I can call home. I wouldn’t see my friends or family for maybe months or years and when I eventually come home…I would be broke and have no job. Some people think that if you go travelling you can start a travel blog and make money that way. That’s not the case. Not all travel blogs make it and most don’t last longer than a year. You either need to save for years in order to have enough money to travel to all the places on your list or work while your away. Living the dream could potentially become a financial nightmare. I’m a travel blogger and I work in travel. I am definitely not saying you shouldn’t travel the world. All I am saying is…life out of a backpack for months and years on end isn’t for me and isn’t for a lot of people. Maybe one day but not now. There are other ways to see the world without quitting your job, selling everything you own and leaving everyone behind. Which is why this year I plan to have an epic adventure of my own.
I am going to travel to a different country, every month and keep my full time desk job!
So how am I going to do this? Well luckily I work in Travel, so that kind of helps. I want to visit a new country every month but it doesn’t mean I am going to go on luxurious 2 weeks holidays a month at a time. The aim is to keep my job and not get sacked from it from not being in the office at all. I also get about 23 days holiday a year and bank holidays. So the plan is to split my holidays accordingly so I can try to do 2 or 3 long haul trips. The rest of the months would have to be mini trips or weekend breaks. I could even do a day trip one month. I am lucky to be based in London so I have many transportation links at my disposal. If not a long haul or short haul flight then I could easily get a train to Scotland or Paris on the Eurostar so it doesn’t have to all my expensive trips. I want to do some affordable options or just a day break. It’s all doable. Yes, I will need money to do all this but this is something I want to do and it doesn’t have to cost the world to do it.
Where am I going?
With the world at my fingertips, anywhere is possible! I have a few places I want to visit but I also want some months to be a surprise! Long haul trips take more planning so I have started looking at these already as I need to use my holidays to go on them. First long haul trip is potentially to Central or South America with TrekAmerica! As most of your know I recently went on a TrekAmerica trip in March and I absolutely loved it so I highly recommend them especially if you are a solo traveler like me. I really want to go to Amsterdam, Italy, France, Iceland and Germany. These destinations I will be looking for deals on each month using Skyscanner, Easyjet and Ryanair for decent prices. I don’t really want to be spending more than £100 on a ticket. That’s the aim. I also have to pay for a hostel in each place which thanks to my TrekAmerica trip I am totally fine with now and really enjoy. I find Hostelworld a great site to use to look for great hostels at a good price. I also get 1 free trip a year with work so I keeping my fingers crossed for somewhere epic! Other than that I don’t really want to plan much and have a list: January – destination 1, Feb – – destination 2 etc. I think that would be very organised and the best way but I want a bit of excitement some months where I can be like “Where should I go this month?”. January has already been ticked off as I went to South Africa over New Year for my friends wedding. I have a trailer which is out now and will link below, a travel vlog series which will be up on my YouTube channel soon and some blogs which I will write asap.
For each destination I want to use that time like a normal holiday to chill and explore. I have been very into my photography since I moved to London and want to take some more amazing photos in each place. I will also be writing a blog for each place and filming my adventures. So every month I will have a travel blog on my website and a travel vlog on my YouTube channel from a different country each month. That would be amazing!
What do I want to achieve?
Half of me is doing this to prove a point. I’m not going to lie. So people can see that even in this economy you can still travel and you don’t have to quit a job you’ve worked really hard at for so long. The other half of me is doing it…because I want to. I love travelling and I work in travel. I spent most of last year work really hard to prove myself in a new job and I had a rough time in the summer so I really want this year to be great. This year is going to be epic and only I can make that happen so I want it to start now.
Bring on 2017!
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Trips so far:
January – South Africa: Cape Town, Oudtshoorn, Safari, Garden Route, Wilderness, Knysna Heads, Western Cape
February – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
March – Barcelona, Spain
April – Cardiff, Wales
May – Canada with Trek America
June – Boston, USA
July – Edinburgh, Scotland (CANCELLED)
August – Paris, France (Blog coming soon)
September to December – TBC