Travel has always been one of my great loves. I love to explore, see new places, try out new experiences, see beautiful sights and meet new people and there’s something about travel that makes me feel more alive, more grateful and happier than anything else. I’ve been lucky enough to travel quite a lot in my time so far whether it’s off my own back, for work in my old job at boohoo or, more recently, through my blog but I am still always wanting to do more, see more and visit as many places as possible! One of my biggest resolutions for 2017 is to travel more and to make this blog into more of a travel blog than it is at the moment.
I want to see so many places (basically everywhere!) that I’d find it hard to list where I want to go this year (I can’t come up with anything whenever anyone asks) but I have got a few more general resolutions about travel, and yes, a few places that I definitely want to see so I thought I’d share them with you in this post. I’m keen to focus on my blog a lot more in 2017 and one of the things I want to write about more is Travel, so here’s a taster of the adventures I’m planning for the year that hopefully you’ll be seeing more about on my little corner of the internet soon! RosieGlow travel blog, here I come!
This is the big one for me this year – to travel alone. One of the most annoying things about being single is that it often means you find yourself without a travel buddy! My girlfriends and I are all so busy with different jobs, lives and schedules that it can make planning a getaway pretty tricky at the best of times, but I really don’t want my lack of a travel partner to mean that I miss out on going away anywhere! I have travelled alone a fair bit, but it’s always been for work trips or group trips like yoga retreats so it doesn’t feel like really going solo in the same way! This year I want to travel to some cities in Europe alone (at the moment I’m thinking Italy, Barcelona, and Nice) and maybe even venture further afield for a longer backpacking-style trip in the Summer. It’s a bit daunting, but I know it will be great experience and hopefully one that (fingers crossed) one I’ve done it will open up a whole new work of travel to me where I will be free to explore on my own and not tied down by trying to find a travelling companion before I can go anywhere! If anyone reading this has any solo travel tips to share or recommendations of good solo travel locations please do let me know, I would love any advice you might have!
Go to some festivals
2016 was the first year in God knows how long that I didn’t do a single festival. I’ve been festival obsessed since I was 17 and first persuaded my parents to let me go to Glastonbury and since then I’ve tried a fair few and went to Glasto for 7 years in a row. I missed out on Glasto tickets this year but will be trying to blag them in the resale this Spring so I can return to my roots! If not, or probably as well as, I also want to try out a different UK festival this year. I’m thinking Secret Garden Party or Wilderness (please share your recommendations in the comments though!) I also really want to go to a festival abroad. I’d love to try Croatia, a place I already love and can imagine it as the perfect setting for festival revelry. Top of my list is Obanjan, an island escape where you stay in beach huts and can practice yoga and wellbeing as well as the usual music and partying! It sounds like it could be my perfect place….!
The main features that I want to start on my new travel blog section of Rosieglow are City Guides for anywhere I visit. Recommendations of where to stay, what to see, and where to find the best eats, drinks, and experiences. Most places I’ll be visiting for a short time and on a limited budget, so I think a “48 hours in…” series for people similar to me will be the perfect way to share advice and also to help me get the most out of my trips! I’m not totally sure if it counts as travel, but I also want to travel blog about places to go in London, with area guides in a similar style. There is so much to see and do here and one of my favourite pastimes is exploring this amazing city that I live in! I’m always trying out new places to go so why not start writing about my time here?! It can be overwhelming living in a city with just so much choice of what to do every minute of the day so hopefully my London travel posts might be helpful for other Londoners or tourists suffering from the same sense of London-overwhelm!
Despite the fact that trying to organise my girlfriends to take a trip together is a little bit like trying to herd cats, I’m going to go ahead and put some girls’ trips in my resolutions anyway (they say you should visualise something happening if you want it to happen, right?!) Maybe it will help motivate me to make it come true! The top places on my list for trips with the girls are Morocco (Marrakech or Essaouira) – for souk shopping and sunshine , and Paris – for girly city break heaven and to pretend we’re in those Paris Gossip Girl episodes, obvs. A few of my closest friends and I have all found ourselves single at the same time so fingers crossed this is a recipe for plenty of girly jet setting this year!
For the last two summers I’ve gone on yoga retreats instead of normal holidays, and I’m really hoping to carry on the tradition this year (so long as I can afford it – they don’t exactly come cheap!) Last year I went to Soulshine Retreats in Ibiza and the year before Silver Island Yoga in Greece (read my review here) and honestly I can say that both were up there with the best things I’ve ever done. If you’ve never been on a retreat it will be hard for me to explain just how amazing they are and how great you feel afterwards. As well as the usual sun, sea and relaxation you would get with a regular holiday, you are also pampered, thoroughly looked after and nourished bodily through the yummy healthy food and daily yoga practices. The change that going on a retreat makes to my mindset and happiness for months after truly is amazing and I would recommend it to anyone! Plenty of them also have a holiday vibe not just a healthy vibe, where you still won’t miss out on the sunbathing and drinking you’d want from your regular holiday if that’s what you want! I’d be tempted to go back to either Soulshine or Silver Island again this year, or perhaps to India for a more traditionally yogic retreat with Jim Harrington, who taught at Silver Island when I was there. I’m going to do all I can to try and get myself on retreat again this year, so watch this space!
I hope you enjoyed reading about my travel resolutions and plans for 2017! I can’t wait to start adventuring and working on this new travel blog section of my site – I love to start a new year with new dreams and challenges, so this is a great way to give myself the inspiration & motivation to make my travel dreams for the year a reality! Let me know your travel tips in the comments!