2019 Travel Goals

2018, travel


It must have been nearly a month ago now when I booked trains for a trip to Paris next March with my boyfriend – I’ve not booked a hotel yet because that’s 2019 Sophie’s money problem!

However, booking the trains and a few other hotels for other little breaks next year has given me a goal for the year – in an ideal world, I’d love to do a little trip every month. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean I want to go abroad every month because that’s just ridiculous. But so far in January I’m going to Newton Abbot for a wedding, in February I’m going on a Centre Parcs holiday (which I’m actually ridiculously excited about), in March I’m going to Paris, in May I’ve got a weekend in London for MCM ComicCon and in November I’m going up to Sheffield (I think?) for a friend’s wedding.

So, in between all of that I think it’s feasible to do another couple of European trips on some of the other months of the year! I just think it’ll be a really nice goal to have a couple of days away each money with my boyfriend, whether it’s visiting friends, a night in London, a new city in the UK or somewhere else completely.

I have so much ambition and next year I’m going to turn things around and really make a life for myself, so why not write blog posts about the ideal world and drive myself to work for it? Either way, I’ve got 7 more months to fill so I thought I’d do a little post on my top 3 European destinations that I’m keeping my eye on for 2019.

Amsterdam – what a stereotypical millennial! I know, but I’ve been dreaming about travelling everywhere I can since I first came back from Tanzania in 2013 and as well as being a stunning city that I’d like to see for myself, Amsterdam is a good place to go for a fairly simple ‘first trip’. I’ve never been on a plane on my own or been the lead traveller, it’s always been a trip lead by a teacher or a lecturer and I feel like Amsterdam is such a popular city to visit that it would be a good first flight trip (with Paris being my first train trip). So it’s a double sided coin – both a good trip for my boyfriend and I learning about travelling and a beautiful city to go see!

Berlin – to be honest, I’ve never been massively drawn to travelling to Germany but it’s an incredible city of culture and I want to learn more about it! It’s not that I didn’t want to go, it’s just that I wasn’t fussed about it, but I think it was that I was so bad at learning the German language in school that the thought of going to a country where I just couldn’t get to grips with the language is a bit daunting. But I can’t be put off by a whole amazing country because the language intimidates me and it’s an opportunity to learn some of the language I’ve convinced myself it was impossible for me to learn!

And last but not least, Santorini – I think I mentioned it in my last travel post but I’m fascinated by Greece and I think in the summer or around my birthday maybe a week in the sun could be really lovely. Last summer I was so jealous of everyone posting pictures from sunny summer holidays and it was extra frustrating because I just couldn’t comprehend having the money for a summer holiday but this year I’m going to make sure I have a summer holiday for myself! This one is top of my list I think, maybe a birthday-off-summer-season-beach holiday please.

If nothing else it’s all really motivating me to save for travelling and maybe a bigger trip in the future and I can’t wait! If you have any recommendations or travel advice please do let me know in the comments, on twitter or on Instagram – I post on Instagram every single day so I’d love to hear from you!

Thank you so much for reading,

Sophie xx

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My Travel Goals

2016, travel


I’ve been obsessed with travelling ever since I went to Tanzania with Camps International in 2013 and I’ve always been told your 20s are the best years of your life – having just turned 20 and found myself planning my next summer, so I thought I’d talk about a few of the places that I’d really like to visit!

Europe – perhaps a bit broad, but it’s easier to go backpacking around Europe and do a few countries in a couple of weeks. I love the idea of having a really packed couple of weeks seeing all the architecture and the history and sights! I’m particularly interested in going to Greece and Italy, but I’ve only ever been to Belgium before so there are so many new countries for me to explore.

China – one of my best friends and also my uncle live in Shanghai and China is such a diverse country that I would love to learn more about the culture of. Alongside visiting family and friends, I would love to do a more guided trip to learn as much as I can about the country because I’m genuinely so intrigued to learn more about it!

Australia and New Zealand – ever since I had friends move out to New Zealand in 2008, since then I’ve watched a bunch of travel vloggers who’ve travelled to Australia and New Zealand and they just look like such beautiful countries that I’d really like to explore and adventure in. Think of the travel vlogs I could make there!

Africa – like Europe, probably too broad, but I’d love to go back to Tanzania and maybe go to other places around the continent to do more charity and project type work, but I’d also love to see more of the continent, particularly Egypt (because I love the history, I’d love to see the pyramids and learn more about the Gods, I was obsessed with them as a kid!) and South Africa.

Ecuador – I’d love to go back to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with better camera equipment because whilst I’m so proud of the video I made while I was in Ecuador, I just keep thinking about how much more I know about making video content and the equipment I could take and how I could really show how beautiful that country is!

USA – everyone talks about road tripping around the US, I know, but I’d love to see the country by spending a few days in each place we go to. In an ideal world, I’d spend about three weeks in Disneyland Florida, maybe visit PlaylistLive and VidCon as well and visit my friend Emma in Texas (and remember to take a selfie this time).

Canada, Hawaii and Alaska are also on my list but I haven’t actually done too much research into it yet! I need to make a proper plan, I feel like I’ll make a mood board or something when I have more access to a printer.

All in all, I’d like to go basically everywhere but that doesn’t make for a very interesting blog post!

I know this will cost a lot of money and obviously I’m not planning to do this all in one go but I would love to go and see the world before I settle and start a new chapter, later in my 20s. Maybe I’m planning a little too meticulously, but we’ll just see!

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx


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