Growing up my dad (who had been in the Navy) was forever telling me stories of wild, exotic places; of fascinating cultures and people and amazing sights he saw when he travelled the World. I was always convinced that I would do the same until I got older and started my career and started to feel like Worldwide travel would be forever out of my grasp.
But last year I realised that to travel didn’t necessarily mean to go off and do it full time in the way that my dad did, but that by taking regular trips we could see the World in a lot more practical a way. That being said travel still costs money (despite my firm belief in the quote “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer”) and so we are saving up for various trips that we want to take – ticking off our bucket lists tick by little tick.
This past year we’ve been able to go to some amazing places such as Prague, Scotland and Iceland, and we have some amazing trips planned for the rest of this year too such as Croatia and Berlin, so as you can imagine we’ve been putting away our pennies to go towards those! As we are saving as much as we can towards travel experiences I figured I’d share my top tips for saving money up for travel (or any other goals you might have!)
Last weekend Scott, Lily and I jumped on a bus and went to explore The British Museum in London. We are lucky to live within easy travel of most of the museums in London but have never really made the most of that so we have decided to start visiting more places – particularly as most of them are free entry so it’s a relatively cheap day out!
It feels like forever since I had the most amazing holiday in Iceland with my friend Carla (of Carla Thomas Photography) back in November – and I can’t believe its taken me this long to post about it *tut-tut* but here it is – our incredible trip to Iceland.
This is fast becoming one of my favourite posts to write each week – I love taking a moment to sit back and reflect on the past few days and feel gratitude for the little moments.
This past week has been busy crazy and I’ve been on a roller-coaster of emotions. I went up to Glasgow for my Uncle’s funeral where I cried that I’d never again get to sit and hear a story from Uncle Pat, cried with happiness for a man whose life was spent serving and loving others and whose beautiful family are a testament to that, and I cried with hope that he is taking a seat in the heaven he so fervently believed in. And I laughed too; at stories shared by family and friends, at the jokes around the table once most of the guests had left, at the little cousin I’d never met before and who spent an hour telling me jokes. I smiled until my face ached, hugged and caught up with family I hadn’t seen for 17 years, spending an evening chatting and laughing with cousins I barely remembered but who I will definitely keep in touch with.
I have a really stressful job with lots of deadlines. It means I spend a lot of my time anxious and irritated and I find myself being really snappy with the people around me. It’s all made a million times worse when life outside of work gets stressful too. I’m writing this from a Glasgow coffee shop – I flew up yesterday (after a nightmare journey to the airport), tomorrow is my Uncle’s funeral and my nan (who I was supposed to be accompanying) is too ill to attend so I’ll be heading there by myself which is kicking my anxiety into overdrive. And yet here I am taking five minutes out to think about the little things that make me happy and grateful this week, and actually it’s really helping me to get a grip on myself *sometimes you really need somebody to give you a kick up the arse to remind you how blessed you really are (even if it is yourself)*…
If you’ve read my blog before chances are you’ve heard me talk about my Bucket List aka F*ck It List – it’s here if you want to take a look.
It’s essentially a list of things I’d like to do or places I would like to go in my lifetime. It’s a pretty long list and i’ll be honest, even I find it quite overwhelming when I see how much is on there!
Gosh that title is a bit of a mouthful isn’t it? Thank heavens i’m not writing this hungover (or still drunk!) – I actually love this feeling of waking up on New Years Day sober and fresh after a decent night’s sleep!
2016 was a strange year – in a way it flew by but there were also times where it seemed to drag on forever (especially that night where I stayed up to watch the US election results and cried into my cereal!!!)
I have done some amazing things this year, met some incredible people and had some fantastically fun times. Yet of course there has been darkness in this year too – and i’m not just talking on a global scale a la Trump and Brexit; for me my battles with anxiety and depression have really come to the fore, I ended my relationship with my mother after my parent’s horrendous divorce *although on reflection that’s only been a positive experience for me*, I have lost friends and family and I have had a very stressful work year. But I look at those things and whilst they were definitely negative parts of 2016 I can honestly say I am in a happier place now than I would have been if I hadn’t gone through them – I am so much stronger than I ever realised that I was; and that’s a really amazing thing for me to have realised.
Enough of the rambling; Rebecca at Mummy Est.2014, Jen at Just Average Jen and Lorna at Mums Wine HQ tagged me to join in with ‘The (not Big, not Fat) Quiz of the Year 2016 and so here goes:
What was your highlight of 2016?
Ooooh….. this is so hard because I really did get to do some amazing things in 2016… I’m going to have to pick three:
- Seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland (I’ve still not got round to blogging this but I will do!)
- Our family holiday to Prague
The Northern Lights – photo by Carla Thomas Photo – my friend and travel buddy! Continue reading