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!)
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)*…
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
Merry Christmas you gorgeous lot!
The wonderful Emma over at Emma and Family (her tag is here) and Jayne at Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs have tagged me to answer some Christmas themed questions and so here I am 🙂
What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
Ooh this one is so hard – I LOVE Christmas movies! Lily’s favourites are Home Alone (but only the first one!) and Elf, when I was little it wasn’t Christmas unless we watched Miracle on 34th Street, The Santa Clause and Die Hard and even now I can’t get through the festive season without watching It’s A Wonderful Life and Love Actually. Oh wait Mean Girls is a Christmas movie too right?! And Gremlins…and Lethal Weapon… and The Muppets Christmas Carol…
*well you did ask ahem*
Have you ever had a white Christmas?
Erm no – not that I can remember! We tend to end up with snow in January
Accor Hotels have asked bloggers to share how they would spend 24 hours in their favourite cities – and my favourite city is, of course, Glasgow! Glasgow is without a doubt Scotland’s coolest city – it might not have Edinburgh’s regal looks but it’s got personality, culture and energy by the bucket load and it’s really quick and easy to get to!
I just got back from an amazing trip to Scotland to spend time with family and friends. I am now literally EXHAUSTED and of course, as always when I get time off of work, I’ve come down with the flu!
I had a really really great time up in the North (where Winter seems to have been delayed btw) – I spent a couple of days up in Loch Goilhead, which is not far from Loch Lomond and then a few more days in Glasgow where I drank quite a bit of beer and got to see Biffy. F*cking. Clyro!!
In Loch Goilhead we stayed in a premier chalet at the Drimsynie estate holiday village – the chalet was a sweet wooden building with plenty of space and a good-sized hot tub which was a real bonus. I don’t think much could beat sitting in the hot tub with an ice cold beer and staring up at the stars.
A selection of the chalets at Drimsynie estate holiday village Continue reading
On Friday I fly up to Glasgow for 6 days with family and friends (living the jetsetter life obvs) and so i’m working out what I want to pack. Weather wise it’ll be COLD… like really really cold… and the southerner in me is dreaming of thermals!
Part of my trip will be spent hot-tubbing in Loch Lomond, the rest will be in Troon (on the coast) and in Glasgow city centre sampling the best beers and food around *can’t wait*