2015 has been a whirlwind of travel adventures. Dressed in clothes from the night before, I cried my way to London before my EuroStar journey to Paris; I tried my hand at veganism after my first solo travel to South Africa; I was mugged during a long weekend in London; I hiked the Black Forest; and I fell in love with the Florentine art scene.
I was very fortunate to be able to travel extensively this year. Despite having had to study full-time for the majority of the year, I was able to organise myself into a few trips in and out of the country.
The latter part of 2015 and the first half of 2016 will serve as my gap year period. A year off studying never occurred to me after my A Levels. Thus, I am taking this opportunity, post-graduation, to acquire a few more stamps in my passport.
It’s the first time I’ll be welcoming the New Year in a different continent. My sister and I have booked a week-long trip to Marrakech in the first week of January. A couple of activities have already been decided upon, including a running tour around the city and a Moroccan cooking class.
Though London is a stone’s throw away from where I live, I make sure that each visit is unique. I’ll be visiting my sister in the first half of the year for a few gigs in Alexandra Palace, and I’d like to tick a few things off my London bucket list.
I have purchased my Lonely Planet guide – though I have yet to purchase my visitor visa – in order to travel India on my own for 3 months. Yes. This has been a dream of mine for many years, and I hope to pursue this in the New Year. After my Morocco trip, I hope to organise myself better in order to start planning for this solo getaway.
It’s my uncle’s wedding in June in The Philippines. It’ll be held at such a gorgeous venue, Las Casas, and I’d like to hop on over after my India trip.
Depending on my finances, I have expressed interest in travelling around Indonesia by summertime, too.
Numerous trips to London will be on the cards, definitely. I’m also looking at a few staycations in and around the UK including a visit to Edinburgh, a couple of visits to seaside towns far and near (Broadstairs and Whitstable), and a countryside escape (Lake District).
Lastly, it’ll be amazing to visit Iceland, Israel and Jordan.
Most of these ‘plans’ are not set in stone; many are probable, some remain to be mere possibilities. What I am sure of, however, is that 2016 will be the year for a big solo travel adventure.
What are your travel plans for the New Year? Will you be jetting off abroad, or are you vowing to explore more local destinations?