Image from Malias’ Flickr
These days, admitting that you’re not particularly well travelled is something of a social faux pas. The trend for gap years, the cheapness of flights and the intrigue of the faraway mean that by 26, many people have seen the world three times over.
I haven’t. I can count the number of countries I’ve visited on one hand, and they’re all in Europe. I love going on holiday, quite enjoy airports and have developed a taste for in-flight meals (that stick of cheese and the bread roll? YUM). I’ve just never been interested in travelling. I have no desire to pack my life into a rucksack and live off Imodium and beer for 12 months (I know, I know – I’m generalising here).
But recently, I’ve discovered my sense of adventure. I’ve realised that travelling doesn’t have to involve a first aid kit and a bar job. I could start with a weekend away here, 10 days on a beach there. And if I stopped contributing to my already over-stuffed wardrobe, I’d be able to afford it too.
So that’s my one and only New Year’s Resolution. To travel. I’m starting big with an American roadtrip in May, taking in Chicago, Maine and New York. Then I’d love to see some cities, maybe even a beach. And I’m not just talking overseas travel – there are so many beautiful parts of the UK that I’ve never seen, and I’d love to get more acquainted.
How about you – have you seen the world or are you just getting started? Any recommendations for me?
PS – Happy New Year!