1.) Explore your own country…
This is something that I feel we are all a little guilty of, myself included. We are always so keen to travel to the farthest parts of the world to discover new places but rarely do we often, appreciate what is right on our doorstep! My favourite places that I’ve visited include Oxford, Bath, Brighton, Devon and Cornwall (I only visited for a weekend last year when I went to Port Eliot Festival with Bumble and bumble) but from what I saw it was absolutely beautiful and I’d love to return.
On a bank holiday weekend or even for a day trip, back a bag (even take a picnic if the weathers nice to cut cost) and jump in the car or on the train and discover some beautiful places a little closer to home. I’d love to take a short flight to Edinburgh this year as I’m itching to visit, and also drive to the Cotswold and Norfolk. Are there any places that you love in the UK? Do leave a comment as I’d love to visit some places closer to home this year!
2.) Talk about your travels…
One of my favourite memories has to be when me and Rob were in Chiang Mai, Thailand – we did a three day jungle trek and one evening we sat around the camp fire with 8 other people that we trekked with who has travelled from Canada, America and the Netherlands. We sat around drinking beer and chatting about our favourite places to travel and funny/worst/best memories – it was such an amazing night and brought back so many fond memories.
If you’re planning a trip or travel then I would definitely recommend talking and getting advice from as many people as you can. Whether it’s an online forum, emailing a blogger who you know lives in the area or has travelled there, a travel agent or your best friend – it’s so great to swap stories and past experience. I also love hearing peoples travel stories as it almost makes me feel like I was there experiencing it with them, it also broadens your horizons and will make you want to visit places that you may have never considered visiting or even heard of!
3.) Look back on your memories…
I’m not just talking about a #TBT Instagram snap but sometimes if I have a spare hour or two one of my favourite things to do is to sit and go through my personal pictures and look back at some of my favourite places I visited, from that girls holiday to Malia when I was 17, watching the Libertines in Amsterdam or my six week trip to Thailand with Rob. It always makes me smile to look back and reminisce on the good times!
My best friend also made me a picture frame collage with all of our holidays/ festival trips and memories which I love looking at. It’s a great idea to print off some of your favourite holiday pictures and create a collage or just stick them on your wall – so when you’re feeling uninspired or just a bit blue then you can remember all those times and smile!
4.) Hunt for budget travel brands…
If you are looking to travel cheaply then my favourite budget brands to turn to for great deals are Easyjet and Ryanair for low cost short haul flights, or alternatively KLM and British Airways offer some great deals on longer haul flights. You can also try Expedia as they compare flight prices so you’re guaranteed to get a great deal! If you’re not a fan of flying and are travelling withing Europe then I’d highly recommend Eurostar where you can get returns for as little as £69!
For accommodation the first website I turn to is Booking.com as they have hundreds of options and you can tailor it to your price needs. If you are looking for something a bit different then why not try AirBnB for great deals on renting apartments!
Other great budget websites and companies I have come across whilst travelling include; Lastminute.com where you’ll find some great offers on travel as well as spa days, theatre trips and restaurant deals, Lowcostholidays.com and Onthebeach.co.uk which are both great for budget package holidays if that’s what you’re after.
5.) Bite the bullet and go for it!…
I understand this point is a little trickier as it’s easy to be the person who sits there and says ‘just go for it‘ whether it’s leaving your job to travel the world or packing a suitcase and going on holiday alone. Everyone has commitments and ties so it’s not always as simple as just upping and going, but what I would say is (as cliche as it is) but life really is too short and in the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take. If you try and fail surely it’s better than not trying at all and never knowing?!
The other week I witnessed an accident after work that was so horrific it honestly shock me so much, I walked away and actually cried because it made me realise that life is so precious and can be taken from us at any given time – make sure you don’t let your dreams just be dreams, and always remember that you have control over every decision – make this year one to remember! <3
Will you be travelling anywhere this year? I’d love to hear any travel tips/advice you have!
*This post is NOT sponsored, I just wanted to share my top tips and favourite websites to look for budget travel.