There is always that feeling when one year ends and a new one begins where you begin panic. We always feel the need to make everything bigger and better than it was before (regardless of how big and better the previous year was!). I had an absolutely amazing 2017 where I got to visit ten different countries (find my three favourite here!) which seems pretty impossible in my eyes to top at the moment.
My resolution for last year was to try and get to a new place every month within Ireland, and then if I managed to get abroad then I would. I happened to absolutely smash that goal out of the park so it seems – which creates the onset of panic for 2018. Where will I go? What will I do? How can I make this year better when last year was just so good?
My problem is that I’m running out of the cheap and cheerful destinations to visit in Europe – which is a complaint I can’t even believe I’m saying. Now the countries that are left are the likes of Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Switzerland, Austria… The real buget un-friendly ones to be perfectly honest, so there is no way I’m getting to ten of those.
My plan for this year is to cast the net further afield, get to a new continent (Africa, I’m looking at you!) and hopefully actually get to explore Ireland on a whole new level. Experiences I haven’t yet had like taking a camper-van along the Wild Atlantic Way. Visiting islands like Achill and Skellig are also two amazing things I would love to do. There are things I have always talked about but never done like climbing Carrantuohill and Croagh Patrick or hiking through Glendalough. They are slightly weather dependent but that doesn’t mean I can’t make them happen. One of the best experiences I had last year in Ireland was in April!
So this year I think my main goal isn’t to go bigger and better than previous years. My plan is to get out of my comfort zone and tick off the things on my list that I have been putting off for years. I’m happy to keep my options open and explore more of Ireland – especially the parts that I have been absolutely dying to visit! Along with that I am adamant to make 2018 the year I take my first solo trip abroad. I have flown on my own, gone places on my own in Ireland but I have never actually done a trip abroad all by myself before. I think it will really push me out of my comfort zone and I’m genuinely really looking forward to it. 2018 is the year of adventure, excitement and the unknown. Fingers crossed it goes according to plan!
What are your plans for the New Year?