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Challenge accepted for 2017! How about you? #Take12Trips

As avid travellers, we are always looking forward to hitting the road and finding our next adventure, but how often do we find that jobs, families and day-to-day drudgery (like food shopping and ringing the landlord about that leak urgh!) get in the way of actually making a plan? This is where the #Take12Trips Challenge comes in.

The #Take12Trips Challenge was started by fellow part-time traveller Clare, the blogger behind Need Another Holiday. Clare has a young family, a full-time job and manages to travel frequently whilst running her blog. She created the #Take12Trips Challenge to keep herself motivated to travel at least once a month, to make the most of her weekends and annual leave.

I’m guilty myself of being so caught up in day-to-day life that I’ve put travel plans on hold or have committed myself to things that have led to me cutting back on travel. So when I found out about the #Take12Trips Challenge, I knew it would be perfect for keep me on track on 2017.

All you have to do is make travel plans once a month. This could take the shape of a day out somewhere new, a staycation, a weekend in Europe or 4 weeks in the Caribbean, it’s entirely up to you!

Here are how my plans are shaping up for 2017, challenge accepted! ?

January- Spa weekend in Powys, Wales

At the end of January I’m returning to Powys in Wales for a relaxing spa weekend at The Lake Country House. I saved a Red Letter Days voucher that I got for my birthday last year and decided to cash it in during the quiet weeks following new year’s day (and thankfully I did, I’m itching to travel already!).

The last time I was in Powys, I stayed in this adorable treehouse with nothing but rolling green hills as far as the eye could see, a warm crackling fire and the raw sounds of nature. This area of Wales is so beautiful and when picking a spa weekend, we decided that The Lake Country House in Powys had to be the one. I can’t wait!

The last weekend of the month I will also be heading down to Oxford to visit my best friend, Tami who is the blogger behind The Guilty Girl. She has a few surprises for our visit so I’m looking forward to seeing what she has in store for us.

February- Four days in Porto, Portugal

My birthday is only six weeks after Christmas, which is perfect because it’s right after the first payday of the year and something to look forward to as soon as the festive season has closed up shop. This year I am so excited to be celebrating my birthday in Porto in Portugal!

At Christmas my boyfriend (aka Mr Footsteps) surprised me with the trip because he knew I’d want to have time to plan all the details (which ironically I have yet to do) and I’ve been looking forward to it all month. I want to soak up a little winter sunshine whilst exploring their medieval riverside and enjoying everything this gorgeous coastal city has to offer. It’ll also be my first time in Portugal, woop woop!

March- Day trip or overnight stay with the National Trust

March will be a little quieter after our trip to Porto so I expect this month will be a chance to catch up with friends, work on the blog and have some days out here and there over the weekends.

Over the Christmas break, Mr Footsteps and I signed up to the National Trust, which is an organisation based in the UK that preserves historically significant properties and areas of natural beauty. It is such a wonderful organisation and allows you to visit some of the most beautiful and historic places in the UK for only £8 a month.

It’s a great way to venture out to areas you may not have thought of visiting before and there are hundreds of properties and areas to choose from on their website. Ordsall Hall (below) dates back over 750 years and is only down the road from my house…a perfect day out for March!

April- Weekend in London for Traverse

In April I’ll be heading to London for Traverse, which is the UK’s biggest travel blogging weekend conference and annual pilgrimage for most travel bloggers based in the UK. Whilst I’m there, I will be attending inspirational talks and creative workshops, whilst catching up with all my blogger pals. There will also be a little bit of drinking and possibly some sight seeing if we get chance (and not all too hung over!).

One talk that really stood out for me last year was Tori James. She was the first Welsh woman to climb to the summit of Mount Everest and gave such an incredibly motivational speech about how she overcame barriers to achieve her life goal. Truly inspiring.

May- Long weekend in Scotland

In May, I have been invited to a family wedding, which will be taking place in Glasgow in Scotland. I’ve been to Scotland a few times visiting family but never had the opportunity to go and actually see what it’s all about, and I’ve been dying to for sooo long!

So after the wedding celebrations, me and Mr Footsteps will be spending a long weekend (or at least a few days) visiting Glasgow and Edinburgh. I want to do the whole shebang, visit the castle, listen to bagpipes, drink Irn Bru and buy anything with tartan on it. Actually scrap the Irn Bru, on second thought I hate Irn Bru, sorry scots!

I’ll also use this time to catch up with some old friends, including my childhood bezzie, Charles. Yeah, sorry Charles, if you’re reading this, can we stay at yours and Jenny’s place for a couple of nights mate, pleaaaase? ?

June/ July- 10 days in Bali, Indonesia

The last week of June and first week of July I will be going on my summer jollies to Indonesia for the very first time. As this is a little far in the future, I’m trying not to get too excited too soon but I’m guilty of making some rough plans already!

It’s going to be a mix of relaxation and exploration. So far I’m looking into doing some scuba diving (currently in the process of getting the foundation qualification to be able to do this), visiting one of the waterparks, meeting monkeys at the Ubud Monkey Forest and going on a boat trip to see the nearby islands.

If you’ve ever been to Bali and have any recommendations please comment below, I’d love to hear them and get some inspiration.

August- Surprise trip to…?!

Mr Footsteps will have his birthday in August so I’ll be planning a weekend away or day out somewhere. It is a little far into the year so I have cooked up some ideas but as yet I haven’t decided. I also can’t reveal too much as he will no doubt read this! He loves anything that involves, heights, speed, adrenaline and danger which makes him so much fun to buy for!

Last year, I booked a weekend in Dublin and took him on a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher and the year before that I took him to North Wales to go on the fastest zipline in the world, so I’m confident I’ll come up with something awesome for us to do.

September- Half Marathon in Disneyland Paris

Up until recently I was undecided whether to aim for a 10k or half marathon as a fitness goal for myself this year. But after starting back at the gym this week following the overindulgence of Christmas, I’m confident that I’ll be ready to run a half marathon with consistent training by September. Plus, what better place to do my first half marathon than Disneyland Paris??

The only spanner in the works on this is that September is one of my busiest times at work so I may not be able to take the time off. This being said, I’m hoping I’ll be allowed a day or two after the race weekend to spend some time in the park, especially if it is to raise money for charity. I’ll be training for it regardless to keep myself on track with my fitness goals and if I’m unable to go, I’ll find another half marathon a little closer to home.

In all seriousness though, how cool would that be? You get to run around the park before it opens to the public and stop to take pictures with your favourite Disney characters *squeals*. I hope I get to do it!

October- December- ??

I’ve always wanted to go somewhere spooky for Halloween like Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania or stay overnight in a haunted house in New Orleans. But we’ll see! As soon as we’ve got past Halloween, we step into that crazy period of time before Christmas where there are nights out, staff do’s, weekends away to catch up with family and Christmas shopping to do, so nothing has been planned as yet. With it being such a mad busy time, there will undoubtedly be a trip here and there though, so stay tuned ?

Would you like to try the #Take12Trips Challenge? Use the hashtag #Take12Trips to join in and follow your fellow travellers’ progress!



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Hi! I'm Mel a full-time Marketeer and part-time adventurer. I’m a British travel blogger who loves nothing more than immersing myself in different cultures and exploring new places. My goal is to inspire all of you office dwellers to follow your travel dreams whilst still working your 9-5.

  • Kallsy Page

    I need some advice for you on travel planning! I’ve been looking into some little tree houses to stay in here in the States and some possible weekend trips because my husband’s schedule is very busy this year. I think I can handle making travel plans once a month though. I’ll try the challenge and let you know how it goes! :)

    • Mel

      Staying in a treehouse is so much fun! I stayed in one for a weekend with no electricity in the middle of Wales and loved it! The challenge is just to keep you motivated so if you can’t go far for one month, whether it be financial or just time constraints you can always just head out in the car for the day and see where the day takes you, it still counts as a new adventure ;)

  • Oh wow! This challenge is a fabulous idea! You have some amazing choices on this list. I visited Porto in 2015, and I absolutely fell in love with the city. I wish I had more time to head to the valley and drink loads of port, haha. Enjoy all your trips! Can’t wait to read about them!

    • Mel

      Oh Rachel, link me any posts you have, I’d love to find out more about what to do in Porto, there aren’t lots of blogs I’ve found that have written much about it.

  • Punita Malhotra

    12 trips in a year…hmmm, i don’t think I can manage that many, since i’m not a full-time traveler, but love your itinerary. That first picture of the lakehouse in Wales made me drool.

    • Mel

      I’m not a full-time traveller either, just a one day trip a month to somewhere new counts! Anything to keep you motivated to get out there and find adventure :)

  • Jessica Buck

    Love this Mel!! If you’re coming to Oxford at the end of Feb please come say heyyyyy hehe ? And omg a marathon at Disney would be amazing!’ Wishing you a wonderful year of travel xx

    • Mel

      Aw thanks Jess! <3 I didn't realise you were based in Oxford! I promise I'll come say hello if I get chance, at least to go for a coffee. I'd love to catch up! Wishing a fantastic year of travels too my love ? Here's to an amazing 2017 for us all! :) xx

  • Jennifer @ MatDifference

    I love this idea. So many people think the only way to travel is to take big trips. I do weekends every chance I get. I already have weekends in Redwoods National Park, Montreal, and Iceland. I just work with the time I have go.

    • Mel

      I totally agree Jennifer, not everyone can be on the road full-time. You have to work with what you have. That’s list sounds fabulous already, happy travels for 2017! :)

  • CWBush

    What an awesome idea! While I was lucky enough to do quite a bit of travel in 2016, I’ve not yet made a whole lot of plans for 2017. This might just be the inspiration I need to nudge me in the right direction.

    Doing one of the Disney marathons is totally on my bucket list too.

    • Mel

      Sometimes it’s nice to have a surprise though isn’t it? Not have everything planned out is nice too :) So glad this inspired you, that’s made my day! <3

  • Looks like a full itinerary so far. The #Take12Trips idea is brilliant and maybe we should accept this challenge as well. Celebrating your birthday in Portugal has got to be one of the highlights for you. Hope you have loads of fun.

    • Mel

      I love that it makes travel more accessible by motivating people to have new adventures but not people too much pressure on those that work full-time. It’s perfect! I think so too about Porto, I’m so looking forward to it, thanks Simon! :)

  • This is such a great challenge! You’ve got so much to look forward to this year already, which I think is awesome. I hope you get to do the Marathon in Disneyland Paris!! That would be so cool

    • Mel

      Omg Francesca me too, it would just be soooo cool! If I manage to do it maybe one day I could do the marathon in DisneyWorld ?

  • Challenge definitely accepted! I really love this idea, so people can get up and go go go… Your list looks filled with fun and adventure. Good luck to completing the challenge. Looking forward to hearing about your surprise trip in August :)

    • Mel

      Yay, you go girl! ? I think everyone should give it a try. Let me know how you get on, I’d love to see some of your upcoming adventures too! ?

  • It looks like you have so many amazing trips coming up! #Take12Trips is such a brilliant challenge.

    • Mel

      Thanks Monica, I can’t wait! It really is a great challenge and has helped me stay on track in search of new adventures :)