Travel: Planning my next big trip

I’ve been on so many trips so far this year; nine flights and hundreds of train journeys yet I’ve still got itchy feet and want to carry on exploring the world. Unfortunately, I can’t book anything for a while as I’m going back to university next month to study for a Masters degree, so for now, all I can do is research and make plans as to where I want to go on my next big trip.

Bali

After university, I’d like to go further afield and have been looking at Bali villas for rent. Indonesia has always fascinated me, it seems like such a beautiful country and everyone has such a different lifestyle which I would love to experience. It’s been almost a year since I went to Florida for two weeks and I’m dying to do another long holiday in the sun. I think Bali has a lot to offer and I believe that I would learn more about myself by spending some time in one of the meditation retreats on the tropical island.

As a bit of a history/archaeology geek, Bali would be ideal for me as there’s so much Buddhist history and culture to learn about and explore. I could spend time learning about the rich history in one of the island’s museums or by visiting one of the amazing temples.

The best time to visit Bali would be during the dry season from May to October, but I’d need to remember to pack my sun cream as I’m so fair and the temperatures can get up to 31 degrees. That’s definitely the perfect temperature for lazing about on the beach and swimming in the sea though!

Travelling around Europe

I’ve been thinking a lot about travelling around Europe for a few weeks – it’s fairly close and easy to travel around, meaning I could get in a lot of cities and different countries over the course of two or three weeks. I haven’t been to many different places yet, so I’d obviously want to make sure I visit some new places but I would definitely like to go back and spend more time in cities I have already been to. The 24 hours I spent in Berlin earlier this year definitely weren’t enough and there’s still so many things that I want to see and do in the German capital.

Another place I would like to spend more time in is my favourite European city so far, Amsterdam. I’ve been twice already but would love to spend a few more days there as it’s just such a welcoming place and everyone is really friendly. I’ve been in both the summer and the winter and I definitely preferred it more during the warmer months.

I’ve managed to come up with a list of European cities that I would like to travel to and I’m hoping that I can work out an itinerary and save up enough money to be able to actually go once I’ve finished my studies. It would be great to cross some new countries off my list!

  • Berlin (Germany)
  • Prague (Czechia)
  • Warsaw (Poland)
  • Bratislava (Slovakia)
  • Budapest (Hungary)
  • Vienna (Austria)
  • Lljubana (Slovenia)
  • Milan (Italy)
  • Zurich (Switzerland)
  • Luxembourg City (Luxembourg)
  • Brussels (Belgium)
  • Amsterdam (Netherlands)

As you can see, I’ve picked a lot of Eastern European countries as they tend to be a lot cheaper to visit and I would definitely look into getting trains between countries to keep the costs down. Nine of the twelve countries on this list are ones that I have never been to before.

Image credit: Jasmin Charlotte

Australia

I’ve never actually wanted to go to Australia before – mainly because I’ve heard horror stories about giant spiders but I’ve also heard stories about giant spiders in the US and I didn’t see any while I was there, so maybe I could risk it.. One of my favourite bloggers, Heidi moved out to Australia with her boyfriend a few months ago and I miss our regular shopping trips and catch ups, so it would be great to go out there and see her. I also have another friend who is moving over there at the end of this year, so I will then have two reasons to go over.

Australia is such a big place and there’s so much to see, so I would have to go out there for at least two weeks – let’s be honest, it will probably take me longer than that to get over the jet lag! There’s so many cities that I would like to explore and I would also want to see all of the wildlife in its natural habitat – I’ve never seen a koala bear (even though I’ve heard that they can be quite nasty), a dingo or a Tasmanian devil (yes, they’re real animals!) so it would be great to actually see them where they belong.

I know that Australia would cost me a lot of money, the flights alone are ridiculously expensive and the country is so big that I would have to fly between cities, so this is one that would need a lot of planning and saving. It would definitely be worth it to see my friends though.

I’ve got a bit of time to think about this, but I think I will definitely be treating myself to a once in a lifetime trip as a graduation present! Where do you want to go on your next big trip?

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20 Comments

  1. August 15, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    I would like to visit Australia one day but the horror stories of the giant spiders scare me too!

  2. August 15, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    I’ve been to Amsterdam twice!! Love it there!! Such a multicultural and eclectic wonder!!!

  3. August 15, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    Australia is somewhere I would love to visit, I also want to travel around Europe, we have been looking at Italy recently x

  4. August 15, 2017 / 11:26 pm

    You have so many plans ahead, I really hope you manage to make them all – travelling must be such a fun adventure and feel like so much freedom.

  5. August 16, 2017 / 10:12 am

    A European trip would be amazing and you’ve picked a bunch of awesome places. I’d love to go to Australia, although there’s always so much I want to do x

  6. August 16, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    Aw good luck with your European travels! I am also a huge fan of Amsterdam too and it has been on my list for quite some time !

  7. August 16, 2017 / 1:52 pm

    i think my husbands dream is vienna he has spoke nothing of anywhere else but wanting to visit , maybe when the little ones have flown the nest

  8. August 16, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    I can say that Amsterdam is a beautiful city, and that there are some amazing places to visit in Holland 🙂

  9. Jess
    August 16, 2017 / 4:32 pm

    I love the idea of Bali but I’d heard mixed things, you know. I think it obviously depends on where you stay, but a friend of mine referred to it as ‘Blackpool for Australians’ because it’s that far removed from what it once was. I’ll have to find out where specifically he was talking about but some parts can be full of tourists by the sound of it.

  10. August 16, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    You’ll love Australia! Our next big trip will hopefully be Lapland as we want to go somewhere snowy in December 🙂

  11. August 16, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    Oh wow, I would really love to visit Bali, definitely somewhere very high up on my list of places to visit.

  12. August 16, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    My niece just came back from a long trip away (including Australia), that she treated herself to post graduation. She had the most amazing time, saw some wonderful places and had some great experiences. So very worth it.
    I would be happy with any trip away, it has been so so long. I last went away before my children, and now my eldest is 22. Hmm.

  13. August 17, 2017 / 9:34 am

    You’ve certainly picked some amazing destinations to visit! I would absolutely love to go to Australia, but you definitely can’t beat a great European city too 🙂

  14. August 17, 2017 / 10:07 am

    I really wish I did some travelling after Uni, as Bali would have been on my list too x

  15. August 17, 2017 / 3:29 pm

    I wish travelling was free, I would definitely be able to finish my bucket list much sooner!

  16. August 17, 2017 / 4:31 pm

    It’s so exciting deciding where to travel and making all the arrangements. I went to the Canary Islands this year and it was lovely.

  17. August 17, 2017 / 4:56 pm

    Bali is definitely on my list (without the children) one of my daughters friends has just done a month backpacking round Europe and she had a great time.

  18. August 17, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    I really want to go to Australia one day. its just finding the right time to go as I want to spend as much time there.

  19. Dannii
    August 18, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    Bali is high up on my list of places to visit. I want 6 weeks to explore though.

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