We All Make New Year Resolutions. Did Family Globetrotters Meet Them All for 2017?
As I sit on the beaches of Hoi An, Vietnam, I was reminded that I had written a blog post at the start of 2017 with some of our family travel resolutions. I thought to re-visit them to see how we went and how we have grown as a travelling family this year.
2017 RE-VISITED TRAVEL RESOLUTION #1
Far, Far Way. To travel to a destination that would require more than 15 hours travel time. For us, that pretty much means to anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere! With the seasons the polar opposite, no better time to escape to the North for an extended summer when it’s freezing cold in Australia.
We Did It! We travelled to Copenhagen, Tallinn, Paris and Helsinki and oh what an amazing winter trip that was. I know I keep harping on about how much I love visiting Europe in the winter and I shall re-iterate this again….. it is the best time to go in terms of reduced crowds, picturesque moments and is good on the hip pocket as its considered to be low season.
2017 RE-VISITED TRAVEL RESOLUTION #2
New Destination. To travel to a destination we have never been before. The problem with living down under is that we tend to go back to the same places. It’s just so much more convenient when we don’t have a lot of time and just want a quick getaway. The closest non English speaking destination for us is Bali (not that that’s a bad thing! LOL. We LOVE Bali!) It just means it makes for lazy travel and I realise that this is not going to expand my daughter’s cultural horizons!
Doing It Now! We have done this a few times this year but we are spending the last day of 2017 and the first day of 2018 in Vietnam. A country of which neither Andrew or Hannah has been. So far, its just been lovely and a wonderful collision of beach (albeit a little cold!), gastronomic adventures and a historical eye opener.
2017 RE-VISITED TRAVEL RESOLUTION #3
Stay Domestic. Australia is a vast and beautiful country. Whilst I’m so busy getting that passport stamped, I seem to have neglected to explore my own neck of the woods. Australia has so much to offer. Did you know it would take 14 days to circumnavigate this country and that we have the longest national motorway on the planet?
Done! I’m so pleased to say that we did this. We did go back to some of our usual haunts but for the first time as a family we went skiing during the winter! We went not only to Falls Creek but also to Mount Buller which are the alpine resorts of Southern Australia. That was an epic adventure and now Hannah has the skiing bug!
Check out some of your skiing blog posts:
13 Useful Tips For Planning Your First Ski Holiday.
10 Ski Clothing Must Haves For Your Ski Holiday.
10 Tips On How To Choose The Right Ski Accommodation.
2017 RE-VISITED TRAVEL RESOLUTION #4
First Time. For every holiday that we take I would like to engage in as many “first time” experiences as I can. It could be an activity, a culinary delight or simple trying something new. But I would like to do this as a family so that we can always look back at those experiences with fond memories. I have found that the things we did together on our holidays are the ones we tend to reminisce about the most. And we just bought the new GoPro so I’d like to be able to document these moments a little more.
Plenty! I think our greatest highlight for 2017 in terms of first time experiences has to be hiking in the Finnish forest and traversing across frozen lakes. We know that was a really special experience and not something we would be doing again anytime soon.
2017 RE-VISITED TRAVEL RESOLUTION #5
Grandparent. I recently lost father and we had our first Christmas without him. So this year I would like to go on a holiday with my mother so that she can spend some quality time with her granddaughter. Apart from visiting her in Kuala Lumpur, we have not actually gone overseas as a family and I think it would be wonderful for the both of them to spend some time together in new and different environments.
It Was Fun! Although not very far from Kuala Lumpur, we did go to Singapore together. I have not been overseas with my mother for decades! And with Singapore being such a diverse destination now, it was such a fun filled holiday for the 3 generations to go on. From hilarious Trick Eye museums to nocturnal zoo escapades, we had a great time. Loads of shopping in between didn’t hurt either!
Check out our Singaporean blog post: 12 Tips Before You Go To Night Safari In Singapore.
2017 RE-VISITED TRAVEL RESOLUTION #6
Bucket List. I would like to tick something off the bucket list this year. Although in saying that our bucket list is long and with our daughter wanting to see and experience more, the list is growing exponentially! So it’s really not that hard to cross anything off. Perhaps our resolution should be crossing multiple things off in one trip!
Achieved A Big One! Estonia was a serious contender on my personal bucket list and when I crossed it off, it was immensely gratifying. And I am happy to report that it was everything I had hoped for and I thoroughly relished my experience in this Baltic country.
Check out our Finnish blog post: 8 Reasons Why You Have To Go To Nuuksio National Park, Finland, In Winter.
Check out our Estonian blog post: 10 Reasons Why You Should Go To Old Town Tallinn From Helsinki.
Check out our Danish blog post: 10 Reasons Why I Loved Exploring Copenhagen On A Cargo Bike.
2017 RE-VISITED TRAVEL RESOLUTION #7
Adults Only Trip. Although we are all about family travel, it is also important to have some adult time. Much like the occasional date night, a trip with just my partner and I is definitely on the cards. We just get so caught up with living life that we forget to connect. We’re thinking Hawaii. What do you reckon?
No Success. Well, this resolution we didn’t meet. 2017 was a big year for us and although Hawaii was on the cards, it didn’t happen. In March of 2017, we fell pregnant and we decided to rein in the travel for health reasons and to take it easy. Unfortunately, we miscarried and that was a difficult time . And all that did was remind me of the importance of family and to be grateful for what we have.
2017 RE-VISITED TRAVEL RESOLUTION #8
Exercise. I would like to exercise more whilst on holidays. We do so regularly throughout the week and whenever we go on holidays we seem to stop. Although in saying that some travel days are just exhausting so it’s a tad difficult. As always we also tend to over indulge on food when we’re away but that’s half of the holiday experience and not something we really want to cut back on. There really is no excuse to not even get 15 minutes in the morning before venturing out.
Sort of. Who was I kidding? I have failed miserably although skiing was hard work! Andrew on the other hand has done quite well. Just this morning he got up at 6am to go to the gym and then headed out to the South China Sea for some body surfing.
2017 RE-VISITED TRAVEL RESOLUTION #9
Plan Less. Wander more. I have to learn to go on a holiday without an itinerary and I’m a list girl so that’s a big ask. But I don’t want to stick to a schedule or plan our days in its entirety anymore. I’m unable to embark to a destination without some kind of plan but one that is perhaps less rigid or constrained by time. I’ll reduce it to just a small list of “must sees” and “would be nice” lists and we’ll just work it out when we get there. Hmm…. No guarantees I can keep this resolution! LOL!
We Did It! I am impressed that I have managed to do this relatively better than expected. In the 5 days we are in Hoi An, I have only planned activities for 1 day! I am very proud of myself! We have just been wandering the streets of the UNESCO Heritage Old Town of Hoi An and not doing very much more. I mean, I even have time to blog on the morning of New Years Eve. Good job Amy. Hahahah!
2017 RE-VISITED TRAVEL RESOLUTION #10
Blog. I would like to dedicate more time to this blog. Life just gets in the way and before I knew it, it was the end of 2016! I started this blog as a hobby for both travel and writing. It was also a good way to document my travels as I get asked for travel tips all of the time. But this little venture has now grown into a full blown digital business, which I didn’t expect! And the fact that it’s now helping to fund my travels, it only makes sense for me to dedicated more of my life to this blog.
Still Top of Mind. I have thoroughly enjoyed my travel blogging journey this year. Although I hadn’t created more posts, I am just so happy I still love it and that I am still able to continue creating useful and practical articles. Maintaining a consistent blog is hard work and not something one can keep at for long periods of time. I have learnt to blog when I want to, not when I have to with the pretence of keeping up with publications.
So that’s our 2017 re-visited! 8.5 out of 10 ain’t bad! What will 2018 hold for us? Well, we are off to a good start, spending the new year in beautiful Vietnam. After Hoi An we’ll be heading to Halong Bay on a cruise and trekking in Sapa with the local Hmong tribe.
What will 2018 hold for you?