Taking on the ‘Take 12 Trips’ challenge

Taking on the Take 12 Trips challenge

I love reading travel blogs, learning about new destinations and experiencing other people’s adventures across the world. But I know that the tales of people who give up their jobs, homes and lives to live out of a rucksack indefinitely can sometimes be hard to relate to. ‘Part-time traveller and full-time travel obsessive’ is how I describe myself, and although travel is my passion it’s not my only one – I have a husband, family, friends, business, house and a couple of cats that all take up their share too.

On the Luce has always focused on combining travel with everyday life and making the most of the time that you have available to travel. So I love the idea that Claire from Need Another Holiday came up with to celebrate her first blogging anniversary. She wants to encourage other part-time travellers with full-time jobs to fit in as much travel as they can, so came up with a challenge to ‘Take 12 Trips’.

Perranporth beach in Cornwall, England

September: Perranporth beach in Cornwall

The idea is to take a trip each month for the next year – it can be an overseas holiday, a weekend near home or even just a day out. It challenges you to incorporate travel into your everyday life, committing to do at least one trip every month and making sure you’ve always got a trip or two to look forward to. Your trips don’t have to be big or expensive either, it’s also a good excuse to see more of your local area.

So I’m taking on the Take 12 Trips challenge. I’ve got a little bit of an advantage in that I work for myself so am not such a slave to the annual holiday allowance. But after a hectic and expensive year, and with big work projects and winter coming up it should help push me out of my comfort zone (which is in front of the wood burner with a glass of wine and a cat on my lap at the moment) and keep me travelling. The challenge started in September so I’ve already made a start. So where are my 12 trips taking me?

Villa in Lagos, the Algarve, Portugal

October: our villa in Lagos in the Algarve

My first trip in September was a relaxing four-day break down on the north Cornish coast. There was a lot more rain than sun, but we managed a sunset walk on the beach and the rest of the time were happy to hibernate in our gorgeous cottage. Then October saw me make my second visit of the year to Portugal, this time for a week in a villa in Lagos with the family. Being spread across the country we don’t all get together that often now so it was great to all catch up and get a first taste of the Algarve.

Then coming up in November is a trip to London for the World Travel Market travel conference, where exhibitors from around the world will provide me with lots of inspiration for next year’s travels. And in December I head out to Paris for a long weekend just before Christmas. I’ve never been there in winter so look forward to seeing the city’s Christmas decorations, lights and markets. Then beyond that there’s another eight months to fill with trips, but you’ll have to wait until the New Year to find out where!

Bonaparte cafe in Paris St Germain

December: Paris at Christmas time

You can follow my progress on the Take 12 Trips challenge here on the blog, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also check out Claire and the other bloggers taking part by following the #Take12Trips hashtag on Twitter. Or why not join us and take on the Take 12 Trips challenge yourself?

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    • says

      How funny! When will you be out there? We are getting the Eurostar out on the morning of Friday 13 December and then back on Sunday evening. Just a quick trip unfortunately but will be so nice to see it looking all festive.

  1. says

    This is such a great idea! I loved doing my 30b430 challenges during my ‘grown up gap year’ but since getting home and starting work again I must admit that travelling plans sometimes get put on hold. Would love to do something like this to get me back in the swing of things:)

  2. says

    That is an interesting concept. I ended up spending about 4 months in western Oklahoma last spring visiting family and I tried to go visit state parks and local attractions even though none of them are famous. I was surprised at some of the beauty and wildlife I saw. It is good to see what there is around you. You might be surprised by what you discover.

  3. says

    This is a fantastic idea Lucy. I always find myself wondering why I can’t have both, the urge to wander and the urge to continue with the regular. And I love how you put it: part-time travellers. So apt.
    I look forward to following this. 🙂
    I am currently traveling in fact. I’m in Thailand celebrating my first wedding anniversary); and I think I’ll use those posts as a way to come on board as well.
    It’s a great way to seek new experiences, if nothing else.

    • says

      Hope you are having a great trip to Thailand – what a fantastic place to celebrate your first anniversary! Here’s to a fantastic year of travels to come, let me know how you get on with the challenge.

  4. says

    “Part-time traveller and full-time travel obsessive” is such a brilliant description (of me, too!). I absolutely love this idea, so I’m willing to give it a go too. I have a few trips (Cambodia, Vietnam, Greece) already planned, but this challenge will make me work a bit harder to fit shorter trips in between. Thanks for your post!

  5. says

    Lucy, I love this idea – how creative. 🙂 And it’s something that just about anyone can tackle. Can’t wait to see where you decide to go for the rest of your challenge. All the best, Terri


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