Planning travel for me is always a challenge. There are so many places I want to see and quite often I find my plan changing as the year evolves.
But, you have to start somewhere, right?
So what does 2018 have in store for Emma Jane Explores?
I’ll spend most of January at home in Sydney, soaking up the Australian summer at various beaches.
Towards the end of January I’ll be off to wintery London for a very short visit.
In February I’ll be spending a bit of time in Sydney as well as popping down to Melbourne and Tasmania for some R&R.
March brings a little trip to Wellington to see a good friend perform in the NZ Fringe Festival. I’ve never been to the north island of New Zealand, so I’m looking forward to seeing a different side of the country.
If the stars align over Easter, I’m planning on either a South African adventure OR taking my mum to Japan. This is a little up in the air at the moment as I try to line things up, but I’ll be either on the plains of Africa or seeing cherry blossoms in Japan from late March – early April.
April is my partner’s birthday, so I’ll be hanging around for the rest of the month making sure he has a birthday to remember.
In May I’ll be road tripping up the Australian coastline through Port Stephens, Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay. I’ve never driven that stretch of road before or been to Byron Bay, so I’m pretty excited to see what these little beachside areas have to offer. The aim is to do this trip in a retro van which should be a hoot!
June brings the start of Winter in Australia, so it’s time to escape somewhere warm. I haven’t decided where yet, but Bali is always a good option!
July is the perfect time to go bush and head up to the Blue Mountains. It’s freezing up there, but in a cottage with a roaring log fire, it’s perfect to curl up with a bottle of red and a great book.
August is Europe time. I can’t wait to experience Italy in the summer – it’s been on my bucket list for ever so long and I am finally going to tick it off. Bring on all the pasta and wine!
September is a quieter month for me. I’ve made it a goal to ensure I have some time each year to reflect, mediate and practice mindfulness. After a flat out 2018 so far I think September is the time to be at home, spend time with loved ones and recharge the batteries. There may be a few sneaky weekenders away, but nothing crazy.
October is my mum & sister’s birthday month, so I spend a bit of time in Melbourne at this time of year. Because I live interstate and am on the road so much, it’s become more and more important to make sure I have good amounts of quality family time, especially with my mum.
November is a month to explore some parts of Australia that I haven’t visited for a long time! I’ll be headed to Adelaide and the Barossa Valley where I’m sure I’ll eat my body-weight in amazing local produce and then to Perth for some springtime action. I may also try to squeeze in a little outing to Margaret River and make it a real moth of food and wine!
December is here and that means Christmas is coming. It also means time for the traditional European Christmas Markets which I am planning on making my way to for the first time. I’ve got a few already on my list in Germany, Estonia, Switzerland France and Budapest, but I’d love to hear from you if you have any other suggestions. Then it’s back to the land of Oz for a hot Christmas Day with family.
So, that’s an action packed year. As I said, it may change as the year goes on, but for now I think that’s a pretty exciting start.
Is there anywhere on my list that you’ve visited?
If you have any tips about things I should do or see in any of these places, I’d love to hear from you in the comments!