• {Travel} #Take12Trips Travel Challenge ~ Month Eight

    “I travel not to escape life but for life not to escape me”

    As I share month eight of the travel challenge #take12trips, I am drawn again to the quote above. These days when people (including my family) call me, the first thing they ask is which country I am in. For others they even go as far as asking which timezone I am currently gracing. It has now become the norm, my mum always used to say my child seat your back side down. I recently learned that she is actually proud of my travels and is living through me. All of her friends know I am always on the move and every time I speak to them or they hear me speaking to mum they will ask her again which time zone.

    take12trips month eight

    Seating here sharing month eight of my travel challenge, it got me thinking of how much travel has changed me as a person and how much it had opened my eyes. I have always been culturally forward and love learning & embracing other cultures but it is not until you get to experience another culture that you realise just how similar most cultures are and yet very distinctive too.

    Month Eight

    Since sharing month seven of the travel challenge, I have been to three countries: Paris, France; Primostek, Slovenia and Dublin, Ireland. To say June was a totally busy month for me would be an understatement. I spent 3 of the 4 weekends in June abroad and for July have been once with another trip planned for last weekend of the month.

    explore slovenia

    Please do not take this post as bragging (though I do want to brag sometimes) but this has been as a result of me making a huge change in my life. After university I was stricken with so much debt I could barely see the end of the tunnel. I was living paycheck to paycheck trying to pay off my debt, that somehow I forgot how to live and enjoy life.


    I made a decision to live as if tomorrow was my last, I am by no means living recklessly but I am putting me first and doing the #take12trips travel challenge has been my way of living by my decision. The fact that I am sharing month eight of this challenge tells me I made the right decision.

    Positive Change

    I did not abandon paying of my debt and being responsible, I abandon living for the future instead embraced what I can see today and not what is not promised me. I took positive steps towards my own happiness instead of waiting on people to do that for me. I chose the present me and not the me that I will be in the future. I chose to live with no regrets and whilst I can, I choose to travel and see the world.

    eiffel tower

    Do not let the ‘uncertain’ future be a handicap instead embrace today, live for today and love the you today.

    And that is month eight of the #take12trips travel challenge, 4 more to go.



    1. July 22, 2016 / 11:36 am

      Wow what an incredible month, this is a great challenge x

      • July 22, 2016 / 11:42 am

        It has been an awesome month, thanks Jenni

    2. July 21, 2016 / 2:30 pm

      Wow you have an amazing life with your travels. France is still one of my favourite countries in the world, Paris inparticular, but I have definitely been put off by recent events. You are right though, we cant let them win, we should still travel just as we used to, I think maybe next year we will pay a visit.

      • July 21, 2016 / 4:46 pm

        Thank you Laura, live your life how you want it is the advice I was given and I am sharing with you

    3. July 21, 2016 / 10:37 am

      I love this idea. My husband and I bought a caravan 3 months ago and we’ve decided to have a holiday each month, even if it’s only a couple of nights away.

      • July 21, 2016 / 5:06 pm

        oooh how lovely, I would love to sleep in a caravan for a couple of nights each month

    4. July 21, 2016 / 9:08 am

      Such an exciting adventure to do, are you working as you travel?

      • July 21, 2016 / 5:16 pm

        It is and no, since I usualy travel on weekends I do not have to take time off my 9-5 and if it is during the week then I just take half day

    5. July 21, 2016 / 12:06 am

      Well said, I am in a lot of debt myself and I am finding it hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I need to live in the moment.

      • July 21, 2016 / 5:25 pm

        Sorry to hear that hun, make a plan and then live in the moment

    6. July 20, 2016 / 4:40 pm

      Like they say, if travelling was free, you’d never see me again! I’m happy you have that chance! You keep living life to the fullest and explore every corner of this world!


      • July 22, 2016 / 9:56 am

        If it was free some would still find an excuse but for us lovers of traveling definitely wouldn’t see me again lol

    7. July 20, 2016 / 2:24 pm

      Dublin is definitely somewhere I want to visit at some point, it looks so beautiful x

      • July 22, 2016 / 9:53 am

        It’s so beautiful and I loved it

    8. July 20, 2016 / 1:02 pm

      I agree with you entirely. Embracing the moment is crucial as you don’t know what’s around the corner

      • July 22, 2016 / 9:33 am

        Exactly and thanks Zena

    9. July 20, 2016 / 10:47 am

      I’d love to travel more! Looks like you’ve been to some amazing places <3

      • July 22, 2016 / 8:42 am

        I have indeed and thanks Jess, wish you more travels too

    10. Fi Ni Neachtain
      July 20, 2016 / 8:52 am

      You have such a great life. I would love to be able to travel as much as you do and yay for you visiting Ireland πŸ™‚

      • July 22, 2016 / 8:41 am

        Yay indeed, I can not wait to come back and visit Dublin properly and Cork too

    11. July 20, 2016 / 7:53 am

      Sounds like a lot of fun. Paris is on my list of places to visit.

      • July 22, 2016 / 8:41 am

        It is so much fun doing this challenge and seeing the world at the same time

      • July 22, 2016 / 8:41 am

        Awww bless

    12. July 19, 2016 / 10:42 pm

      That’s fantastic that you’re doing this, what a wonderful way to fill your life with amazing experiences!! No wonder your mum’s proud, it’s such an amazing thing you are doing.

      Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

      • July 22, 2016 / 8:36 am

        Thanks Jordanne, I figured I do this whilst I am young and free

    13. July 19, 2016 / 10:14 pm

      I love that your friends have to ask which country you’re in when they speak to you – you really do travel loads!

      • July 21, 2016 / 7:59 pm

        Hahahah I do it’s funny when they do ask and I love it lol

    14. July 19, 2016 / 8:47 pm

      Its great that you are living life to its fullest and what a great time you’ve had! You enjoy it x

      • July 20, 2016 / 3:17 pm

        Thanks Laura

    15. July 19, 2016 / 8:37 pm

      OOOh amazing! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. With two kids and a dog, holidays are now confined to school holidays and are decidedly family friendly. But at 29, have the time of your life!

      • July 20, 2016 / 3:16 pm

        Aww thanks hun, I am making the most of it now

    16. July 19, 2016 / 8:11 pm

      What an incredible challenge! A brilliant way of getting out to explore the world.

      • July 20, 2016 / 3:16 pm

        It sure is and I am loving it

    17. July 19, 2016 / 7:16 pm

      I’m finding this really inspiring and I’m planning some trips of my own soon!

      • July 20, 2016 / 3:13 pm

        Good luck with your trips and join in the challenge

    18. July 19, 2016 / 3:22 pm

      Loving this series/travel challenge. No matter how busy we are, take time to travel and everything seems to be easy and rewarding. πŸ™‚

      • July 20, 2016 / 2:53 pm

        Absolutely, I am making the time

      • July 20, 2016 / 2:50 pm

        Thank you so much Vai

    19. July 19, 2016 / 2:46 pm

      Wow 3 out of 4 weekends abroad, that is impressive! x

      • July 20, 2016 / 2:49 pm

        Thanks Rhian

    20. July 19, 2016 / 2:25 pm

      I’m not sure if I want to read anymore, as you’re living my dream life and I’m getting far too envious!!!! πŸ˜‰ But seriously, continue to have an AMAZING time – nothing feeds the soul better than travelling the world. x

      • July 20, 2016 / 2:47 pm

        Aww hahaha thanks Jacqui

    21. July 19, 2016 / 2:04 pm

      What an amazing adventure for you. And what an achievement if you complete your challenge!
      Good luck!

      • July 20, 2016 / 2:46 pm

        Thanks it has been fun so far

    22. July 19, 2016 / 10:23 am

      How lovely that you are living life to the fullest and can understand why your mum is so proud of you! I’m in my 40s now and find you inspiring πŸ™‚ x

      • July 20, 2016 / 2:28 pm

        Awww thanks so much Dean, I want to do as much as I can now

    23. July 19, 2016 / 8:41 am

      Wow, what an amazing month for you! Must also be tiring doing all of this travelling.

      • July 19, 2016 / 9:06 am

        It can get tireless but I love it so much can’t stop lol

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