• {Travel} #Take12Trips Month Twelve ~ Last One 




    Take12Trips Month Twelve ~ Last One 

    Month twelve of the #Take12Trips marks the end of the travel challenge that I embarked on December 2015. It’s funny to think my worrisome self thought I might not be able to do much during this challenge. But time and again I proved myself wrong and happy I had the self belief and drive to continue.

    I recently shared my intentions to do more staycations in 2017 than traveling abroad. I love traveling and can not get enough but I feel I got lost in the idea of always been abroad. It’s feel as though for me the beautiful feeling of traveling was only defined by being abroad. There is nothing wrong with only traveling abroad, seeing the world and having new experiences. But there are some experiences that can only be had at home (within the country).

    To make month twelve a spectacular last one, I was actually planning on staying at home and reminiscing. But why reminisce when you can still go out and make more memories? Why let fear rob you of your wants and wishes in life, not everything is easy for anymore. Certain circumstances make it hard to break the fear factor but try a little courage and a pinch of hope it does wonders.

    Travels Before #take12trips Challenge

    When I made the decision to do that #take12trips challenge, it was the biggest decision of my life. I decided not to live a life of fear or just living to pay off bills. I work too damn hard to not treat myself and with that conviction I made my first leap of faith. To be honest I had already started on the courage dose to explore the world around me.

    After I naturalised and become British Zambia, I took my biggest solo trip in 2016. I got on a plane and went to visit my friend in Seoul, South Korea. I didn’t do it once, I went back again later in the year. It was such an exhilarating experience I didn’t want to stop. Second trip I took myself to Brussels in Belgium, my first solo weekend getaway in Europe. I did it and did it alone, I had wasted so much time waiting on people to go with but this was amazing going alone.

    Another trip I took in 2015 before the #take12trips challenge was a cross Europe drive to Lithuania. We (I mean MoH drove) from England went via France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Poland before entering Lithuania. It was such an adventure, a first for me and what an experience indeed. It took a whole 28+ hours to arrive.

    Month Twelve ~ The Last Month

    Looking back at the year, I really have done more than I thought possible. This is why I feel the last trip of this travel challenge being Milan/Venice was the perfect location. I have spent so much time in so many airports but hardly rested during these trips.

    I wrote about a wasted visit to Milan because we slept an entire Friday upon arriving in Milan. But I feel it was a good thing as we got to rest, it boosted us and gave us conviction to explore Venice with vengeance. I couldn’t have asked for a better end to this challenge and can not wait to see what 2017 has in store for me.

    I am hoping I will be driving them to make my plans for staycations across the UK 🇬🇧 more possible.

    Have you been following along on my #take12trips adventure? What was your favourite trip of mine?

    month twelve



    1. Jenny Eaves
      November 22, 2016 / 4:39 pm

      Wow! You managed to do so much this year! We went to Venice last year and absolutely loved it! An amazing place to visit. 🙂 x

      • November 23, 2016 / 9:52 am

        I have and yes it’s such an amazing place to visit

    2. November 22, 2016 / 2:04 pm

      You’ve travelled so much this year! I think it’s so great to see the world.

      • November 23, 2016 / 9:52 am

        I sure have and enjoyed it big time

    3. Melanie Edjourian
      November 21, 2016 / 11:42 pm

      My goodness 12 trips in a year sounds great but also maybe a bit exhausting depending on the length of each one. I would love to go on a few a year that would be nice.

      • November 23, 2016 / 9:51 am

        About 80% were weekend getaways so not too exhausting

    4. Evelina
      November 21, 2016 / 1:17 pm

      I love travelling! 12 trips a year is amazing!

      • November 21, 2016 / 11:10 pm

        You and me both, cant get enough of it.

    5. November 21, 2016 / 11:18 am

      Beautiful pictures! I traveled a lot last year, but this had to concentrate on starting a new business and I’m missing the adventures and the exploring of unknown places 🙂

      • November 21, 2016 / 11:10 pm

        I am sure next year once your business has taken off you will travel again soon

    6. November 21, 2016 / 10:35 am

      I would have loved to have 12 trips this year, Venice is definitely on my bucket list x

      • November 21, 2016 / 11:07 pm

        I hope you will next yearm God willing and yes Venice was awesome

    7. Natasha Mairs
      November 21, 2016 / 10:02 am

      Wow! beautiful photos. wish I could take a few more trips

      • November 21, 2016 / 11:07 pm

        Thanks Natasha

    8. November 20, 2016 / 6:46 pm

      What an amazing idea for a challenge! You’ve been to some amazing places! Venice looks stunning!

      • November 21, 2016 / 11:06 pm

        I sure have and can not wait to see what 2017 has for me

    9. November 20, 2016 / 11:55 am

      How wonderful you got to go to 12 different places. Venice is beautiful, Ive always wanted to go there

      • November 20, 2016 / 3:30 pm

        I know right, it’s so surreal for me and I am so grateful

    10. kerry norris
      November 19, 2016 / 11:43 pm

      Sounds like a great way to end the challenge. I loved Venice. The staycations next year sound fab. So many great places in the uk x

      • November 20, 2016 / 3:30 pm

        I thought so too thanks, can’t wait to start the staycation

      • November 20, 2016 / 3:29 pm

        Thanks Claire

    11. Mellissa Williams
      November 19, 2016 / 11:11 pm

      We went to Milan earlier in the year and thought is was a great city. Everyone was dressed so smartly. Unfortunately when I went to Venice is was so crowded it took the shine off the trip. I need to go back! I have been travelling a lot this year like you. Isn’t travel fun? It also opens your mind and makes you more accepting of people and cultures.

      • November 20, 2016 / 3:28 pm

        Oh what a shame, we were lucky it wasn’t too busy but I need to go back to Milan to see it for myself again

    12. Nayna Kanabar
      November 19, 2016 / 10:47 pm

      How wonderful that you have been able to travel to so many wonderful places.

      • November 20, 2016 / 3:27 pm

        It’s been wonderful indeed

    13. November 19, 2016 / 10:13 pm

      Woweeee! you are very lucky to see so much of the world in a year! Let’s hope 2017 is as awe inspiring!

      • November 20, 2016 / 3:27 pm

        Thanks I am excited for 2017

    14. Beautyqueenuk
      November 19, 2016 / 9:29 pm

      I am so impressed with how much you have managed to travel and how much you have seen of the world this year, totally amazing x

      • November 20, 2016 / 3:27 pm

        Thank you so much Rachel, it has been a wonderful experience

    15. Jodie Whitham
      November 19, 2016 / 7:08 am

      Wow I’m just so jealous! You have some lovely pictures to capture your journeys. Will staycation feature seeing more of your home country?

      • November 19, 2016 / 6:22 pm

        Home country Zambia probably just a few cities here and there. UK definitely

    16. November 19, 2016 / 6:47 am

      What a wonderful year of travel you have had! Very inspiring! 🙂

      • November 19, 2016 / 6:22 pm

        Thank you, its been great

    17. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
      November 19, 2016 / 3:17 am

      What an amazing challenge. It’s great to see that you have done so well with it too.

      • November 19, 2016 / 6:22 pm

        Thank you so much, it was challenge to partake in

    18. Leah Shafik
      November 18, 2016 / 10:57 pm

      What a fantastic challenge – you must be super proud to have completed it – have you anything planned for 2017? x

      • November 18, 2016 / 11:20 pm

        I am super stocked and would love to say I have planned something for 2017 but not yet.

    19. Joanna
      November 18, 2016 / 10:47 pm

      An amazing year of travel I’d love to one day be able to do something similar will gave to be when children are older.

      • November 18, 2016 / 11:19 pm

        I am sure you will once the kids are older for sure

    20. Rachel George
      November 18, 2016 / 9:07 pm

      An amazing year of travel. I have enjoyed reading and following your journey.

      • November 18, 2016 / 11:19 pm

        Aww thanks Rachel, it’s been an amazing year indeed

    21. Shannon Bryson
      November 18, 2016 / 8:26 pm

      What stunning photo’s! The challenge itself is something i’d love to do! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      • November 18, 2016 / 11:19 pm

        Thank you and hope you can get onto the challenge next year

    22. Jo Wiggins
      November 18, 2016 / 8:03 pm

      Wow, what a challenge, well done. I went to Milan on my hen weekend and loved it x

      • November 18, 2016 / 11:18 pm

        I would love to go to Milan for my future hen do too

    23. Clarissa
      November 17, 2016 / 11:03 pm

      thats fantastic, I know if I didn’t have children I would probably travel a lot more then I am currently,
      I would love to know how to get that map you have on the right side

      • November 18, 2016 / 11:18 pm

        Ah that’s a plugin with WordPress called world I believe. Click on it

    24. With Love, Lottie
      November 17, 2016 / 8:07 pm

      Wow what an incredible challenge! I absolute love this idea. Your trip looks amazing

      • November 18, 2016 / 11:17 pm

        Thank you, it was an amazing challenge to do for myself

    25. Lyndsey O'Halloran
      November 17, 2016 / 7:14 pm

      I would love to be able to travel this much. Looks like you’ve been some amazing places

      • November 18, 2016 / 11:17 pm

        I sure have the most memorable lone trip was 3 countries in 3 days where I went to Bruno in Czech Republic, Vienna in Austria and Bratislava in Slovakia

    26. November 17, 2016 / 3:21 pm

      I love how you’ve been travelling so much! I’d love to do the same next year. Venice is definitely very much on my hitlist too.

      • November 18, 2016 / 11:15 pm

        Thank you, I hope to continue next year too but staycations will be awesome to include

    27. November 17, 2016 / 3:16 pm

      Oh wow I can’t believe this is the last of your trips, it only seems like yesterday you started on the challenge!

      • November 18, 2016 / 11:15 pm

        It sure does Sarah, it feels like Ju’s for yesterday I booked that ticket to Ljubljana

    28. LaaLaa
      November 17, 2016 / 2:59 pm

      That’s a good challenge and I feel if you can it’s so important to travel and experience other countries, their way of living and culture.

      • November 18, 2016 / 11:14 pm

        Absolutely I love learning about new cultures and way of life. 2016 has taught me so much

    29. November 17, 2016 / 2:44 pm

      I’ve been doing this this year and have my November trip out of the country next weekend and then my December trip the weekend after. It’s so amazing to look back on the year x

      • November 18, 2016 / 11:14 pm

        Oh I am glad to hear that Rhian, I always enjoy reading all your posts so looking forward to your planned trips and have fun

    30. Jayne
      November 17, 2016 / 2:35 pm

      Well done on completing the travel challenge! What an amazing year you have had, and so many awesome experiences!
      I will be looking forward to tuning in next year to see where you take us on your next journey 🙂 x

      • November 18, 2016 / 11:13 pm

        Thanks Jayne, I am so excited to see what 2017 has packed for me. 2016 sure did go above and beyond

    31. November 17, 2016 / 2:08 pm

      What an amazing 12 months. You are so right – we should just go for it! I’m looking forward to reading about what you get up to next year!

      • November 18, 2016 / 11:12 pm

        Thanks Sharon, I am excited for 2017! Not sure what it has in store but excited for it anyway

    32. November 17, 2016 / 1:56 pm

      Wow what an amazing time you have had. The experiences will be cherished forever, Milan sounds like a dream.

      • November 18, 2016 / 11:12 pm

        The experiences certainly will, I can’t quite believe I have done it

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