Inspiration: Take 12 Trips
One of my favorite aspects of travel is the inspiration it gives me. Reading travel magazines and travel blogs stirs up something warm and fuzzy inside me and I find myself transported to the particular place I am reading about. The inspiration is endless with the quantity of travel magazines and travel blogs these days. Exotic trips, weekend jaunts, round the world itineraries, day trips – I love it all. However, as only a part time traveler, my ability to act on all these travel inspirations is limited. I spend a lot of time over the course of the year carefully selecting my trips to make the most of my time off. I try to combine extended travel (i.e. two weeks) with long weekends, regular weekend and day trips to balance out my trips. Most importantly though, I always try to make sure I have something coming up next.
This need to keep planning the next trip and to ensuring there is something next on the horizon is why I love the idea that Clare from Need Another Holiday came up with to celebrate her first blog anniversary. Clare has inspired others to take 12 trips over the next 12 months as a challenge to consistently think about travel and push ourselves to get out there and explore not only the world, but our own backyard.
While 12 trips in 12 months may sound daunting to some, the important thing to remember is that a trip does not need to involve overseas travel, it does not need to involve a plane or a train, and it can be as simple as a day trip or a local weekend getaway. This is a great way to explore somewhere new and different each month. It pushes all of us (even those of us who love to travel) to continue to explore and to continue to think about traveling.
When I found Clare’s challenge a month back through Lucy of On the Luce, I immediately got that warm and fuzzy feeling and started planning. It was almost as if I had been given an unofficial excuse to plan a trip for every single month. While Clare kicked off her challenge in October, I am kicking off my #take12trips in November with a trip to Portland, Maine this weekend. Approximately a two-hour drive from Boston, Portland is what I think of as the hidden gem of the Northeast. Situated on a peninsula, this coastal city is the perfect summer getaway for many; however, I always seem to visit in the fall. Changing leaves, crisp air and smaller crowds make this time of year so appealing for me to visit Portland. Oh and did I mention the FOOD? Portland is known for its locally source, innovative cuisine causing a major dilemma of where to eat for foodies like me.
Hopefully some of you will join me as I join Clare and others in taking 12 trips, big or small, over the next 12 months. Make sure you use the hashtag #take12trips so others can follow your adventures!
Stay tuned for where I choose for December as well as upcoming travel plans for 2014.
Are you planning on taking trips over the next 12 months? I would love to hear where you are going!