After a whirlwind of a year, 2017 has finally drawn to a close and I have now begun writing the date incorrectly numerous times a day – how can it possible be 2018 already?!
I am not normally one for new years resolutions, but lately I have been mulling over a few upcoming plans, so in the spirit of the new year here are a few major goals and plans from my neck of the woods.
Holiday to the Middle East – Hooray! After months of deliberation, trying to work out what the heck was happening in terms of work and leave, and pondering Skyscanner, Chris and I have booked our next international holiday. We are planning one week in Oman, two weeks in Iran, and two nights all up in Dubai.
Every time we mention to someone we are going to the Middle East, we generally receive a confused look and questions as to why we chose that as a destination, but thus far we haven’t received any negative backlash. This trip was primarily inspired by an article Chris saw in the Sunday Age about Oman, and a series of blog posts on Iran I read on this fantastic blog. It is going to be vastly different to any of our travels thus far, and is involving a lot of forward planning. Travel blogs have been such a fantastic resource for tips and ideas for this trip.
UPDATE: Since posting this Chris and I have changed our travel plans, and unfortunately we are not going to Iran this year. We made the decision in light of recent political events, but we will definitely make it there one day! As such, the plan for Oman and Dubai remain the same, but now we are spending two weeks traveling through Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan!
52 Hike Challenge – Since recently joining a group of outdoor gals for a beach hike, I have been inspired to get outside to hit the trails more often throughout the year. One of the leaders told me about the 52 Hike Challenge, which is essentially challenging yourself to get out and hike one average once a week for a 12 month period. I started off strong with a hike at the You Yangs on New Years Day, but we will see how the momentum holds! I will share some of my more exciting hikes on here, but keep an eye on my instagram for the full 52.
If anyone in the Melbourne area has some local hiking recommendations, please let me know!
Revive this little blog – I have been posting on this corner of the internet for over three years and I don’t think the layout has changed once! I recently spent an afternoon changing a few graphics, but I still need to delve deeper into youtube tutorials and google to tweek a few more bits and pieces.
And… prepare to move overseas – Yep! Ever since Chris and I went on exchange to Europe we have been discussing the prospect of one day packing up our life here in Melbourne to venture off into the wide world for more than travel. Once I finished Honours, I decided I wanted to work full time for two years to gain experience (and to live a little – Honours is brutal!). I have now been working for 13 months, and we have decided to lock in the move! Whilst we need to work out the logistics of our rental lease, financials, visas, and the like, the current plan is to finish up work at Christmas 2018, spend a week or two seeing family, before hitting the road (or, more accurately, the skies). I will share more about the details once we start locking in details about flights and visas – but watch this space!
Thanks so much to everyone that has read, looked at, or even liked my posts throughout the year!