TRAVEL GOALS FOR 2018

TRAVEL GOALS FOR 2018

When I was little girl, I always remember hearing adults talking by the end of December about “how fast the year has gone.” I never used to understand what they meant, because when you’re a kid the years seem endless, and the time is slow stretching out in front of you forever, especially during high school years. The idea of growing older seems impossible.

It’s become a cliché, but now I understand what they mean. The older you get, the quicker the years seem to pass by. In less than 9 months I will be married and in 3 months I am turning 25 years old. That seemed absolutely ancient and so far away when I was younger!

When you’re a teenager you feel like you’ve got all the time in the world to do the things you want. I did all the things that I was supposed to do at a certain age – left home at 18, studied and worked until 24, will be marrying at 25. I didn’t want to sink in a routine of a corporate life and in April 2017, I quit my job to pursue my dreams and work as full time blogger. From that time, I got the ability to organize my own schedule and travel as much as I can.

It was the best decision to say goodbye to the office, and it feels just amazing! Now all I want to do is experience life and do all the things that I didn’t do when I was busy with study or work, and travelling is at the top of that list.

I can officially say that the second half of 2017 was a year of travel for me. I have never traveled so much before. Of course, I wasn’t able to go through all and every destination in my bucket list, nevertheless, I had wonderful time in every place I’ve been to. In 2017 I visited Italy, France, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Russia, Georgia, Indonesia, Turkey, Switzerland, and Mauritius. And the funnies thing about this is that, mostly, I visited these places for the second time and for some of them it was my 4th or 5th visit!

So I set myself a huge number of travel goals for 2018. There are a lot of places that I would love to go, I hope that there will be mostly new countries I have never been before. Maybe there is no way to visit them all especially with the wedding organization rush, but I will do my best.

Here is a round up of 5 top places that deserve a spot on a bucket list of everyone:

MOROCCO

A short flight time from Europe and good value for money are the key reasons why you should not miss Morocco this year. Colorful cities, a myriad of oriental mosques, a labyrinth of narrow streets – is a photography heaven for someone like me who likes bright colors and authentic places.

And most importantly, leaving behind the buzz of the cities, you can drive through snow-capped mountains and reach the desert. A night camping under the shining stars, a camel ride in the Sahara, and absolutely dreamy pictures in a contrasting red dress on sandy dunes make me crave for Morocco!

GREECE

I always seem to be a little bit strange when I say that I have never been to Greece as Santorini and Mykonos have become such a huge destination for tourists, so there was literally everyone in Greece. Greek beaches consistently are placed in top most beautiful places in the world. It is incredible, but estimates of the number of islands in Greece ranges between 1200 to 6000! And also, my favorite part of traveling – delicious local cuisine. It bases on resh seafood, vegetables, tasty feta cheese, and of course, meats (mostly lamb and goat). Everything I love!

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Modern and dynamic United Arab Emirates are exciting not only for architecture and technology but rich culture and history. It is also a place to enjoy luxury vacation that offers unique experiences to have in life like underwater dining, skydiving over tallest skyscrapers and, of course, Safari experience.

PERU

See with your own eyes Machu Picchu, isn’t it enough? Of course, there is a lot to places to visit and things to do, like enjoying Peruvian handcrafts and local food, go hiking and experience natural diversity. Peru is the country that proposes views for a lifetime.

ICELAND

Iceland is one of the best places in the world to witness the wonders like northern lights. Everyone has to see it at least once in life. Steaming geysers, drifting icebergs, black lava beaches, erupting volcanoes — you’ll find them all in Iceland, and sometimes within a half-hour’s drive of one another.Iceland is a can’t-miss and offers unbelievable views of flora and wildlife.

On top of that I would like to visit further regions of France as I have been to only to Normandie, Alsace and Provence and I am sure that Bretagne and Pyrenees have a lot to offer.

To spend so much time traveling, having so many photography gear, it’s essential to have bags and accessories that complement your life and style. This month I discovered Longriver bag and accessories that have already had been so much time in travel with me through Russia, England and France! The backpack functions perfectly as a great bag and something you want to wear while you are out. We even got stopped by random people in the streets of London to receive compliments about its stylish design.

It is a beautiful leather bag with stylish metal clasp accents that looks something out of Indiana Jones movie. The entire bag is made out gorgeously crafted high quality materials. Inside you can comfortable fit a 15 inch laptop and any equipment and documents you may need. I couldn’t resist and also bought passport holder that looks absolutely amazing.

The minimalism of Longriver products is refreshing making its accessories very beautiful pieces.

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19 Comments

  1. CharoletteSmall
    January 22, 2018 / 3:36 pm

    I really dream of going to Morroco too ❤️

  2. January 22, 2018 / 10:08 pm

    Katie, thank you for this inspiring post! That’s awesome that you were able to quit your job in April of last year and do this full time!! I’ve been wanting to do something similar (I’ve been teaching for 11 years, and I’m ready for a new challenge in life), but I struggle with knowing how much money to save before I make a huge leap like that…is there a goal you set for yourself financially before you took that leap? Again, thanks for sharing! 😀

    • January 24, 2018 / 10:31 pm

      It, of course, all depends on the country and conditions you live currently but as for me, I did some savings for the upcoming two months before coming back to the normal level of revenue for me gained from blogging ☺️

      • Luis
        January 28, 2018 / 2:21 pm

        Hello Katie, I love your blog and the quality of your photos! Just, wow! Do you have any books or courses you’d recommend in order to blog full time? How do you get such high quality photos and generate enough income to live off of? Thanks so much for your response! P.S. Congratulations on your engagement! 😊🗼

  3. January 29, 2018 / 11:02 am

    Hey Katie, such a Great Blogpost.
    How big was your community last April?
    And what changed since this month for your blog?
    Xx,
    Best
    Diana

    • January 29, 2018 / 11:38 am

      Hi, dear! It was 100K I guess 😊

  4. Tara
    January 31, 2018 / 6:27 pm

    Love your Instagram ❤️

    • February 1, 2018 / 10:00 am

      Thank you, dear ❤️

  5. Negar
    February 1, 2018 / 9:23 am

    Such nice pictures 🙂

    • February 1, 2018 / 10:00 am

      Thank you very much!

  6. Alice
    March 29, 2018 / 1:07 pm

    Love all your suggestions! Thank you for the article ❤️

    • April 1, 2018 / 4:11 pm

      thank you so much, Alice!

  7. Anna
    March 31, 2018 / 7:04 pm

    Hi, Katie! I really enjoy reading your blog and watching Instagram photos during the last few months😍 It has become a source of everyday inspiration and motivation for me – I’m impressed not only by the way you take photos but also by your written English which is so perfect!
    I wish you all the best in your future adventures😍

    • April 1, 2018 / 4:10 pm

      thank you so much! that’s so kind from you ☺️☺️☺️☺️❤️❤️❤️

  8. Nina
    April 5, 2018 / 10:25 am

    this is truly awesome! keep up the
    good work❤️

  9. Bernice
    July 25, 2018 / 4:19 pm

    Can’t wait to see your pictures from those places ❤️❤️❤️☺️

    • August 4, 2018 / 2:36 pm

      Thank you! and I can’t wait to visit them 🤩

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