You may remember that a few months ago, I shared Dealchecker’s Food Bucket List, well I’ve been told about a new post. This time, instead of food, it’s drinks from around the world. When it came to food, I managed 19 points out of 101. This time, there’s 57 points to be had, so lets see how I do.
There are an almost infinite amount of places that I want to see and really not enough time to do it in. Having said that, there are so many different ways of seeing the world and fitting travel into your life. Even when you can’t do it full time.
Packing for travel always get me excited. It makes everything seem more real and I get to pick out outfits and treat myself to some new purchases. Having said that, there are always some staples so when RelayRides got in touch to suggest sharing my travel essentials, I thought it was a great idea. RelayRides is a peer-to-peer car rental community, where if you wish to rent a car you can enter your location and dates and be provided with a list of all the people in the area who have cars available, along with their prices.
Today is the first birthday of Ellis Goes On Holiday! Since I didn’t do anything on my blog to celebrate actual New Year’s, I thought I’d use today to mark the beginning of the new year. It’s been an great year for EGOH. I’ve experimented with a few blogs before and, combined, I must have had around 400 views and less than 100 followers. In the past year, EGOH has had nearly 25,000 hits and has gained over 5,800 followers on WordPress, 2,500 on Twitter and 210 on Bloglovin. Fingers crossed it will keep growing. For New Years, I had planned to do a summary of my trips in 2014- and I will- but I realised I’ve never summed up my trips in other years. Since I don’t have time to do that for every year I’ve travelled (and you wouldn’t want to read that), I figured I’d do a trip timeline, which can also act as a kind of contents page for my posts.
18 January- 8 February 2015 You may have noticed that I haven’t posted a fitness update in a while. That’s because I have no updates to give. My New Year’s Resolutions crumbled in seconds and my New Year’s Resolutions Take Two (starting beginning of February instead) passed by miserably. There has been zero exercise and on Friday I ate two pizzas. I could say that I had a lot going on but that’s no real excuse. I just couldn’t really be bothered. The weather has been freezing and, whilst I have been working from home a lot, I haven’t had time to go out running on my lunch breaks.
I do love a big trip, spending weeks or even months travelling from one country to the next, but such things are not always practical. When you’re working, you’ve generally got only a few weeks off, which you have to stagger throughout the year. When you’re studying, you are probably skint. But fear not! Just because you haven’t got oodles of time or money, it doesn’t mean you can’t get out and explore the world. That’s what weekends are for, especially bank holidays where you get an extra day tacked on, although transport and hotels may be more expensive.
So I’ve been told about another post over at Dealchecker entitled ‘Food Bucket List: 101 Unique Travel Eats’. I don’t think I have to explain why I was interested in this one. I like to eat. I like to travel. I have eaten many things in many places, so I figured I could make a decent dent in the list. I think I’ve made a good effort but it turns out I have a lot more work to do. At 101 items, I’m not going to include everything but I thought I’d select some of my favourites and point out my own accomplishments:
Over the past few years, I have been very lucky with my travels but money is always a worry. I have generally tended to go away for less time than I could afford to so that its not as much of a concern but that does mean I get less time away. Travelling on a budget is more than doable. Where there is a will there is a way. You just need a plan and to stick to it.
The first time you go backpacking you inevitably end up with things you never use and others that you left at home but wish you hadn’t. Below are a few tips I picked up along the way: