Travel New Year’s Resolutions

What is 2013 going to hold for me on the travel front? While 2012 was all about making long-term solo travel to Canada happen, this year will see me fitting in adventures around full-time work.

Holidays to the Caribbean, Dublin and the Isle of Man are already in the pipeline, but what about my travel aspirations for the year?

river seine in paris with eiffel tower in background

Learn French

This year, I’m going to sign up for an evening course to learn Francais. I studied basic French at school and am completely obsessed with French culture. My first and only trip to Paris in spring 2011 was a dream come true. My embarrassing attempts to speak French were not.

When I visited French-Canadian Montreal during the summer, my desire to learn this beautiful language was strengthened. Although many people spoke English as well, I felt rude not at least trying to speak the main language. And so there were many more moments where I spoke my awful Franglais. I want to be able to say more than Bonjour and Parlez Vous Anglais!

plane at airport

Visit a couple of cities in Mainland Europe

There are so many cities in mainland Europe that I haven’t been to yet and, being back in England, there’s no excuse not to make an effort to finally get to places like Prague, Berlin and Barcelona that have been on my bucket list for a very long time.

I’ll be keeping my eye out for opportunities and good deals to reach as many parts of Europe as possible. My target is to organise at least two European weekend breaks for later in the year, but hopefully I’ll manage much more. I’d also relish the opportunity to see more of France and Italy, but we’ll see what this year will bring.

st georges hall in liverpool

Showcase my home city, Liverpool

I’ve been meaning to write more about my home city ever since I returned from Canada, but searching for jobs took precedence. With the the job situation now sorted out, I’m going to work harder to introduce regular articles and photos of Liverpool. I may be biased, but I love Liverpool and want to show it off. It’s a fun and vibrant city with a heart of gold.

I’ve said it already in my See My Travels roundup article for 2012, but Happy New Year and all the best for 2013!

Have you made any travel New Year’s resolutions? 



  1. January 1, 2013 / 19:55

    Happy New Year – and good luck with the travel resolutions for 2013! I learnt French at school but am shamefully bad at actually using it so need to try a bit harder. Look forward to reading more about Liverpool too as have never actually been there (my resolution should be to see more of the UK!).
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    • January 17, 2013 / 22:02

      Thanks Lucy! This is very late, but Happy New Year to you too :-)

  2. January 4, 2013 / 22:59

    Happy New Year!!! I like your travel resolutions. If i make it to the UK this year i might have to stop by Liverpool, i didn’t manage to get there last time. I will add it to my ever growing travel list. Goodluck with your travel plans this year. Happy travels :)
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    • January 17, 2013 / 22:04

      Another very late Happy New Year! If you’re ever in Liverpool give me a shout :-)

    • January 17, 2013 / 22:06

      Thanks Fernando and a belated Happy New Year to you! Hope you travel where you want to this year :-)

  3. January 8, 2013 / 17:47

    It’s always a good thing to write about your home town – I know I often think of my home town and even home state as boring, but it’s easy for a local to be immune to all the things that charm visitors (and bring them to your blog).

    My friend in Canada’s far north said he didn’t know why people go so crazy about the northern lights….of course, living in Florida where they have never been seen, I can definitely understand why people go crazy for them! Palm trees though, I don’t find too exciting…they’re everywhere here. When I told him about all the palm trees outside the window, he saw them in the way I see his northern lights – exciting! So, definitely write about your home town, even if you’re used to it!

    Good luck with all your travels!
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    • January 17, 2013 / 22:12

      Thats crazy about being complacent about the Northern Lights – I went crazy when saw a small flicker of them in Churchill! But it’s true that you take for granted things that are always there and are amazed by things you’re not used to seeing! I’m not used to seeing the the Northern Lights or palm trees so both would impress me :-)

  4. January 9, 2013 / 20:29

    I’m looking forward to reading your posts about Liverpool this year since it’s my hometown too! I also hope to write more about it.

    Manchester’s my home now, and has been for nearly 14 years, so I appreciate Liverpool more now than I ever did. It’s strange, because although I’m only 40 minutes down the motorway, I don’t spend nearly as much time in Liverpool as I should.

    Happy 2013!
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    • January 17, 2013 / 22:14

      Love it when get a fellow scouser on here – welcome! :-) Not doing too well on writing about Liverpool yet, need to make more of an effort! My sister lives in Manchester – should probably try to write more on this city as well as also a cool place! Hope your new year is going well so far.

  5. January 18, 2013 / 03:33

    Your travel resolutions for this year sound cool, I wish you can make it to the European cities you mentioned. I’ve been to all of them and I’d happily go back right now, I loved them. Berlin has got something special, went there twice and definitely have to return! Barcelona is awesome too.. You should make an European Tour. ;)
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    • January 27, 2013 / 16:07

      Hi Franca, Berlin is definitely top of the list. I’ve wanted to visit here for yonks, but never made it! And it’s only a quick flight away as well so no excuse :-)