Travel has been right at the back of my mind recently. I’ve been busy at work and preoccupied with colourful cushions and finding the best remedies for cleaning mold off walls. Seriously, this is what I’m turning into. This time last year, I was backpacking around Canada having the time of my life. Things are great right now, but my travel plans are pretty much non-existent and this depresses me. I’m struggling to figure out the best way of fitting travel around my full-time job and home life.
While the focus of 2012 was very much around travel, this year has been more about settling back in at home. When I returned from Canada in October, there were a few soul-destroying months of unemployment and terrifying uncertainty. Then all of my energy these past six months has been focused on getting to grips with a new job. In recent weeks, I moved into a new flat with my boyfriend and the domestic to-do list is never ending.
Fitting travel around full-time working life is challenging, though certainly not impossible. The average amount of holiday allowance is 25 days or so per year. Then there are those lovely Bank Holiday weekends to take full advantage of. I enjoyed a birthday weekend in York this last May Bank Holiday weekend and had a great time. But I want to travel more. I want to ALWAYS have something else coming up on the travel front. I want to get organised and sort out my travel itinerary for this summer properly; not just theoretically!
On a positive not, I’ve enjoyed getting to know Liverpool again. This may be my home city where I grew up, but before my Canada travels I lived and worked in Lincolnshire for five years as a newspaper reporter and a lot has changed in Liverpool since I left in 2007. The city was named European Capital of Culture 2008, resulting in massive investment and redevelopment which can be seen today in the likes of the Liverpool One shopping area and rejuvenated Chevasse Park. Countless bars and restaurants have popped up and there’s a general exciting cosmopolitan buzz.
Liverpool is known for many things, but I doubt that anything is more synonymous with this city than The Beatles. There’s a cool Beatles-inspired Eleanor Rigby statue in Stanley Street featuring a plaque with the band’s lyrics on it that I really love! Despite it being right in the hustle and bustle of the city centre, this is always a nice peaceful spot. It’s just around the corner from Mathew St where the famous Cavern Club is located.
On another exciting note, I’ve discovered the Friends-inspired Central Perk coffee house! This place has great coffee, cakes and even serves American-style waffles. Plus, there are screens with episodes of Friends playing and comfortable couches.
I’m going to start working on my summer travel plans and should have some exciting trips to announce soon. Stay tuned.
How do you fit travel around working life? How do you find the right balance between work, home and travel?