2013 – The Year of Travel

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Now that 2012 is coming to an end, it’s time to sit down and assess the year that was and make resolutions for the year to come.

2012 was not a great year for me. Sure I had some fun along the way, but overall not that great.  I plan to change that in 2013, for 2013 is going to be my year of travel.

I love travelling to new places and beloved old places too, but in 2012 I barely went anywhere, and if I did end up somewhere it was usually the result of a work trip which explains why I only went to Amsterdam and London. Health problems had a lot to do with why I didn’t do much travel cause let’s face it when you feel like crap the only place you want to be is on the couch. However, I’m in the process of making some radical changes to my diet to improve my health and get back my enthusiasm for going and discovering new places.

Therefore, 2013 is going to be my year of travel.  I’m fortunate enough to live in the middle of Europe where it is possible to go to another country just for the weekend and it is time I started to take advantage of that.  Whilst I had this kernel of an idea festering in my brain that 2013 would be the year I travelled more, certain exciting developments have been taking place that is making this resolution a reality.

January is going to be a quiet month as I spend all my free time studying for my B1 German exam, but from February onwards it’s on.  Thanks to my friend B messaging me & my friend S, we are off to somewhere in Europe we have never been before in February (plans still in progress).  March will see me spending my birthday weekend in Paris soaking up the culture.  April will see me in Greece spending some time with my parents.  And finally, May will see me in Budapest attending the Polyglot Conference.

I still have the second half of the year to plan.  I would love to do some travelling inside Germany and since 2013 will see the 200th anniversary of the Brothers’ Grimms famous tales being celebrated, I think doing the Fairytale Trail would be an excellent plan. I would also love to spend a week in New York & Washington DC as well as visit Pompeii/Rome again and of course a trip to London is always necessary.

I will continue to work on my German throughout 2013 and after my B1 exam I’m going to start learning French as well.  I also want to learn a little Greek before I head there in April so I’m not an ignorant tourist that can only speak English.  Besides it is so much fun when you can communicate with people in another language.  Seriously, one of the best highs I can think of.

So what are your plans for 2013? Is travelling one of them?  If so, I’m always on the lookout for travelling companions or people to meet up with on my travels. Let me know where you are planning to travel to or convince me that I should travel to come see you and your home town.

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7 thoughts on “2013 – The Year of Travel

  1. 2013 will be the year I (finally!) move to Germany! As far as travel, thanks to Ryan Air coming to NUE, I’m thinking Porto, Portugal! My NY resolution is always to go somewhere I’ve never been, and it’s the only resolution I’ve ever kept. Porto would fit the bill! Thinking about checking out the Budhapest Christmas markets next year as well. I’m jealous of YOUR travel plans!

    • Since you will be living in Germany, you can do lots of inexpensive weekend trips throughout Germany, thanks to Deutsche Bahn. Also train travel to neighbouring countries is also fairly inexpensive.
      I’ve never been to Portugal. Perhaps I should add it to my list of places to visit.

      • Along the lines of neighboring countries- I almost forgot we will go to see some friends in Antwerp as well, because they are moving to Spain soon. So, Belgium is on the 2013 list, whereever they end up in Spain- 2014. :)

  2. Sounds like you have some fabulous travel plans! I did a birthday weekend in Paris a few years ago and it was wonderful. So cool to be able to jaunt off to Paris for the weekend, isn’t it? :) I spent a week in Budapest a couple years ago — what an awesome city! And such a great place for a Polygot conference, since the Hungarian language is reputed to be one of the most difficult languages of all to learn. :) This year I have planned a trip home to Seattle in February, two months in Norway, and maybe DC and Brussels in November for conferences — but Norway is the only new place I’ll visit, so I’m going to make sure to make the most of it! I look forward to hearing about all your travels and adventures!

  3. Happy 2013 and may your travels make it a truly excellent year. And let 2013 be the year we finally get a coffee in Hamburg!

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