2017 was a hell of a year, and I’m determined to make sure 2018 is just as epic. It’s six months in, and let’s see how my bucket list is faring shall we?
As I hope is clear from my calendar filled with at home experiences, I’m a true advocate for staycations. Especially if you have limited time to travel like me. There is no end to the new experiences in and around Bristol. So here’s what I’ve discovered so far.
I finally got to visit Her Majesty’s Prison in Gloucester.
I’ve been to Bath numerous times, but I usually make a beeline for Primark and the Spa, so it was nice to get to see more of this pretty city. I finally tried a Sally Lunn’s Bath Bunn and climbed to the roof of Bath Abbey.
Bristol is my chosen home city and it’s my favourite city in the whole world! It’s packed full of things to do, including stargazing at the UK’s only Planetarium. I also widened my culinary experiences at a Makan Makan with the Malaysian Kitchen.
London is my second favourite city in the world. I keep finding excuses to go back – I’ve been three times already this year – to watch an Opera, for Beauty and the Beast Afternoon Tea and a weekend away for a theatre show. It just so happened that the Royal Wedding fell on a weekend I was visiting – so I had true wedding fever! Even if I did stream it live whilst eating lunch at Bellsit.
I also became an adrenaline junkie and ziplined in Chepstow – it was pretty harrowing! And I pleased my inner child with a visit Harry Potter World.
Italy was both a new country ticked off my bucket list, and my first ever solo travel experience. As you can imagine, I embraced it as a tourist and ticked off some of the more popular activities – throwing 3 coins in the Trevi Fountain, a ride in a Gondola, visiting the Colosseum and the The Vatican and climbing the Leaning Tower of Pisa. I also not ate in a restaurant alone for the first time, but spent an evening with some Florentine locals.
I finally got to visit Salzburg on purpose. And while the hills aren’t alive with the sound of music, the city has everything from vantage points and mountain ranges in the Alps to world famous chocolate cakes and 7th century catacombs. A long weekend in Salzburg, and a day trip to Hallstatt, was enough to make me want see more of Austria.
A family holiday of 22 people from all ages and backgrounds led us to the Algarve town of Sagres. Extremely beautiful, within easy reach of Lagos and full of interesting history. I can’t wait to visit Lisbon in the not-to-distant future.
Sagres, PortugalAnd since all that wasn’t enough there’s also this.
Living so close to Colston Hall in Bristol, and with great links between the UK cities, a live music show is always on my bucket list. So far this year, I’ve been fortunate enough to watch Ricky Gervais’ Live Humanity Tour, Stereophonics Live at Cardiff and Plan B at Colston Hall. Live shows are a great experience, and one that doesn’t have to cost the earth or travel far.
Oh I do love the theatre, so it isn’t surprising that already this year I’ve counted four shows – Annie The Musical, Miss Saigon, Hairspray and Cilla the Musical. And I have plenty more booked in throughout the months to come. I’ve got to make the most of my ATG card haven’t I?
And everything else
Together with a winter break in Tenerife (with the other half), I attended my first travel meet, took a self defence class, renewed my passport, got a tattoo and published my first official restaurant review.
I’ve achieved some pretty awesome experiences already in just six months. It’s hard to believe we’re already half way through 2018, so it’s a nice little reminder to make the most of every day.