#Take12Trips and embrace PART-TIME TRAVEL!

January 15, 2014

santorini, greece, travel

New year. New places. New ambitions. Not resolutions; they’re only made to go belly up after the first month.

No, my 2014 is all about embracing budget travel and spending less on clothes and booze. It is about showing anyone who still hasn’t realised that jet-setting to some random European city for the weekend is as easy as pie and – as is likely the case with many of you out there – even cheaper than a normal weekend out on the razz. What’s more, there’s a budget airline flying to just about any must-see or never-before-heard-of city in Europe these days. Frankly, it would be senseless not to take advantage, if – like me – you can’t get enough of new places.

I probably see close to twelve new places per year anyway, but this year I’m going to be better organised. One a month I tell you. And that is a promise (to myself).

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The Terrace of our Casa Particular in Santa Clara

Unlike most other bloggers who’ve committed themselves to the #Take12Trips project, such as Lucy of On The Luce and Lindsey of Chasing The Wild, I live outside of the UK, so in theory I am actually closer to the rest of Europe. However, many far-flung or alternative European destinations are only reached by a direct flight from Britain, which is a pain, but it won’t stand in my way.

So, in no particular order, destinations on my travel hit list for 2014 – so far – are…


That I still haven’t been is inexcusable. This sad, sad truth will be no more as of February, I hope.



I’m told that it is the gastronomic capital of France, so that’s happening.



It will probably be reserved for Oktoberfest, which – bizarrely – takes place in September. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to catch Bayern Munich in action too.



This is somewhere that I have seen plenty of already, but endeavor to return to in order to see Real Madrid – one of the world’s greatest football teams – knock the stuffing out of somebody. Yes, another football match.



While I am fully aware of its stag do allure, it is somewhere I know nothing about at his point, other than that it is widely seen as an extremely underrated European city. And blog posts like this and this make it all the more appealing.



The Portuguese capital has been calling me for years, and is too close by not to visit. A date is already set!


Northern Morocco

Morocco would fascinate me because of where I live now: Granada. Here, there is a huge Arabic influence on the city, which was embedded when the Moors ruled centuries ago. I would love to see Arabic culture in an Arabic country.


Somewhere in Greece

Somehow, I have never been to Greece, and thanks to Clare of Need Another Holiday I’ve now got a hankering that just won’t go away. Santorini? Mykonos? Athens? All suggestions welcome!



It’s still just a movie land to me, and that needs to change. The big apple would be the most expensive and most difficult trip to take, but definitely my biggest success if it happens. Fingers crossed. I’ve signed up to cheap flight alerts…

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(Source: Trodel FlickrCC)

Of course things will probably get bumped down or added to the list, so at this stage there is no real way of knowing where and when I will be going (except for Paris and Lisbon).

If you want to take part in the #Take12Trips project just post something similar to this on your own blog, if you have one. If not then take pictures of where you go and tweet them with the hashtag #Take12Trips.

2014 is going to be a good year.


  1. Comment by Lucy @ On the Luce

    Lucy @ On the Luce January 17, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Great to have you on board with #Take12Trips! Sounds like you have some great plans there. I’m hoping to get out to Morocco too this spring and have a friends wedding either this year or next in Latvia so Riga’s a must too. Paris and New York are two of my favourite cities, though have to resist the temptation to keep going back to them and try and see more new places too!
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    • Comment by Josh

      Josh January 17, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      Morocco is somewhere I don’t want to rush – I think I’ll need at least 10 days. And getting to know Riga properly will be a challenge, seeing as though Riga will almost definitely be a lads’ weekend away! Glad to be on board!

  2. Comment by Fiona

    Fiona January 19, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Great list. Lisbon is a wonderful city and within relatively easy reach of here. Like you, I haven’t been to Morocco – my travelling has been curtailed by having kids – but I want to get rhere this year too. Looking forward to reading about your travels!

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  4. Comment by Clare

    Clare January 22, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Yay for another take 12 tripper! 2014 sounds like it will be a great travel year. Really hope you make it somewhere in Greece! I still haven’t been to Santorini or Mykonos can you believe – they always seem a bit more expensive than other islands. That said, I think this might be the year for Santorini. I need to know what I’m missing! Can’t wait to read your take on both Lisbon and Paris – and after sampling Munich at Christmas, I reckon Oktoberfest must be amazing!
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    • Comment by Josh

      Josh January 22, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      Well if you go to Santorini before me plase be sure to give it a thoroughly honest review! Can’t wait to give Lisbon a crack. And I reckon that you’re a good reckoner – Oktoberfest must be amazing!

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  6. Comment by Mike of Mapless Mike

    Mike of Mapless Mike March 21, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Great list, Josh! I like the idea of #Take12Trips and I will be first and foremost checking out the two blogs you mentioned. Then, I’ll be scheduling my own #Take12Trips. I already have a few scheduled too. I really enjoyed Lisbon and Morocco, so I’m sure you will too.

    • Comment by Josh

      Josh March 21, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      Lisbon is not too far away now. I’m planning a getaway in semana santa; I’ve had enough of the processions now! Morocco will be happening in June hopefully. We’ll see! If you’re getting involved with #Take12Trips be sure to use the hashtag on Twitter!

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