Last year was undoubtedly one of the best for travel for me in my entire life. I finally got round to visiting South America by taking in Peru, realised a long-cherished dream by spending the best part of a month in Mongolia, and topped it off with European excursions to Poland and Iceland.
A year to look back on with fondness, then; while 2018 is shaping up to be a year that I am anticipating with great excitement. Why? Here’s why…
April – Nepal
When it comes to panoramic mountain scenery, the Himalayas arguably can’t be beat, and Nepal has always been the spiritual hub and heartland of this great mountain range. Luckily for me, I have a friend who co-runs a trekking company out there, and he has organised for myself and a lucky other group of friends to trek over Easter; at the time of writing, it is still to be decided whether we go for the trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC) or Annapurna Base Camp (ABC).
As a trekking enthusiast I am naturally excited at the prospect of either. I am also keen to check out Kathmandu, naturally, and the reputation of the Nepalese people as being among the most hospitable in the world precedes them. Experiencing this will be every bit as important as taking in the magnificent views.
July – Tanzania
I have a long-standing relationship with this beautiful East African country through my School. We built a library for them back in 2016, as documented here, and are in the midst of preparing for our follow up trip this summer, which I am currently in the process of blogging about here.
The expedition itself will, once again, be three weeks overseeing the personal growth and development of a bunch of teenage girls as they rough it on a budget in a third world country. As well as a week at the KYGN School, we will naturally be trekking, going on safari and taking in other attractions on offer. Details are being finalised, but it promises to be a better itinerary than that experienced back in 2016…
The big advantage of organising an expedition via work is that it frees up money for you to fund your own travels elsewhere. And what better way to follow on from three weeks in Tanzania with a trip to an even more exotic destination – Papua New Guinea?
An American buddy of mine is mad keen to check this place out, and being the intrepid adventuring sort myself, I am only too happy to join him. More trekking will be on the menu – Mt Wilhelm looking more likely at this point, rather than the notorious Kokoda Trail – as will flamboyant festivals, taking in coastal scenery, enjoying the unusual wildlife, and more. I have been to over thirty countries; PNG might just be the most adventurous proposition yet.
Photo courtesy of Drew Douglas
October – TBC
Unlike at this point last year, I have no definitive idea in mind for when I intend to take advantage of the two week break I get in October. Then, I was anticipating an Australia/Malaysia double header, but it fell through and I swapped it out for Poland instead. So right now, I’m keeping options open – Australia/Malaysia may be a possibility here too, but some other options (Croatia, Portugal, Montenegro) are also being considered…
What are your travel plans for 2018?