Well isn’t that the million dollar question! I think I have had about eleventy million scenarios go through my head of what the answer to that could be. Of course, travel post pandemic can also look different for every one of us. Government guidelines and restrictions will of course dictate when it is safe for us to travel. Then of course, we will all plan within the parameters of our own comfort zone’s. We all know we have to be responsible to keep ourselves and others safe. However, travel in any form is so much a part of many of our lives. It is honestly what Nik and I work for! So, what will travel look like next year? It is anyone’s guess really!
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Like many of us, Nik and I have missed travel so much. We are desperate to travel. We have not been overseas since our trip to Sofia earlier this year, in March. We do know however, that we were very lucky. We did manage to squeeze the most wonderful UK trip to The Cotswolds in during the ease in restrictions in September. We fell so fully in love, that a return trip has been penciled in to the diary for next year. As long as it is safe to do so, we will be returning to The Cotswolds early January. This much longed for trip will be made up of two days in one of the wonderful hotels in Oxford so we can explore the gorgeous City. We did not get to Oxford during our trip this year, so promised ourselves a return trip. Following full exploration of the City, we will move on to enjoy two day’s in one of the picturesque villages to relax and immerse ourselves in the countryside.
We had been so excited to visit The Cotswolds, and it did not disappoint. In fact, it ignited a love affair with this area of England. The quintessential English-ness of it. The beautiful scenery. The charm and cosiness that the area gently pulls you into. Oxford has been another long awaited destination, so I am so hopeful that we get there for our New Year break.
Oxford holds a fascination for me. The architecture, the history, the beauty of the City. Maybe even a tiny bit, (ok, a big bit) more so since learning that a lot of Harry Potter was filmed there. If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that my love of Harry Potter was something else that was ignited this year. I would love to take part in one of the Harry Potter tours that the City offers. Let’s keep that between us though ok….Nik does not need to know that I have added that to the schedule…..
I long to see the Universities and colleges. I want to immerse myself in the books at Bodleian Library as well as see the Red Cam library building. Play board games at Thirsty Meeples. Walk under the Bridge of Sighs. Maybe even take a trip out to near by Blenheim Palace. Oxford well and truly holds so much of my “wish to see” list!
I have really come to appreciate my home Country the last few years. Nik was unable to travel overseas while battling cancer, so we began to explore more of the UK. It kind of gave us a practise run for the clipping of wings that 2020 brought us all! I feel like I have seen more of the UK in the last 4 years, than I ever have. Nik and I have always had a strong sense of making the best out of whatever life throws at you. So, with overseas travel off the table, we enjoyed road trips around the UK when it was safe to do so. I think travel next year will contain more of the same for us.
We do hope to be able to go overseas at some point. Nik had his 50th birthday trip of a lifetime cancelled by our mate Covid. We would love to re-book that. But we will see how life pans out. We have all had a stark reminder this year that even the best laid plans can go up in the air! I know that many of us have had to cancel so many plans this year. I feel that next year, I will just see what each month brings and plan accordingly! So for us, travel will be less planned, more spontaneous, and never, ever taken for granted!
As this year starts to draw to a close, my mind wanders (even if I can’t). I am starting to feel so excited for how travel may look next year. Be it lots more exploring of the Uk, or getting to explore the Cities of other countries. It will be wonderful to find adventure again. Travel for me is seeing new things and having new experiences. The frame of mind that you approach travel with can turn even the most local trip, into an adventure. It does not always have to be jumping on a plane for us. However, as long as we all stay safe, stay well and look out for each other, the world may well open up a little for us all. I think we would all welcome that with open arms!
I would love to hear how your travel may look next year?? Have the pandemic taught you to be a little more flexible with your plans? Has it made you look at travel differently? Has it ignited love for your home Country? I would love to hear your thoughts.