The Unlikely Bookworm

Why I’m Taking The 12 Trip Challenge

12 Trip Challenge

When I first moved to Australia a little under eighteen months ago, I knew very little of what was to lie ahead. I knew I’d be completing yoga teacher training with Power Living, and that I’d be living in Bondi, and sure, I had hopes and dreams for what was to come; but while some materialised, others didn’t.

I thought I’d stay for six months, maybe twelve, before packing up my room and returning to my life in London, with a heavy heart, a case full of memories that would last a lifetime, and a rose-tinted hue of nostalgia cloaking my time down under.

But, as the story goes, despite it being a rockier ride than I ever could have anticipated; I’m still here, still standing, still just about sane. And while I have no set plan; nor any idea how long I’ll call Sydney my home; one thing’s for sure – I want to make the most of Australia for as long as I’m here.

12 Trip Challenge

At the beginning of the year, I vowed to travel more; and while I was lucky enough to visit Byron Bay five times last year I know there’s more to Australia than this hippy slice of heaven that I so love. And so, when I recently read about the 12 Trip Challenge, over on The Travel Hack, I decided to sign up.

The challenge is thus: take 12 new trips in 2017 – one a month if you wish to be pedantic. Far from being a costly exercise, it encourages partakers to play tourist in their own home, discover pockets of one’s city they otherwise might have missed, and to venture into the great outdoors to experience life beyond the boundaries of your comfort zone.

No stranger to a challenge since finishing the BBC Big Read, there’s little more satisfying than setting oneself a goal for the year and diligently ticking the metaphorical boxes off.  While I predominantly write about books, since moving to Australia I’ve ventured into the world of travel writing, and the 12 Trip Challenge will allow me to naturally evolve this into a more travel-focused blog.

I’m yet to plan the 12 places to which I will travel; but I’ll be kicking off the challenge by kayaking on the Hawkesbury River this coming Australia Day with friends. As for the rest; who knows? But one thing’s for sure: here’s hoping for an adventure-filled 2017.

Are you taking part in the 12 Trip Challenge? I’d love to hear about your travel plans for the year ahead over on Facebook or Twitter and any suggestions you might have for must-see places to visit in Australia and beyond.

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  1. Posted 11th March 2017 at 4:52 am | Permalink

    What an awesome idea!! That’s a great way to get out and exploring any part of the world. I’ve heard that flights from Australia to Bali aren’t too bad.. That would be a fun trip!
    And what a great way to slowly move the focus of your blog!

    • Lucy
      Posted 11th March 2017 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

      Flights to Bali can sometimes be cheaper than flying to Melbourne from Sydney so I’m definitely hoping to visit Bali at some point this year! xx

  2. Posted 11th March 2017 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    I haven’t heard about this challenge yet but could try and participate in it as well. I already have 5 trips planned so it shouldn’t be too difficult! 🙂

    • Lucy
      Posted 11th March 2017 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

      It’s a great challenge isn’t it? Sounds like you’re well on your way to finding twelve fabulous trips for the year! xx

  3. Kyntra Strickland
    Posted 11th March 2017 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    I try to take a trip a month, whether a day trip or weekend away and then one “big” trip. I love that you are taking part of this challenge!! Have fun exploring your new home (:

    • Lucy
      Posted 11th March 2017 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

      It’s such a great idea isn’t it? Especially as you can do smaller day trips which don;t have to cost much at all. I can’t wait to find some more of Sydney’s hidden gems xx

  4. The Rimsky Project
    Posted 13th March 2017 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Omg this is so exciting! I hope you have a great, travel-filled year 🙂 And I think it’s an amazing idea. I hope I can take on the challenge myself some day hehe

    • Lucy
      Posted 14th March 2017 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

      Thanks! I hope you can take it too at some point xx

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