The first quarter of the year has been quite calm in terms of travel. And it’s totally fine. It means I’ve had my hands full of work, and I’ve given time for local travelling. I’ve also saved the environment by choosing not to fly.
In other words, I feel I’ve now compensated the first quarter of 2017. This year, I’m getting on a plane for the first time in April. A year ago, by April I had already taken 8 short flights. Short flights – the worst kinds.
But I’m not writing this post to tell you where I’m not going to travel this year. Instead, it’s time to reveal where roads lead in 2018.
Spending three months without flying isn’t the only thing what’s new this year. This far, I have three trips booked, and only one of them – the April one – is a last-minute deal. Most often, it’s the only way I make my travel decisions; spontaneously and last minute.
Besides the three trips abroad, I’ve planned many exciting journeys in beautiful Finland for this year.
Last minute or not, all three foreign destinations are new to me. Places I’ve never stepped my foot in. Among them, there are destinations I’ve dreamed of for a small eternity.
I’m about to reach the eternity.
Learning how to live with a months-long waiting period is also very new to me. I’m not sure if I’ve ever before booked a trip 10 months in advance.
Even if the travel year 2018 will be filled with all things new, the trips-to-come have something old associated with them as well. A leopard cannot change its spots, am I right?
When I booked the two first journeys – the ones that are still far ahead – there was no doubt I wouldn’t rent a car and explore the destinations beyond only one area. But the April take-off was supposed to be different. Daniel and I meant it to be a sunny and relaxing week at the beach. Without big plans and tight schedules. Without a list of must-see spots and must-try activities.
How is it going to be in reality?
We have a rental car booked and five different accommodations considered. We’re not going to spend 7 days chilling out at the beach. Old habits die hard. And that’s the reason why besides road tripping, also nature plays an essential role in all three journeys.
To give ‘something old’ a real meaning, along with the road we’ll visit some historical attractions like the cave where Zeus was born. Or at least that’s how the story goes.
Where is it, I wonder?
As I’ve never stepped my foot in any of the destinations to come, it’s quite apparent I haven’t taken any photos of them, either. For this post, I borrowed some stunning shots from my favourite stock photo site Pixabay.
But aren’t they beautiful? Much better than the shots of my own.
Soon I’ll have some, and I can’t wait to share them with you.
And finally, something blue…
The three destinations have one more thing in common: they’re all surrounded by sparkling, deep blue sea.
Would you guess the three islands based on these photographs?
If you don’t like guessing, you can find the answers here.