This was the tag line of my adventures PRE travelling the world.
I guess I’ve always had the urge to go somewhere and do something, see something…. meet new people. I like to be spontaneous, I like to try things out, and get out of the daily routine that can so easily be sucked into. I also loved my car and loved to drive to new places. Living in Yorkshire, I had fabulous scenery and not very far to travel, but I wanted to see more.
I remember having a chat with a colleague years ago and she had told me of something a friend of hers was doing, this idea then evolved into my own version.
I decided to travel the UK on weekend trips, to new places. You don’t really get to travel your own country, right? The UK, in the grand scheme of things, isn’t that big…..but I think its big enough to hold hidden gems, exciting cities, gorgeous landscapes, small villages, local pubs (I love local pubs, wrote a blog about my current locals) new people and mostly, new adventures!
To make this more of a challenge, because I love a challenge, I would use the alphabet to help create my ‘order’ of places.
- You must have never been to this place before
- Use the alphabet as your guide. Each new town,city,village must start with the next letter of the alphabet
- You must see it for what it is
- Have some fun
- Take a photo of you and a sign with the name of the place you have visited
I shared my plan on Facebook and I asked if anyone wanted to join in. I had a lots of interest and ended up with different groups/buddys for each letter. It proved to be loads of fun and quite popular. We’d also make lots of new friends on the trips. We also shared our alphabet experiences with them. I often wonder if they ever did it as well?
I guess somehow, this is where my Lollipop stick dates has stemmed from….
So my trips began and my first (and second in the same weekend) happened…my new adventures had begun. This is how they went
A – Alnwick
B – Bamburgh
C – Chester
D – Derby
E – Edinburgh
F – Filey -stayed in a caravan
G – Glasgow
H – Hawkshead (stayed in a tipi!)
I – Ingoldmells (sadly, my cat passed away the weekend this trip was supposed to happen and some very lovely friends of mine went on my behalf! Absolute loves!)
J – Jedburgh – camping!
K – Kelso
L – Loughborough (Sadly, I didn’t get a photo!) Rule breaker….maybe do one again
That is as far as I got. 2010 was an eventful and alphabet filled year. I had loads of fun.
Almost halfway through and I got the real itch for my travels.
I spoke to STA and another friend who wanted to travel and our 1 year, world trip was booked and planned for 1st May the following year.
Perhaps it’s time to start my letters again.
I have some friends in Milton Keynes who joined me on my letter J…….I did say I would go!
Do you have any suggestions for the rest of my alphabet?
What do you think to this idea? Have you visited any of these places?
* These rules were created by me, they are not 100% down, you can freely create your own