Well, that's another round of Christmas and New Years celebrations out of the way, and now I have just about caught my breath, I thought I would re-cycle some of the events of 2013 and look forwards to my travel plans for 2014 and beyond.
If you are a regular visitor to this blog, you will know that I am currently in the UK both working and saving hard towards my next cycling trip around the world. This five year bicycle tour is planned to begin in May of 2015, but just because I am in saving mode at the moment, doesn't mean I can't go out, enjoy myself, and travel a little in the mean time! 2013 was a year that I really enjoyed myself, and I went to a number of sporting events around the country such as the cricket 20/20 finals at Edgbaston (which my home county of Northamptonshire won!), and the Aviva Premiership Rugby final at Twickenham (which unfortunately, Northampton did not win). Mixed in with this were various gigs in London, rugby matches in Northampton, a couple of trips to Birmingham and one trip just before Christmas to Manchester.
Given all this darting around the country, it was actually quite difficult to travel abroad (not that I didn't want to!). I did, however, get to fly over to Dublin for a week. The purpose, was to attend a travel bloggers conference called TBEX, as well as to see some of the sights that the city had to offer.
The entire week was fantastic, and as well as learning a lot at the conference itself (which I hope to apply to my blog), I met some great people and took some memorable tours. Another added bonus, was that I met up with a fellow online gamer who I have known for years, and to say that we put away a few drinks that night is an understatement!
Now that 2013 is out of the way though, it's all about looking forwards to 2014. This will be my last full year in the UK, and whilst I am still saving up for the next cycling tour around the world, I will try to get away as much as I can. There are several weekends already in the pipeline in various cities throughout the UK, and also the very real possibility of a weekend in Las Vegas. As this would be with my brother, I dread to think how much trouble we will get into!
On the cycling front, I am going to increase my training and fitness levels, and also take a couple of short breaks in the UK touring around on the bike. I have the first of these planned for April/May, which will involve doing a bicycle tour visiting the stone circles and megalithic sites of the south-west of England. Other potential projects include doing some form of coast to coast bike ride in England, and perhaps even taking part in a sportive or two. Hopefully, I will also be able to get out of the country for a couple of weekends as long as Ryanair are still offering cheap flights!
So, although I don't start my next trip quite yet, I am really looking forwards to this new year ahead. Although I won't be able to travel overseas as much as I want to, I will get the opportunity to see more of my own country instead, and that is no bad thing! In the mean time, a Happy New Year, and safe travels no matter where you go.