This will be the first year since 2011 that I won’t be taking a trip in December. I love to travel in the winter and December has a particular lure – everywhere seems more magical in the run up to Christmas and it’s always nice to squeeze in a little down time before the festivities begin.
But this year, I’ll be resisting the urge to travel and staying firmly put at home. There are few reasons why I’m breaking my annual tradition, and I thought I’d share them with you today. Here’s why I’m not travelling in December…
1) I’ve travelled a lot this year
I was flicking back through my diary the other day and I realised that I’ve spent at least one weekend of every month this year out of town. From UK weekend breaks to our week long trip to New York, I’ve travelled a lot this year – 14 destinations in total! I’ve loved every single trip and feel so lucky to have been able to cram in so many experiences, but I kinda feel like I’ve reached travel saturation point for 2017.
Being away from home is exhausting sometimes, and so rather than cramming in another trip and reaching burn out before the new year rolls around, I’ve decided to stay at home and enjoy some down time this December.
2) I want to embrace the festivities
Whilst it’s always fun to embrace the Christmas traditions in other locations and cultures, this year I’m determined to embrace the festivities at home. I’ve got a whole list of things I want to do, but most importantly, I want to make sure I use December to catch up with all my loved ones before another new year rolls around.
I’ve got lots in the diary, from boozy catch up lunches to gatherings with friends and family, and I really can’t wait to spend some quality time enjoying the party season with my favourite people.
3) Home is my favourite place to be at the moment
I don’t know if it’s because we’ve been away so much this year, or whether I’m just feeling more settled in my old age, but I’m really enjoying spending time at home at the moment. Usually a few weekends in Leeds leaves me clambering to book a cheap flight to somewhere new, but right now, I’m actually finding the opposite to be true.
As much as I love exploring new places, there’s a real comfort that comes from spending time pottering around at home and I’ve really been embracing that recently. I’m thoroughly enjoying making our house as homely as possible, and surely there’s no better time of year to do that than winter?
4) I want to start 2018 feeling refreshed
December is always a crazy busy month, and trying to squeeze a trip in amongst all of the social commitments and work deadlines usually means that I spend January feeling burnt out and exhausted. However, with lots to crack on with in the new year, including new projects and some big house renovations, I’m determined to start 2018 feeling refreshed.
I’m hoping that cutting out the travel will free up some time for self-care and rest – I’m thinking cosy nights in amongst the parties and weekend lie ins galore – that should hopefully mean that I’ll start the new year feeling ready to absolutely nail it.
So there you have it – all of the reasons why I won’t be travelling in December. Will you be taking a trip? When is your favourite time to travel?