2015: Moving Forward on Bitten by the Travel Bug

2014 was an amazing year of adventures. 8 new countries, 62 flights, and a whole lot of epic road trips by myself but most importantly with friends both new and old. I went on safari in South Africa, visited the one of the plantations of my favourite tea company in Sri Lanka and finally made it to Hawaii. I survived -18 degree weather in Finland, discovered I’m a little in love with Russia and learnt why Denmark was the happiest country in the world. I also explored my country a little more than I had last year.

Flinders Street Station as part of White Night Melbourne was lit up and provided the perfect entertainment stage

Doing my yearly tally I was a little in shock at the numbers. I usually aim for 52 flights in 52 weeks – this usually helps me retain Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold for the year – but in 2014 I smashed that number… and it doesn’t actually feel good.

I’ve had this deep longing to be home in Melbourne for quite some time. I seemed to find that I’d be home for a week to do washing, attempt to see friends and work before I’d be back on the road in search of the next adventure. The deep longing within had me wishing I could cut trips in half and generally being a bit miserable after travelling for more than a few days. I am so incredibly privileged to do this but what about exploring Melbourne? What about my friends in my hometown of Adelaide? And I haven’t even seen Sydney this year, lest you count the inside of the airport four-times…

2015 is about me being a little selfish, in a good way. As my Mum said, during a conversation tonight, it’s the year for “quality” travel and really knuckling down with the business side of things (and inching a lot closer to finishing my University degree).

I have months of content to catch up on. I want to tell you about my favourite food spots in Melbourne, this amazing island day trip from Auckland and about the cool cafe scene I found in Istanbul; but I don’t have time right now. I will make time over the coming weeks though.

Looking out over Paris, France from Notre Dame

So, what’s next?

Right now, I’m in Paris. I spent Christmas, as every year, with my family, usually followed by some post-Christmas solo trip; except this year I’m not staying overseas until March.

January til March is the BEST time of year to be in Melbourne and Adelaide. The festivals are on, the weather is warm and the beach is packed. Midnight cinemas, the Night Noodle Markets, and the comedy festivals – Adelaide Fringe Festival and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival – are coming. I want to be there for all of it instead of racing home just catching the tail end.

I also have some big plans for the blog this year. I’ve been saying for three-years I want to redesign the site to improve your experience, so that is my first priority when getting back to Australia. Secondly, I want to create something to help YOU so look out for my Melbourne guide coming soon. Finally, I want to create some quality content that will help YOU get travelling faster. Inspiration, highlights and definitely an updated version of my Qantas Frequent Flyer guide.

I hope you’ll come along on the journey in 2015 – and hopefully share YOUR experiences both at home and abroad – with me.

Happy New Year//Bonne Année!!


I want to know your thoughts

What are your goals for 2015?

What would you like to see more of on Bitten by the Travel Bug?

What questions do you want answered about travel?

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  • Reply
    Hayley Simpson
    January 1, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Good Luck, Nicole with ‘settling down’ in Melbourne. I am hoping to make a trip down there this year so hopefully we can meet in person 🙂

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    January 1, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    I guess it’s hard to catch up when you’re in Paris 🙂 Happy New Year girlie!

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    January 2, 2015 at 6:47 am

    I can fully related, Nicole. I too made a similar decision at the end of 2013: less travel better travel. In 2014, I visited far less places, but enjoyed a lot more the ones I’ve been to. And I want to continue this way.
    Like you, I have thousands photos to select and edit, and a lot of stories I never got the time to write.
    Take your time in 2015 and enjoy your backyard!

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    January 2, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Ugh, I hear you! I have a bit of longing to sit still at home in Melbourne for a bit too! I have thought that I will spend the first 3 months of the year at home, when I am not at work….we;ll see how we both go! Ha!

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    January 2, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    In 2015, I’m going to Tasmania for the first time and also to California (San Fran, Napa, Yosemite). That’s is between January and April. I’m hoping to do one or two more trips in the second part of the year, but it’s always hard because we only get so much holiday at work… 🙁

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    January 3, 2015 at 4:16 am

    Fantastic Nicole, Glad you are finally resting.
    Let me know your schedule in Feb, I will find time to visit you in Melbourne.

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    January 3, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    January sounds like an amazing time to be in Melbourne, you lucky lady!

    Quality travel is where it’s at and the moment you start to resent your travels it’s definitely time to slow down and enjoy your time at home. Then when you do travel you’re going to appreciate every moment!

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    January 6, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Nicole, I totally get where you are coming from. I just wrote a post about my resolution to travel less in 2015. It seems I moved to Sydney and then immediately began making plans to travel to places outside of it – which is just crazy! I look forward to exploring more of Oz and hopefully crossing paths with you again xx

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    Anna @ shenANNAgans
    January 8, 2015 at 12:36 am

    Oh I’ve been bitten by the travel bug, I am in Singapore at the moment, and have already booked a trip to India and South Africa for 2015. I do look forward to giving Canberra a big hug, but not so much I want to stand still, did a lot of that in 2014. I have you to thank for the inspiration and detailed travel posts. Thanks! 🙂

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    January 9, 2015 at 3:03 am

    Thanks for the inspiration in this post. In the past year or so I’ve went back to a full time job and lost motivation. This year my goal is to travel someone every 3 months with the intent by the end of the year relocating to another country. wishing you a successful 2015!! Look forward to future post

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    January 19, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    For some people, traveling is somewhat selfish because you spend money on yourself instead of basic things. But it is something that should not be compromised. We are born to live and we live by breathing in the world.

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    April 28, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Amazing post. You make inspire people to travel and do their desire.. Keep it great ! 😉

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