I have a little confession – I have well and truly been bitten by the travel bug. One look at my blog or my Instagram and you can probably tell, right?
I’ve always loved travelling and have tried to see and do as much as I can (time and money permitting), but at the start of this year I didn’t have any immediate plans to be jetting off at least once a month as I have been since February.
Instead, I had actually planned to work on my own personal and professional growth. Sensible, right?
For some unknown reason, I didn’t actually think I could do both at the same time and I kept telling myself “when you’ve made it, you can travel”.
Uhmmmm, what Kirsty?
When I wrote this post I had zero plans to travel and I had a lot of things going on in the background that would help me grow – after all it is my word for 2017. A lot of those things now, unfortunately, are dreams I’ve had to give up, but I don’t feel as though I’ve missed on anything – in fact, I think I prefer the way this year has panned out so far.
And do you know what? I don’t think I have missed out on ANY opportunities to grow as a person.
My knowledge of different countries and cultures has grown, my willingness to try new things has expanded and my travel bucket list – well, that’s more than quadrupled.
At the same time, I don’t think my professional growth has suffered at all. I’m learning more at work, I feel like I am getting somewhere with my freelance work and I starting to get my blog to a place where I am happy with my content and photography. I’ve even managed to grow my Instagram?!
So, why did I think I couldn’t do both at the same time?
I think for years I have always dreamed of “when I’m successful, I’ll be able to do X, Y and Z” and instead focused myself on saving for a house and getting my career off the ground. I was happy thinking this way because as there was always the promise of excitement, I just knew I had to work hard to get it.
Then around February (just after I got back from my trip to Paris) I felt as though I was well and truly stuck in a routine. Although I enjoy my job, everything around it was so boring. I get up, I go to work, I go home, I cook, I blog, I sleep. Every. Single. Day.
I started looking at cheap holidays and playing around with my holiday days to see how many trips I could actually fit in a year without running out (spoiler alert: it’s nowhere near enough) and then started looking into smaller, weekend breaks. They were all within my budget, only going to take up a few of my holidays (if any at all) and all place I had been dying to explore.
I was sold. 2017 was going to be the year I started travelling more and doing things for me.
Rather than spending money on Primark clothes I’d never wear, makeup I really didn’t need and taxis to work when I could get the bus – I planned to spend that money on weekend trips away.
A quick, simple change in my lifestyle meant I didn’t need to be ‘rich and successful’ to travel often – I just needed to be a little smarter with my money. When you think about it, it’s not actually rocket science, just common sense.
Now I get to work on me AND travel the world – the perfect combination.
What I am wearing
This stunning pink dress is from Lovedrobe*, a company I’ve actually admired for a while now. They make amazing quality clothes for plus and curve sizes and are incredibly affordable, something I don’t find often now it’s harder to shop in high street stores.
It’s no secret that I love anything with a floral print (see here, here and here) so this dress was absolutely perfect for me, especially now Spring is well under way. The dress has a little fabric tie around the waist, which I always love at I feel much more comfortable in things that come in a little – but that’s just me!
The dress gave me the confidence to wear tights rather than leggings for the first time in years and I felt so confident walking around the Polish streets with my cute heels and backpack on. It’s amazing how great a good dress can make you feel, isn’t it?
Photos by Ashton Jade ?