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While the new year usually signals set goals and resolutions – and for travellers, an aspiring bucket list of places to visit, 2016 will see me taking a different tack.

I’m a planner. It’s in my nature and runs though my entire being. This time in 2015 I pretty much had most of my travel plans mapped out. I knew where I wanted to go and where I wanted to be. Apart from Iceland next month, I have absolutely no idea where MTM will be going and I’m not booking anything anytime soon, either.

I’m going with the flow. It doesn’t come naturally but sometimes life just dictates it that way. Changes are afoot in more ways than one, both in my home life and at work, so seeing what opportunities may present themselves later down the line is the way forward.

While I still have my dream places to visit, we’ll be stomping closer to home this year. But I’m not complaining – far from it.

I’ve come to the conclusion that giving myself too much to achieve can be damaging. Because sometimes, if you don’t hit those set targets, or you don’t get to go somewhere that you’ve set your heart on, then it can fill you with an overwhelming sense of disappointment.

Travel bloggers aren’t a competitive bunch… In fact we’re all very supportive of each other. We just go. Exploring new destinations and cities, drinking it all in and sharing our discoveries. But I’m not going to lie, when you read about so many wonderful places on a regular basis, it can be sensory overload. The virtual world map in my brain is constantly crying out for new pins. And in reality not all of them will be feasible, for the time being at least. After all, travelling is an expensive past time.

And, while I love blogging, it’s also apparent that it’s impossible to hold down a full-time job, be a mum and write several new posts weekly – as well as joining in with all the social media chitter chatter. I enjoy writing about our adventures and that’s what I’m going to keep doing. The last year has taught me not to get so caught up with stats, rankings and followers.

All I can do in 2016 is to do my best and see what happens, see where the wind will take me – not just in travelling terms but in life, too. And for once that’s ok… In fact it’s quite exciting. And alleviates the pressure enormously.

There are a few things I would like to do including spending more quality time with Monkey, my husband, friends and family, plus trying not to get bogged down with everyday stresses. But I don’t count those a resolutions – more mantras that should be a given.

MTM’s biggest journey in 2016 is yet to be set in stone. But I’m looking forward to finding out where we’ll be going and what adventures will be coming our way…

I hope whatever you have planned, wherever you are going to, and whatever you may end up doing will bring you joy and happiness. Wishing you all a very happy new year!