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Dreams, Goals and Realities for 2012

Check out our Dreams, Goals and Aspirations for 2012.

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Four Jandals 2011 Montage

2011 was a HUGE year for us.

Four Jandals 2011 Montage

 

We had planned to summarize it but before we knew it the year was at an end! Luckily that basically sums up 2011 for us as we seemed to be in constant travel mode with little time for anything else. No complaints of course and we certainly count ourselves lucky to be able to do it.

So with 2012 just 6 days old and our return to semi-normalcy after our amazing trip through Egypt we thought we better turn our attention to our Dreams, Goals and the Realities for 2012.

I for one have actually never made a New Years Resolution. EVER.

Nor am I very good at planning my goals and aspirations. Ultimately I know what I want from life but writing it down, reviewing them, ticking the boxes and achieving those goals is the part I struggle with. So by sharing them with you hopefully it will give us a kick in the backside to make these dreams a reality.

Personal Goals:

  • Keep in contact with the family on a regular basis. Long term travel is hard on family relationships. When you are tired you don’t want to email or Skype but we know those five minutes make a world of difference to our loved ones back home.
  • Be a better friend. As stupid as it sounds I know that I let my mates down from time to time when I am exhausted. So for 2012 if someone wants to catch up for a beer then I will become a YES man rather than a maybe man.
  • Health and fitness. Being a yes man is probably going to relate to some later nights and unhealthy eating/drinking habits. Therefore we will need to make sure we are hitting the gym when not travelling and work out a fitness routine when on the road which is something we never do unless on an adventure holiday.
  • Learn a second language. This has been bugging me for 2 years now and it is time we got off our butts and did something about it. We are going to enroll in a night-course over a few weeks and just need to decide on the language. Any advice on which to choose? Thinking maybe French or Spanish.

Travel Blog Goals:

  • If I could achieve just one goal this year then it would be become a full time travel blogger by the end of 2012. Still working out how exactly this will become a reality but just by writing it down hopefully it will get the creative juices flowing.
  • Travel, Travel, Travel. We want to broaden our horizons on this blog by creating interesting and relevant articles for you. And the best way to achieve that is through travelling. With trips like our 37 days overland from Turkey through Syria, Jordan and Egypt we will have loads of fresh content for you. Just tell us what you want and we will happily oblige.
  • Blogging has led us to find a passion in photography. They go hand in hand. No one wants to just read words. Everyone wants visuals! I am going to try a photography course and use that to create a new site for our photographs. Will keep you informed.
  • Create an interactive and engaging Travel Community for YOU by building up our subscribers on all media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and through our weekly Newsletter. This will include prizes, giveaways, hidden tips and advice.
  • We are going to start creating our first travel videos over the next few months as we think they provide so much insight into a destination in such a short time frame.

Ultimately we want to keep you happy so please let us know what you would like to see in the comments section below.

Keyword for 2012

To tie it all together we really need to have a focus. By creating a keyword we can quickly assess everything we do by relating it back to this. 2012 is going to be the year of GROWTH.

Your Goals

To create your own Dreams and Goals follow our simple steps below and then share them with us if you want:

Goals always start with a Question and then a Dream usually followed by Reality.

  • The Question: What is the number one thing you want to achieve over the next 12 months?
  • The Dream: Make this as far fetched as you could possibly imagine!
  • The Realities: That dream must then be broken down into achievable goals. You can’t hope to achieve your dream by leaping across the river of aspirations. Instead use your goals as safe stepping stones.

If your dream, like mine, is to be the world’s greatest travel blogger then your Goals could be as simple as planning to write 100 words per day EVERY day for the first month. Then 250 words, then 500 etc…

By creating these small but achievable steps over realistic timeframes you can’t fail.

Good Luck and Share them with us below!

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6 Comments

  1. bronwen burmester

    January 7, 2012 at 7:28 AM

    Your goals are inspiring.

    • Cole

      January 7, 2012 at 11:49 AM

      Thanks Mum! Hopefully we achieve more than half of them 🙂

  2. Si @thedepartureboard.com

    January 13, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Best of luck with all your aspirations. The key is to work hard yet enjoy yourself, but i’m sure you know that!

    Love the blog, kind regards, Si

    • Cole

      January 13, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      Thanks Si much appreciated. Will report back at the end of the year to see how we did…

  3. Sarah C

    January 16, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Great blog Cole, keep it up! Learn Spanish and then travel around Central America – Belize, Guatemala (spelling??) and Honduras are awesome 🙂

    • Cole

      January 16, 2012 at 8:47 PM

      Thanks Sarah! How are you? Definitely going to learn Spanish. Let us know when you come back over to the UK so we can catch up 🙂

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Best Traveling Escapades

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So you may be wondering what can you do for your three day weekend or just want to get away with the fiends for a few days. Camping could be fun, but then that requires a lot of work and heck its a vacation your on, right?

Well if you are looking to get away for the weekend and want to have a bit of fun while you are on your vacation then why not head out to a fancy hotel and experience a  live casino?

Live casinos offer a wide array of entertainment and activities that are not solely confined to gambling.

Live Casino Atmosphere

If you are like most people being entertained is what you are after. It brings out your little kid. Live casinos can do this. There are a hat of activities and entertainments to watch and experiences landing from five start meals cooked by some of the best chefs around to city tours that show you some of the best landmarks in the city to magic show that really makes you question reality.

Criss Angel, we are talking about you.

Aside from these fantastic events there are also live music that can make any concert feel like a kiddy show in comparison.

Looking To Get Away?

Work can be a draining experience, and we all understand that we need to get money in order to make a living but sometimes getting away for just a few days can be the remedy to cure your rising anger or depression and there is nothing, like being able to just simply cut loose and  enjoy your time – even if it is for a few days.

Traveling Can Be Fun

It probably goes without saying, but if you plan on heading to a casino then this isn’t a vacation o a family friendly location to visit – but f you and your friends are looking to just get away for the week then this could very well be the destination for you and your friends.

Sit back and relax in your hotel until the nightlife comes – and then let your inner child come out and enjoy life; free from the chaos of at the real world.

You may spend a lot over the next few days, but your mind and heart will most definitely thank you in the extended scheme of things.

Best traveling escapade ever, enjoy!

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Byton’s Autonomous Tech Is Just 2 Years Away

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An Introduction to Byton

With Tesla being in the news for all the wrong reasons these days, it seems like a good time for its rival Byton to introduce its own autonomous driving system.

The label, which is owned by the Chinese manufacturer Future Mobility Corporation, unveiled its new concept car by the name of K-Byte at an event in Shanghai last week.

Byton is fine-tuning the K-Byte concept by collaborating with Aurora in order to bring its autonomous systems to life. The company informed the event’s attendants that the mutual efforts are going to culminate in Level 4 autonomy, which in layman’s terms translates to an automobile’s ability to drive without any human assistance.

The Autonomous K-Byte

K-Byte, the first car which is touted to house this technology, will be driven through multiple sensors that have been placed strategically throughout the model in order to give passengers a smooth and safe driving experience.

The concept revealed K-Byte as a three-box sedan with a modern exterior design, and with a few accessories that one cannot see in regular cars at all.

K-Byte holds a distinctive side mirror design which also holds its LiGuards sensors that will allow it to navigate within the world while being in self-driving mode. Other notable embellishments include the front and rear sensors on its roof, which will incorporate the LiBow and LIDAR sensor concept which once again will be adding to the autonomous driving experience.

These design choices make it clear to anyone who takes a look at the K-Byte that it is not your run of the mill engine growler but holds much more in terms of capabilities.

According to Byton, it is already in the process of finalizing the concept car for K-Byte and will be ready to unveil it by 2020. It was also mentioned that the company will be launching a test fleet in China before rolling out the production line, letting the world experience what truly autonomous driving can mean for the human race. Between autonomous driving and easy parts availability to your door from online retailers like wWw.BestPartStore.Co.Uk, having a car is going to become a much more pleasant experience.

This all comes amidst Tesla’s various issues with its own well-publicized but under-delivered Autopilot system, which gives Byton a clear opportunity to delve into the autonomous driving sector, and who knows, we might just be foraging for Byton’s automobile parts in our end of the world instead of current giants such as Mercedes or BMW.

If Byton can achieve this feat sooner than its more popular counterpart, then it will certainly get it to the top of the list of automobile manufacturers of the future.

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5 UK festivals to visit this summer

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The UK is so beautiful in the summer, why go abroad when you have thousands of fun things to do right here? People travel from all over the world to see our beautiful country, so get to know the UK better.

These are some of my favourite festivals for summer 2018. They are family friendly with entertainment for both parents and children.

BLISSFIELDS 5-8 July 2018 | Winchester. Whilst you’re getting your groove on, your children will enjoy making woodland fancy dress costumes in the Angel Gardens Family Area, having paint fights and dancing their socks off at the onesie disco and everyone’s in their happy place. Address: Vicarage Farm, Woodmancott, SO21 3BL  Website: blissfields.co.uk Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £100; youths £85

LATITUDE 13-15 July 2018 | Suffolk. Latitude must be the closest grown-ups can get to a real festival experience with the kiddies. You can enjoy yourself while your cuties hang out in the Enchanted Garden where there’s circus skills classes, screen printing and wildlife craft sessions. Address: Henham Park, Nr Southwold, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 8AN  Website: latitudefestival.com Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £197; accompanied teens from £132.50; children from £15

GIVE 13-16 July 2018 | Leicestershire. This tiny celebration of soul, house, funk, reggae and blues, grew out of a series of club nights started by a gang of warehouse ravers in the 80s. While it is not a family festival, many regulars now bring their kids, who love it. This year, watch British Soul singer Corrina Greyson and then head to the treehouse, bouncy castle, karaoke and magic forest schools. Address: Stanford Hall, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, LE17 6DH  Website: houseofhoney.org Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £175; under 18s £55; under 13s £30

DEER SHED FESTIVAL 20-22 July 2018 | North Yorkshire. Kick off the school holidays with this weekend of fun at Baldersby Park in Yorkshire, combining music, cabaret, comedy, theatre, book readings, family films, science workshops and lots of scampering in the woods. Address: Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire YO7 3BZ Website: deershedfestival.com Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £135; 6-15 year olds £45; 3-5 £10; 0-2 free

CURIOUS ARTS FESTIVAL 20-22 July 2018 | Hampshire. It’s all snail racing, midnight bat walks and bee-keeping lessons at the Curious Arts Festival, in the grounds of stately Pylewell Park. The film and poetry workshops for kids are a must. Address: Pylewell Park, East End, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 5SJ  Website: curiousartsfestival.com Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £128; 5-13 year olds £23; under 5s free.

Sometimes one can get tired of driving all over the country to the festival of your choice, then you also have to think about how much alcohol you consumed the night before and whether or not you’re ok to drive. Why not ‘coach it’? Travelling by coach means you don’t have to worry about driving at all, you can just sit back and relax and enjoy the ride. Click here for some excellent discount offers and have a fabulous festival summer!

 

 

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