The first half of January is forever inundated with tweets, statuses, pins, blogs and all the rest of it with one sole theme: New Year, New Me. But why should the start of a new year mean the start of a new you? All of these impositions that everyone tends to put upon themselves – let’s face it – ultimately fail, and you’re just left feeling slightly disappointed that you didn’t manage to go the gym more, take up a new hobby, learn a new language, or stop consuming so many intoxicants. But what was so wrong with the old you, and would have achieving any of your set goals have made you into a better person anyway?

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m as guilty as the next person for trying to think up a million resolutions to make my next year even better than the year before, but it seems pretty obvious to me that everyone is making the wrong ones. Almost impossible resolutions that you think will make you happy, but in reality, do nothing to change your life. So my theory is, if you’re going to make one resolution for 2015, let this be it; travel more.

Taming Lions in Zambia

Travelling to places you’ve never been before gets you out of your comfort zone, it broadens your perspectives and shows you that there’s more to the world than the little bubble that you live in at home. Travel is one of those things that everybody loves to do because, I mean, who doesn’t like going to new places? If you’re one of those rare people then you have no business being here! But travel is often one of those things that people never get round to. And why? Because they constantly make excuses not to.

I have no money. I have no time. I have to… look after my dog.

Sure, these are all valid excuses to some extent but for the majority of us, they’re largely invalid. You may have the money, but you might want to buy a new TV instead. You might have the time, but want to be lazy every weekend after a long week at work. You may be able to get a dog-sitter but you don’t want to hassle anyone. Travel is possible if it’s something you really want to do. Whether that’s a weekend away every few months, 3 weeks of pure luxury laying on the deck of some cruiseship, or sacking everything off and taking the plunge into some long term travel, it’s possible. Whatever your budget or time frame, the only thing stopping you is you.

So, without further ado and in celebration of making this new year your year to get out there and see the world, I’ve partnered up with the Gap Year Travel Store to offer one person the chance to win a specially created Backpacker Starter Kit worth just under £100! Here’s what’s inside:

Travel gear competition

 *Ocean Microfibre Tower

*Go Travel Money Belt

*Lifestraw Portable Water Filter

*Snugpak Travelpak Sleeping Bag

*Pacsafe Cable Lock

Preparing for travel is one of the most exciting things about it, but making sure that you’re well prepared can be a bit expensive – which is where I come in. For a chance to alleviate your travel costs with this awesome kit, just head over to  find the Rafflecopter submission on my Facebook page under the Giveaway Tab here!

 

The giveaway will end in 2 weeks time on Friday 23rd January at midnight GMT. Leave a comment, share with your friends and, most importantly, go and see the world while you still can. Good luck!

 

Fottles Travels Giveaway
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