After a little hiatus to sort out some personal shit, we’re back with a new blog post for 2019.
We wanted to start the year with a sprinkle of positivity by sharing our goals and aims for the next 12 months. I was going to keep this focused on our theme park adventures, but thought it would be fun to add a few blog goals in too.
1. Budget trips
This is a biggie for us in 2019, as we really need to knuckle down and start a savings fund for the future.
We LOVE our theme park trips, but we’re pretty useless at planning them. Usually we decide a few weeks before we go, stay a night and book onsite hotels – not the best when you’re trying to do things on the cheap.
We don’t want our tighter budget to stop us doing what we love, but we realise we can’t keep doing things the way we have been.
So this year our aim is to plan our trips in plenty of time and to shop around for the best deals. You can also expect some blog content out of this as we document our journey doing theme parks for less.
2. More time in the UK
2018 was an incredible year that saw us jetting off to Orlando for the second year in a row. But this year our other life priorities mean we’re going to keep our trips a bit closer to home.
Between us we’ve only visited six parks in the UK and this is going to be the year that changes. I’ll do a separate post on our bucket list theme parks for 2019 but it’s safe to say there are quite a few new ones on our list for the UK.
Although we love the bright lights of Orlando, a trip there every year is just not realistic for us, and there is so much to see and do right on home soil. We’re really looking forward to exploring some of the lesser known parks in the country and giving our opinion on them here on the blog.
3. A slight shift of focus on the blog
Thanks to our Orlando trip last year, we focused A LOT on Disney on this blog.
Although we still have some posts to write up from our last trip, we’re ready to switch gears and focus on broader topics this year.
There will still be Disney content – we’re heading to Disneyland Paris in March after all – but we don’t want our online space to be saturated with it.
Instead, we’ll be focusing on more UK theme parks and attractions, as well as giving our opinions on the biggest news stories in the industry and sharing more behind the scenes of our lives.
We want this space to evolve as we do, and we’re really excited for what the future has to offer.
4. At least one seasonal event
We’re pretty rubbish at attending seasonal events. Mostly because really scary Halloween things shit me up and Christmas already costs a bomb.
This year, however, one of our theme park goals is to attend at least one seasonal event. Whether that’s the local Halloween event at York maze or Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, we just have to experience some of the seasonal offerings of UK attractions industry.
If you have any recommendations – leave them in the comments!
5. More trips with friends
We’ve made some amazing online friends since we started this blog, and our 2019 theme park goals wouldn’t be complete without an aim to meet more of them in person.
Our plan is to coincide our theme park trips with where some of our friends live so we can kill two birds with one stone.
Don’t get me wrong, we love venturing to parks as a couple, but there’s nothing more fun than visiting them with your best buds.
6. Don’t be afraid
Last but not list, we’re determined to be unafraid in 2019. I sometimes worry that we’re not qualified to have a voice in this industry. We’re theme park enthusiasts at the end of the day, not experts, and I’m always super conscious of that.
Big news in the theme park world? I worry we can’t add anything to the conversation, so I don’t write about it. Thoughts and opinions about certain industry trends? I think people would question why I have the right to comment.
It’s stupid but honest and I want to stop thinking that way. I’ve been visiting theme parks since I was a little girl. Sure, I haven’t been to tons of them, but I do know what makes a good experience.
Even more, we’re passionate about what we love to do, and we shouldn’t be afraid to put that passion out there.