Summer 2015: 40 for 40, meeting fellow traveloholics, and running for charity …

Summer, summer, summer. Oh how I love you. Eating ice-cream, playing tennis, hanging out with friends, walking on the hills, sitting in a beer garden in the sun.

For me, this summer will feature all the above and more. I’ll hit the big four uh-oh, seek to connect with some local traveloholics, and will pound the streets of my home city for a great cause. It’s all about making good stuff happen.

I’m going to visit my 40th country – for my big four uh-oh!

No flashpacker / backpacker style travel for this one. Me and my girlfriends are heading for a city break in Lisbon, Portugal in early July. The flight’s booked. The nice apartment is organised, and the “sampling the local port” tour is on the list of things to sort out. If anyone has any recommendations, I’d love to hear them – just drop me a comment below.

Last time the girls and I had a city break together was in Rome – where we ended up as the plot line in an Italian comedy soap opera that involved diamonds and Yorkshire pudding. Obviously.

Rome The Gap Year Edit

Rome with the girls – before having to explain what a Yorkshire pudding was …

I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen in Lisbon!

The date for the big four uh-oh itself is later in July – naturally I’m in complete denial 😉

Join the Yorkshire and Yonder Traveloholics on Meetup!

One dumped and tearful Julie + one practical mum with a ready supply of flapjack and ideas on how to keep me busy (read: busier than usual) = one crap-situation-turned-fantastic-inspiration!

That was then, this is now … and my Travel Meetup group is now born (mum’s first idea was about Jesus, which was a seriously badly-timed suggestion).

The Meetup group is all about getting together with like-minded people and talking travel. And – who knows – maybe we’ll all end up on some adventures together.

Whichever way, the first get together is set for 15 June 2015 in gorgeous York, UK.

I’m choosing running over wine. Ok, maybe not over wine.

I ambitiously said I wanted to run 10k in less than 55 minutes when I wrote my “25 experiences I want to have … ” list. This was one of those “yeah, I’ll do it one day” vague ambitions that had been locked somewhere in the back my mind for about five years. Well, no more … it’s going to be a priority for summer 2015, thanks to some serious inspiration from Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

run 10k in under 55mins

Me and grandad in 2001

I’ve entered a 10k charity run, and will be pounding the streets of York in early August in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of my wonderful grandad.

I’ve set up my JustGiving page.

I’ve downloaded a training plan.

I’ve been going to the gym or out for a run three times a week.

I’ve only had one “I think I might go to the pub instead” lapse.

I’m down to 57 minute pace with less than three months to go. On that note … what am I doing sat here writing this … ?

If you have any Lisbon suggestions, thoughts on any travel-esque groups you’ve been to, or top ideas about how I can run faster (rocket-propelled trainers aside), then do drop me a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.

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4 Responses to Summer 2015: 40 for 40, meeting fellow traveloholics, and running for charity …

  1. Andy Holt 17 May 2015 at 3:26 pm #

    Good luck with the run and I have donated to your Just Giving page.

    Great cause . . I did a 13.5km run for Macmillan recently in Australia and, check out my ‘crazy weekend down under’ at

    • Julie 17 May 2015 at 4:46 pm #

      Thanks so much Andy, Macmillan is such a great cause. Just checked out your page – you went to Aus for the weekend?! Awesome! How was the jet lag??

      • Andy Holt 17 May 2015 at 5:02 pm #

        My dad died from a brain tumour and the weekend in Oz marked the third anniversary of his passing. That is why I chose to run for Macmillan in Australia.

        I think I was on a bit of a high all weekend and did not suffer any jet lag effects . . . probably a bit of alcohol helped on the flights too!

        It was a great achievement and something off my ‘bucket list’ . . . I had better think about getting a job soon so I can do it all again sometime in the future.

        • Julie 17 May 2015 at 5:47 pm #

          What a wonderful thing to do in your dad’s memory – definitely a fantastic achievement to be proud of.

          The travel/work balance is always a tricky one to strike … As you know the latter can make for some wonderful memories doing the former 🙂

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