Catch Up: My Failed Summer Plans and my BIG Autumn Trip!

Catch Up: My Failed Summer Plans and my BIG Autumn Trip! |

I’ve not really mentioned what happened to my “amazing” summer, and since it’s October 1st… It’s probably about damn time I did a catch-up post. My last catch-up was posted in December last year about the future of Almost Ginger so it’s been a good while. How y’all doing?

What the heck happened to my summer?!

Actually, the last time I wrote an ‘update’ post was in April and I told you I was spending three months in Italy this summer teaching English. I went on and on for 847 words about how AMAZING it was going to be and oh, the places I’d go…

If you’ve been following me on social media, you might have already guessed that didn’t happen. Womp womp.

I still went to Rome for a pre-work mini-break, then I completed a week of training, and then… It didn’t work out how I imagined it was going to.

Sorry if I sound evasive, but that’s all the details I’m willing to share right now. For one reason or another, I came home after about three weeks instead of three months.

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So far, so good outside St Paul’s Cathedral in Vatican City…

The Rolling Stones were right, you can’t always get what you want…

Of course, I wanted it to work out. I wanted my time in Italy to be everything it was supposed to be. About two months after the job offer, when I was sure I was going to Italy, I told everyone. I wrote about it on my blog, I put a post on Instagram and Facebook, and I told my family I wouldn’t be able to make my Nana’s 80th Birthday party because I was going to be in Italy.

I mean, it’s Italy. How was that going to work out badly?! I watched so many films and TV shows in preparation.

But honestly, sometimes it just doesn’t. Sometimes you put yourself out there and it just doesn’t work out. Yeah, usually you’re just ordering something new from your Chinese Takeaway and it turns out to be gross and you move on. But, once in a while, it’s something big and everyone has to find out that you tried and failed spectacularly.

It’s scary, right? And more than a little embarrassing. But that’s life. 

Even though I tried to keep a low profile on social media until September so that the people who didn’t matter would just assume I was too busy to post, and I did have a freak out for about two days, I was actually, totally okay with coming back and it was absolutely the right decision.

And I’m really glad everything happened exactly the way it did.

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Zagarola, a gorgeous town just outside of Rome

What I did in summer instead

I moved back home with my parents! Yeah, I know, I live such a crazy, rock’n’roll lifestyle.

I also had a weekend break in London to watch Jack White in Hammersmith, which I was going to fly over from Milan to do anyway, and it was awesome. Now, Jack White was everything I hoped he would be after 13 years of loving his music.

My parents had already planned on coming to visit me in Genoa, Northern Italy at the end of August, so my sister and I just booked two seats on their flight from Manchester and had an actual, proper family holiday for the first time in ten years. It was such a nice break and I still have the tan lines from my watch to prove it.

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As seen in Piazza de Ferrari, Genoa

My plans for the rest of 2018 (and my BIG autumn trip!)

This is the dorkiest thing ever but I’m going to Thailand in November!!! It’s my first ever time travelling to Asia and I’m experiencing kid-at-Christmas levels of excitement. I know it’s silly and so many people have been to Thailand but it’s a really big deal for me.

I’m going with my boyfriend and we’re heading to Bangkok and then Phuket and Koh Phi Phi Islands. Yes, I will be visiting James Bond Island. And even though it was shut all summer, Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi will be open (the main location for The Beach (2000)) so I will be making a trip there too. I can almost taste the sticky mango rice now.

And, what else… I’ve got some trips pencilled in to visit some more Harry Potter filming locations in Yorkshire which I’m really looking forward to.

And what about the blog?!

It’s basically just going to be all systems go from the blog side of things. I’m going to be tap-tapping all day, every day for the rest of the year. And if you follow me on Bloglovin’ or another RSS feed you might see the odd backdated post.

This is because I didn’t really post much this summer but I have loads of old posts ideas from my trips to Belgium, Germany, Portugal, etc. a couple of years ago and I’d like to write them up. I want to get my old trips all done and dusted this year so in 2019 I can concentrate on completely new trips. New year, new me hahaha.

I hope that sounds good! I’m feeling super positive and energised right now. Shhh, I don’t want to scare it away…

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Flying into autumn like…

Did you do anything cool with your summer? Or have you got anything exciting coming up for the rest of the year? I’d love to hear about it! Let me know in the comments below. 

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9 thoughts on “Catch Up: My Failed Summer Plans and my BIG Autumn Trip!

  1. Tony Cogan says:

    Sorry things didn’t work out for you with Italy, at least you got a chance to have a good few trips to some parts of the country (and you definetly had a warmer family holiday than my family did in Shetland). Hope you have a good holiday in Thailand, my sister went a few years ago doing charity work and loved it there.

  2. Katie says:

    I did wonder what happened after the trip to Rome but I thought maybe it was happening later. Sorry it didn’t work out. Good for you for your decision, you’re right that some things don’t work out but never feel ashamed about coming back. I totally understand. I’ve made a huge deal out of something, a tried putting on fake face about it but ultimately who was I kidding so I just told the truth and though the only person that would be affected by this was me. So, good for you for sticking to your guns, I hope it was nothing serious that made you return and that you’re ok. Your future post was superb and actually got me thinking I need to get my skates on about things so thank you for that.

    • Rebecca says:

      Yeah I was pretty unsure of how to handle it because I’d made such a big deal about the trip 🤔 I didn’t want to talk about it at the time, but I didn’t mean to wait until October, that’s me just being lazy haha.
      Definitely nothing serious, I should make that clearer in my post or people might think I’m ill! Just lots of medium-sized things that made me realise I shouldn’t stay. Thank you so much for saying so! I like being more honest about what’s happening in my life, people are generally so supportive and it’s a lovely feeling when I let people in.

    • Rebecca says:

      Well I still got to Rome and Genoa, so I’m still very lucky 😊 ah that’s so nice of you Brittani! I’m hoping to visit James Bond Island (from The Man with the Golden Gun) and Maya Bay where The Beach was filmed so lots of filmy posts 🤓

  3. Minka Guides says:

    Oh Rebecca – you poor thing! I’ve had to cancel a few trips due to illness before so I totally understand the frustration/disappointment when travel plans don’t work out. Hope everything was ok.

    Thailand sounds amazing! Lucky you 🙂

    • Rebecca says:

      Oh yes everything’s totally fine! 😁 I guess failed travel plans had to happen to me eventually 😂 I still got to have two lovely trips to different parts of Italy.

      I’m so excited, I can’t wait to go!!

  4. Jess says:

    I’m sorry your Italy trip didn’t go as planned. Not sure the whole reason of course, but being stuck in a situation that you were unhappy with for 3 months would be terrible, even if it is in Italy. At least you had wonderful visits to Rome & Genoa!

    And visiting Thailand doesn’t sound silly at all to me! I hope you have a wonderful adventure. Looking forward to reading all about it.

    • Rebecca says:

      Thanks Jess! 🙂 Yeah that’s so true, I’m super lucky to still have had two great trips!

      Haha, well visiting Thailand itself might not be silly but how excited/how much I go on and on and on about it might be.

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