Autumn is a great time to try something new – there is something so refreshing about the leaves changing colour, the crisp air, and the excitement as the season changes. While we would love to drop everything to travel the world, it’s just not possible for us in the short term. So, as we set out our remaining 2016 travel plans, we came up with an idea for a new travel challenge of sorts. It has been my mission for the past year and a half to see more of the UK; there is so much on my doorstep that I don’t even know about and I want to discover it. Plus, between being dog owners and saving for our wedding, this seems like the perfect time to stay local while still being able to travel. So we’re going around the UK! The Challenge: Around the UK in 80 Weekends We are going to see as much of the UK as we can over the next 80 weekends. “Around the World in 80 Days”-themed challenges are so fun, hence the number of weekends. We love the idea of this challenge because it allows us to travel together, have little staycations, take Giorgio with us, etc. Our list of dog-friendly accommodation in the UK was a great starting point and we are now looking to build our list of the best AirBnbs, hotels, and inns around this little country of ours by actually experiencing them. We cannot travel every weekend, and we also have international travel booked. However, we started out on a high note last weekend with a spontaneous Cotswolds weekend trip and are looking for more of that – taking advantage of our downtime and suddenly free weekends to think on our feet, get out of London, and enjoy the company of each other and Giorgio wherever we end up. From countryside hotels to farm restaurants, festivals and fairs to churches and museums – the UK has so many seasonal events, famous establishments, and brand spanking new spots – we are so excited to see it all! The Deadline Deadline isn’t the best word. We aren’t just doing something and ticking it off, but rather seeing how much we can do. The end date is just our time to take a step back, review what we accomplished, and make our next game plan. This challenge kicked off last weekend, the tenth of September. That makes our 80th, and last, weekend 17-18 March 2018. So here’s to a year and a half of day trips and weekend trips, train journeys and road trips, romantic weekends and dog friendly stays. Our Great Britain Lonely Planet guide is asking for a bit of love; we can’t wait to explore this wonderful country! Check out all of the posts from our 80 weekends going around the UK! Have you ever completely a travel challenge? Tell us about it in the comments below! Pin this post for later!