Thursday, 1 November 2018

A Month of Travel Blogging


I wanted to give myself a goal both to get back into a little bit of blogging and also to get my photos and journals organised.  And November seemed like the idea time to accomplish this given that the miserable weather outside makes reflecting on golden days of travel particularly satisfying!

This year I have been fortunate enough to be able to go on a number of different adventures and explore new places.  January found a friend and I heading off on a weekend jaunt to Copenhagen - we found a good deal on flights and thought that would be a nice way to kick off the new year.  We had a brilliant time wandering around, clocked up many miles on foot and as we're both photography fans, took every opportunity to appreciate the details of the city around us.

The Easter holidays rolled around and I made the most of the break from school by spending just over a week in Morocco with one of my closest friends. We planned it from scratch ourselves and stepped off the beaten track here and there and had the most fantastic time immersing ourselves in a new culture.

Then the second week of Easter saw me hitting the road with my lovely partner, and we spent a couple of nights exploring Dubrovnik before hopping in a car and high-tailing it through the incredible scenery of Montenegro.  We spent hours and hours outside hiking in the stunning mountains and enjoying some time together, and it was great to get away and explore somewhere completely new that was a little bit unknown.

Before long, summer rolled around, bringing with it the glorious long break from school. I jumped on a plane that very evening, winging my way to Sri Lanka to spend a couple of weeks roaming the country on a Gadventures tour, which game me some travel companions en route and was a very easy way to get about (no time lost trying to figure out incomprehensible bus schedules!). Sri Lanka proved to both beautiful and fascinating, and not at all as I expected. And while I was sorry to leave, coming home did mean spending time with family at my brother's lovely wedding, and a few days on the south coast of Devon with friends, taking boats out on the ocean and hiking along the coast.

However, the summer was not yet over, and August brought a trip to Canada with my parents. We planned to spend a couple of weeks visiting Vancouver, and the national parks surrounding Banff and Jasper. But as a particularly special treat, we booked a ride on the Rocky Mountaineer: an incredible 2 day train journey through the Rocky Mountains and a life ambition of my Dad's. It was a wonderful trip, I loved having a holiday with my parents and Canada did not disappoint.

The summer finished with a week away in Majorca: another new destination for me, and I spent the week staying in a villa with my partner and his family. We had an absolute riot, enjoying the beach time, pool time, crazy games, lovely meals and a wonderful boat trip. It was so nice to relax and spend time as a group and I really loved the whole experience, soaking up the sunshine and making the most of the end of the summer holiday.

So all in all, it's been a good year.  A very good year. And for each trip I took photos and kept travel diaries of the things I did. Blogging has taken a back seat for most of this year, and that's absolutely fine as I have prioritised life and travel and Guiding and other things. But it's also nice to come back to the blog again, gather together my memories, blow the dust off the domain name and get ready to share again.

So here we go: my goal is to produce a travel post for each day in November. Let's see how this goes!

Kisses xxx

P.S. Time to start planning the next adventure.

2 comments:

  1. Sounds like you've had a fabulous year travel-wise. I look forward t reading more, especially Morocco (we visited Casablanca this year) and Canada (the Rocky Mountaineer is on my bucket list).

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  2. Yay for your return! I'm very much looking forward to reading more in depth pieces about your travels - you have indeed had a very good year!

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