As one more year comes to a close, it is time to appear back on the final 12 months and reflect on 2018.
The year has been a whirlwind of adventure. I settled down in Barcelona then six months later decided to leave. As 2018 ends, I’m back in England obtaining prepared for my subsequent trip (retain posted for my subsequent weblog post to come across out exactly where).
Turning 43 was fairly quick compared to the rest of my early forties. This year has been a single of emotional development for me and of realising what is crucial to me. It is been a mix of travelling solo and travelling with other people and I’ve enjoyed the ease of getting with other individuals and making travel memories with other people.
This year I have been to 11 new nations: San Marino, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cyprus, Tunisia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kryrgzstan, Kosovo. And five new destinations: Northern Ireland, Fuerteventura, La Palma, Gran Canaria, Ouzzazate in Morocco.
I’m venturing into one more chapter of my life and am excited to see what 2019 will bring. Right here are my very best and worst bits of 2018:
Going to 11 nations
This year has been a good year for travel. Getting been to 11 new nations implies that I have ended the year on a total of 120 nations and 87 of these solo. As a travel blogger I constantly really feel the will need to be on the road and to check out destinations that are not mainstream. One particular of the very best issues about blogging is getting capable to go to emerging destinations and attempt to inspire other people to check out them as well. Getting no expectation of a nation constantly appears to make the very best trips. Northern Ireland shocked me and I certainly loved Belfast. They have the friendliest individuals and I discovered so significantly about the political predicament for the duration of my check out.
Becoming in San Marino when it was snowing was certainly magical. I felt as even though I was in a medieval winter wonderland. Going to the caucasus nations of Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia was wonderful. These nations are all so distinct and I came back with a adore of Georgian wine and cuisine and a favourite capital city – Baku in Azerbaijan.
Tunisia exceeded my low expectations as well. Getting believed that I would have a comparable expertise as I had in Morocco, I was totally incorrect. As an alternative I identified the individuals totally respectful and I hardly got hassled at all. It is a wonderful nation that is attempting to recover from its terrorism attack in 2015 and definitely requires tourism.
The “Stans” had been surprising as well. This area of the planet is a bit difficult to organise independently but it can be performed. In hindsight I want I had spent much more time in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan rather of Uzbekistan so I’ll have to go back (a single day).
Becoming Accepted as a Member of the NUJ
Becoming accepted as a member of the National Union of Journalists is so wonderful. This union is difficult to get into and I had to wait for 60 days to see if I was accepted.
I also completed my Humanitarian Essentials Understanding Pathway 2018 which has offered me a very good grounding into the operate of NGOs. With my purpose to turn out to be a humanitarian journalist, and make a Girl about the Globe Foundation to assistance vulnerable girls about the globe, I’m hoping that each of these will assistance me to attain this purpose.
Trekking The Sahara Desert
Final year I was operating a marathon about the streets of Barcelona for charity. This year I was trekking a marathon across desert plains. My favourite landscape is the desert so to stroll across the Sahara with 20 other Brits, Bedouins and camels was the most wonderful expertise. With the assistance of every person who sponsored me I raised £1388 for War Youngster, who assistance kids in war zones. My trek was with Find out Adventure who I unquestionably advocate. I can not wait to sign up for a single in 2019.
Surfing in Fuerteventura
Getting in no way surfed ahead of, I can not inform you the anxiousness that I had ahead of this trip (which was complimentary). On day a single I wanted to quit but by the finish of the week I was standing on the board and in fact enjoying it. This trip taught me to not give into my fears and to retain attempting new issues as you in no way know what you may possibly be very good at. It was good to be back in the Canary Islands as well.
Travelling with Other people
Getting travelled to 87 nations solo, I guess you could say that I am clearly comfy with my personal business but this year I identified myself getting drawn to trips with other people. Tunisia, the “Stans” and the Sahara Desert had been all spent with business and for somebody who travels alone extensively, I relished the ease and enjoyable that came with travelling with other people. Regions such as Central Asia had been so significantly a lot easier to figure out with a pal than alone. It is so good to say to a pal “Do you bear in mind when we…” I did finish the year with a solo trip to Kosovo.
Finishing the 2nd edition of my book!
As 2019 approached, I felt the will need to create a second edition of my book. “A Female Guide To Solo Travel” was initially published in 2015 just soon after I began Girl about the Globe. Considering the fact that then I have travelled to 120 nations and there are locations which I felt required updating in the book. Back in 2015 there wasn’t that significantly information and facts about solo female travel but almost 4 years later solo female travel has exploded. With much more and much more girls now travelling the globe, it appears fitting to bring out a second edition. It is out now – woohoo! You can come across the book right here 🙂
It in no way fails to amaze me when I get an award. This year I was fortunate sufficient to be listed inside the Top rated Travel Blogs 2018 – by Film Hustle.com, and to win a Travel Award from Empty Lighthouse Magazine for a single of the Ideal Price range Travel Blogs. Planet Trips awarded me a ‘Top Eco-Friendly Travel Blog’, and I was even awarded “Top America Solo Traveler Blogs” by WP Normal (which I presuming is for a US audience getting a British travel blogger). Let’s hope 2019 is as fruitful.
Barcelona is an wonderful city particularly in the summer time and final summer time I was privileged to be joined by three students from Hong Kong who came to operate with me on a operate placement. Becoming the initially time that I had ever worked with any person on my personal brand, it was a substantial understanding curve managing other people and myself at the exact same time. It was a good cultural expertise as effectively as a skilled a single. I really feel definitely grateful that individuals in fact wanted to operate with Girl about the Globe and to hear that they also enjoyed it. Operating and living ideal close to to the beach was a bonus as well!
And the worst bits
Losing a single of my revenue streams. Becoming self-employed it can really feel like a continuous up-hill struggle to retain afloat. In November I lost my primary revenue stream. But I actually think that every little thing occurs for a purpose and with my wish to modify course, let’s see what 2019 brings.
What had been your very best bits of 2018?
Do not overlook to verify out the 2019 Solo travel location post if you are searching for tips for your trip for 2019.