As a further 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 finding prepared for my subsequent trip (preserve posted for my subsequent weblog post to obtain out exactly where).
Turning 43 was comparatively straightforward compared to the rest of my early forties. This year has been one particular of emotional development for me and of realising what is significant to me. It is been a mix of travelling solo and travelling with other individuals and I’ve enjoyed the ease of becoming with other persons and making travel memories with other individuals.
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 a further chapter of my life and am excited to see what 2019 will bring. Right here are my ideal and worst bits of 2018:
Going to 11 nations
This year has been a fantastic 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 often really feel the need to have to be on the road and to pay a visit to destinations that are not mainstream. 1 of the ideal factors about blogging is becoming capable to go to emerging destinations and attempt to inspire other individuals to pay a visit to them also. Getting no expectation of a nation often appears to make the ideal trips. Northern Ireland shocked me and I certainly loved Belfast. They have the friendliest persons and I discovered so a great deal about the political circumstance throughout my pay a visit to.
Getting 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 astounding. These nations are all so unique and I came back with a appreciate of Georgian wine and cuisine and a favourite capital city – Baku in Azerbaijan.
Tunisia exceeded my low expectations also. Getting believed that I would have a equivalent expertise as I had in Morocco, I was fully incorrect. As an alternative I identified the persons fully respectful and I hardly got hassled at all. It is a attractive nation that is attempting to recover from its terrorism attack in 2015 and seriously wants tourism.
The “Stans” had been surprising also. This area of the planet is a bit difficult to organise independently but it can be carried out. In hindsight I want I had spent additional time in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan rather of Uzbekistan so I’ll have to go back (one particular day).
Getting Accepted as a Member of the NUJ
Getting accepted as a member of the National Union of Journalists is so astounding. This union is hard to get into and I had to wait for 60 days to see if I was accepted.
I also completed my Humanitarian Essentials Studying Pathway 2018 which has provided me a superior grounding into the operate of NGOs. With my objective to develop into a humanitarian journalist, and make a Girl about the Globe Foundation to aid vulnerable girls about the globe, I’m hoping that each of these will aid me to realize this objective.
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 astounding expertise. With the aid of every person who sponsored me I raised £1388 for War Youngster, who aid youngsters in war zones. My trek was with Learn Adventure who I surely propose. I cannot wait to sign up for one particular in 2019.
Surfing in Fuerteventura
Getting under no circumstances surfed ahead of, I cannot inform you the anxiousness that I had ahead of this trip (which was complimentary). On day one particular I wanted to quit but by the finish of the week I was standing on the board and truly enjoying it. This trip taught me to not give into my fears and to preserve attempting new factors as you under no circumstances know what you may perhaps be superior at. It was fantastic to be back in the Canary Islands also.
Travelling with Other folks
Getting travelled to 87 nations solo, I guess you could say that I am certainly comfy with my personal corporation but this year I identified myself becoming drawn to trips with other individuals. Tunisia, the “Stans” and the Sahara Desert had been all spent with corporation and for somebody who travels alone extensively, I relished the ease and entertaining that came with travelling with other individuals. Regions such as Central Asia had been so a great deal less difficult to figure out with a buddy than alone. It is so good to say to a buddy “Do you don’t forget 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 need to have to create a second edition of my book. “A Female Guide To Solo Travel” was initially published in 2015 just right after I began Girl about the Globe. Considering the fact that then I have travelled to 120 nations and there are regions which I felt required updating in the book. Back in 2015 there wasn’t that a great deal details about solo female travel but almost 4 years later solo female travel has exploded. With additional and additional girls now travelling the globe, it appears fitting to bring out a second edition. It is out now – woohoo! You can obtain the book right here 🙂
It under no circumstances fails to amaze me when I get an award. This year I was fortunate adequate to be listed inside the Prime Travel Blogs 2018 – by Film Hustle.com, and to win a Travel Award from Empty Lighthouse Magazine for one particular of the Finest Price range Travel Blogs. Globe 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 becoming a British travel blogger). Let’s hope 2019 is as fruitful.
Barcelona is an astounding 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. Getting the very first time that I had ever worked with any person on my personal brand, it was a enormous studying curve managing other individuals and myself at the exact same time. It was a fantastic cultural expertise as nicely as a specialist one particular. I really feel seriously grateful that persons truly wanted to operate with Girl about the Globe and to hear that they also enjoyed it. Functioning and living suitable close to to the beach was a bonus also!
And the worst bits
Losing one particular of my revenue streams. Getting self-employed it can really feel like a continual up-hill struggle to preserve afloat. In November I lost my principal revenue stream. But I really think that anything occurs for a explanation and with my wish to adjust course, let’s see what 2019 brings.
What had been your ideal bits of 2018?
Do not neglect to verify out the 2019 Solo travel location post if you are searching for concepts for your trip for 2019.