2014 was an amazing year of adventures. 8 new countries, 62 flights, and a whole lot of epic road trips by myself but most importantly with friends both new and old. I went on safari in South Africa, visited the one of the plantations of my favourite tea company in Sri Lanka and finally made it to Hawaii. I survived -18 degree weather in Finland, discovered I’m a little in love with Russia and learnt why Denmark was the happiest country in the world. I also explored my country a little more than I had last year.
Doing my yearly tally I was a little in shock at the numbers. I usually aim for 52 flights in 52 weeks – this usually helps me retain Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold for the year – but in 2014 I smashed that number… and it doesn’t actually feel good.
I’ve had this deep longing to be home in Melbourne for quite some time. I seemed to find that I’d be home for a week to do washing, attempt to see friends and work before I’d be back on the road in search of the next adventure. The deep longing within had me wishing I could cut trips in half and generally being a bit miserable after travelling for more than a few days. I am so incredibly privileged to do this but what about exploring Melbourne? What about my friends in my hometown of Adelaide? And I haven’t even seen Sydney this year, lest you count the inside of the airport four-times…
2015 is about me being a little selfish, in a good way. As my Mum said, during a conversation tonight, it’s the year for “quality” travel and really knuckling down with the business side of things (and inching a lot closer to finishing my University degree).
I have months of content to catch up on. I want to tell you about my favourite food spots in Melbourne, this amazing island day trip from Auckland and about the cool cafe scene I found in Istanbul; but I don’t have time right now. I will make time over the coming weeks though.
So, what’s next?
Right now, I’m in Paris. I spent Christmas, as every year, with my family, usually followed by some post-Christmas solo trip; except this year I’m not staying overseas until March.
January til March is the BEST time of year to be in Melbourne and Adelaide. The festivals are on, the weather is warm and the beach is packed. Midnight cinemas, the Night Noodle Markets, and the comedy festivals – Adelaide Fringe Festival and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival – are coming. I want to be there for all of it instead of racing home just catching the tail end.
I also have some big plans for the blog this year. I’ve been saying for three-years I want to redesign the site to improve your experience, so that is my first priority when getting back to Australia. Secondly, I want to create something to help YOU so look out for my Melbourne guide coming soon. Finally, I want to create some quality content that will help YOU get travelling faster. Inspiration, highlights and definitely an updated version of my Qantas Frequent Flyer guide.
I hope you’ll come along on the journey in 2015 – and hopefully share YOUR experiences both at home and abroad – with me.
Happy New Year//Bonne Année!!
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