First and foremost my blog is a journal. An online journal that has become a treasure box of memories, tips that I hope will be helpful and my online baby which has given me the impetus to learn a plethora of new skills. In that spirit, Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020! This little blog post is a throwback to the year that was.
2019 has been quite the year work-wise; I’m so thankful to have a collection of fascinating clients, I’ve worked with some really interesting projects and with a national charity who have some incredible stories and work with star-studded collaborators. There have definitely been highs and low lows to the year that I celebrated my second freelance anniversary – and I’m the stronger for it. I’ve also experienced just how wonderful my community are. I get asked a lot if I’m glad that I launched my little business, and I can whole-heartedly say yes.
Traditionally each year I like to finish with a little roundup of the year. I did the best 18 last year, best 17 in 2017, the best 16 in 2016, the top 15 in 2015, 14 in 2014, 13 in 2013, and 12 in 2012… see where I’m going with this? The spirit and phrasing doesn’t really change but the chaos definitely does.
I shan’t gather 19 links, that would make for a long, long post, but I shall cherry-pick some of my personal favourites;
My [wished for] Travel Superpowers
10 of the best cat cafes in the world
A variety of meals in wonderful London restaurants
5 essential packing habits that have saved us stress
But, I will share some of my favourite trips of the year – and what a year it was!
A Long Weekend in Valencia, Spain
Some of the moments that spark joy when travelling are hard-earned and some are just ripe for the taking. Our long weekend in Valencia was as easy as twisting a ripe orange from a laden bough…
Relaxing and Roadtripping around Corfu, Greece
3 things inspired our ladies long weekend on the Greek island of Corfu; a keening for off-season sunshine, a childhood full of ancient myths, and, well, Instagram – let’s keep things properly millennial and real here.
Hot Air Ballooning and staying in a Cappadocia Cave Hotel Goreme, Turkey
I’ve always dreamed of exploring Turkey. My fascination began in High School when I learned about the Byzantine capital of Constantinople (now called Istanbul) through the ancient empire building of Alexander the Great.
Wandering amongst the Kinderdijk Windmills in the Netherlands
It isn’t often that you visit an incredibly popular tourist attraction and find an afternoon of peace. The Kinderdijk Windmills were designated a UNESCO world heritage site and I was visiting for the heritage – but what I hadn’t counted on was glorious sunshine and a quiet fisherman’s nook to spend an afternoon in.
Sipping Champagne in Champagne
Over a dozen years ago, my Mum and I visited Reims as a day trip from Paris – our first sip of the fabled Champagne region. I can’t tell you how excited I was to visit Reims again and explore Epernay…
Caught some winter sunshine in tropical Grenada, in the Caribbean
I can’t wait to tell you all about this trip. Watch this space!
What a year it’s been. Cheers to the new decade!