This has become my little annual tradition. As the year comes to a close, I like to sit down, take stock and review the past twelve months. What were my most cherished memories? Did I visit any new and exciting places? What have I experienced throughout the year?
As 2018 is in its final hours, it is time to take stock and review these past twelve months.
I’ve added up all my flights and trips and nights away and 2018 has been a very busy year. It didn’t just feel like this, the numbers do actually confirm that.
And I have added plenty of new countries to my travel map. Back in April I asked myself whether I would be able to visit 40 countries before turning 40. But the count only came up to 21 at the time. Meanwhile I have added another 5 countries (Poland, Hungary, Israel, Slovenia and Serbia), so a 50 before 50 goal looks a little more doable.
April has been an usually slow month. Both for the blog (I do apologise and promise to better myself going forward – at least I will try) and in terms of travelling.
For the first time this year I’ve taken a breather from my weekly travels with not just one but actually two consecutive weeks on the ground and in the office.
Yesterday I came across the ’30 before 30 challenge’ by London based travel blogger ‘WonderHereWanderThere’
Her aim was to visit 30 countries before turning 30 and with mission completed her post concluded with the thought of now doing 40 before 40.
With my 40th birthday imminent in just a few weeks (whoops, did I just say this loud and admit to the WHOLE internet that I am turning 40?), it got me thinking…
How many countries did I actually visit so far?
As 2017 is in its final hours, it seems like the perfect time to re-cap and take stock.
It’s been a good travel year with lots of trips, both for work and leisure.
But let’s take a closer look at the where, when, how often and why (if this bores you, I do apologise, I am aware this might be more for my own sake than anyone elses… I promise there will be something more interesting up on the blog soon).
So this is it, the first step of hopefully a very long journey.
For the past year or so I have been toying with the idea of starting a blog. But somehow life always gets in the way and I never found the time to start.
Or to be more precise, I found the time to think about what I want my blog to look like, what I want to write about, even which photos I want to take / include and to start a long, very very long list of which blog posts to write … I just did not find (or make) the time to actually do it.
Somehow I had it in my mind that I could not start my blog with just a single post. I would need to prepare a number of blog posts and photos in advance before I even start setting up. Not sure this really makes much sense to anyone (although it did to me), so why not start slow and get this going.
So finally. MY VERY FIRST BLOG POST.