If 2016 was a person, how would you describe them? Would you classify them as male or female, would they be young or old, fast or really lethargic and slow? Would they be fat or thin..fat meaning the year was filled with goodies, thin meaning a long drawn out year of suffering, a thinning out of resources, hair and whatever else. Would they be a miserable wench or a fun loving dude? Like seriously, if 2016 was a person would you be happy to make friends with them? Welcome them in, ask them to remove their shoes and put their legs up on the sofa and feel comfortable as you rush to the kitchen to whip them up a lovely meal? Or would you show them the door, wishing for them to exit as fast as possible? My 2016 would best be described as the year of slowing down..of not sweating out the small stuff, of parting ways with those who no longer fit in the larger scheme of things. The year of a coming of age.
1) Cancellations: Last year was the year of the gaffe. I had myriads of cancellations. This year, not so many. I managed to go where I wanted to go, except for the time I had an accident and injured my leg, or skipped Italy to Backpack Eastern Europe during the summer, or this Christmas when I decided to stay home instead of travel. Travel is cool, but causes me as much pain as it does pleasure. There’s so much to organize, to synchronize, more so with short term travel. I didn’t think it would be cool traveling around Europe during Christmas so I briefly went to Ghent for the Christmas market, and rode on the Ferris wheel with Little Miss Ashley who found that fun.
London oh London..London gave me that feel that I would do better in an English-speaking country, not only so, but people were polite. It’s a little expensive, but I’m not sure why people throw so much shade on London. It’s pretty cool.
5) Communicado: The travel blogging community is barely a tight knit group. Mostly big shots hang out and follow those as successful as they are. You ideally would like to relate with those who carry the social grace to bond with followers and really be an influencer, teaching them the tricks of the trade to get to the same level of success they have. My absolute favourite food vlogger Mark Weins deserves a mention in this respect. Love his vlogs, your mouth waters as you watch him introducing bites around the world. I loved his latest round the world vlogs..and again, he always responds. How cool is that.
7) Thank you staff: I salute my only staff..(so far) Little Miss Ashley. I think she’s a kickass photographer, she thinks I’m a kickass cook. It’s been lovely exploring new sights with her this year.
8) Future plans: I think 2017 will be a great year…I’m looking forward to new projects, new destinations, and new stories. Watch this space.