If you’ve been following for a while, you may have noticed the absence of a certain series this year, #Take12Trips.
When I first started this blog, the intent was simple: Create a place as a space to share my tips for making travel both amazing and affordable. I’m infatuated with many of the travel bloggers I follow online and on social, but often find myself frustrated with them- either their experiences are too luxe/unattainable, or they don’t share enough details about how they planned their trip/got to a destination/managed a situation for me to feel empowered and like I’ve learned something from spending time with their content.
Inspiration to visit a place is wonderful. Being helpful doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive. Over the past two years, I’ve focused on sharing destination guides, weekend getaways, can’t-miss-experiences in cities around the world, and most importantly, inspiration to explore the world we live in.
No one sponsors my trips, and I’m pretty open online and in real life about the sacrifices I make to afford travel (looking at you Zero Days).
To help jumpstart blogging back in 2016, #Take12Trips was the only resolution I made that year- a promise to commit to doing something once a month.
Anything counts- it can be dinner at a new place, visiting a new museum or neighbourhood, or spending the weekend at a cute B&B in the country. It doesn’t need to be an epic trip to a foreign country, just the chance to discover something new.
At the time, I was living in New York City and travelling fairly often but no where as near as frequently as I’ve been blessed to travel in Europe with short weekend breaks. I was also feeling a bit stuck- I liked my job, loved to travel but felt too comfortable.
When the opportunity to move to London for work presented itself in late 2016, I was over the moon.
It’s been a fantastic almost two and a half years in London, but I’m excited to chase another dream of mine- travelling SE Asia, Australia and New Zealand while teaching English (digitally).
Teaching English to those keen to learn it is a long-held ambition- something I originally intended to do after finishing graduate school, going so far as to plan a summer teaching in Spain. That summer never happened though, as I found myself with a job offer too good to turn down as graduation neared.
I’m not sure when I’ll be ‘back’ per se or what comes next.
It’s important to me wherever I land next professionally gets my heart racing. I recognise the immense privilege that comes with being able to take off a few weeks, months, whatever it may be to figure that out. Which, in part, is why I’m pumped to be able to give back and teach while I figure out what I’m really interested in working on.
It’s my first week on the road- I’m travelling Andalusia with a good friend. All the photos in this post are from our trip, more specifics coming in the weeks ahead- it’s a holiday that’s exceeded every expectation I could have dreamed of.
After southern Spain, it’s off to Singapore for two days to acclimate to SE Asia.
Then, Kuala Lumpar for a cheeky weekend before onto Thailand, where I’ll start teaching. I’ll likely spend ~3 weeks in Thailand, and would like to make two 48-72 hour trips to Cambodia and Laos while I’m near those countries.
Then, it’s a question mark. So many places are on my list- more of Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Right now though, I’m just grateful to at least have a few weeks to see parts of the world I’ve never experienced.
I’ve loosely mapped out my time in Thailand, but will take any and all recos for places to visit, things to see, can’t miss cold brew/coffee and so on.
Of course I’ll share my recos for places after I visit them, but I also intend to journal this time on the road in a different way- a weekly post to memoralize the peaks, pits, and share stories the places I visit. Cue, Trading Blazers for Beaches.
It’s been a long time since I’ve felt this afraid and simultaneously excited. Genuinely can not wait to see what the next few weeks hold.
If you’ve ever taken a career sabbatical, travelled SE Asia, Aus or NZ at length or backpacked anywhere, I’d love to hear your recommendations, favourite things and what you wish you’d known before your trip.