2016: The travel year that was, 2017: The travel year that will be
2016 Was a year of highs and lows, some epic lows, hence how quiet my blog has been lately.
With the start of 2017 comes a time to start getting back into the blog groove (or attempting to) hence joining the linkup this month and it’s all about travel adventures and wishlists.
2016 saw me venturing into my own backyard of New Zealand more. With adventures to the far north of the Bay of Islands and Russell.
There was the sunniest spots in New Zealand of Nelson, Nelson Lakes, Kaiteriteri and Abel Tasman National Park.
Visiting the capital city of Wellington for the World of Wearable Art show and Zealandia.
Then there was the New Zealand South Island city of Christchurch (post-earthquake), Kaikoura (pre-earthquake) and French town of Akaroa. I even popping over to Sydney, Australia for my 30th birthday with my sister. I know I owe you all a few posts…
For my 30th I reflected on the vast epic adventures I’ve been on leading up this year. I marked this date with a series of blog posts leading up to my birthday that celebrated my 30 Greatest Travel Experiences before I’m 30 – check them out here »
2016 was a year of opening my eyes to the beautiful country that I live in. It was also a year of unsettling and unsure moments of if I’d made the right decision moving back to New Zealand. Sadly it took a death in the family to make me realise that sometimes life steers you in a particular direction for a reason.
Returning to NZ in 2015 from London (and extended travels) meant I was able to spend quality time (although brief and not often enough) with my Dad before he suddenly left us forever. I tell you this not for sympathy or pity, but because it’s made be realise how important being around family and those who are important to you really is.
You never know how long you’ve really got with the ones you love.
Appreciate the time you have.
New Zealand is my home and I’m not planning to leave anytime soon. Not for long periods of time anyway.
It feels like it has been some time since I’ve had an epic adventure abroad and that means slowly I’ll get my life a bit more sorted and try to think about venturing abroad for a few weeks somewhere. I’m hoping those itchy feet will come back at some point.
It may be too late to organise Japan, to see the snow monkeys and/or cherry blossoms, but then again Autumn could be quite pretty there.
Borneo is another idea, I love wildlife and Borneo would provide a new and different taste of nature that I’ve never experienced before, with orangutans, sun bears, proboscis monkeys and more.
Burma (Myanmar) and Bhutan is still on the radar as is Africa (migration), but I’m really not ready to decide on any trips anytime soon. I’d love to visit Canada and my friends in Europe/UK too at some point as I miss them a lot.
As for New Zealand travels, my fitness has fallen by the wayside in Nov/Dec, so cycling the Otago rail trail may also need to be put off for another year. I’d still like to do a bit of a road trip around the South Island of New Zealand more as it really is so diverse and I feel like I’ve only scraped the surface with the few places I’ve visited so far.
So 2016 was a difficult year in many ways and sadly I expect 2017 to be pretty tricky too. With time comes healing and maybe a few travel bits is just what I’ll need to help get me through, then again solo travel may not be the best idea either. At least I’ve realised I’m where I’m meant to be and it’s just a matter of finding out how I can make living in New Zealand work with me properly.
To my readers, thank you for your patience during my absence. I’m not sure if I’ll share my recent travels with you, or just clean the slate with 2017, but stay tuned as I get my blogging mojo back – I promise there’ll be some stunning photos to share along the way!
Cheers to a bright 2017 lovely xx
What beautiful pictures! I’d love to visit Bhutan one day, such a fascinating country.
Yer Bhutan would be pretty unique and incredible wouldn’t it?
I’m sorry you’ve had such a tough year. I hope that whatever 2017 brings, it’s mainly healing and happy! It sounds as though you managed to squeeze in some amazing travels in 2016, and I’ll look forward to the posts when they arrive 🙂
Gorillas are fab aren’t they! Japan’s on our list this year – hope you have a great time
Cheers hope you have a great time too!
I hope you fit in a trip to Japan!
sorry for your loss. all the best in 2017! #travellinkup
Welcome back! With travel does come healing, we were away a couple of years ago when I was poorly and ended up in hospital for part of it, but being away and keeping go on our trip really helped. Plenty of ideas here – Myanmar is on my list too!
Yer hospital trips when you get sick while traveling is never fun!
So sorry to hear of your loss, but glad you were able to spend time with your Dad too. I love the sound of your 2017 travel plans – I agree there are so many beautiful spots in the South Island to see!
You have some nice plans! I’m the same when I have some friends/family in countries I really want to visit! We really want to visit family in the UAE and Hong Kong this year!
I’m so sorry to hear about your 2016 – it was a sucky year for many of us. I’m looking forward to reading your NZ posts though! I went back last year for the first time in aaaages and it was so strange. x
Sorry to hear things have been rough. I lost my Dad suddenly towards the end of 2015, and it certainly does make you reassess things all the way from the ground up. I do hope 2017 is kinder to you.
In terms of destinations, Burma/Myanmar and Borneo are very top of my list, too! Then comes NZ as it’ll be much more accessible once we’re living in Sydney, and then Japan is pretty up there too but I think we’ll be working towards that one for a while.
Sorry to hear about your dad too. Sounds like you’ve got lots to look forward to in 2017!