Welcome to 2016! New Year is often a time to reflect on the previous year and plan for the year ahead.
The Challenges of 2015
2015 was, of course, a difficult time for me due to personal and health reasons. My gorgeous dog Milo died in February 2015 and my mum and grandparents had been ill.
My epilepsy and anxiety were linked to a Cavernoma, so I had several scans and hospital appointments. However, illness or health problems seem to do you good in a way, because it forces you to prioritise what you really want in life.
2015 – The Start of Globetrotter Guru!
I was working long hours in a teaching career, so much so that I didn’t get a lot of family or travel time. After being ill, I decided to re-evaluate life and look at what I really wanted. It all boiled down to two things – travel and more time for family and Sy.
I took time out of my career and in April 2015, I started my blog Globetrotter Guru. My blog is all about getting what I really want out of life, especially in the way of travel, and helping others to do the same.
First Trip of 2015 – Tallinn, Estonia
Me and Sy travelled to Tallinn, Estonia, in April 2015, which was the first trip that I would blog in real time. I did publish some material on Rwanda, but this was retrospective, so Tallinn was particularly significant. It was lovely to spend the time with Sy, and we even got to go inside a WW2 submarine!
On my return from Tallinn, I worked hard to blog weekly, sometimes even daily. When I was ill or in hospital, writing was a great satisfaction for me and kept me going in the tough times.
By summer 2015 interest in Globetrotter Guru was starting to grow, and I managed to secure my first sponsored trips in summer 2015, just 5 months after starting my blog.
Morocco – Summer 2015
I took my mom on a fabulous trip to Morocco in the summer of 2015. It was a place that I already knew and loved. In Marrakech, I was sponsored by the gorgeous Riad Dar Zaman, where Hassan looked after us with his amazing hospitality.
We loved Marrakech, even despite the crazy touts and the maze of streets to get lost in! We then took the trip over the Atlas Mountains with Abdullah Hamouch, to stay in Ouarzazate, where we were accommodated by Joao Leitao at Dar Rita.
We ended up staying for an extra three days in the stunning coastal town of Essaouira. It was an amazing trip and special because my mom enjoyed it so much and we had some valuable time together. I can’t thank our sponsors and Globetrotter Guru enough for that.
Turkey and Bulgaria Summer 2015
Seeing the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia had been lifetime goals for me, and I felt so proud to do this as a solo traveller. But I never really felt like a solo traveller, as you can see, because of the amazing people that I met along the way!
Barcelona October 2015
My boyfriend Sy accompanied me on this trip and we had a wonderful time together. We were sponsored by Katya from Sweet Home Abroad.
York Christmas 2015
The most amazing end to 2015/start to 2016 was when Sy proposed at York Minster on New Years Eve. He asked me to marry him after the Minster bells struck midnight – the most romantic and amazing thing ever! So now I have a lot to look forward to in 2016.
Guest Bloggers of 2015
Globetrotter Guru has hosted some fantastic guest bloggers this year including….
Marisa of Postcards to Seattle – Kayaking on Lake Como
Sadie from Eclectic Traveller – How I found myself in the Peruvian Jungle
Gemma from Two Scots abroad – Spotlight on South America
Mimi McFadden from The Atlas Heart – 5 Free Things to do in Melbourne
Mar Rosati of Testarossa Travel – Iguazu Falls – Argentinian Side
Published Articles 2015
I have also had my fair share of articles published across the web in 2015 – a great accomplishment for my first year in blogging. Here are a few of my favourites…
Making the Most of Vegas – The Travelling King
How to ask Women for a Threesome NOT! The Travel Tart
Highlights of Bulgaria – Go, See, Write
Wednesday Wanderlust Tallinn – Valerie and Valise
I just didn’t like it – Kampala – Twirl the Globe
Looking forward to 2016
2016 will be a very exciting year. Now that me and Simon are engaged, I hope that we will travel more together. I also have sponsored trips lined up for Serbia next month and Iceland at Easter. You can view my 2016 bucket list here.
My goals for 2016 are…
- 10 New Countries (including Serbia, Bosnia and Iceland)
- 10,000 website views per month
- Become a member of the Professional Travel Bloggers Association
Support me in reaching my goals by liking my Globetrotter Guru Facebook page!
Happy New Year!
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