Why 2011 was the year I will never forget

Itโ€™s been an eye-opening year for me in so many ways. In January I joined Twitter. Well, Iโ€™d joined twitter in March the year before actually but couldnโ€™t be bothered with it…yeah I know, Iโ€™m a dumbass. So in January I sent a tweet. Then I got a reply. Then I got some followers and the rest is twistory ๐Ÿ˜€ I have made some amazing connections because of it and it reminds me why itโ€™s called a SOCIAL network. Yes itโ€™s a great marketing tool blah blah blah but itโ€™s the social side that Iโ€™ve absolutely fallen in love with!

I can now call Kerri, Lauren, Monica, Julia, Jennifer and Sheryll friends and hope to make many more over the coming year. I met up with Monica at the World Travel Market, went back up to London the next week just to meet Sheryll and her boyfriend (yeah, I travelled 6 hours across country just to meet them lol) where I also met Oneika

ย and am due to see Kerri in April when I go to Edinburgh for the first time. I hope to meet Jennifer early in the New Year and keep my fingers crossed that my one day I will meet Julia and Lauren somewhere halfway around the world where theyโ€™re getting drunk and kissing their boyfriends faces off (pass the sick bucket).

2011 was also the year I began to write on here properly and fell in love with it. Travel is my new passion but, as Iโ€™ve said before, writing is something that I feel I was born to do in some capacity (whether it makes me successful or not) and above all other aspects of blogging be it advertising, networking (and all the other boring crap), itโ€™s my avenue to write that keeps me coming back for more. Iโ€™d be lying if I said that your support didnโ€™t mean anything either. Truly, you are often the reason I keep ploughing ahead when I begin to doubt myself. You supported my honesty when I told you my story, laughed with me when I told you about peeing in a bush and joined me in custard pie throwing when I found a hater. I couldnโ€™t ask for better readers.

This was the year that something very important happened too…I didnโ€™t just go to Africa; I went to Africa and found myself. I travelled overland from South Africa to Kenya and saw everything from elephants to leopards including the most stunning sunsets I have ever witnessed in my life. I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and jumped into the Devilโ€™s Pool at Victoria Falls before microlighting over them, took a hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti and climbed a sand dune in the middle of Namibian Desert for sunrise. Even talking about my adventure brings tears to my eyes knowing how complete my adventure made me feel. I left my heart in Africa and I ache to go back.

Elephant ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Dangling over Victoria Falls!!!

So what does 2012 hold?

Not as much big travel as Iโ€™d like but plenty more talk of Africa, a quick stop in Edinburgh and a crap load of trips to London and elsewhere in the UK to meet fellow travel bloggers, to meet YOU! Next year will be all about meeting and making new friends/connections whether itโ€™s on or offline.

I will also start to take my blog more seriously. This year I simply โ€˜dipped my toeโ€™ into the awesomeness that is the travel blog community and itโ€™s taken me a long time to realise the amazing potential and opportunities of it so itโ€™s time that I took advantage of that. That means that my site will undergo a huge redesign in the early part of the New Year, updating some necessary crap and, more importantly, adding new features! Can I get a โ€˜oooooohhhโ€™ โ€“ why thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

Iโ€™m also going to be all over the internet like a pervert on Kim Kardashian (minus the pervert bit and Iโ€™ll swap Kim for Paul Walker but you get my drift). Iโ€™ll be writing guest posts, being interviewed and adding my opinion to stuff that really does matter so keep a digital eye out for me!

2012 is going to be the year of Me (because Iโ€™m selfish like that) and I will hopefully tick off some bucket list items and life goals so donโ€™t forget to stalk me on Twitter and Facebook to talk about travel, men and life as a quarterlife crisis sufferer! Go on, you know you want to ๐Ÿ˜‰

What does 2012 hold for you? Nb If youโ€™re about to leave for a RTW adventure, donโ€™t tell me; I couldnโ€™t handle the jealousy ๐Ÿ˜€

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26 comments

  1. Wow, sounds like an amazing year ๐Ÿ™‚ And I’m so glad to call you a friend too. I used to feel like a bit of a geek using Twitter and having Twitter friends but now I don’t care – I’ve met so many great people through it.

    Can’t wait to see what 2012 has to bring ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Of course we will meet at some point chick! You didn’t really think I was going to let you get away with not meeting up with me at some point did you?! I totally agree that 2011 has been a really good year. There were some bumpy points for me (having to sell the house and re-home the dogs) but overall it’s been amazing and so nice to meet like-minded people in the Twitterverse! Here’s to 2012 lovely lady ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. So We’re not friends? Boooooo…. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Glad you had an awesome year- here’s hoping for an even better 2012.

  4. Shame you couldn’t travel the 6 hours to come and see us in London during WTM hahaha… ๐Ÿ˜›

    Good luck for 2012, I’m sure you’ll do even greater things than 2011 and who knows – a bigger trip might even come your way!

  5. Erik – awww I only mentioned them because they’re in the ‘girls club’ lol. I should totally make a guys club and you’d be at the top of my list! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great New Year Erik, truly, you really do deserve it!

  6. Monica – Geeks rule anyway so what’s a bit more Twitter use between friends right? ๐Ÿ˜‰ And like you said, you’ve met so many great people; including moi ๐Ÿ˜€ haha Here’s hoping 2012 is a great year for everyone!

  7. Julia – 2011 was definitely a life-changing year for you hun for both good and bad reasons. I’m sure karma will help 2012 be one of the best years you’ve ever had ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Kieron – I couldn’t get the time off work! Besides, shame on you for choosing Scotland instead of the South West :p lol Keep everything crossed for me next year hun…I’m sure you’re going to have an amazing year too and I hope to see you at some point! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Awww! Thanks for the mention, lady! It was such a pleasure meeting you and would love to hook up again the next time you’re in London!!!! x

  10. I’ll be in London at the end of March but only for 4 days…there’s a strong possibility I’ll be there or a month or two in the first half of summer. If so, we HAVE to meet ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Stephanie – Thanks; here’s hoping 2012 is just as good ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Oneika – You’re welcome hun! Just you try and stop me seeing you again ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Heather – Wooooooooooooooooohooooooooooooooooooo lady! I MIGHT be able to get up to see you in March depending on the dates and my money etc but if not I’m definitely coming up to see you in the summer – ahhh! So freaking exciting ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. Writing and blogging wise our years sound pretty similar … I didnt go to Africa though :-(. I am sad that I only found your blog fairly recently, but be happy that I shall become an avid reader in 2012.

    Hopefully see you on one of your visits to London!?

  15. Samuel – thanks hun! Here’s hoping 2012 is even better..for both of us ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Neil – maybe we can grow our blogs together?! Aww that sounds like we have a little garden to tend to ๐Ÿ˜€ Yeah, what took you so long to find me?! hahaha. Yay avid reader…FYI that’s called ‘stalking’ on my blog, just for future reference ๐Ÿ˜€ You’re in London? Oh then we’re definitely meeting!

  17. Great Post!

    Did you get into Uganda at any point?

  18. Ed – thanks! No, sadly I didn’t get to Uganda but I’m hoping to one day…I want to see the Gorillas! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. I won’t ever forget 2011 either! It too was the year that I traded conformity for my dreams of traveling the world! I am not done yet, I have more traveling and more blogging to do in 2012. I just recently found your blog but I plan on stalking you! Just try and hide ๐Ÿ˜‰ Good luck for 2012!

  20. Alexandra – 2011 sounds like a great year for you and 2012 is going to be another good one; that’s great to hear! And lovely to have a stalker ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. I became aware of your blog from my friend Hannah over at Furtherbound. I started following you on twitter, and love what you do on your blog.

    I am glad that 2011 was a great year for you & that you found yourself

    2011 proved to be a special year indeed. Much like you I finally found myself and a purpose for where I’m going

    I’m always glad to read or hear about people doing what they love!

  22. Jeremy – thank you; I’m so glad you found me…Hannah has spoken very highly of you ๐Ÿ™‚
    Lovely to know that you found yourself too and that you understand your purpose/direction…it’s one of the hardest things to find but one that comes with great contentment and drive ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s hoping our lives (and ourselves) will continue to grow in the way we want.

  23. Matthew – thanks for the lovely words ๐Ÿ™‚