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2017 Roundup!

December 27, 2017

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I love doing these round ups, I did one at the end of 2015 after an awesome year of travel, and at the end of 2016 after a year of living in London for the first time. Usually I focus on the travel highlights as this is my travel blog and my life does revolve around travel, but I thought I’d give you a slightly more in-depth insight into my year first as things can look a bit different on the internet to what is happening in real life.

2017 has been a strange year, in some ways it’s gone really fast but in other ways quite slow as I’ve done a lot and I feel like a completely different person to what I did at the start of the year. I’m in a different situation & head space even though it may look the same on the outside.

 

I had to move out of my Hampstead flat at the end of 2016 meaning I started the year in a new flat in Kilburn which was ok but I didn’t like it that much.

I started the year in a relationship which in hindsight, I didn’t really like that much either.

I also started the year in a job I enjoyed but didn’t pay well, meaning I was having to really watch what I was spending and if I wanted to actually save money in the costly city of London I had to limit my travelling.. which I obviously didn’t want to do.

All of the above also got me pondering my blog too and wondering why I put so much effort into this blog, spending my evenings and weekends typing away because I wasn’t getting anything out of it in terms of payment or trips. (Although I had met quite a few friends which to be honest, at one point, was the one thing that kept me going!)

I was a travel blogger and I love to travel but I couldn’t afford to keep going away, and all I seemed to be seeing were other people going away all of the time!

It’s safe to say that I questioned whether I should even be in London and I did call my mum in a panic around April asking if I could bring all my stuff back because I might just travel full time and then move to Canada!

2017 quote

 

I’m ending the year living back in the gorgeous Hampstead, I moved back to my old flat in May which was such a good feeling. I needed a change in scenery in more ways than one.

I’m ending the year single. I’ve been single for 10 months of 2017 which is a long time really but the first few months of those 10 months were quite hard from a mixture of confusion, anger and annoyance. I’ve spent time really feeling those feelings and now I’m ok and I’m happy for the lesson.

May was actually quite a turning point for me, although I left my job to start a new & better paid job in March, 6 weeks into it the company went into administration and I got made redundant whilst on a trip to Egypt and I came home to no job!

I believe that everything happens for a reason though and although the pay was a lot better I didn’t really like it there. I got a temp job and kept applying for permanent jobs and went to so many interviews. It was pretty stressful, especially as I was moving flat’s too but I knew that I didn’t need to settle for just anything and I was determined to find something I really wanted. I had what turned out to be my last interview and I left the building deciding that that was the job I wanted, an hour later I got a call to say I had got the job. 3 days later I was starting my first day and it has been great ever since! I don’t think I go a day without laughing which is pretty good for a Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00 which is in no way related to travel.

 

Things picked up from there really.

From January-May I went on 3 trips – Dublin for a weekend, a tour around Egypt and to Georgia with my Dad. These were all great and the Egypt trip was through my blog but they were all partly paid for by me and had been booked since 2016.

From June-December I went on 10 trips!! 10 trips in 7 months whilst working full time isn’t bad! And not to blow my own horn but I’ve saved a lot of money in those months too thanks to a better paid full time job and paid sponsored content on this blog!

1 Year, 13 Trips, 25 Days Annual Leave – How I did it & My Tips to Help You Use Yours Well!

In 2016 I could have only dreamt about getting an email asking me if I want to go to Spain, to Jersey, to Germany, to the Netherlands, to Switzerland but this year I got those very emails in my inbox and I’ve had a bloody brilliant 7 months jumping around Europe, still exploring London & holding down a full time job!

It’s really showed me that the hard work I have put into this blog for the last 2-3 years is paying off and my passion for travel and encouraging others to travel is shining through!

Not only that but I have met so many amazing people this year. Mainly through social media and blogging events, and I can confidently say that I have friends that I didn’t know I’d have this time last year and friendships that are so much stronger than they were this time last year!

For those that are also working and blogging, you might like this: The Positives to being a Travel Blogger who Works Full Time.

Soo enough of the emotional bit, shall I tell you what my Travel highlights were?

2017 kazbegi mountains georgia

2017 jersey surf

2017 ireland

2017 autumn in london

2017 wales sunset

I really enjoyed all of my other trips and I’ve also had so many good weekends and days in general in 2017 but the above things just really stand out in my memory as being total highlights!

I also love that most of these are UK related!

What about 2018??

Well, things are going to continue getting bigger and better, I can tell you that. I’m ending 2017 on a high and intend to carry it on!

Travel wise I already have some awesome trips booked – Skiing in Austria & a trip around the Greek Islands are 2 of those!

Blog wise, I plan to keep working with more brands so I can bring even more destination and product content to this blog. I want to continue to inspire others to travel more, and to blog too!

I started a newsletter in November which I’m determined to keep up and keep sending every 3-4 weeks – there’s only been 2 so far so this really will be a 2018 project. You can sign up for my Wanderings & Wellness Wednesday Newsletter here if you wish!

The work I want to put into my blog is going to keep taking time out of my weekends and evenings but after a good last half of this year I can see that it’s worth it and I’m creating opportunities for myself by doing this, so bring it on!

2017 newsletter

I’ve also been focusing a lot on yoga, wellness and food in my life and I’m going to continue this in 2018 but step it all up a bit! Once I’m at a good stage I hope to start bringing it into my space on the internet and apply it to my travels.

But most of all I’m going to continue to be true to myself, continue to look after my-self, continue to work hard and not over plan tooo much!
2017 quoteThis sums it up well!^^

If you have got to the end of this, thank you!

If you have read my blog posts or followed me on social media this year, thank you for the support.

Here’s to an awesome 2018 for us all! x

 

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8 responses to “2017 Roundup!”

  1. Sara says:

    Awesome post Ellie! Sounds like a fab year and I’m sure next year is going to be great x

  2. Emily Ray says:

    What a fab year of travel for you! Georgia with your dad sounds lovely – it’s always nice to get away with the folks! 🙂

    • It was such a great year and Georgia was lovely and one of the highlights, I must say that I haven’t been away with them much but I plan to go away with both parents in 2018 🙂
      Thanks for reading Emily

  3. You’ve had such an amazing year with all your trips (I’m amazed how many you manged to fit in the last 7 months though).
    I really loved your Jersey posts – it’s somewhere that I never would have really thought about visiting, but it looked lush!
    And 2018 sounds exciting so far! Greece is one of my fave countries in Europe!
    xo April | April Everyday

    • Thanks for reading April! I certainly did a lot!
      Jersey was so so nice and so close!
      I’m so excited to go to Greece! I went on a girls holiday years ago but I didn’t actually experience it so I’m excited to see it properly 😀 x

  4. Rachel says:

    Great to read your round up and hear what a great year you have had – go you! Sounds like you have an awesome time coming up in 2018. Happy new year to you and happy travels 🙂

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