Happy Birthday to me and my blog! My year away has ended and I have seen so much I didn’t even know where to start with this blog post but then I thought, why bother, life and especially life on the road is so fickle, so ever-changing and full of twists and turns and so I decided to make this blog post a huge summary of all the amazing things my crammed brain needs to chew on and sort out at some point.
I guess I am still shoeboxing it – not a good idea! So let’s get it out for me to digest and all the world to see how a year abroad can look like. And maybe, just maybe, it can inspire you to chase your own shenanigans in whatever form, make little changes to spice up your daily life or just provide a little entertainment. In any case, don’t forget to smile, it releases endorphins and you deserve to feel happy, too! Here goes.
Numbers Game: Travel
Distances (in OZ): 12.446,76 km
Distances in (JP): 3,384.4 km
Distances (flights): 100,447 km
Numbers Game: Blogging
Number of Blog posts: 315
Amount of photos: 2,666
Klout score (how active you, my web friends, are): 68 (world average is 40)
Water: Wanaka, Cape Town, Mijayima, Esperance | Mountains: Blue Mountains, Wineglass Bay, near Esperance
Strolling through a sea of pink petals made me understand the Japanese obsession with cherry blossoms.
Bad Luck Streak Lowlights
I was robbed in my hostel room while I was sleeping (scary!)
I was hired, fired and put on the street in the same day because I didn’t want to sign an unexpected and unfair contract. I was the offered help by a new friend who never called back after telling me not to book a hostel but to stay with her. Nearly stayed out on the street because of that.
My travel agent whom I had told explicitly to book open dated, had booked the trip solid without telling me. I found out the day before, miles away and stuck in a temp job.
I had food poisoning in the outback and it was bad. But it was terrible for the others as well because that wasn’t the only thing that went wrong in Kings Canyon.
It had to happen, after ditching the 9-5 for a prolonged break, Annemarie's wokaholic tendencies led her to start a daily blog about her adventures. Realising how much travel has helped rebuild her confidence and and general #GirlBoss-iness, Travel on the Brain released a book about her adventures in Down Under and New Zealand and creates quirky video series focusing on story telling in destinations around the globe.