This year has been absolutely amazing and one that won’t be easily beaten. The final branch has been swept away from our road and its officially time to say goodbye to 2017.
In 2017, I travelled to the other side of the world – Australia and New Zealand, stayed with best friends, met new friends and felt happy exploring by myself (there was a lot of alone time when you travel solo). Then, just before I got sick of living out of a rucksack and smelling like one too for that matter. I flew home with about 4 stops en route to London (a backpacker’s budget is stretched to the last few pennies after three months so I couldn’t be picky with my flight/s home). It was worth every painful minute, hour and day (yes it took way over 24hrs to travel home). And the jet-lag was REAL!! So were the holiday blues, especially when you have to see everyone you’ve met along the way continue their journey without you – although the holiday tips come in handy for planing future escapes.
I always planned to travel in advance of starting my training contract and I am so pleased now having started that I had a chance to do it. One thing this post has made me realise was just how lucky I was to do it. I love all my memories, photographs and I really must update the travel section of LLM to reflect the places I visited soon (I kept a daily travel journal while I was away to write down tips, do/ do nots of backpacking).
Australia: including staying with one of my oldest friends in Sydney (the best tour guide in town FYI) skydiving in Byron Bay, climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge (one of the most breathtaking views), Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Great Ocean Road, Cairns, Fraser Island and sailing the Whitsundays.
Friends like these don’t grow on trees.
New Zealand: Both islands – the most amazing, naturally beautiful holiday destination. Queenstown and Franz Josef Helicopter hike both stand out as ultimate bucketlist places ticked off.
Travel also took me to Abu Dhabi, Copenhagen, France (including Paris), Monaco, Italy (San Remo), Kos, Croatia and Lanzarote to name a few.
Next instalment, and in preparation for starting my training contract was to move into a gorgeous flat with my boyfriend, such a fun experience buying new bits and pieces to make it look more “ours” and less “rented/ temporary”. It was a mad few weeks of viewing properties all over London. But we eventually found our gem and started to plant some roots. This is the first place in London that has really felt like home and what makes it even better is it is shared with someone really special.
Other highlights have to be:
Four friends had beautiful weddings. These were each individually special for me and memories I will always remember. Thank you for letting me be part of your day.
Three trips to Ikea to new household essentials (plus half the plant section!)
Two of my friends got engaged! Congratulations!
One of my friends announced they had a baby on the way. So much to look forward to in 2018 and new introductions to meet (cannot wait!)
I started my training contract, met new colleagues, friends and challenges.
Here is to more excitement in 2018.