I’m still a little staggered as to how quickly 2016 passed, I can’t believe the year is up already and 2017 is just hours away.
The past year has been full of ups, as well as a few downs, and I’ve had fantastic travel experiences and met some wonderful people. In spite of all the turmoil in the political world, in other respects it’s been a great year and I’m very much looking forward to what’s next.
I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who’s read, commented, liked or followed my blog over the past year. I’ve really appreciated your support and it helps motivate me to keep going.
I’m slowly getting to grips with blogging regularly, and while at times it can feel like a chore, I’ve enjoyed it and it’s incredible to look back over the past year and revisit all those many experiences I’ve written about.
I’ve also really enjoyed getting to know all the many blogs I follow, plus the new ones I keep discovering, and reading about what other people are up to.
I’ve found them really inspiring, lots of the hints and tips have proved useful, plus I’ve found myself mentally chalking up yet more places to add to my ever-expanding must visit list.
Coming up in 2017
As yet, I don’t have any travel plans for 2017 – but I never do at this time of year (I’m not much of a forward-planner). But top of my wish list is Jordan and the ancient city of Petra (above).
I keep seeing photos of it everywhere and it looks incredible, plus I’ve never been to the Middle East so it would be great to discover that part of the world.
I’m also considering Krakow or one of the Baltic countries for a city break – and if I can afford more than one, Seville and Granada or Stockholm or Oslo would be ideal. I also expect I’ll find myself back in France at some point as I manage to squeeze in a visit most years.
As far as the blog goes, look out for the upcoming Vietnam series. I spent 14 days travelling from the north to the south, starting in Hanoi and ending in Ho Chi Minh City, taking in Halong Bay, the Mekong Delta, South China Sea, and more along the way.
I’m also looking to start a new series of Insider Guides, giving you a local’s perspective of London and Cardiff.
I spent years living in London and spent a lot of my spare time exploring the city and I’d like to share some of that knowledge with you. So far, I’ve planned guides to the city’s art galleries, walks, cocktail bars, stately homes and museums, plus food and shopping guides to Notting Hill.
But if there are any others you’d be interested in reading, please let me know in the comments and I’ll see what I can do.
Last but not least, I’ve finally linked the blog to my Instagram account, so if you’d like to stay up-to-date with my latest travel pics, I can be found at @thislittleoldworld.
Happy New Year! Here’s to a great 2017!