After being home in Liverpool, England, for just two weeks, it already feels like my travels in Canada took place during a different lifetime. Not a day goes by when I do not look through my photographs to remind myself of the amazing places I visited and the lovely people I met.
But now it is back to reality and all of my energy is going into finding work.
Although my plan is to eventually be self-employed, I want the security blanket of a full-time job while I get back on my feet.
Returning home from long-term travel can be difficult. There is a transition period where you have to figure out the next move. Uncertainty and insecurity can prevail for a while.
For me, travel was an investment.
Has it paid off? Hell yes.
My health and fitness has improved considerably.
Career wise, I have taken my blog to the next level through partnerships with tourist boards, tour companies and accommodation.
Despite being unfortunate enough to lose two cameras in two weeks, my love of photography has certainly blossomed as a result of seeing so much beauty.
This was part of Frontiers North Adventures’ Big Five Safari in Manitoba.
Getting to see a polar bear in the wild and explore the breathtaking tundra landscape was a magical experience.
I had a great experience WWOOF-ing on a blueberry farm in Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island (see the adorable farm dog, Polly, below)
And an awful WWOOF-ing experience in Perth, Ontario, that made me resort to running away after three days.
I ate lots of delicious food.
Sushi in Vancouver, poutine in Montreal, Russian pastries in Seattle, the tastiest fish and chips I have ever had in Tofino.
I bumped into actor John Malkovich in Montreal (post to come).
Got scared following some spooky occurrences.
Had some issues with my backpack.
What is happening now?
I will continue writing about Canada for a while. I also have several posts left to write on Seattle.
Of course, there will be some posts about Liverpool and the UK as well.
When will I be travelling again?
I will be visiting the Caribbean for the first time in February. More on this later.
Other than that, I am waiting to see what the next few months will bring.
Thank you to everyone who has read my posts and supported me during my first year as a travel blogger.