So, here we are, at the end of another year. As 2018 draws to a close, it’s time to take a look back and review where we went, what we did and what we learnt.
2018 was my first full year of being a travel blogger. I started the blog mid 2017 and had a stroke of luck in October 2017 when one of my posts was featured on WordPress Discover. This was a huge boost in confidence and readership and really spurred me on to ‘make something’ of the site.
Early into this year, I decided to think about planning some bucket list holidays for 2019, which would mean a lot of saving up, in turn also meaning that we put a self imposed ban on flights during 2018. Perfect for a travel blogger trying to perfect their skill, don’t you think?!
As autumn was kicking in a couple of months ago, I started to do that usual thing where you check your remaining leave days at work and wonder how you can squeeze in an extra little break. It turns out that I had a few days left to take before the end of the year, so I had a little think about where I could go. As if by magic, a Eurostar emailed pinged into my inbox tempting me with their latest deals, and recommending some Christmas Markets across the Channel.
I love a good Christmas Market. My first visit of the year makes me feel like the festive season has truly kicked off, although I do have a general rule that it should not be until at least the first of December. I threw caution to the wind this year though and broke those self imposed rules and visited a market in November! What a rebel.
Having not had any experience of the traditional German Markets on the continent, until very recently, I have had to make do with visiting a few in the UK over the years, and we have some great examples in the south of England. For me though, no good Christmas Market is complete unless is located near a huge cathedral, which is why an evening at the Bath Christmas Market ticks all the boxes on my wish list.
Earlier this year we took a little road trip around some of the finer parts of North Wales. If you are a regular reader, you may be aware that I originate from that part of the world and am always looking for a reason to share some of the local delights with you. This in turn gives me the opportunity to be a tourist on my home turf, to capture those locations that I can share with you. It also gives me the opportunity to splurge a little on fancy hotels, you know, for the blog.