As we get ready to flip the calendar to 2013, I wanted to take a look back and share my favourite travel experiences of 2012.
Wherever you are and however you celebrate, I hope you are also looking back at a great 2012 and looking forward to an even better 2013. Pour a glass of something fizzy, whether it’s champagne, cava or your favourite local sparkling wine, and let’s toast a great year!
A blog is born
I had enjoyed, ahem, modest readership until I trekked across the city on foot in February 2012 – in the middle of a transit strike – to attend my travel writing class. A retweet by Halifax Magazine got my long walk some attention, and I ended up getting a little tv and radio coverage and growing my local audience. It gave me ideas about how I could use my blog to write about my travels abroad AND in my own backyard.
April in Paris
It’s the ultimate travel cliché: Paris in springtime. When I visited in April, I didn’t get to enjoy the romantic application of the cliché, but I did get to enjoy some new perspectives on the Eiffel Tower and, after some unsuccessful attempts, finally got inside of the Opéra Garnier.
Summer: Operation Hometown Traveler
A travel blogger who doesn’t get to travel abroad a lot has to be creative in the name of content. With necessity the mother of invention, Operation Hometown Traveler was born. Treating my hometown of Halifax and home province of Nova Scotia like it was an exotic, unknown destination was an exciting prospect. I saw my province in a new light, and have loads more ideas for future travels. Needless to say, Operation Home Traveler 2013 is going to happen.
Most fun had by a blogger in 2012
Lamenting the fact that I would not be in Paris for le Quatorze Juilliet or Bastille Day, I searched high and low in in my hometown of Halifax and assembled the supplies for my own very excellent Bastille Day celebration. Having so many French experiences in my backyard makes the time between trips to France a little more tolerable.
I became a bona fide professional blogger in July 2012 when I had assignments – and media credentials – for the Halifax portion of Tall Ships 2012 festival. For five days, I wandered the boardwalk, ate delicious Nova Scotia food and sailed the seas in search of adventure. I also started blogging for Nova Scotia Tourism, where they encouraged me to drink beer, in addition to the occasional post for Taste of Nova Scotia, where I get to eat and share the best of Nova Scotia cuisine.
South Africa: a life-long dream fulfilled
My travel year ended on a high note when I finally got to fulfill my life-long dream of visiting South Africa. It was a three week start to what is certain to be a life-long love affair with a country, one I’ve only just started getting to know. In the weeks ahead, I’ll be sharing more from my South Africa trip journal, and I hope to convey the magic of the country, which defies expectations and inspires the imagination.
What’s up in 2013?
First, some breaking news, I’ve got some changes in mind for the blog that will coincide with my one-year blogiversary in January. Stay tuned!
Second, my travel plans for 2013 are largely undecided. So far, I’ve got a long weekend planned to one of my favourite places in the world, New York, in April. After that, the destination for my “long” trip is still to be determined. I was a very lucky recently and won a gift voucher for G Adventures, so I can say with absolute certainty that I’ll be traveling again with G in 2013. Again, stay tuned!