Reflecting on the Year 2017

Iguazu Falls, Brazil

Iguazu Falls, Brazil

Another year and come and gone. Just like every year, it seems to go faster and faster.

I thought I would take some time to reflect on this year; my travels, my bogs and personal developments.

My travels

Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia

Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia

This is my 3rd year of continuous travelling with a plans for the first 6 months at the beginning of the year. I started the year travelling around parts of South America: Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and ending in Colombia to live there for 4 months. In this time, I managed to go to the Uyuni Bolivian Salt Flats, climb Machu Picchu, go on the swing at the end of the world in Ecuador as well as many other hikes, meeting new friends and continuing travelling solo.

Whilst in Colombia, I managed to visit many cities and towns including Bogotá, Medellín, Armenia, SalentoPereira, Cali, Santa Marta, Cartegena, Tayrona National Park, Jardín, Guatape and Jericó.

New York Skyline, USA

New York Skyline, USA

After being in Colombia, I travelling through Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil, visiting Iguazú falls, wineries in Mendoza, Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro as well as exploring many different cities.

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

I went back to England to see friends and family and be part of my brother’s wedding before travelling for a few weeks in Europe with my best friend. We took on the challenge of 5 countries in a very short time: Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland. I had an incredible time there.

By this time, I had decided to move back to Colombia so I thought on my way there from England, I would stop of in Canada and the US: Toronto , Niagara Falls, New York, New Jersey and Washington D.C. New York has always been a dream for me and it surely didn’t disappoint; it’s yearning me to go back soon.

That completes my travels for this year, meaning I travelled to 14 different countries.



My blog

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

This year, I have grown my blog with more posts about my travels and with that has come more followers. I also created a Instagram and Facebook page linked to my blog to advertise and share more photos and experiences. I now have my own domain, where I have my own website to write more.  I have managed to affiliate and advertise through this. However, it is not a money-making blog; I’m still trying to figure out how to do this.  Any tips would help?

My personal development

Niagara Falls, Canada

Niagara Falls, Canada

I have continued this year to teach, first at a public, post-school college, and then at a private, bilingual, girl’s school in Colombia. Both of these jobs have helped me to develop my teaching skills as well as working with different people, and learning different things.

As I have been living in Colombia for a while, I have started learning Spanish but at a very basic level. It has been extremely hard for me to learn a language but I’m determined to develop it more in the following year.

New York City, USA

New York City, USA

Another thing that has been an achievement is stopping smoking completely. Even though I was more of a causal smoker, I just couldn’t completely quit but in June of this year, I made the decision and haven’t looked back.

Towards the end of this year, I have learnt a lot about the coffee process, which has been fascinating, and how to run a hostel due to being involved in different projects with Las Cometas Hostel. I hope to develop this further in the next year.

Last but not least, as it is probably the most important change of this year, I started a relationship with a guy. This is kind of a big deal for me as I never thought any man I was seeing in the past was the right guy, and I would quickly cut it off. Also, I never felt it was the  right time or place. However, for some reason, our relationship developed and now we are happily together, so lets see what this year will bring for us.

Jericó, Colombia

Jericó, Colombia

These are my main reflections of the year, where after writing this I realised I actually did and achieved a lot. I hope this coming year is even more fruitful.

What did you achieve this year? Where did you travel? What was the best thing about 2017?



4 Comments

  1. Hailey

    LOve this Jess! Nice read. Happy new year 🙂

    Reply
    1. veggietravellingteacher (Post author)

      Thanks Hailey! Hope you had a good Christmas and New Year! Hope to see you soon!

      Reply
  2. Marina

    Congratulations on your traveling year, achievements, new status and also giving up smoking (stick with that, it is one of the most important things, you can do for your health … said the health/fitness pro and occasional traveller ;-).
    Happy New Year

    Reply
    1. veggietravellingteacher (Post author)

      Thank you! Happy New Year!

      Reply

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