Sooo, it’s been 9 months since my last post on here! How the heck did that happen? Well, let me tell you in this blog post…
Some of you that have been around a long time might remember that I actually started this blog as a beauty blog back in 2013. At the time, I was really into make up, loved reading beauty blogs and watching Youtubers talking about beauty. As I grew older, my priorities in life changed. Whilst I still love make up and playing with my looks every day, I have stopped watching tons of Youtube videos and read way less blogs than I did back then.
Apart from beauty, I developed a second passion: travel! Ever since I was a kid, I loved going on holiday. I was always the one upset about having to go back home and my sister was always the one being homesick. I’ve never really been homesick. Just the odd bit when you’re not feeling well and are longing for your mom, really. I was very lucky as a child because we always went on two awesome holidays a year. Skiing in the Alps in the winter and in the summer we would go to Spain, Greece, Italy or the North Sea in Germany.
As soon as I finished my A levels, I knew I wanted to move somewhere else. I happened to get into a course in college that would allow me to do a third year in the UK, obtaining my Bachelor’s degree in a year there. Of course it was nerve-racking at the start. I had never been to the UK before and I moved in with people I had never met. To shorten the story: I loved Cardiff and made friends there that I’m still great friends with although we don’t see each other often. I do make an effort to go back there at least once a year.
After my year in Cardiff, I moved back to Germany because I somehow had in my head that the only path in life is to find a good job and work in that job at the same company for a good amount of years. Turns out, it wasn’t for me. After two years at the law firm, I quit and moved on to work for a travel company. See where I’m going with this? ;-)
I loved working there and seeing all the beautiful destinations day by day awakened something within me that I wasn’t aware of before. I remember seeing one catalogue with a trip to India in it and kept thinking that I’d love to do that one day but I wasn’t ready for it yet.
After another year at the travel company, I decided that it was time to head back to Cardiff, move back in with my friends and start my masters. I had been in the house for about 48 hours and fell head over heels in love with a friend of a friend. He was living in Macedonia at certain parts of the year and it was him that introduced me to a different way of travelling. I went to Macedonia three times with him and loved to live life day by day, not knowing what was happening tomorrow. I think that’s when I realised that I could actually travel by myself. Fast forward two years later and I’m suffering a broken heart finding myself at a pretty low point in my life job-wise and personally.
My office at the time was located directly above a store of the travel agency I worked at before and that India trip pops back to my mind. I finish work, walk past the travel agency, stop, turn around and walk in. I actually booked a month long trip to India that night and quit my job the next day.
I left with a return ticket for what I thought would be a month long guided trip to India in October 2015 and returned 5 months later without money and the best memories. Looking back two years later, I can say that I have never been as happy as I have in those five months! Of course I took plenty of pictures, but most of the time, I decided to enjoy the moment and not capture it on camera. Like that time in the monkey forest in Ubud where I just wandered through, looking at the funny monkeys or on Gili T where I was pretty much the only person without a camera. I think I took about 10 pictures in my week on Gili T and that’s because I had so much fun!
Of course it would be nice to sit down and scroll through all my pictures, but I found that I am a person that enjoys slow travel and living in the moment more than anything else. In the past few months I’ve taken part in the odd Facebook likes thread or I’ve been sharing my blog on social media heavily, but the more I did it, the more I realised that I don’t want this blog to be like all the other travel blogs.
I don’t want to focus on blog posts and catchy titles that will give me the most hits. This might sound a bit hideous if you look at my last blog post, the title is super click-baity and it’s got the most hits on my blog, but I want to write this blog in a way I like it. As a documentary of my travels and if I don’t have many pictures for a post, then so be it. I don’t want to get up at 5am to take a picture for a blog post, I don’t want to carry a laptop, huge camera, tripod and all that stuff. I want to take each day as it comes and not worry about not posting on here for a few weeks.
Depending on time, I will post more or less on here, getting the pressure of myself. I did think about how I would like this to be my full time job, but honestly: I love going to my office, talking to my colleagues, having a steady income and living comfortably without having to worry about money. Although more holidays would be nice, I do manage quite well with the 6 weeks that I’ve got for now. Luckily, the company I work for is pretty good when it comes to taking time off, so who knows what’s going to happen next year?
So, get ready for new blog posts soon!