2018: Year in Review

Here we are at the end of another year. Am I the only one who feels like the days, months, and years keep getting shorter? Let me take some time out from my regular travel posts here to reflect on how 2018 was for me!

Places I’ve Been

I shockingly did not take any big trips this year, since I lost my vacation days at work. I did get to spend a few days exploring the culturally-rich Montreal and Quebec City. Some of my favourite moments from this trip include: all the things I ate in Montreal, finding street art in the city, and visiting the breathtaking Notre Dame Basilica.

I tried to explore my own backyard more too, visiting Yoho National Park for the first time, hiking beautiful Larch Valley in the fall, and also trying out the Kananaskis Nordic Spa. The spa was so blissful. I’m thinking of writing a post on it in the new year!

Favourite Posts of 2018:

I spent much of 2018 writing about my trip to Cambodia. I’ve been meaning to do a video on my itinerary (like my 8 Days in Newfoundland one) but keep putting it off because I know I’m going to butcher names. I hope to release it next year though! Some of my favourite posts are: Watching the Sunrise at Angkor Wat, the beautiful Banteay Srei temple, Angkor Wat, visiting the heart-wrench Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Choeung Ek Killing Fields, and the mysterious Beng Mealea.

New Discoveries:

Podcasts

I’m so very behind on the podcast bandwagon, but I just started listening to them recently. I’m enjoying them a lot! It’s a nice way distraction when I’m commuting, and I’ve learned a lot and gotten many laughs from them! Some of my favourites are: No Such Thing As A Fish (a very entertaining podcast where the hosts share interesting facts), Second Life (hearing the different roads and paths that got successful people to where they are now), and Young House Love Has a Podcast (light-hearted listening for anyone who is into home decor and remodelling). Please share your favourites!

Meditating

I’m definitely not some sort of meditation guru and I don’t do it as often as I probably should, but I’ve turned to meditating during some of my most stressful times this year. I’ve enjoyed the guided meditation sessions via Headspace. They’ve helped me find a bit of peace when I was feeling anxious about things going on in my life.

Bullet-journaling

I started bullet-journaling and kept it up for a few months… but have since abandoned it. I’m going to try to pick it up again for 2019. I found it kind of calming and I liked being able to customize my journal and keep track of things in it.

Things I’m looking forward to in 2019:

First and foremost - ICELAND! I’ve had my tickets booked since this summer and I’m so excited to explore a new country, and of course have more content to share here on my blog! I should really get planning, though. If you have any tips for me, I’d love to hear them! 2019 is also going to hopefully bring me new challenges at work and new environments to settle into. I think it’ll prove to be an exciting year!

Thanks so much for stopping by to read about my travels this year. I hope to be able to bring you more content in 2019!

Happy holidays, friends… and I’ll see you in 2019!