My Epic Solo Adventure – December Update
Finding a Balance with Life, Travel and Blogging
So much has been going on the past month, between planning my solo adventure to life, much of which has caused me to take a step back from blogging and start to ask myself what I’m doing, what I want and where I’m going? Typical life crisis! As some of you know I started this travel blog for my 2012 trip to Europe simply for the fun of it, because I loved to write, to journal and wanted to share, with what little following I had at the time, my journey. It wasn’t until last year that I realized that travel blogging could be a profession – granted with dogged determination and a lot of hard work. And it wasn’t until earlier this year that I thought I’d give it a chance and really started focusing on growing my audience, learning about all the behind the scenes blogging stuff and developing my voice.
Then I hit a road block – myself. I was working full-time and then working on my two blogs, plus doing research, writing and social media – I wore myself ragged. I forgot about life and living it. I was putting far too much pressure on myself to do everything and do it NOW! I had to stop and reassess. Though I know nothing worth while comes easy, I also know that nothing grand happens over night. I had to slow the proverbial boat down.
I want to get back to the story – the journey – the reason I started The World As I See It. The World As I See It is about my journey to explore the world as well as my own backyard and hopefully inspire others to get out and explore. This is my journey and I’ll do it my way.
Planning My Solo Adventure and Blogging News
While this past month has seen a lot of soul searching it has also seen some more progress on travel planning for my next solo adventure. The beginning of the month I started to lay out my plan and mode of travel from city to city. While I love train travel, I realized I’d have to optimize my time and do more flying in between cities, especially in the East, instead of taking a day or two to travel between cities. I initially thought I’d do a clockwise trip from Venice to Prague to Bucharest to Athens, but when I looked into it counter-clockwise was a bit faster and cheaper – SOLD.
I’m a big history junkie and love visiting historic sites or simply learning the history of a town, building or tradition wherever I go and have been looking into all of the UNESCO – World Heritage Sites that are in or around the cities I’m visiting and I am excited to say I’ll be adding A LOT more to my list of sites I’ve visited. The following are the Top 5 UNESCO Sites I’m MOST Excited About:
1. Meteora, Greece
2. Acropolis in Athens, Greece
3. Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, England
4. Royal Botanic Gardens in London, England
5. Historic Centre of Avignon, France
A New Look
I’m sure you’ve already noticed the other big update – my site! I’ve finally made the big leap and upgraded my site and am now self-hosted. I’ve also been toying with a new look. I’d love to know what you think! Do you like the new look? I’ve also created a Destinations tab to help you navigate better to all of the countries I’ve visited and are represented on my site. Now bear with me as there are a few kinks I’ve still got to work out and fix, but I’m working on it, its a work in progress (as am I).
If there’s one thing I’ve learned this month, it’s that I am a being in a perpetual fluid motion of change, I’m constantly changing, growing, developing and so will my dreams, goals and site. But if I slow my ever active brain down a notch I can find happiness in my day to day life as well as all those happy places I’ve found scattered around the globe – and hope you know that you can too!