I think most people would agree that 2017 was kind of a weird year, but hey- at least it turned out to be a pretty good travel year for me.
I must admit the first half of the year felt kind of like repeatedly stubbing your toe into a coffee table, but the second half of my year I was able to get back to my true self and was free to start traveling again.
So, I went to Bolivia, Spain, Nepal, and Mexico- an eclectic combo across four continents.(You, dear readers, came with- a MILLION thanks for that!)
Looking back, one of the questions I’ve gotten a lot (second to, “wtf Pauline, how?”) is, “well, what’s your favorite place you’ve been this year.”
Truth is, I can’t really pick one. Each of those places was spectacular in it’s own way and I found joy everywhere I went.
I found joy in zipping into a boiler suit, strapping on a helmet and exploring the mines of Potosi in Bolivia.
I found joy in putting on a pair of heels, slipping on a minidress and staying out until the sunrise in Barcelona.
I found joy in lacing up my hiking boots, powering through some nasty blisters, and hiking to the Annapurna Basecamp in Nepal.
And then, I found joy in taking it all off and diving into the ocean in La Ventana, Mexico.
They were all different, and they were all wonderful in their own way.
And that is exactly what I’m looking for in 2018.
I’m fascinated by the Middle East. I’m craving South Asia. I’m dreaming of Patagonia…
Should I just start throwing darts at a map?
Although I don’t know where I’m going next, I do know one thing for sure- I have a shiny new passport that needs a bit of weathering.
Cheers to 2018 and all the places we have yet to see!
photo by Christian Heeb