Returning to my blog after a two-year break has been surprisingly difficult.
I used to absolutely love writing about my travel experiences, sharing my stories particularly with family & friends who used my blog to keep track of my whereabouts, as keeping in touch has not always been one of my strong points.
If anyone visited my blog previously, you’d have seen my latest travel posts after my five-month trip to India were followed by my return to the UK in a soul-destroying attempt to get onto a “real” career path, and then moving back to Vietnam where I knew I was happier, from where I traveled to Cambodia again with my Mum.
And then suddenly, something unexpected and unplanned happened…
I got offered a job on a cruise ship!
Everything happened so fast. Before I knew it I was on a plane going from Hanoi, Vietnam to Ketchikan, Alaska.
I got onboard and my whole world changed. I was overwhelmed. I wasn’t sure if I was doing the right thing. I wrote an emotional post about my first day onboard (which I have since deleted), and intended to write all about my experiences of life at sea… but it never happened. Before I knew it, there was distance between my blog & me. And every time I tried to open it up, I froze. I needed to deal with the changes in my life that were happening at the time.
Once I started to get into the rhythm of life again, I always thought about returning – I had so many more stories and experiences to share,, and these were accumulating, but there was always an excuse – I wanted to change the theme of my layout before posting; the internet onboard was too expensive; I needed to find time to look through my photos; I wanted to just relax after work; I wanted to write about so many things all at the same time that I never ended up writing about any of them.
But finally, two years later, I’ve decided to make amends with my blog. As well as changing the name of my blog, I am now finally ready to share some of my wonderful (and not so wonderful) adventures for anyone who’s interested in reading.
So what’s happened in my 2-year blogging break?
After suddenly dropping my life teaching English in Vietnam to working on a cruise ship in Alaska, I went from regretting and hating my impulsive career move and wanting to leave, to feeling like it was the best decision I’ve made so far.
I’ve visited Alaska 3 times, several months at a time, in which I’ve seen the Northern Lights, hiked to a glacier, visited an ice cave, viewed the rainforests from a float plane, seen whales in their natural habitat.
I’ve visited Australia, New Zealand, Bermuda, Mexico, Panama, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Canada, USA, Bahamas, Colombia, Aruba, Curacao, Costa Rica, and sailed through the Panama Canal.
In my vacation times, I’ve returned for my annual visit to the UK, gone on a few motorbike rides around Vietnam, visited Taiwan, where I witnessed the famous lantern festival, visited the Philippines, went to Paris with my Nan, met relatives for the first time in Australia, and almost met my father for the first time.
I broke up with my long-term boyfriend, and have fallen in and out of love more times than I’ve had hot dinners. I’ve met people from all walks of life who have taught me so much about the world, people, and particularly importantly – about myself.
And all of it has been truly fabulous.
You could say that taking a two-year break from blogging benefited me, because now I have so much more to say, so much more to share, so much more to be able to look back and reflect on. I hope you’ll stick around to read about some of it, and I hope it inspires others, especially my friends & family members, to travel.