This time last year I was mid way backpacking through Australia, celebrating the coming of 2015 at The Falls festival in Byron Bay.
I remember sitting on the sunshine laden grass hill looking over the circus tents and glitter covered festival goers and thinking to myself, what do i want from 2015?
My answer? To be happy – really happy. From the bottom of my heart kinda happy.
After spending my college years deteriorating under the pressure of my perfectionist nature, I had finally found freedom through travel, and in that happiness.
2015’s challenge was to maintain that feeling.
I remember posting a photo on Instagram quoting ‘In 2015 I want to travel more’, which i also remember thinking was absolutely ridiculous and rather ambitious.
But here I am at the end of 2015 having had a year beyond my wildest dreams. In the last 12 months I have boarded 21 flights and explored 12 countries, 13 including Copenhagen in which I landed today, over 81 days.
I have worked with some incredible brands during this time including: GoPro, STA Travel, AirBnb & Contiki, all of whom felt a distant dream at the beginning of the year.
I have created 18 YouTube Guides racking up over 161,000 views, and reaching 50,000 followers across my social media.
To think I hadn’t even thought to pursue a travel blog this time last year is crazy and shows what hard work and passion can do if you channel your energies correctly.
‘If you can’t find your purpose,
follow your passion.
For through your passion
you will find your purpose’
The growth of my brand this year has been steady, frustrating at times but I knew from the beginning that the blogging world is a very unpredictable one.
This held true when, in October, I linked into my hotel wifi in Jasper and was bombarded with messages, emails, Facebook notifications and Instagram followers.