2011 was a year full of incredible travel experiences. When I look back, my mind automatically drifts to the numerous travel moments which amazed or inspired me, and the many new friends I made. Waking up amidst a sea of icebergs in Alaska, witnessing a romantic moment in Petra, searching for the best viewpoints in Hong Kong, skydiving in Costa Brava, tucking into a divine lunch at El Celler de Can Roca and meeting the master chef Ferran Adriá at El Bulli were some of the most memorable travel experiences in my life.
I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to enjoy and share these moments. When I started travel blogging in 2009, little did I know that I would one day experience things which I could previously only dream about. My passion has become a career but I realise only too well that it would not have been possible without the unwavering support of my family, friends and travel blogging colleagues. As I sit here typing this, I can’t help but feel proud of my achievements so far and a great sense of gratitude for the encouragement and help I’ve received. My passion for travel is the driving force behind Velvet Escape but every so often, the words of a reader propels me further:
I am writing this email, to say i am a big fan of your travel blog. When i read your “Travelations” story i was so fascinated by your big leap of changing career and following your dreams. Since then i am reading your Velvetescape blog on a regular basis on Facebook as well.
Thank you for such an inspiring story! Love it.
Happy New Year and that 2012 has more stories to follow.
A huge THANK YOU goes to my family, friends and last but not least, my readers. I wish you a very happy, healthy and successful 2012.
I look forward to continuing this amazing journey in the new year, one step at a time, and fulfilling more of my dreams and sharing them with you. I leave you with one of my favourite travel quotes and my favourite 2011 photo that aptly portrays Lao Tzu’s wise words.
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step – Lao Tzu