There’s still plenty to write and reflect upon my journeys this year and already the year is coming to an end in about 2 hours 42 minutes. I can’t believe we’re almost at the end of a wonderful year full of travel memories, work and challenges. I am grateful though that we are well and looking forward to another great year ahead.
Spurred by a great travel spirit, this year has really been a great travel year for us. We travelled to 12 countries, 9 of which were new ones for me. We started 2016 with a short one-day visit to Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. This was then followed by adventures in Amsterdam, Scandinavia, Rome and Vatican City in the springs. Few months down the road I travelled to Brunei for a two day break before an amazing week in Sydney and Siem Reap just recently.
In summary and in chronological order, my excursions of 2016 by month:
Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City
April / May
United Kingdom – London
The Netherlands – Amsterdam
Germany – Puttgarden & Hamburg
Denmark – Copenhagen & Helsingor
Sweden – Malmo, Grundsund & Gothenburg
Norway – Oslo
Italy – Rome
Vatican City State (the Holy See)
Brunei Darussalam – Bandar Seri Begawan
October / November
Australia – Sydney & the Blue Mountains
Cambodia – Siem Reap
All in all, it has been a very fruitful year. On top of my wanderlust adventures, I managed to sell my maps offline in one of Amsterdam’s creative boutiques Thuyskamer. It may not seem huge to some but it is definitely a major milestone for me.
2017 will be another adventurous year for us. We’re already planning for our trips in January and have a rough idea of what we’d like to do in at least three other different sets of excursions which will hopefully cover 3 regions: South Asia, North Asia and Australasia. I am super excited for this coming new year and I hope things work out the way I hope they will.
With greatest sincerity and warmth, I wish you all a very happy New Year. May it always be better, happier and more prosperous for you; may all your prayers and dreams come true 🙂
Happy New Year 2017!