This July marks one year since I published my first travel post on this blog. It also marks a year of major changes in my life as I quit what used to be my dream job and ventured out to the big wide world.
There is so much to reflect on the past blogging year but most important of all, I have found something I’m truly passionate about. Blogging isn’t just about writing down whatever comes out of my mind. It’s about reflecting on what I’ve seen and learned from every journey. It’s about keeping the finest memories alive, about untangling complex thoughts and sometimes about revealing myself to readers as a person. It also gives me something to look back and see how far I have gone in terms of physical distance and emotional growth. About this time last year I was scanning flights to Italy while enjoying my last days at work. Less than two months later I would leave Vietnam for the metropolitan city of Milan, having my first couch-surfing experience, doing my first trek near the border with Switzerland and starting to draft my big travel plan to backpack around Europe. It’s been a long journey. Now here I am, 6000 miles away from home — seeing breath and depth of New Zealand while picking up new knowledge for my career change.
I recall writing drafts for the blog anytime and anywhere — in my head as I was climbing mountains, on the phone when I was waiting for the metro, on my notebooks when touring the museums, and most of the time, on my laptop during long-hour bus rides. And remember Confessions of a Blogger Beginner published earlier this year? I was so preoccupied about blogging those days, you know, counting likes and comments all the time. It ended up being one of the most active posts by far, warming my heart with words of encouragement and so much love from other fellow bloggers. So let me take this chance to thank you for having followed my journey, for stopping by this blog to read my travel stories and share yours. Thank you for making me feel part of this growing community. Here’s to more years of blogging to come!