Hey everyone, hope you guys are doing well! Ok, i realise it’s February now and we are slightly past the point of happy new year messages and the standard recaps on 2018. Regardless, I’ve had a hectic few weeks and I’m only getting round to sharing mine now. So, a very Happy New Year to you all! I hope 2018 was magical and that 2019 will be the same and much more.
Jack and i have recently relocated back to Melbourne, Australia and have a serious case of adulthood going on at the moment. We lodged a $7000 and 70 document partner visa application, secured our first rental one bed room apartment (no more house sharing for us) and we’ve been coming to terms with furnishing the apartment on a tight budget. On a side note, its peak summer time here at the minute and i am re-adjusting my body from Vancouver temperatures to Aussie sunshine and i cant complain!
As far as 2018 went, it was another amazing and memorable year and below i’ve decided to share a recap of some of the best moments with you.
Getting engaged at The Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare
WELL OMG! What can i say, Jack proposing to me at the Cliffs of Moher was one of the best moments of 2018 for me. With the proposal taking place on the New Years eve, it was an exceptional way to ring in the new year. Honestly a day i’ll never forget. For those of you who don’t know, myself and Jack met when i first moved to Australia over 6 years ago and we have travelled all over the world together since. In keeping with our love for travel, it’s safe to say a destination wedding is in the making and i’m beyond excited to start planning for the occasion with my favourite human.
Visiting one of my besties in San Francisco
I spent last year living in Vancouver Canada, meaning i was only a short flight away from the doorstep of America, which gave me the perfect opportunity to see friends and do some exploring. So i dedicated a long weekend to visiting one of my longest and dearest friends, Mary. Mary took me all around San Fran and even took me into her offices at Airbnb for a site visit, which i have to say was probably one of my highlights from the weekend. With workspaces that resemble neighbourhoods and cities on each floor, this place is any travel lovers dream. Some more highlights from the trip was crossing the Golden gate bridge, seeing the house where Mrs Doubtfire was filmed, partying at the Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar and of course spending quality time with Mary. If San Fran is on your list this year, why not read about all the fun things to do here.
Attending my first travel media conference
Attending a conference of any kind was a first for me. I was very fortunate that the company i worked for in Vancouver helped fund my attendance at TravelCon, a travel media conference that took place in Austin, Texas. Organised by none other than Matthew Kepneps of Nomadic Matt, this conference saw the best travel bloggers share their industry insights, people like like Kiersten from The Blond Abroad and Kirstin from Be My Travel Muse to name a few. The conference took place over three days and was a great excuse to network, meet others with a similar passion for travel, learn lots and explore Austin too.
My parents coming to visit me in Vancouver and exploring Banff
I am extremely lucky to have such wonderful parents and the fact that they were willing to fly from Ireland to Vancouver to visit me during the summer. I organised an Airbnb for my parents close to where i was living in Vancouver and we spent our days sight seeing all the wonderful Vancouver highlights, with cycling Stanley Park being one of my parents favourite things to do. We also spent a few days in Banff, Calgary and visited some of the areas most amazing places like Jasper and Lake Louise. It was lovely to experience driving through the Rockies with my family and Jack.
Having our first camper van trip down the Oregon Coast
Ever since travelling the East coast in Australia, i always wanted to rent a Wicked Camper van in particular and rough it for a few nights on the road. One long weekend in Canada, we randomly decided to hire a Wicked camper and drive the ocean road from Vancouver to Oregon in Portland. I LOVED living out of a camper for the few days. Myself and Jack would actually love to have our own camper one day. I’m envisioning a pastel VW camper with the cutest interiors – literally the dream.
Experiencing my first Tough Mudder
Well i never thought i’d see the day where i’d be running a muck at Touch Mudder, but i do love myself a good challenge. I did the extreme obstacle course with a bunch of friends from work and surprisingly i loved every mucky minute of it. While a military-style workout isn’t usually on the top of my to do list, it’s safe to say it was an excellent team building activity and i’d definitely be down for singing up again this year.
Collaborating with Lorna Jane, Venus Gillette and Garnier
Last year brought some nice little opportunities my way in terms of blogging/Instagram. I was extremely surprised when Lorna Jane Canada reached out and asked me to contribute a blog post to their movenourishbelieve site in exchange for a full outfit of my choice. I also carried out an Instagram post for Gillette Venus and Garnier as part of a larger campaign managed by a micro influencer agency. In my day to day job in Vancouver, i specialised in influencer marketing, so in this case it was nice to be on the flip side for once.
Seeing the Foo Fighters live
One of Jack’s favourite bands is the Foo Fighters and i have to say i’m a fan of their music too. Seeing them live at BC Place in Vancouver gave me a whole new appreciation for their energy and endless talent. The atmosphere was electric and it’s up there with one of the best concerts (Florence & The Machine still places at number 1) i have ever gone to. As i don’t regularly attend concerts, seeing the Foo Fighters was one of those great spontaneous decisions.
Taking yet another trip to Melbourne with Jack
I adore Melbourne and seeing as it’s Jacks home, we go back at least once a year. Last year was a special trip as it was one of Jack’s friends weddings and what a beautiful wedding it was, set in a vineyard on the outskirts of Melbourne. We also did lots of exploring of some of my favourite Melbourne spots and got to spend quality time with Jacks family. Who would have thought a few months later, i’d be back living here!
Coming home for Christmas and spending a month with my family
While travelling is always one of my favourite things to do, there’s nothing like the feeling of coming home to spend time with family. Myself and Jack had a month at home in December which made up for not being able to get home for Christmas in 2017. Having a month at home was probably the longest visit home we have had in a while, and i’ll admit to being crazy homesick when we left to move to Melbourne. Deciding to relocate again to another country just seems to be getting harder and harder, however both myself and jack have set some big goals for our time in Melbourne and i’m excited to see our plans come to life.
So there you have it folks, some of my best personal and travel moments from 2018. I’m excited to see what 2019 holds.
What were your best moments of 2018 and any plans for 2019?