A Love Note To Myself: 12 Months and 12 Memories of a Year of Traveling
IT HAS BEEN A YEAR!
Love, adventure, and reminders are just a few of the words that come to my mine from this last year. A year ago yesterday Sean and I had a pint at Stansted before boarding our flight to Pescara, Italy. Today, I’m taking a quick break from creating Facebook ads to write this post. Sitting in our apartment in Bangkok, Thailand. So much has changed yet nothing at all. When Sean and I took off to Italy, we were excited and scared. That feeling hasn’t changed. With every new country, we always feel that and I hope we always will.
A Love Note To Myself and A Reminder…
Recently, I have also been struggling a little bit with my depression. There was a time when I used to wake up daily feeling like shit. My anxiety those first two months in Italy was through the roof but day by day, I felt better. More in control and free. But the thing about depression is, it happens when you least expect it. Then, last week it happened. I’ve been lucky that I have far fewer days like this but it’s a reminder. A reminder to reflect and remember that I need to be aware of my anxiety and depression and to do what I need to do to keep myself happy and healthy but also, the thing is, depression can strike at any time and anywhere. That’s the sucky thing. Unlike before, I know the steps I need to take now to get back control. If that doesn’t work then I know I’ll have a system in place to help me until I do.
Which is why I am so grateful that I am still on this journey and I get to do it with my best friend. I am feeling like myself again but that also might be because we moved into a new place in Bangkok. It is perfect for us. Close to a BTS, lots of local food (last night we spent $3 on dinner) and a beautiful pool. Best yet, it doesn’t eat up all our income month to month.
As it is Valentine’s Day and also in honor of our one year of traveling here are 12 memories. 12 moments that I have loved from the last 12 months.
Jumping Off Of Boats in Halong Bay
I might not have had the best of time in Hanoi but I did adore jumping off of boats and the water…
Writing I Am Fat
Was one of the scariest things I have ever written and to this day remains one of my most viewed articles. People who I hadn’t talked to in years, wrote to me about it. Since writing that, I have become a leader in Fat Girls Traveling, helping the incredible Annette Richmond cultivate a community. It was also after writing that article, I finally began to embrace my body. I wanted to get healthy, not skinny and as such have had a lifestyle change.
Sweating It Out In Cambodia
I have dreamed of going to Siem Reap for as long as I can remember and in 104 degrees made me slightly delirious with happiness. I felt like a Tomb Raider every day and had the best passion fruit ice cream of my life.
A 17-Hour Train Journey
When I close my eyes and think of the train from Hanoi to Hoi An I can still hear the noise of the train. The very loud, almost drove me crazy sound yet, I loved that I did that journey. I pushed myself out of my comfort boundaries and of course, it is one of the most memorable ones. You can read it all here.
Eating Ice Cream All Around The World
From Athens, Rome, and More… I love ice cream and the world loves ice cream.
Taking Sean To Costco and Then Dragging Him To The Unicorn Cafe In BKK
Just look at how at ease he is in both of these spaces! He loved it or he loves me, either way he is adorable.
BONUS PICTURES – LOOK AT THAT LOOK OF LOVE ON MY DADS FACE
Spending Time With My Parents
I’m lucky that this past year, I got to see or spend abnormally long amounts of time with both my mom, dad and Sean’s family. I’m not sure when we will get that chance again so being able to do it has been nice. And not just because they let us live rent free in their homes allowing us to save up…
A Day In Mostar
When reality is better than Pinterest. I loved every single minute spent there. Mostar, I dream of the day I can return to you… See why here.
A Weekend in Kanchanaburi
I meant to write a blog post about this weekend but I never did… Should I? Instead, here are some pictures. It was unbelievably beautiful. The main highlight being when we visited the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum. It was built by the Australians to remember the POWs who died and those who survived the building of the Burma-Thailand Railway in the 1940s. Was a contrast to see the beauty when you know the pain and suffering that occurred here.
From impromptu trips to Rome to climbing the ruins of Pompeii and getting lost in the Mountains, Italy has cemented its place in my heart forever. Italy will always be so special to me. It was where Sean and I began this new chapter and also pizza. I love pizza.
Scootering On Koh Lanta
Sorry, mom, I love you but I wore a helmet every time!
Cheesy but true but this year I have reconnected with old friends, family and made new ones. I get messages weekly from people asking my advice and tips and I LIVE FOR IT. I am grateful that I have people who click on my links and read what I write. It is a very satisfying feeling. I also want to say a big I love you to my friends. Who keep me sane, who make me laugh and who are just incredible. Thank you all for forcing me to keep going. To keep trying and being honest with myself. Thanks for allowing me to be vain in posting images of myself. Thank you for being along on this journey.
So thank you all for reading and following along with me this past year. I look forward to sharing more with you all. Thanks for the love. xx – Amanda
Read more about the importance of Self Care in one of my very first blog posts way back when here.