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2018 Round Up – a freelancer’s travel life

Scotland Caledonian Sleeper Window View

2018 is a yr that stunned me. It’s arduous to prime the epic profession break yr that was 2016, and 2017 the place I made it to South America and solely received again residence correctly within the second half of the yr. I truthfully hadn’t fairly found out what 2018 can be like and not using a full-time job in hand, however it ended up being a take a look at what my journey life could possibly be like as a freelancer, and in addition marked the yr of a few of my first main journey assignments and collaborations.

See all my previous spherical ups courting again to 2011, overlaying my travels and even a few of my favorite items of writing and weblog actions.

Journey Stats 2018

Complete variety of days travelled in 2018: 73 (20%)

That’s undoubtedly greater than once I was working full time – you possibly can see from my journey spherical ups from 2015 and earlier that I often handle about 30-40 days of journey with full-time work. I’m not making as a lot as I used, however I’m incomes sufficient and I’m loving the extra freedom I’ve for journey and different issues. 

Nations visited: eight Nations/Territories (1 new)

Aside from my jaunt to London and Scotland, most of my travels have been across the Asia area, with a focus on Taiwan because of my collaboration work. I added simply Myanmar to my complete record of nations visited, bringing the entire to 55 nations (if I’ve counted appropriately) thus far, however I acquired to discover lesser seen areas like Belitung, Khanom and random bits of Taiwan. So it’s nonetheless been fairly an excellent yr of exploration.

Right here’s a recap of the place I went:

UK: London + Scotland (15 days)

My favorite shot was this random shot of the highlands out the window. I lucked out as a result of I didn’t have anybody in my bunk!

London is a type of locations you can all the time discover one thing to do in even in winter, and I acquired to meet up with some pals and watch some musicals as properly. I added a brand new nation to my record and eventually visited Scotland, taking an in a single day practice experience on the Caledonian Sleeper and making a really fast jaunt by way of Oban, Glasgow and someplace I’d been dying to take a look at for eternally: Edinburgh. Winter is probably not probably the most nice time to go to and I used to be fairly sick for a day once I hit Glasgow, so I hope to return in hotter climate.

Examine my in a single day practice journey into the highlands of Scotland from London to Oban

Indonesia: Telunas (three days)

Telunas Private Island Villas Row

Telunas Personal Island is the posher of the two Telunas resorts

This was an task I’d undertaken for Tradition Journey they usually despatched me off to an Indonesian resort island that’s not removed from Singapore. First I needed to take a ferry to Batam, and from there a smaller boat to switch me to this idyllic, tranquil island resort. It’s actually a spot to close your self off from the world from a bit, which is nice for enjoyable however not best in case you have been additionally making an attempt to execute a social media marketing campaign like I used to be – I needed to park myself on the Spa reception someday as a result of it had the perfect sign – however undoubtedly value going to if you wish to escape the crowds of Bali.

Examine my keep at Telunas Resort and Telunas Personal Island

Myanmar: Yangon + Bagan (eight days)

Bagan Ballooning Flying Selfie

Comfortable Birthday to me!

I’ve all the time needed to see extra of South East Asia and eventually the chance arrived to see a brand new nation once I was invited as much as Yangon to take a look at the Pan Pacific Lodge. The journey was timed simply earlier than my birthday, so I prolonged my journey such that I might spend my birthday in Bagan and after a lot hemming and hawing, I made the choice to shell out the large bucks to take the long-lasting hot-air balloon experience over the temples of Bagan on the morning of my birthday. It was expensive however y’know what, it was an awesome birthday current to myself. I actually loved scootering round Bagan alone as properly.

Right here’s a take a look at what you are able to do in Yangon over the weekend and a extra detailed take a look at what it’s wish to balloon over Bagan

Thailand: Krabi + Khanom (5 days)

Khanom Beach Sand

Countless empty seashores are my favorite

Krabi was a type of well-liked Singaporean vacationer locations that I had but to make it to, so I used to be comfortable to test it out when the Thailand Tourism people invited me up on a media journey. However what was extra engaging to me was first getting to go to Khanom, a a lot lesser recognized space about three hours away from Krabi with lovely white sand seashores and pink dolphin sightings. It was a reasonably packed itinerary as media journeys are typically, however I beloved exploring this totally different aspect of southern Thailand.

Right here’s why it is best to take some time to take a look at Khanom over Krabi

Taiwan 1: Taipei + Yilan (6 days)

XinTaipei Wanli Paragliding Looking Down

We took off from the seashore!

This was my first main collaboration with Scoot Airways to supply content material concerning the lesser seen elements in and round Taipei, and I used to be stoked to lastly return to one in every of my favorite nations and attending to dig out a few of its extra uncommon points of interest and actions. I spent this time in Taipei and Yilan and a few highlights from this journey: paragliding in Wanli and exploring the UFO Homes and crusing by means of the underwater sulphur scorching springs of Turtle Island. 

Examine these expertise and extra cool issues to do in and round Taipei in the course of the scorching summer time months

Hong Kong + Macao (6 days)

Hong Kong Street Art Travelodge Central Stern Rockwell

Hong Kong Road Artwork Travelodge Central Stern Rockwell

I ended up on a brief journey to Hong Kong because of the UnionPay people and eventually acquired to do some quintessentially touristy issues like go to Lantau Island and Tsim Sha Tsui. I prolonged the journey alone so I might replace my Hong Kong Road Artwork publish. 

Macao Street Art Taipa PIBG Clerigos

Ruas dos Clerigos has some fairly cool outlets and this specific wall is on the aspect of an exhibition area

It additionally gave me the prospect to see extra of Macao and I received to map out road artwork round Macao on task, which was a enjoyable method to discover the territory!

Taiwan 2: Taipei + Yilan (6 days)

Yilan Dongshan Mr Brown Road Jumpshot

Yilan Dongshan Mr Brown Street Jumpshot

Again to Taiwan for the second time, this time armed with new digital camera and mic gear as I discovered that my telephone simply wasn’t going to be sufficient for good movies and pictures. It was nonetheless tremendous scorching presently of the yr, and I discovered myself again in Taipei and Yilan once more. I discovered some fairly cool spots however I feel the spotlight for me have been the locations that I stayed – Play Design Lodge the place I obtained to decide on my very own furnishings was a tremendous spot, whereas Yilan inspiration with its cute tents and the luxury Taipei Star Hostel are each lovely hostels I’d undoubtedly advocate anybody to take a look at.

Scale back your stress degree with these superb spots in Taipei or take my Final Weekend Warrior itinerary in Taipei

Taiwan three: Kaohsiung to Taoyuan (7 days)

Kaohsiung JcoArt Ice Cream Dog Head


I took on a extra intensive challenge so I used to be Singapore-bound for a bit, however the week after that venture ended, I used to be again on a flight to Taipei once more, however this time I ended up on a enjoyable however hectic exploration of Taiwan’s west coast from Taoyuan to Kaohsiung. I used to be sleeping in a special place each single night time! Additionally due to timings and schedules, I spent numerous time driving the HSR backward and forward as an alternative of taking a leisurely journey down the coast. Bungee Leaping off this random bridge in the midst of Taoyuan’s mountains was undoubtedly cool, although I’d like to go eat that well-known ice cream canine once more that had numerous my IG feed screaming.

Indonesia: Belitung (5 days)

Belitung Andrea Hirata Museum Colourful Me

Indonesia’s most well-known writer Andrea Hirata has a stunning vibrant museum proper right here in his hometown of Belitung

Beli-where? It’s all the time kinda cool whenever you get the chance to go to a spot that few individuals have even heard of. Garuda Indonesia launched their first continuous flight from Singapore to Belitung and I used to be one of many fortunate individuals who acquired to be on that flight. They needed to cancel the launch announcement in Singapore as a result of it was the day of the Lion Air crash, however the journey was fairly enjoyable and I obtained to hang around with a few of my media pals and see a brand new vacation spot various to busy Bali and Batam.

Examine why it is best to skip Bali and head to Belitung as an alternative

Thailand: Phuket (5 days)

Karon Beach Sunset Jumpshot

Good clear seashores and an superior jumpshot because the solar units. I like my strains on this shot

Yet one more Singaporean go-to spot which I’ve visited a few occasions, however this time I headed up with a superb good friend J to go take a look at and sit back on the Novotel Resorts within the Surin and Karon districts. Nice places and I undoubtedly like these seashores greater than something within the overcrowded and considerably seedy Patong space. Keep tuned for the evaluation of those two resorts coming quickly.

Japan: Sapporo + Membership Med Tomamu (eight days)

Hokkaido Tomamu Club Med Skiing Me

On prime of the slope – the towers mark the underside of the slope and I’m fairly positive I made that run greater than 10 occasions on day 1 alone

Capping off the yr with a uncommon household journey and the one journey on this yr that was private from begin to finish. I’m actually grateful to the alternatives that journey running a blog has opened up for me in the best way of journey, however it’s a good break to go someplace and never fear about whether or not I’ve taken sufficient pictures of the place. I broke out the skiwear and hoped to get some good slope time, however alas it’s nonetheless too early within the season and just one slope in the whole resort was open! I skied for in the future and swapped to a snowboard the subsequent day which was moderately painful, however nonetheless it was a reasonably enjoyable journey 🙂

What’s subsequent in 2019?

Who is aware of? Perhaps I’ll discover a full-time job, perhaps I’ll hold freelancing, however I undoubtedly nonetheless need to maintain travelling however it may be a bit tough planning forward with none concept as to what occurs on the revenue finish of issues. 

Regardless of the uncertainty, my first quarter is fairly full – I’ll make my final journey to Taiwan with Scoot in January, and in February I’m again in London once more for extra winter and I haven’t fairly figured the place else I need to see as nicely but in my prolonged week. Additionally on the playing cards for my epic Birthday journey – I’m FINALLY going scuba diving in Raja Ampat. You haven’t any concept how excited I’m for this! I even have my eye on the Setouchi Triennale in 2019 and am pondering if I need to return to this cool arts pageant.

I hope everybody acquired to journey the place they needed to in 2018! It’s all the time enjoyable wanting again on the yr and getting an excellent take a look at every thing that has occurred thus far, and I hope it’s inspiring you to consider your journey plans in 2019 as nicely. Share your epic journey plans with me – I’d love to listen to your tales!

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