A Year of Travel By Myself: It’s Been Sad, Mad, Crazy and Ridiculously Fun

“I have done everything that I wanted and it was more than I thought it would be”
– Beyonce

It’s been a year since I set off travelling. My first step was simple, compared to things to come, I spent it in a field in Suffolk at Latitude Festival. I was by myself though, a chance to toughen up in familiar surroundings.

As anyone who follows along will know my ex boyfriend and I split up in April last year and by July I had got rid of everything but what would fit in my backpack, including my flat, job and bike. On 16th July I set off on an amazing adventure to visit all the places I’d dreamed of from four years of working in travel and a lifetime of wanderlust.

Being dumped wasn’t how I expected the journey to happen, and at times along the way it’s been emotional.

Shit happens

Over the next week, while I embark on my second year of travel adventures starting with frolicking in a field at Bilbao BBK Live Festival in Spain, I want to show you how sometimes the worst things that happen can turn out to be the best.

Remember, shit happens, it’s how you deal with it that counts.

For now here’s a film I put together from the last year of travelling. Sorry about the music, but regular readers will know how much I love the Beyonce.

I’ve had so many adventures I haven’t been able to fit them all in the video, but here are a few highlights of a sad, mad, crazy, fun year of travelling.

July 16th 2014 – July 5th 2015

Latitude

France

Slovakia

Hungary

Romania

Bulgaria

Italy

Saint Lucia

Mexico

Guatemala

Belize

Japan

Taiwan

Philippines

Singapore

Indonesia

India

Spain

Israel

France

Russia

Estonia

Latvia

California

 Here’s to YEAR TWO!

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28 Comments

  1. by Emily Ray on July 8, 2015  9:47 am Reply

    Ahh, Vicky, that video made me feel rather emotional! What an absolutely incredible year of travel you've had - and so well deserved too. Can't wait to see what you get up to in year 2 :) xx

    • by Vicky on July 13, 2015  10:10 am Reply

      Thanks Emily and thanks for following along :) Makes me emotional too. Definitely can't watch it after a glass of wine. It's been so good!

    • by Vicky on July 13, 2015  10:15 am Reply

      Thanks! I'll be following your van adventure too :)

  2. by Jodie Young on July 8, 2015  12:52 pm Reply

    What an awesome video and year! I hope year two continues to be as awesome.

    • by Vicky on July 13, 2015  10:15 am Reply

      Thanks Jodie :)

  3. by Katie MacLeod on July 8, 2015  2:06 pm Reply

    Wow that video is awesome - what an incredible year! Looking forward to seeing where year two takes you :)

    • by Vicky on July 22, 2015  9:00 pm Reply

      Thanks Katie. I've got some pretty cool plans coming up!

  4. by Jenia on July 8, 2015  5:08 pm Reply

    Congrats on the year -- here's to many more. Three cheers to travel :)

    • by Vicky on July 13, 2015  8:30 am Reply

      Thanks Jenia :) Cheers!

  5. by Cathy (MummyTravels) on July 8, 2015  6:16 pm Reply

    Wow - what an amazing year, love the video. Looking forward to seeing what the next one holds.

    • by Vicky on July 13, 2015  8:30 am Reply

      Thanks Cathy!

  6. by Sarah on July 9, 2015  8:10 am Reply

    Love this video! I've got so many more travel ideas since I started reading your blog.

    • by Vicky on July 13, 2015  8:23 am Reply

      Ar, that's great news! Hope I've inspired you to do something cool!

  7. by Tracey on July 9, 2015  12:03 pm Reply

    What an inspiring video, and I just love that Beyonce song - its so powerful and oh so appropriate for your video ;)

    • by Vicky on July 13, 2015  8:22 am Reply

      Thanks Tracey, I love it too and glad you like my video. Need to start getting some footage for the next one!

  8. by Tash on July 10, 2015  1:33 pm Reply

    Wow 24 countries in a year, did I count that right? You must be knackered!
    Looks like an amazing year though :)

    • by Vicky on July 13, 2015  8:16 am Reply

      Yikes, that's crazy isn't it? Yeah I'm so tired right now from after the BBK Live Festival I've just been to. Just had to get some medicine as I think I'm sick too. Maybe I need to slow down a bit! Getting old!

  9. by Rachel on July 12, 2015  12:25 am Reply

    Wow you've had quite a year of travel, I'm so jealous! That song is pretty perfect for the footage. You go girl!

    • by Vicky on July 13, 2015  8:12 am Reply

      Thanks Rachel! It's definitely been a hectic one. I love that tune – I hope you like my little mixing bit at the start with the Rudimental and James Vincent McMorrow in there? Quite proud of that one :)

  10. by sheree millington on July 14, 2015  3:04 pm Reply

    OMG just think, you'll be able to watch that in 50 years and be like 'wow' I've seen some stuff! Great video - quite emosh. :) x

    • by Vicky on July 22, 2015  9:02 pm Reply

      Thanks Sheree, I definitely will. Sure I'll bore everyone in the nursing home with that little beaut!

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  12. by Brenna on July 15, 2015  11:02 pm Reply

    Ahhhhhh this is amazing Vicky, I loved it! What an incredible year you've had, I'm so happy that I can follow along on such an adventure. Totally loving the Beyonce, by the way.

    • by Vicky on July 22, 2015  9:02 pm Reply

      Thanks Brenna – glad you love her too :)

  13. by Rebecca on July 19, 2015  1:17 am Reply

    Arrgghhh, are you trying to make the world jealous??!! :-) Seriously awesome, keep up this exciting life and sharing your stories!

    • by Vicky on July 22, 2015  8:44 pm Reply

      Thanks for following along Rebecca! And sorry, girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!

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