It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… It’s a little difficult to get into the festive mood in Malta due to the very mild weather, but we can’t complain. However, I have to admit, Valletta looks gorgeous and all dressed up for Christmas; dazzling fairy lights, festive music and hot chocolate infused with orange and cinnamon, yum!
Meanwhile we are slowly settling in to our new life on this tiny Mediterranean island. Whilst we are excited about all the possibilities of 2017, we can’t help but reflect on the amazing year gone by and cheer our commitment to do more of what we love.
Saying goodbye is never easy
This time last year was our last Christmas in London! All our stuff was either sold or given away… even my lovely M&S Christmas tree… The only thing we had left in our London flat was our bright and shiny LED lights to keeps us festive.
Just before leaving London, where we spent many years and had some wonderful times, we said a proper goodbye to the city and did a very joyful London Christmas lights walk. Wow, how the time flies!
The decision was made and there was no way back. But we didn’t want to look back, we wanted to look forward. We had money saved for our travels, we had our health insurance sorted and our travel credit card ready. We had drawn up a list of what should we pack for our trip and had our travel backpacks sitting in the corner ready to go.
Reflecting on the year gone by
Now that the 2017 is approaching and everyone is reflecting on the year gone by, we are both happy to say that we had a cracking year. We wouldn’t have changed anything and are happy with the decision we made to leave London and travel.
We will admit, it was a little scary to leave our lives behind, but mostly we were scared of the uncertainty. But now that we’ve done it and can look back at all the things we’ve seen, we can only encourage you to travel more and see the world.
Even though we had mixed feelings about our new lifestyle, most importantly, we wanted it. Of course, we are very fortunate to have a bunch of supportive friends and family, but still, we had to commit to ourselves.
Commitment is the key in making any decisions. Without it we wouldn’t have saved £10,000 for our travels and would have, probably, still be sitting in London, dreaming about the amazing Angkor Temples or hiking the rice fields in Sapa.
Also, it wouldn’t have happened without some inspiration. While sitting on our sofa in our cosy flat in London, we watched endless videos and read endless inspirational blog posts. And that’s what we tried to do throughout the 2016, blog to inspire others to travel more and see the world.
If our inspiration is not enough, we encourage you to come and travel with Alex and Marco, the amazing Vagabrothers. They are absolute travel stars. Check out their Youtube channel, the videos are absolutely stunning!
If you are a foodie, you will loooove Mark Wiens from Migrationology. We do and we are not really foodies! We drooled over Mark’s videos before our adventures and followed his food journey during our travels too. However, I have to warn you, have some food with you, but good food! Until now, we can’t watch any of Mark’s videos without eating something nice, honest!
If you have been reading our blog and follow us on social media, you will have noticed our crush on Goats on the Road. Nick and Dariece were and still are our main inspiration. They’ve created the travel lifestyle they’ve dreamed of and we are so thrilled to be guest posting on their blog.
Nomadic Matt is one of the most organised travel websites we’ve ever come across and we love it. We come here for inexhaustible inspiration, advice and simply to nose around his interesting posts.
Travel blogging, or just general blogging, is such an amazing way to broaden your horizons, gain new skills and share your experiences. If you’ve been to places and seen amazing things, share them with us! Drop us a line if you’d like to guest post for MapTrotting in 2017, we’d love to hear from you!
What did we miss most while travelling?
Of course, friends and family! There’s no reason to deny it it, it’s simply inevitable. Being a Lithuanian expat in London, feeling homesick wasn’t exactly a new thing for me, however, touring South East Asia placed the familiar feeling in a completely new dimension. But don’t let this put you off, Skype and messaging apps will keep you connected with your loved ones wherever you are.
Social life was another aspect we missed during our travels. While we shared a few beers with lovely people along the way, it was usually only for a day or two, a week tops. And then everyone has to move on. On the other hand, we all keep in touch and when the time comes, we will meet again. The world is small in many ways.
Our Christmas wish for you!
Our core message for you this Christmas is that you don’t have to leave your life behind. Not if you don’t want to. You can create a travel lifestyle you want, whether you want to travel full time, part time or take 2 week vacations. It doesn’t matter as long as you make the decision to travel more. That’s all we want for you in 2017!
So to help you out with the inspiration and practical tips, we rolled out a Travel Planning Course where we will help you to prepare for a trip and avoid the mistakes we did. It’s fun, we promise! Simply pop in your details below and get instant access to the course. It’s FREE!
Cheers and Seasons Greetings!