In the words of John Lennon, “another year over, and a new one just begun”. 2018 was a whirlwind of a year, I visited an island I had barely even heard of the year before, joined the English Heritage, and the National Trust, and finally got to visit my friend at home in Warsaw after a year of promising. With all of that ticked off my list I’m up and rearing to go for the year ahead but it is only proper that I should do a round up of my very favourite things I got up to in the last year. Read on for my top adventures of 2018.
Having become members of English heritage last year (and setting ourselves a challenge), our guidebook went with us EVERYWHERE. From sitting on a car park overlooking Hadrian’s Wall thinking ‘where next?’ to stopping off at a Midlands tea room for the day’s inspiration. Being particularly precious about books there is nothing better than a crisp edition and that new-book smell. But this is no ordinary book.
Starting out on my solo travels, one of the biggest things for me was keeping track of everywhere I had been and all of the amazing pictures and memories I had picked up along the way… enter scrapbooking stage left. But, starting out with notebook in-hand wasn’t so easy, as a self-confessed perfectionist my heart broke as I saw perfect pages laid siege to with a whirlwind of snatched minutes and splodged mementos. Once my initial illusions had been well and truly shattered however, I came to the conclusion that, you know what, this thing was turning into something pretty darn cool.
Keeping a scrapbook is the perfect way to re-live your travel adventures and a handy way to look up the name of that hard-to-find restaurant that serves the BEST food. (Take a look at mine here). But how do you get started? Read on for my essential kit for making travel journalling pages to ooh and ah over.
So today I received my new travel journal! 😀 Isn’t it beautiful?!
A few weeks ago I got in touch with a lovely family who I will be Au Pairing with for a few months (exciting times! :D) So what better opportunity to splash out (well a mini splash anyway) on a new journal? 😀 Whenever I go anywhere I love to keep track of all of my experiences in a scrapbook with pictures and tickets and all sorts thrown in there to look back on (check out my scrapbooking essentials guide here). During my time studying in the States I had tons of fun with this, collecting stamped coins and all sorts to throw in there and they are now some of my most prized possessions. These things are also great to keep track of all of the restaurants and other places I want to visit again and things I learned from the trip that I will need to remember if I ever go there again.
Usually I use the mixed page journals from Badbooks on Etsy as they are super helpful in the design process, but this time I thought I should go with something a little different in preparation for my trip to Au Pair in Spain (something you will be hearing ALL about in the coming months). Mainly, I love that I can slot the pages in and out of it and the mini aeroplane marker to hold my place it so cute! I’m going to have a LOT of fun scribbling away in this one! Pictures to come soon… 😀