This week completes one year of The Tall Traveller era!. A year ago, I would’ve never guessed the blog would develop the way it has! I remember when I first started; I wanted to develop a one-stop hub for anything interesting that I come across. Now, 24 blog posts later, I’ve kept up my promise of averaging two blog posts a month. It hasn’t been easy, but here are the highlights of my last 12 months full of travels:
In November 2014, I finally put to paper an answer to the question “where is home to you?” Anyone who has traveled enough will relate to it.
I also visited my best friend in Austin, Texas. A quick Thanksgiving trip - just as the year before - but it was nice to touch base once again. Actually, the flight from Austin to JFK, New York was the best flight of my life. Why? Because I met Eleanor S. In 3 hours she taught me major life lessons, which I took full advantage of and document here
December came around and I got to head home – Brazil – for the first time in 10 months. Felt good to be around family vibes, the best vibes. Christmas and New Years is my favorite time of the year! I’ve never had a cold Christmas and this year wasn’t going to change that.
January and February were rather uneventful through travel lenses – I spent long hours shoveling snow to save for a trip in March. But I did write an inspirational post on tips to deal with homesickness. This was one of the most informational and beneficial for you guys, so you should definitely check it out, here.
March is usually tough. By this time, I’m usually fed up with winter and looking for warm weather. The money I saved up resulted in a week long cruise to the Caribbean and Bahamas. One of the best weeks of my life. You can check out the blog post about it here and here, as well as the video compilation here. I met some very special people on this cruise!
In April, the blog had its first and only newspaper post! The blog made it on the Setonian, Seton Hall’s newspaper. What a thrill! Also, the author of Hitchhike the World discovered The Tall Traveller and wanted to interview for the blog. Fantastic!
Maywas another exciting month. I found out I was going to intern Ireland two days before leaving for Indonesia. I got to spend two weeks in Surabaya, Indonesia with family – a much needed break from being an independent grown up. I wrote about my very last minute travel plans.Here is quote from it:
The rest of June was all about settling in this new foreign land and adapting with the locals. I wrote about my first impressions of Cork, Ireland. I also wrote the best description I possible could have, on what travel means to me.. when I say that
August ended up the most traveled month of my life. In short, it began with a weekend trip to Belgium and Holland where I met up with old high school friends I hadn’t seen since Thailand days. Then, after spending a last week in Ireland, I headed to South Carolina where I met up with Kayla & Chelsea, whom I had met in March on the spring break cruise. You can watch a video compilation by Chelsea of the trip!
To wrap up Ireland days, I compiled a video of my time there. It’s one of my better compilations so do check it out! Depending on where in the world you're watching from, there may not be sound.
Septembergot me back in school, but it wasn’t a normal semester. My family (father, mother and one sister) came to visit me for the first time since I’ve been studying in the US. I got to show them around Seton Hall and New York for a week. Incredible! What a dream come true.
Octoberhad me stuck in New Jersey, but I did get visitors! Chelsea & Kayla survived their 12 hour bus to come visit for a weekend. Thank you!
And to wrap it up, November of 2015 and onwardshas also got travel plans in store. Late November I will head to South Carolina, December I will take off Texas bound, late December I get to go home to Brazil, and to start off 2016 fresh.. I move down South for Graduate-level studies!
I couldn't have asked for a better first year of blogging. Looking back, I have learnt a lot of things that I will write about soon. Again, thank you all for the support! I hope that this next year brings even more travel adventures and that I’m able to continue inspiring others to pursue an extraordinary life!