This time two years ago my application for an Australian working holiday visa was accepted. It was about half past ten at night, I was in by myself and I did some weird little jumpy up and down dance. I rang Jody to tell him OMG IT'S ACTUALLY HAPPENING then I couldn't get to sleep because I was just so darn excited about life. The next 7 months included a lot of saving and OMG ONLY X MONTHS UNTIL WE GO. Then we hopped on the plane, spent 12 months dicking around and well, now we're home.
Sure I could have stayed in Oz for a another 12 months but I really, really hated farm work so there's no way I'd have done 3 months of that. After rocky start when I first got home, I've now pretty much accepted the fact that I'm back in Yorkshire. It doesn't bother me too much really.
After such a crazy 2015 I think it's good to take a break. Jody and I went on a grand total of 12 planes last year - That's more planes than some go on in a lifetime - and covered a shit tonne of ground in the time we were away.
2016 going to be about taking it steady. I'm going to stay put in the UK this year with no immediate plans to leave. Don't get me wrong if I can afford to squeeze in a cheeky trip to Europe, I will do, but it's not the end of the world if I don't. I've got trips within the UK planned, some gigs and festivals to attend and I'm going to be a first time Auntie in May so there's that to look forward too. We're also moving out in a couple of months so that's my No.1 priority at the moment.
I'm not entirely sure how to have a mainly travel based blog if I'm not doing much travelling but I'm sure I'll work it out. I'm going to take full advantage of being in the UK and devote my weekends to exploring my own backyard and all the national trust sites so I'm sure I'll be sharing my mini adventures on here. I might even try and go on my first trip to Ireland if there's enough money in the pot spare.
I've got enough going on at the moment to keep me pretty occupied so being home isn't the end of the world. So many people I met whilst travelling were fascinated with the UK and now I'm home I can see why - I'm looking at being home as a new adventure, seeing the UK with fresh eyes.
Are there any places within the UK that you guys are particularly in love with? Recommendations are very welcome!