In every way, 2011 was an amazing year. Jamie Talbot and I travelled the world, visited 15 countries, and met countless inspiring people. We spent time with our families and friends in Australia and England, and made new friends everywhere else. Eight months on the road was revitalising yet tiring, but we’ll never forget the opportunity we had to take the such a huge chunk of time off work, pack up our lives and travel, free of worry, debt and responsibility. The trip brought us even closer together, too – so we got married at the end of it! And now, we start 2012 with a new home in San Francisco – overjoyed at what 2011 brought us and excited to see what’s ahead in 2012. Here are my favourite memories from the year on the road.
As part of our planned ‘rest and recover’ time, we were invited to the south of France for a week at the end of May. Just as I had hoped, it was seven days purely focused on eating cheese, drinking wine and sampling crepes. Even though I had been struggling with a head cold all week, a Nutella crepe never fails to cheer me up! But I am sure that all the fresh air, seasonal fruits and magnificent scenery didn’t hurt, either