Howdy all. Yes, I am going to bother with a short retrospective of 2020 from a personal view point. A complete failure in terms of travel, but you know I’m not the only one in that respect, for sure! It’s been a tough year for so many people. And I guess to say I’m still standing at the end of it is some sort of minor achievement. Because the year has had worse in it for me than living in lockdown.
Have you known someone who got corona virus this year? It’s been so wide spread I genuinely get surprised when I hear people on the TV saying they don’t know a single person who’s had it. I know people in more than one country who had it. Who had it pretty severely and were in ICU. And through someone I know, I know of someone who died from corona virus. I still remember back in the first half of the year when a bit of an idol of mine, Tim Brooke-Taylor, British comedian and one third of the Goodies passed away from it. So honestly I get a bit upset when I hear it referred to as ‘just like the flu’, or a hoax.
The year began and I booked a trip in May to head to the Philippines. This trip did not happen. I got over half my money back plus I have a travel credit with Cebu Pacific of around $1000AUD which I am unlikely to use before it expires. They send me regular emails telling me to use. Which is pretty annoying as what could I use it for? We can’t leave Australia!
Incidentally, I was due to go to the Philippines in 2012 and that fell through too, so the two times I’ve tried to get there, I’ve failed, so perhaps it is never to be. Or perhaps me booking for the Philippines is why we have corona virus?
I’ve had little time off this year. There didn’t seem much point beyond getting away from work. My mum nearly died in March and that was, as far as I was concerned, the worst of the year without a doubt. She’s ok now thankfully but it made me accept a reality I had always been frighten of accepting, that at some point I am going to lose my parents. It’s a very scary thing but also I always tell myself how lucky I am that I’m in my forties and I still have all my parents.
What have I achieved? Well, I have managed to post daily on the blog. That’s been a lot of work but doing it so religiously and fanatically since mid-year has meant that I had something to focus on through lockdown and without any travel prospects on the horizon. The result of that has been I am getting around twice as many views daily as I was a year ago. And also that I was able to monetize the blog. I currently make around $1.30USD a month from the blog. It goes up a few cents each month, well it has so far. When I hit $100 I will get paid, so that’s a fair way off as yet.
On the flip side at some point I know I will need to pull back on the blog a bit. It is taking a lot of time and head space and well, it’s not perpetually sustainable. Also, with no travel activity in 2020, I am relying on previous travel experiences and diaries to provide the majority of my content.
Also, I am saving both money and hours. I’m hoping in 2022 to go on a BIG ADVENTURE. I’m going to need leave hours in the bank for that. I’m not going to say what the plan is because there’s plenty of time and water to go under the bridge and there are no guarantees that by 2022 we’re in a place where the sort of travel I am talking about will be possible. I’m also saving for a house. And I’m doing okay there, I’m happy with how I’ve done to be honest. I haven’t been spending money on travel so I have been able to put away more than I had planned so I’m happy in that respect. I’m almost like an adult, hey?
I’ve put on weight. I’m not happy about it but motivation is a big struggle right now. Somehow I have to turn that around. Towards the end of the year, Melbourne came out of lockdown. We look at the northern hemisphere and I guess we are thankful for where we’re at. I worry a lot about Europe and Nth America to be honest. I don’t know how the rest of winter is going to go. It’s going to be tough.
Melbourne opening up and then Victoria has meant the chance to get out a little finally, shoot a little footage for some vlogs. More on that in another post. A chance to at least visit places, restaurants etc for the opportunity to write more posts.
How have you struggled through 2020? Have you managed travel? And how are you feeling about the next twelve months? Thanks for reading, please do comment, and… May the Journey Never End!