I could have done an Instagram round up of my ‘Top Nine’ – but a) 90% of them were taken in 2014 and b) I think we all know Instagram is all about the perfect shot over the reality… so, here is my ugly mug instead!
I’m not a big fan of my face and I take some really awful selfies on my phone (see below), but for one day only, here is what was going on behind the lens through my travels this year
#LiveAuthentic #NoFilterMyAss #PleasePleaseFollowMeAndLikeIWillFollowBack
I spent far too much time in Toilets like these #RichKidsOfInstagram
You know when people say you are gonna get a bad stomach for a bit when you travel? I somehow managed to rack up a month of it. How the hell my insides aren’t Asian loving yet who knows. Ironically, as I stood in Sri Lanka’s finest cubicle Rich Kids of Instagram followed me. LOL.
Got given my first carrot #CarrotPorn
Another highlight of Sri Lanka was this carrot. What an awesome gift. Cruising along in my TukTuk the driver announces how amazing their vegetables are. He stops, picks up a few from the store and the journey resumes chewing away like Bugs Bunny. It’s the small acts of strangers that make travel the best thing.
Finally got me a lagoon pool side room… full of shit! #NotEnoughFiltersToSaveThis
‘Wow, how do they get this green effect’ I asked swimming around after finally hunting down one of those bargain rooms that literally step out into the lagoon pool. The next day, as algae floated to my bedside and chlorine stank the hotel out I worked out why… Didn’t review that one.
Finally got a ‘free’ upgrade into business class and threw champagne everywhere #RichKidsOfInstagramGoesBadAss
Sri Lanka airlines. You suck. Checking in for my flight they demanded my credit card. I had cut them all up when I moved abroad so they made me pay for the whole ticket again or I couldn’t fly. WHAT. THE. HELL! They did give me a ‘free’ upgrade to Business where I immediently ordered a bottle of champgne, dropped it and sprayed it all around the cabin like I had just won some kind of driving rally for rips offs. Eventually they gave me some cash back and I have never been upgraded since…
I finally quit Hospitality #LifeOfAdventures
After a few months going back to work in the land of Hospitality I finally announced no more. When you stop enjoying what you do then simply you need to stop doing it. So I decided I needed a new job…
People actually are buying my Photography #VSCOCam
I got hired for Photography gigs this year, people brought prints and canvases off me and I started selling images online as well. Only a year after properly picking up a camera. Chase those dreams people, chase those dreams…
Started snapchat and quit within a day #FollowForFollowClub
You simply must be on Snapchat they said. It is all the rage these days they said. I nearly have arthritis from Social Media I said. I managed to get one crap snap out to a grand follower count of zero and then gave up. Guess my blogging days are numbered now eh!
Took too many sweaty, slightly porn looking selfies #SelfiePorn
Every. Single. Selfie. I look like a crazed man, trying to pull a sexy face whilst sweating my way across Asia. See why they don’t make it to Instagram?
I’ll just stick with those non staged, causal, staring out across the world photos that don’t involve a tripod and twenty minutes to capture. #LiveTheMoment
Insomnia took over #DidntGoToSleepLikeThis
Is it extended jet lag? Have I been to too many time zones? Feck knows, but if I make it to sleep before 6am these days then it’s a blessing. Really, I could invest all those extra awake house into Snapchat right?
Awesome people everywhere #CommunityFirst
I met so many awesome, creative and caring people this year both on and offline. After so long travelling solo I had become a bit of a reclusive introvert so hooking up with people that rock was cool. One such was Jen of Social Girl Traveller. Shock horror, for once I like my non pervy, sweaty face in a photo!
Crying and mental laughter became ok #CuratedLife
Let your emotions take over was my motto for this year. I cried openly, laughed loudly and followed my gut and instincts when to question, embrace or simply shut the hell up. Life is way too short to be some prescribed, curated version of the person you think the world wants to see. Be the best version of yourself, for yourself, and enjoy it.
That time I got mugged for my life belongings #NoFilter
I got mugged this year. On my own doorstep. Cameras, laptops and one years of photography on a hard drive gone. But, I still have my life, those memories and came out smiling. The twat that assaulted me, I doubt he has much happiness in his life.
I learnt the real value of giving back #LiveIt
When I headed on my first tour to do some volunteer work whilst travelling I think it is fair to say I had reservations. My time with Hands on Journeys however was totally epic. I learnt the real value of things as simple as a toothbrush, a smile and some furniture. I realised that giving back was a two way conversation and not something to rush into like I had before. Open your heart this year and fill the world with random acts of kindness. Sometimes the best gift you can give is your time.
Eye infections caught me out in paradise #TotesNotPinkEye
‘Yuck, that guy has pink eye‘ is never something anyone wants to hear. No, it wasn’t. The eye infection arrived before heading to remote Komodo Island, my glasses broke the next day and I spent most of the trip wandering around an Island full of killer Dragons with no way to see and taking some really blurred photographers of who knows what. Good job I wasn’t in paradise right?
Fear of heights? Do one! #JustLandedMyHelicopterHere
I kicked a lot of fears this year. My fear of heights however was the top one. I could never take good photos looking down, venture to the highest attractions or even enjoy nature to its finest because of it. But when you put your mind to changing a state of mind you can do it. The end result is nearly always worth the fight to get to. And yeah, that Bridge made me cry at the start of the year.
Went crazy and considered buying a wheelie suitcase #MoveOutTheWAY!!!!!
Yep. I saw everyone with their easy to pull, smart looking suitcases and for a moment thought ‘I want one of those’.
I think it was a moment of madness. I don’t want to outgrow my backpack that is torn to bits, can be squeezed into any full luggage compartment and which has as many stories as me. Long live the (semi) backpacker!