2015 was a big year for us: we got married, Steve released his first feature film, and we made some big decisions for our life ahead. We also went on 11 trips, from weekends away to nearly a month in South Africa and Mauritius. Despite making London our homebase again, our wanderlust wasn’t hampered and we’re slowly finding a balance between stability and adventure.
Thank you to all of you for following along in 2015. These were some of our highlights.
Of course, nothing in 2015 could top our wedding day. It was a day filled with love and joy. We spent a huge amount of time planning it so 2015 really was the year of the wedding.
After a wedding comes a honeymoon and we agonised over where to go. We couldn’t have been happier with our choice and loved every minute of our honeymoon in South Africa and Mauritius. From a luxury safari to road tripping around the Cape Peninsula and staying in gorgeous vineyards in the winelands, it was the perfect trip.
Steve’s professional life had a big boon when he released his first feature film, Planetary. The film has shown at festivals all around the world and is currently available to watch on Vimeo-on-Demand. It will come out on DVD later this year, and there’s an educational edition in the works. After an agonising wait for a visa, I was able to join Steve and the team in Austin for the world premiere at SXSW. I also made my first trip to New York for the theatrical release, and Steve and I made a few trips around the UK and Europe for various festival screenings. Every time I see the film, and especially when Steve does a Q&A, I’m so incredibly proud of him – Planetary is an amazing achievement and I hope you enjoyed it too.
Friends and Family
This was also the year that we decided to stop travelling full-time and make London our homebase. This meant that 2015 was a time filled with friends and family. One of the reasons a life of total nomadism doesn’t suit us is that we value our relationships in the UK too much to be away all the time. Although 2016 may see a change of location from Peckham, we’ll still be close to all these wonderful faces. But don’t be mistaken that this means we’ll stop travelling. The wanderlust is alive and well, and we’re starting the year with a three-month trip (more on that soon).
Exploring Europe and the UK
Another benefit of being back in the UK is being able to travel around Europe so easily. We took advantage of that this year with two trips to Denmark – first to discover hygge in Copenhagen, and then to explore the country’s second city, Aarhus. We also fell in love with Amsterdam after ten years away from the city and think it’s a place we’ll be returning to in 2016. Steve returned to Berlin for his stag do and my friends surprised me with a hen do in Warsaw. And we also spent some more time exploring England, including Sheffield, Manchester and York.
Japan and Seoul
A major travel highlight was our trip to South Korea and Japan. We only got back a couple of weeks ago and haven’t written about it on the blog yet, but there are plenty of photos on Instagram and I promise stories soon. From our friends’ wedding in Seoul to discovering the madness and beauty of Japan, it was an incredible and memorable trip.
New Year in Dublin
And finally, we’ve ended the year in Dublin for the New Years Festival. Three of my grandparents are Irish so this is a country that’s close to my heart. I’ll be posting more on Dublin soon, and we’re already plotting our return to explore more of my homeland, in particular Donegal.
Thanks again for following along in 2015. Steve and I are both really excited about the year ahead. It’s a time of new beginnings for us – from moving house to exploring different work options. It’s also the year that we’ll return to one of our favourite places on the planet and hopefully discover a few new gems along the way. We look forward to sharing it all with you.
Happy 2016 everyone!