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Goodbye 2016! It’s the last day I’ll see of you (and what a year it’s been eh?). Teacake Travels is now 2 years old and I can’t wait to see what 2017 will bring! Thank you to all of YOU! It has been an absolute jam-packed year of kick ass, feminist, fear-fighting solo travels that I have had every goddamn pleasure in sharing with you.
To celebrate my goodbye 2016 night, I want to get you off on the right foot in 2017 by giving you a chance to win a Cabin Zero Backpack! I know a lot of you are starting your solo travels for the first ever time this year. Let’s make 2017 an unforgettable adventure! Enter the giveaway at the end of this post to grab yours and start exploring!
Amongst all the political mess, depressing celebrity deaths and increasing xenophobia we’ve seen across the world this year, let’s take a couple of minutes to celebrate some jolly good travel shall we?
January started with me being 1 week deep into my one month exploration of Bangladesh. I went there because people told me not to. I wanted to really see what the country was like. In short, it was absolutely amazing! I’ve been so busy, I STILL haven’t finished writing about it all but that will soon be solved. Keep your eyes peeled!
February was about taking some downtime, tweaking the website and eating a ton of awesome food in Kuala Lumpur. My word the street food is good there!
March till May was about learning much more about how to travel safely as a woman. I headed to Dali in China to learn Jiu Jitsu for 3 months (!) and I left with some invaluable self defence techniques for women. I’ve been walking down the street confident I can handle myself ever since.
June was about seeing just how good things can be on your own doorstep. Being an English lady and never seeing what my neighbours have been up to all these years, it was about time I paid a visit! Edinburgh is stunning and the Scottish Highlands and Isle Of Skye are something else!
I went to Scotland so it was only fair I saw Ireland too! It’s a beautiful country and the Guinness and whisky goes down very nicely too! Here’s how to see the best of Ireland in one week!
The Mongol Rally: UK To Mongolia (And Back!)
I still can’t quite believe it but yes, I drove across 21 countries from the UK to Russia via Mongolia (and back) for 3 non-stop crazy freaking months to promote women’s rights. It’s possibly one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. You can find out all the juicy gossip and details about what you need to know for the Mongol Rally here. November was spent recovering in the UK and thinking seriously about how to save money whilst travelling. God I needed a lie down after that.
December brought a lovely little trip opportunity thanks to Coca Cola! They invited me along to find out more about their Ekocenters in Vietnam and how they are empowering women to be successful girl bosses. It was incredibly impressive!
UK: Home Sweet Home
December has been about me returning to the UK to get super serious about Teacake Travels. I haven’t lived in the UK for 6 years, so it’s a pretty big deal for me. I’ve informed the Queen that I am now self-employed and run a business: this blog! Learning how to be a travel blogger after teaching English abroad for 5 years is an ongoing process and a very exciting one!
I’m working hard to be the lady you think of when you need a strong, feminist, solo, adventurous female in your life and I can’t wait to take on the world in 2017! You’ll be finding me tapping away at the keyboard a lot this year to catch up with adventures you haven’t heard peep of yet! I’ve got some real goodies up my sleeve for you! Ooh they’re good.
India For 2017?!
As usual, as I say goodbye 2016, I’m leaving plans for 2017 open to the cosmos. Saying ‘yes’ to opportunities at the last minute has brought me nothing but success and joy in life, so I intend to carry on as I always have. Nonetheless, there is one trip in 2017 that I am dying to take and that’s a trip to Kerala in India in March! Read on to find out how you can help me make this a reality!
****** Win A Cabin Zero Backpack! ******
I discovered Cabin Zero backpacks this year and have been using them ever since! They are incredibly budget friendly to buy and it’s amazing how much you can fit into one 44L backpack. They have a built-in global tracker, YKK lockable zippers, thick padded shoulder straps, a 25 year warranty if you like them on Facebook and are made from strong durable material.
The best bit about them? They fit right into cabin luggage space. No more baggage fees at the airport thank you very much! To WIN A CABIN ZERO BACKPACK from their new CAMO range, just enter the giveaway below!
The competition is open to all countries and you can get the most entries by voting for me to go to India! If you’ve voted for me already, no sweat. You can still enter! Voting and competition closes on January 10th so act now to enter! The best bit? You can come back tomorrow to get even more entries! Yoohoo!
Happy New Year readers and wishing you all the best for 2017!
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