Another yr finished and dusted! 2018 won’t were as adventurous or travel-filled as our earlier years, nevertheless it’s indisputably considered one of our favourites thus far, and was once precisely what we needed and wanted at this level in our lives.
My reflections publish from 2017 concluded with:
“Going forward into 2018, we have a few things that we’ll be working on healthwise, businesswise and in our personal lives. While we’re here in Mexico we’ll be figuring out where we need to be in 2018 and the actions we need to take to complete our goals! One thing’s for sure, we’ll be abroad and exploring somewhere new in this wonderful world.”
That whole paragraph is right, and we achieved all of the ones issues in 2018, excluding for “exploring somewhere new”.
That’s proper, that is the one yr since we’ve been at the highway that we haven’t visited a new nation! This yr we repeated international locations, slightly than including any new stamps to our passports.
It’s in fact arduous to consider.
The objectives for our well being, trade and private lives had been all met this yr. Here’s a take a look at what we achieved in 2018.
Where Should We Go?!
As we rang within the new yr in Mexico with a large number of members of the family, we spent principally all of January deciding the place we must pass subsequent. This was once one thing we had struggled with for the previous couple of years.
It must be simple to determine a spot to move, there are a large number of international locations we’ve by no means been. But, there wasn’t someplace that was once calling us, someplace that lets lead a wholesome way of life, whilst taking part in cultural reports and increasing our trade.
We couldn’t in finding any towns that suited our needs and wants, or any residences that we preferred (in our seek, we virtually fell for an Airbnb rip-off).
Then it dawned on us:
We’d been so busy on the lookout for someplace new, when all alongside what we in reality wanted was once to go back to our glad position.
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Achieving Happiness in One Place
We arrived again within the Caribbean on February 2d and right away we knew we had made the most productive determination conceivable. It felt proper.
Once we made the selection to return again to Grenada, the whole lot fell into position merely and simply. This is how we knew we had been on course.
While in Mexico, Nick and I mentioned our preferrred residing scenario – what it could appear to be and the way it could really feel.
✓ We sought after a spot to reside that was once at the sea.
✓ It must be open and ethereal.
✓ It would have a pool.
✓ It could be vivid and vibrant.
✓ The location could be in a quiet, non violent house.
✓ We could be surrounded via nature.
✓ It could be in our worth vary.
The area we ended up renting in Grenada exams all of the ones bins, and extra! It has exceeded our expectancies and we couldn’t be happier. In this example, it was once about who we knew and we’re perpetually thankful for the relationship.
Since Grenada isn’t precisely a virtual nomad sizzling spot, we weren’t anticipating to seek out running a blog buddies, however slightly a bunch of like-minded other people our age.
We now have a bunch of fantastic buddies who’re all our age, and a couple of of them reside only a few doorways down. We’ve expanded our staff of Grenadian buddies to incorporate extra superior people (and love finding out extra about their customs and tradition).
Even although we didn’t be expecting to hook up with any bloggers, Spare Dog’s new puppy sitters (The Dharma Trails) began their weblog thru us, and feature a powerful social media presence as neatly. We’re in a position to speak with them concerning the on-line international, whilst taking part in hikes, foods and beverages in combination. Amazing.
Another bonus of residing right here, slightly than passing thru as travellers, is that we get to be extra concerned locally and provides again to an island that provides us such a lot.
We’ve finished reasonably a little of donating and volunteer paintings over the last yr – with animals, youngsters, the aged, marketers, and the surroundings – and whilst the ones reports had been extremely heartwarming, there’s at all times extra that may be finished.
This is the primary time we’ve had a base since we began travelling. Somewhere we will be able to journey from, and go back to after our journeys. Staying nonetheless has given us the chance to blow up our trade, lead a wholesome way of life, revel in some leisure pursuits, be part of the group, and feature amusing with buddies.
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Achieving Health Goals
After a yr of overindulging in 2017 we ended up with “blogger bods“, and vowed to be more healthy in 2018. As quickly as we landed in Grenada, we took on that problem and dove head first right into a detox from alcohol and sugar, plus consuming extra healthy foods.
After about 2 weeks of this wholesome consuming, Nick misplaced 20 kilos and I misplaced about 15. This weight was once strictly misplaced because of nutrition, as the one workout we did was once strolling.
Since then, we’ve returned to consuming a much wider vary of meals, however nonetheless choosing more healthy choices when conceivable, and smaller portion sizes.
We’re additionally incorporating herbal merchandise which are to be had at the island into our regimen. We’ve discovered anyone who makes natural, herbal soaps, and we’re consuming soursop, turmeric and coconut oil – all of which provide implausible well being advantages (when utilized in proper doses).
To me, wholesome residing doesn’t simply imply the meals that we consume, or the vitamins we soak up. We now get massages each and every week as neatly to lend a hand with stream and save you achy muscle mass from sitting at the pc.
To upload to our wholesome residing function, we really feel it’s vital to have some downtime and calm down in a calm atmosphere, full of sunshine. This is after we’re probably the most ingenious, glad and productive.
We indisputably really feel like we put our well being at the leading edge this yr, and plan to stay it there going ahead.
Achieving Business Goals
2018 was once an unbelievable yr for our web site. We didn’t pass on as many paid press journeys as remaining yr and we didn’t obtain just about as many excursions and resort remains without cost.
But, we did virtually triple the site visitors to our web site, which went from 91,000 guests a month in November, 2017 to 250,000 guests a month in November, 2018. That’s a 175% build up in site visitors. We additionally greater than doubled our per thirty days source of revenue. It was once an excellent yr!
This yr we additionally invested again into our trade via hiring a group of search engine marketing mavens and visitor writers. When we had been first beginning out and had been finding out tips on how to grow to be journey bloggers, the considered outsourcing paintings gave the impression loopy.
These days, we understand the worth of hiring other people to lend a hand us with issues that we merely aren’t certified to do, or to liberate a few of our time in order that we will be able to paintings on developing higher articles, partnerships and merchandise.
Since we didn’t pass on a large number of press journeys this yr, we didn’t have deliverables that we had been contractually obligated to create. Instead, we’ve been in a position to concentrate on writing related content material for our logo, which ranks in Google searches and in the long run brings our website online extra site visitors.
We’ve moved clear of developing YouTube and Facebook movies, and we’re much less lively on social media, which means we’ve extra time to spend on content material and merchandise.
Nick created his Beginner Blogger Course, which has gained numerous sure opinions! He’s lately running on his search engine marketing For Beginners Course, which shall be finished via the top of this month. These classes take a large number of time and effort, however listening to the development our scholars have made and the way a hit they’ve grow to be in this kind of quick time period, makes all of it profitable.
We’ve additionally partnered with some superb associates and types who we resonate with, and feature confirmed to be reasonably profitable.
In 2018, a couple of manufacturers and tourism forums reached out to us, and whilst we became down one of the most provides, we did comply with do a few partnerships – simply two.
One was once with Mount Cinnamon Grenada the place we loved an excellent 2 day staycation right here at the island. The different was once with the Chicago tourism board the place we spent per week taking part in all the superior issues to do in Chicago.
For Chicago, the deliverables had been low and the shuttle got here on the actual second after we each mentioned that we’d like a town wreck. It was once too excellent to go up, so we went for it and are so satisfied we did – gala’s, meals and amusing, it was once an unbelievable shuttle.
We endured our partnerships with native firms at the island, Dive Grenada and Savvy Sailing Adventure, plus, we had been “models” for a couple of photograph shoots for promotional subject matter! Overall, 2018 was once an excellent yr for our trade and logo.
Achieving Personal Goals
It’s humorous how after we bring to mind objectives, oftentimes Nick and I handiest discuss the place we need to journey and what we wish from our web site.
But, what about our dating?!
Living in Grenada has additionally made our private dating thrive and we’re finding out what it’s love to “live together” once more. Travelling is something, however residing in combination – entire with tasks, expenses to pay, errands to run, and regimen – is reasonably other.
Of direction, we lived in combination in Canada, and likewise after we had our educating jobs in China, nevertheless it were some time since we spent a yr in fact adulting.
We loved volunteering with the conservation of leatherback turtles for our 11 yr anniversary, whilst spending 2 nights at a lovely little guesthouse. We’ve been on a large number of walks and picnics, and loved many crusing journeys, live shows and romantic dinners in combination.
Having this yr to reconnect with out the tension of looking to run a trade at the highway, whilst figuring out journey logistics, has been precisely what we would have liked.
No New Countries (Fail!)
It’s truly abnormal that we didn’t discuss with a brand new nation this yr. We didn’t know about a brand new tradition and we didn’t pattern any new genres of meals.
But, we did get started the yr off in Mexico and from there we flew to Grenada. We travelled to the US (Chicago), adopted via a month in Canada and per week in Barbados.
No new international locations, however we loved seeing a brand new town within the States, highway tripping round our house province of British Columbia and holidaying in Barbados with our buddies. In 2016 we lived in Barbados for two months, so it was once a large number of amusing revisiting our favorite seashores, eating places and bars.
The yr has flown via, and we had been merely having an excessive amount of amusing and taking part in existence at the island to depart…
What’s The Plan for 2019?
Heading into the brand new yr we have already got some journey plans. We really feel like our trade is in an excellent spot at this time, and we’re able to depart this Caribbean rock for some time and discover some new locations.
On February 2, 2019, we’ve booked a flight to Ecuador – precisely 1 yr after arriving in Grenada.
There’s one thing about that date with us:
- February 2, 2011 we left Canada to move on a 16 month shuttle around the globe, which is after we discovered tips on how to earn a living at the highway. We haven’t lived in Canada since.
- February 2, 2018 we arrived in Grenada and made it our base.
- February 2, 2019 we’re leaving to move travelling for three months.
We’ll be flying from Grenada -> Miami -> Quito and can not wait!
The thought is to spend about 6 weeks between Ecuador and The Galapagos Islands and 1 month – five weeks in Peru. We would possibly pop into Bolivia as neatly. Although our buddies right here aren’t more than pleased about it, we’ve booked a one-way flight (we’ll be again, we promise!) and are simply going to look the way it is going.
If we’re loving the shuttle, we will be able to keep longer. If we really feel able to go back to Grenada, we will be able to.
We’ve booked some lovely implausible Airbnbs in cloud forests, mountain villages and towns. We’re truly taking a look ahead to the locations…and the cool lodging.
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This shuttle goes to be all about mountain climbing within the mountains, exploring colonial towns and consuming new meals – principally, it’s the other of the whole lot we’ve finished in Grenada. The handiest factor we’re anxious about is the cold climate (neatly, possibly that’s simply me!).
We’re taking a look ahead not to wearing the whole lot we personal on our backs. Luckily we’ve buddies right here who will retailer maximum of our stuff so we simply wish to deliver the necessities. We’re hoping our packs are light-weight, however we’ll see what occurs after we get started packing.
If you will have any guidelines and recommendation about travelling thru Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, we’d love to listen to from you!
As with 2017, I need to finish this publish with some objectives we need to accomplish and issues we need to pursue in 2019:
- More actions. I need to soak up yoga once more – one thing I used to like however haven’t finished in a very long time. More swimming, extra kayaking, and becoming a member of extra of the hashes at the island.
- Exploring extra of Grenada. When you reside someplace, it may be extremely simple to take the environment with no consideration. When we lived in Canada, we hardly ever went to the mountains, and now that we are living in Grenada, we hardly ever even discuss with the beautiful seashores and waterfalls.
- Continue to create and supply knowledge. We need to truly focal point at the content material we’re writing and making sure it’s inspirational, helpful and related to residing out of the country, travelling long-term, and earning profits at the highway. There are at all times techniques we will be able to give a boost to on our content material.
- Help out. While residing right here we need to do extra volunteer paintings, and donate extra money to quite a lot of reasons. While we’re travelling, our function is to offer again to each and every position we discuss with – both thru opting for socially and ethically accountable firms to journey with, volunteering our time, or via buying in the community made, conventional items. These days, it’s extra vital than ever to be a accountable traveller.
We need to thanks such a lot for following our adventure this yr. We hope we’ve supplied you with knowledge that helped you journey extra, and that we’ve given you some concepts for methods you’ll receives a commission to journey, and earn a living out of the country. As at all times, be at liberty to electronic mail us with any questions or feedback you will have 😀
We want you a wholesome, filthy rich, travel-filled yr!
Dariece (and Nick)