I would like to say thank you to all my blog followers for reading and sharing my posts this year, it’s been greatly appreciated.
What a year! 2013 has been truly amazing and an incredible opportunity for me to visit more of the UK and see some places that I’ve wanted to explore for a long time.
When you’re used to spending time attached to a backpack with your head buried in a Lonely Planet guide, it’s easy to forget about your own country in the race to see the rest of the world.
Having spent a lot of time travelling and seeing many new countries and cultures, I was worried that passing almost an entire year in Britain might leave me stir crazy. What it actually did was open my eyes to all the breathtaking places so much closer to home.
I visited Scotland, Cornwall and the Lake District for the first time. I stood at Land’s End and on top of Malham Cove. I drove across the Hardnott and Wrynose Pass and walked the Golden Mile in Edinburgh. I stayed in a B&B for the first time and learnt to map-read without having to turn the map 360 degrees (and nearly succeeded – it’s a girl thing!)
I saw my own city through the eyes of a tourist and fell in love with my home county of Yorkshire all over again. I drank mulled wine at the Lincoln Christmas Market, took a Champagne punt in Cambridge, ate a pork pie in Melton Mowbray and drove 220 miles to have lunch in Manchester.
Leaving the backpack on top of my wardrobe and picking up a map of UK B-Roads and a camera has been one of the best adventures I’ve had.
Living in England is a real pleasure and until this year I’d never even noticed. It’s diverse, culturally and historically rich, it’s beautiful and vibrant, traditional and quaint. It offers absolutely everything I look for when I visit a foreign country and you can drive anywhere in a matter of hours – although Land’s End to Harrogate was a slog that I’m in no hurry to repeat!
I would like to wish everyone a very happy New Year and I hope it takes you on an incredible journey, wherever it leads.
Safe travels x
Lots more photos in this blog and at www.flickr.com/photos/sarahardman