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2018 has been the year when I travelled for the longest period of time out of the year, marking almost four months out of the year spent away from home. I’ve spent time with my family in Canada for most of this, went city-hopping across Europe and backpacked in South East Asia for the third time in the last few years. As my last summer as a student, I wanted to travel as much as I could in the past twelve months before I was tied to a job. The year has helped me make the decision that my hunt for a job will be focused in South East Asian cities, looking specifically at Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
I started my year in Krakow, celebrating New Year’s Eve there and travelling on to Prague a few days later to spend time with my mum and brother. From then I went back to university in St Andrews for a few months and within that time organised a dream trip for my mum to Italy. We headed off for my Spring Break first to Milan, then on to Florence, Pisa and Rome for just over a week.
After my university semester was over, I spent an entire two months with my wonderful family in Canada. It was one of the best trips I have ever taken, and really helped me overcome the mental health issues I’ve been struggling with over the last few years. I returned home feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and finally feeling like myself again for the first time in a very long time.
The day after I got back to Glasgow from Toronto I flew to Bangkok to backpack across Thailand for a month. This was the first time I’d visited anywhere in Asia without a concrete itinerary. After spending those two months getting back to myself in Canada, it was incredible to spend time by myself at the water to regroup before heading back to Scotland for my Masters year at university. I revisited places I’d been to already like Ao Nang and Koh Phi Phi and went to new islands like Koh Phagnan to celebrate the Full Moon Party.
Since I’ve been home, I’ve been back and forward to St Andrews and went to different cities for weekend trips with my friends from university. I’ve already planned my first two trips of 2019 and am so excited to be booking a one-way ticket to Asia in the summer!