As far as good years go, I have to say 2018 was an absolute banger for me.

I had so many incredible experiences, I’m a little worried my travel plans for 2019 won’t be able to top it!

I’ve achieved a lot this year and worked hard to make many of my dreams come true. Top of the list is moving to Scotland, which I’ve fantasized about for eight years.

I started the year in Canada, ticking off my second ski season at Big White Ski Resort in British Columbia.

2018 was the year I started to take travel blogging and freelancing seriously and made some decent money (psst- read my free guide on how to get started as a travel blogger here).

It was due to this freeing lifestyle that I was able to take 7 weeks off to hike the Scottish National Trail. It had always been a dream of mine to complete a long-distance hike- but I never imagined I would hike the length of a country!





I also started writing a book about my hike, which will be released in 2019.

Here is a collection of my favourite snaps I’ve taken on my Sony A6500 and some other unfortgettable experiences I’ve had this year as a solo female travel blogger.

1. Dog Sledding in Canada

Candle Creek dog sledding Big White Ski Resort


2. Climbing an Ice Tower

Climbing an ice tower at Big White Ski Resort


3. Snowmobiling in Canada

Snowmobiling in Canada at Big White Ski Resort





4. Snowshoeing in Canada

Snowshoeing in Canada at Big White Ski Resort


5. Spending a weekend in Vancouver

Vancouver viewed from the Granville Island bridge


6. Completing my second ski season in Canada

Hanging out at the summit of Big White Ski Resort





7. A trip to London

Wellington arch in London


8. Visiting the Tower of London

Tower of London in snow


9. Spending a week in Dundee

Dundee Law





10. Exploring the Glasgow Necropolis

Glasgow necropolis


11. Moving to Edinburgh

Castle Rock hostel is right next to Edinburgh Castle in Old Town


12. Exploring Melrose Abbey

Melrose Abbey





13. Waking up to this view of Loch Glencoul on the Scottish National Trail

loch glencoul on the scottish national trail


14. Via Ferrata in Kinlochleven with Watch Me See

Via Ferrata in Kinlochleven with Vertical Descents

Photo: Vertical Descents 

15. Spending the weekend hiking in Rannoch Moor (read the post here)

Loch Ossian Hostel in the Scottish Highlands

Photo: Kathi Kamleitner 





16. Exploring castles in Scotland

Craigmillar Castle Edinburgh Outlaw King Filming Location


17. Spending a weekend promoting the Isle of Skye (read the post here)

the quraing isle of skye at sunrise

Photo: Kathi Kamleitner

18. Visiting Eilean Donan castle

Eilean Donan Castle things to see driving to Isle of Skye

PLANNING A TRIP TO SCOTLAND?

Hostelworld is the best place to book hostels

Airbnb is another cheap alternative to accommodation in Scotland (psst- get $33USD credit for your first booking here)

For hotels, I always compare prices on Booking.com, Agoda and TRVL

Wanting to splurge? I recommend JustB or the Balmoral

I book tours with Get Your Guide

I always use Auto Europe for booking a rental car

Hiking in Scotland? Never go without an OS Survey map!

Want to take a piece of Scotland home with you? I sell beautiful photographs of Scotland on printed canvas!

Shop my favourite travel guides on Scotland.

What was your highlight for 2018?





 

 

 

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