Happy New Year!!! I love the beginning of a new year. 2016 was a very mixed year. It left my heart broken for this planet and mankind. It was a confusing year and it got me thinking about my place in the world and if there’s anything I can do to make it a better place. The highlights of 2016 for me were starting this website, moving to Canada (despite returning home), graduating with a BA in Heritage Studies, and publishing a guidebook for the west of Ireland.
So what’s instore for It’s A Travelful Life in 2017? Now more than ever I want to work in the heritage sector. And okay yeah I’m already working in it as such being a tour guide but I want to help people preserve their heritage and educate people how they can do that, all in a responsible way. I believe that experiencing cultural heritage responsibly and expressing your own culture is a human right. Maybe it’s a lofty dream. However, the next step is to return to college in September and receive my Honours Degree in Heritage Studies.
I kept in touch with my bosses from The Quiet Man Museum while in Canada and over Christmas they asked to meet up in the New Year to discuss the possibility of me returning when the season starts. Before I left for Canada they did say to me not to be afraid to return and if they could they’d fit me in somewhere in the museum. However, people say a lot things and I didn’t want to raise my hopes that they would ask me back. I’m extremely lucky that they’re considering taking me back.
I’ve signed up to the Travel Bloggers Success membership and their Bloggers to Bylines freelancing course, so I’ll be upping the ante on here and hopefully spread out into freelance work, using this space as my portfolio. Which will probably mean less posts, ie. once a month. Of course 2017 isn’t complete without some travelling. I have a trip to Edinburgh next week, London next month and Bath in March. When I’m back at work and college I’ll be exploring more of my country, and bringing you more narrative type posts full of history, the arts, folklore, archaeology, built environment and natural environment.
So all that’s left to do is to wish you all health, happiness and lots of travel for 2017. What are your travel plans for the new year?