New Beginnings

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I’ve been thinking a lot about Petite Adventures lately. I mean, I always think about it but over the last few months, I’ve been thinking about the big picture and what I would like this space to be.

It all started at the TBEX Conference in July in Stockholm. I’d spent a few months working on this blog, trying to grow it into something, and I was attending the conference to learn from the best, those who’d been there, in hopes of finding the secret formula for success. On that very first morning, I barely even made it through the first session when I realised I wasn’t the target audience for this conference.

Over the next few days, I sat in session after session, listening to great speakers who were trying to teach me how to turn my blog into a business by doing X, Y, and Z, I couldn’t help but think: That’s great, but that’s not what I want. I admired their success stories and I took copious notes, but the whole time I was stuck with the thought: That’s not what I want.

That is until Spud Hilton’s keynote session. The travel editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, Hilton spoke about writing, he talked about some of the pieces he’d written and how they came to be. But mostly, he talked about writing, and how to write a truly great travel piece, and I was inspired.

That’s what I wanted. Continue reading

Petite Adventures Month in Review: November 2016

Petite Adventures Month in Review - November 2016 []

Not too much has changed since my last monthly round-up: November was a month filled with work, worrying and wondering when a few last pieces would fall into place.

But, since I don’t want this to become a place where I come to complain and only share the negatives, I’ve decided to ignore all the things that are annoying me, and focus on the positives that occurred over the last month (if you really want to read about the negatives, you can check out my latest expat update for details).

Let’s just say, November and I didn’t get off to the best start, but we’ve since turned our relationship around, and let’s leave it at that.

November wasn’t a month filled with travel or adventures, but it was a great month for us on a personal level. We’ve made a few friends here in Leeds from various parts of our lives (colleagues, classmates, as well as friends we randomly met and hit it off with), so our weekends this month were spent nurturing those new friendships (i.e., eating, drinking and laughing). It’s been quite wonderful and has definitely filled the void left by our lack of travel.

Having a diverse group of friends has also helped us settle in Leeds much faster than we did in Madrid. At this time last year, although we’d been living in the city for two-plus months, Madrid still didn’t feel like home, whereas here in Leeds, it’s a completely different story. I guess the old adage is true: it’s the people, not the places. Continue reading

My Favourite Holiday Tradition: Christmas Markets

My Favourite Holiday Tradition: Christmas Markets []

I will admit, I’m not the biggest fan of Christmas. It’s one day that often comes with a lot of build-up, a lot of stress (did I buy the right present, did I spend too much money, who or what am I forgetting, etc.) and, honestly, I could really do without the music.

That’s right, I said it. I am not into Christmas music, especially when it starts playing in November – I mean seriously, let’s hold off on Rudolf until at least December 1st.

Anyways, moving on…

While I’m not totally in love with Christmas itself, I do thoroughly enjoy many of the aspects that make up the holidays: feeling all warm and cosy on a cold winters day, sipping on hot beverages, spending time with family and friends, twinkle lights, and the food!

So, it’s safe to say that Christmas markets and I are pretty much a match made in heaven. But, it hasn’t always been that way.  Continue reading

Feeling Festive

Feeling Festive Holiday Bucket List []

I’m not sure what happened but earlier this week a switch flipped. I went from thinking it was far too early for Leeds to be Christmastown to suddenly thinking it just wasn’t festive enough.

Perhaps it’s because we’ve had a bit of snow here in Leeds (and a threat of more), or maybe it’s because I researched and posted my Gift Guide for Travellers earlier this week (did you miss it? Check it out here), or, maybe it’s because I’ve been surrounded by lights music and mince pies for the past 25 days and I had to give in at some point.

Whatever it is, I’m going with it!

So, to celebrate what I’m considering the start of the holiday season, I’ve put together my holiday bucket list. Cheers! Continue reading

Great Gifts for the Traveller in Your Life

Guide Guide Travellers 2016 []

The holidays are right around the corner, and to be completely honest with you, I’m in a bit of a state of denial. Leeds has been covered from head to toe in Christmas lights for weeks now, the Christmas Market is up and running, and yet I can’t seem to wrap my head around the fact that it’s almost the end of November.

Needless to say, I haven’t started on any of my Christmas shopping. I’ve barely even thought about it, which can be a bit stressful when you’re just not sure what to get for that special someone: the traveller in your life.

To help you avoid being in my situation, and to help you find the perfect gift for your loved ones, I’ve pulled together a few items that any traveller is sure to love.

Keep reading to discover great gifts for the traveller, wanderluster and jet-setters in your life.

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