In the grand scheme of things, this year could have been a lot worse for me personally. Although I've felt quite weighed down at times with the worries that we've probably all had all year, I've been one of the lucky ones and I don't take that for granted at all.
Regularly scheduled content will continue next week, but I just wanted to say a quick goodbye to Meg's Gap Life 2020 Edition, and do a little appreciation post to highlight some of the GOOD things that also happened this year. Focus on the positives- that's all we can do! Despite the hardship, we still managed to have a pretty eventful year, and even managed to squeeze in a few trips. Let's have a look at what we got up to...
We were lucky that in January we managed to squeeze an international trip in, before sh*t really hit the fan. David and I visited Marrakech, a place that had been top of the bucket list for quite a few years. We had the time of our life and are desperate to get back again, you can read all about our trip here.
Again, just as the dreaded C word was becoming more apparent, we managed to squeeze in a trip to Bowness-On-Windermere for David's birthday. We got even luckier with this one, and I'm so glad we managed to have a nice coupley weekend away together before well, you know. If Bowness is on your radar, check out this post where I talk about all the things you can see and do while you're there.
Meg's Gap Life
Of course, this year was the year of the blog. Although my first couple of posts were written at the end of 2019, this year I really found my stride. I rebranded to Meg's Gap Life, created the website, bought the domain, and just really fell in love with writing. Throughout the year there've been so many posts that I'm really proud of, and not only did I get some amazing people to collaborate on travel reviews here, but I also guest wrote a couple of pieces too, such as this piece I wrote for the incredible Plus Size Travel Too site.
During the couple of summer months that we were allowed to travel, we decided not to risk going abroad, but we did hideaway in the Peak District for a few nights. We did nothing but sleep, hike, and have pub lunches, it was divine. It was the break from city-lockdown life that we needed, and I can't wait to go back asap. If you're up North, definitely consider the Peak District next time you're looking for a quiet getaway. You can read all about what to do there on this post.
The one perk of being furloughed this year was not having to travel at peak time. During August we managed to bag a night at the famous Titanic Hotel in Liverpool for a bargain price; a nice change from the budget accommodation we usually go for. We had the perfect weather to sit outside for socially distanced drinks, and the sea air made it feel like a real holiday. We hardly spent a penny too, as you can do so much stuff there for free. Check out this post for 10 free activity ideas in Liverpool.
In September I managed to sneak off for a girls weekend to Cardiff with my best friend. We spent the whole weekend exploring, catching up and drinking too much booze, it was perfect! I fell in love with Cardiff, and there's a post coming soon all about what we got up to. You can also check out this post for some cheap food ideas within the city.
Started My Degree
This year provided a lot of us with the one thing we never have... time. We had so much of it, too much really, but luckily this extra time to think helped me realise what I wanted to study. You may have noticed that I went quiet for a few weeks in October- I was starting my degree! I'm now studying to become a primary school teacher and I'm thrilled about it. Thanks 2020!
Moved To Harrogate
Yep, I haven't mentioned on here yet but back in November David and I moved to Harrogate. I love Manchester dearly and I will be back, but we fancied a change of scenery and something a little different from big city life. We're absolutely loving it so far, and I cannot wait to dive into some Yorkshire exploration and get some posts written for you.
Now, what's in store for 2021?
I'm not one for 'new years resolutions' but I think it's nice sometimes to have some goals to work towards, even its just to be happier or more grateful. Blog wise, I want to carry on posting as much as possible and try to pace myself a bit more. This year I either posted 3 times a week or not at all, so next year I want to commit to 1 post per week plus an extra 1 whenever I have the time and/or inspiration. In my personal life, I'd like to get outside more now that we live somewhere with actual green space. I love a good hike for both physical and mental reasons, and there are some really beautiful places near by that I'm really excited to explore. We have a couple of travel ideas for the year. We've booked a cheeky trip in June (which we're hoping the virus won't ruin), and my friends are meant to be getting married in Poland in August, so hopefully that gets to go ahead too! We don't plan to do any long or expensive trips for now because A- I'm a student now with a lot less money coming in and, B- We have some big plans for in the next couple of years that we really want to try and save for. I'll keep you updated, or you can follow along on my Instagram to see the adventures in real time.
And with that, 2020 is done! I'm so sincerely sorry if this year was extremely hard for any of you, I hope 2021 brings you more joy. I've tried to focus on the positives with this post but as I said, I'm very aware that I'm one of the lucky ones.
See you next year (ha), Meg x