Happy New Year from Christchurch, New Zealand! I hope everyone had a great celebration! My friends and I went into town, saw some fireworks, and had a few drinks. It was a low key and relaxing new year’s celebration, but one I definitely wanted after 3 years of Full Moon Parties. But, to me, New Year’s isn’t anything special- it’s like a fancy night out. I’ll take Australia Day, Bastille Day, or the Fourth of July over it any day. But nonetheless, it’s hard to believe that it’s a new decade let alone a new year. The 2000s were an interesting decade. I only wonder what is in store for the next one.
2010 is a big year for me. I’ll be traveling to Australia, Fiji, Bali, Thailand, spending over a month on the Greek islands, heading back to Italy after 3 years, living in New York City, driving across the United States, and then heading down to Central America and the Caribbean. It’s going to be a busy travel year but that excites me. I tend to revisit a lot of the destinations I go to so it will be good to visit new places, even if it’s just to new parts of countries I’ve already been to.
Moreover, 2010 will also see a lot of changes for this website. I’m going in a semi-new direction with the content. For 2010, you readers can expect:
More videos. I plan to produce a lot more videos. I recently and reluctantly switched to a Mac since iMovie makes video editing really easy and, with limited time on the road, I need something simple. I am also getting an animated introduction done for my videos, which should be done by the end of the month. While I’ll have one or two videos in January, I plan to start producing three or four starting in February.
Bigger photos. I’ll be putting bigger photos in my posts from now on. I want to make the stories more visual so you can really get a feel for these destinations. No more small justified photos but instead large photos that go the width of the post.
More culture and history articles. I’ll still continue writing about where I’ve been as well as general travel tips and advice. However, I’ll be adding stories and posts on the history and culture of the places I visit to give a more rounded picture of what they are like. I won’t be turning into National Geographic but I’ll be highlighting more than just what to see and do in a place.
More Contests. I’m going to start giving away more travel prizes (starting with one next week!). Travel has been good to me and I want it to be good to you too. I want others to experience how great travel can be so I’ll be giving away a major travel related prize every few months. I’ll be kicking it off with a bang on Monday. You’re jaw will drop when you see what I am giving away!
Overall, not too much is going to change. I plan on bringing in more visuals to complete the experience on the website. Stories, tips, and advice are great but reading about a place only gives you a small picture of it but adding photos and video can complete the picture. In reality, what this really means for you is that you’ll be seeing a bit more content published on the website. I’ll be publishing content, whether it is the weekly photo, a video, or articles, about four or five times a week.
Last year was a big year for me and my website and I gained a lot of momentum that I plan to carry through into this year.
Happy New Year!