It’s an annual tradition around this time of the year for me to start reflecting on how the year went by. There were moments where I wondered if such post were necessary, and I knew我在2017年写了同样的感觉, but looking at my past reflection posts – I knew it’s a tradition I will want to keep.
I really have to thank my friend slash coworker Lucas for this one. Lucas is our Product Manager in my full-time job at交易委员会我们在同一支队工作。当他第一次倾斜三周后的工作时，我得说我持怀疑态度。但他得到了必要的批准，并发生了这次旅行。
但让我说实话 - 遥远的工作日并不像我的照片一样寒意。我们早起，去某个地方徒步旅行，然后在午餐后回来，直到夜间与办公室时间交换回家。我们通常在9-10左右结束。
......新西兰本身？我相信它确实是世界上最美丽的国家之一。我们做了这么多令人难以置信的徒步旅行（甚至要求我们在雪地上排出所有四个）, that I’m legit scared I won’t be able to top this one off. Once you see the photos, you’ll understand why!
- Ben Lomond Hike in Queenstown
- Lake Marian Day Hike in Fiordland National Park
- Hooker Valley Track in Aoraki / Mount Cook
I used to live in LA. I went to high school in a suburban city an hour away from here, before spending time for my undergrad at UCLA. You could say this is where most of my formative years were spent. I left LA ten years ago and haven’t been back since – until this year.
回到你曾经知道的地方是一种奇怪的感觉。我在这里度过的时间对我成为的人产生了强烈影响，但是这么多改变了洛杉矶对我感到陌生。然而，有很少的斑点和碎片保持不变 - 怀旧是一种苦乐参半的感觉。
我合作了Hotels.com.to showcase why Paris is the top destination city for foodies. I first visited Paris on my first trip to Europe back in 2011. It was my first time ever traveling, so visiting Paris again as a somewhat more seasoned traveler was an interesting trip. I learned a lot more about French cuisine,特别是糕点! The glorious, crumbly, buttery pastries. And the fact that cheese is a perfectly okay thing to have as dessert after a meal.
Although, for a so-called “seasoned traveler” I also got scammed badly by the taxi scammers in CDG -_- it was a pretty traumatizing experience which involved verbal altercation because I refused to give in to the scammer’s demands. Thankfully I came out physically unscathed and the incident did not taint my trip to Paris, which continued to be wonderful. In short, it could have been a lot worse.
5. I spent a lot of time in Bali
When my boyfriend and I decided totravel to Bali for New Year’s Eve去年，我们不知道我们最终会在明年在这个岛上花很多时间。由于一些机会和职业变化（对他），他经常在巴厘岛和新加坡之间来回洗牌。当然，这也意味着我去巴厘岛拜访他！我最终去了今年的四次巴厘岛，并味道了延长一段时间内的生活在巴厘岛的感受。幸运的我
我今年早些时候邀请到北印度婚礼，感谢我的同事和朋友Akanksha。她和她的丈夫来自拉贾斯坦邦，印度的一个国家位于该国北部的国家 - 并以其极其节日的婚礼仪式而闻名，持续了2天。Having attended the wedding myself, I can confirm this was true – lots of cultural lesson and great food were had.
Climate change is happening guys, whether you want to acknowledge it or not. Over the past five years, I’ve done various efforts like reducing my usage of one-time-use plastic and producing less waste, but there is one thing I have not tried:吃少吃. I had been reading about how our meat consumption has a terrible impact on our environment, but I hadn’t done anything about it.
My transition to eating less meat started sort of accidentally – one day, I happened to be eating vegetarian meals for lunch or dinner. I didn’t even notice I was doing it at first, but once I did, I became curious how long I would be able to live without meat if I were to consciously avoid it. A few days became a week, a week became two and suddenly the experiment continued on for 3 weeks and I did not eat meat at all during that period. Normally, I would have meat for all of my meals so this was a huge feat for me.
从那以后，我一直在吃肉，但频率远远少于我频繁。如今我的哲学是：我认为吃肉作为奢侈品 - 我并不是说价格标签。毕竟，活着的动物确实死了，所以我可以消耗这种肉，所以最好是为了一个充分的理由。
这将是一个很长的人，但是，我已经开始在工作日删除Instagram应用程序。当我向一些朋友讲述了这个问题时，我遇到了惊讶的宽眼睛和“whaaaaaat？”。对于那些只知道我这个博客的人，我维护了一个叫做的Instagram帐户@girleatworldwith a considerable following, and people couldn’t understand why I would ditch that.
Here’s the thing… I’ve started having doubts about Instagram as a platform. It was really fun to be on Instagram and posting creative photos back in 2013-2014. Back then it was a much simpler time and we were so innocent, doing things without the intention of making money. To this day, I still love and appreciate those who follow me on @girleatworld. And I’m of course thankful for the number of travel opportunities I received just by being on Instagram (塔斯马尼亚岛和巴黎were sponsored trips I got from Instagram, just to name a few).
但是，2018年现在快进到现在，I have to admit that Instagram has grown to be a very toxic environment. To me, and possibly to many others. And I know I’m not alone in this thinking. Here’s why:
我一直都有一个智能手机成瘾。我知道。但Instagram的崛起和有许多粉丝只会加剧了我的成瘾。只有当我看看我的iPhone屏幕时间应用程序时，我意识到我在这个应用程序上花了太多时间 - 我每天一天在Instagram上平均时为1-1.5小时。这是在一个应用程序上度过的很多时间。
And to some extent, I suspect the blame wasn’t entirely on me. I think the folks over at Instagram have perfected the art of keeping their users on the app, giving us infinite content and stories to mindlessly scroll and tap on. So that’s why I’ve resorted to deleting the app for most of the week. I don’t want to be off Instagram completely since it’s so integrated into our social life, but I definitely needed to wean myself off it.
2. The sad state of influencer scene on Instagram
This is something that has saddened me for a while. I feel that these days, Instagram is ridden with accounts posting the same type of photos over and over again.
我从来没有真正喜欢这个术语“影响者”。当您有一个受众和影响他们观察世界的方式时，它有一个固有的责任。当你从某人获得“关注”时，这意味着他们将他们的一天中的一部分信任，他们的注意力 - 然后反过来，你应该呈现真实和真实的内容。但是当这么多内容赞助时，你如何保持真实？当大多数这些帐户都在为他们发布的内容付费时，您如何留下真实的问题？
I still don’t have a conclusion for this, but it definitely made me step back from Instagram considerably more this year. And instead, I’ve been putting my time more towards…
9. I started putting more thoughts into growing this blog
This blog started out just a casual diary thing that I keep from time to time. It still is, but it has evolved to be a little bit more than just that. It started with the登上Rinjani博客帖子和First Time in Tokyopost that I originally wrote for my friends but somehow became the #1 result on Google search. That’s when I realized my travel posts could actually be valuable to others too.
Around mid-February, I finally did some much needed technical improvements and optimizations to the blog. To the seasoned bloggers, these improvements are a nothing new, just part of a basic checklist. But, since I haven’t really done anything to the blog prior, I’m proud to say it has博客流量增加了一倍多与去年相比，由于有机搜索流量！这是我部分的最小努力 - 我每月花在博客上只花了几个小时，如果有的话。
Just to clarify, my numbers still aren’t stellar and I don’t have plans on making money off the blog at the moment.
10.. What does 2019 have in store?
2019 at the moment is a big question mark for me. I know so far that I’ll be spending the new years eve and first two weeks of 2019 in巴厘岛再次（我做那个地方），我最好的朋友KAT想要（最后）来到新加坡拜访我，也许我们会从这里去越南访问越南。除此之外，我没有具体的计划。
So I’ll just list out my hope for this year: I would love to go back to Japan again at some point. I would love to get back into diving again, something that was huge for me in2016. I would love to finally visit South America – I keep saying that but I never actually made it there yet.
But I won’t stress. No matter what, I know I’ll end up travelling.
… and that wraps up my 2018. Thanks for reading, everyone! I’ll see you in 2019.