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A little late for a welcome to the new year, let’s plan for the future type post but I’d actually intended to write and publish this a good 3 weeks ago; that was, until life, love and sat navs got in the way.

I’ve spent the last 2 months holed away, working like an absolute hound, alternating between staring at the same four walls of my day night job and the sloped ceiling of my rented bedroom, while regularly putting in 100 hour work weeks across my actual job and my freelance stuff. I’ve listened to a grand total of 213,000 audio clips totalling more than 170 hours, managed to get RSI in both wrists and one shoulder as a result (diagnosed by Dr Google as opposed to an actual professional) and consistently managed to stay alive on less than 4 hours sleep a night.

And I. Am. Exhausted.

You know that phrase about being a permanently exhausted pigeon?

I’ll take that saying and raise it a thousand.

I am more than an exhausted pigeon. I’m a sloth in a zombified state, a broken down and steamless steam-train in the middle of a disused track, an aging triceratops on the brink of extinction. A year-long nap would be too short for me at this point. I need a lifetime of uninterrupted, sweet and dreamless sleep.

However, as of 6am yesterday morning, after 31 hours of sitting in front of my laptop existing on small 30-minutes bursts of sleep, I’m a free bird. A free bird with enough money on my pending invoices to finance almost all of my 2018 travel plans. And with enough time to finally get around to writing about last year’s trips. And the year before that. And the four years before that. 

I also just filled in my self-assessment tax return online (a day before the deadline, because I am a responsible grown-up), and have determined there’s a 50/50 chance I’ll be carted away to Cellblock D for accidental fraud due to answering “no” to all the questions I didn’t understand. Capital gains? Tax losses? Pension contributions? Should I know what any of these things are? Yes. Do I know what these things are? Of course not. Because back in school it was apparently more important to teach us how many bags of sugar could fit on the Titanic if there were X amount of passengers instead of useful real-life number stuff like tax deductibles and what tax credits actually are.

Anyway, the point is that once again I have time on my hands. A lot of time. And I’m so excited to jump headfirst back into the online world!

When I shared my hopelessly optimistic end of year review last month, I did sort of think that the enthusiasm was a novelty, and that it’d wear off given time. But it’s still here! And I am ready and raring to go. Some might say I am absolutely buzzing.

I’ve missed catching up with my favourite blogs; I’ve missed reading (and replying) the comments on my site. I’ve missed the whole community, the camaraderie and everything that comes with it. And most of all, I’ve missed writing. My fingers are positively tingling with excitement at the thought of being able to sit and write again. Of being able to share my sometimes amusing, sometimes confusing thoughts, ideas, and experiences with those who chose to read them.

Despite being already a month into the new year, I am still so excited for what’s to come.


  1. Happy you’re back! Slaving away at work is never fun, but sometimes, it’s necessary for the big reward in the end– so great you can finance all your travels for this year! Can’t wait to read your posts about previous adventures!

    • rhiydwi Reply

      Thank you! I feel like I’ve come back to school after the summer holidays haha.

  2. If I’d been putting in hundred hour weeks for the past two months, even a lifelong snooze wouldn’t be enough! My regular (and often slow/delayed/cancelled) commute is enough to make me weary by the end of the week. There should definitely have been more “real life” useful stuff taught at school – stuff like tax is boring, but would be so much less intimidating if you had a better idea of how it worked! Does that mean NZ is on the cards? I seem to recall a post way back when in which Hobbiton and future plans came up together… 🙂

    • rhiydwi Reply

      I know, right?! The self-assessment tax thing was a minefield, and I’d left it way too let to discuss with an advisor/accountant haha.
      Yes it does!!! I’m so excited! Going for 2.5 weeks end of April first (£420RT flights, how could I not?!) and then hopefully a lot longer in our summer/their winter. Hoping to get into hiking/rambling before I go too, as there are some amazing hikes and walks there! Don’t suppose you have any tips for a complete newbie who absolutely despised physical activity in any form?

    • rhiydwi Reply

      Funny – I sent you a similar (not-so-similar) message on Instagram!

  3. Yay! I loved reading this post and hearing you’re going to be writing more and planning adventures. I can’t wait to hear all about them! We are planning a little Canadian roadtrip for my 30th and I’m literally dizzy with excitement.

    • rhiydwi Reply

      Canada?! That’s exciting!!!! When is your 30th? Am I allowed to ask that? Haha.

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