2017 Year in Review
It’s hard to believe that another year has come to an end. As a child, the years seemed to stretch on forever (the wait between birthdays was interminable!) but time really does seem to speed up the older you get. These last 12 months has seen a lot of changes for both Victoria and I – both on a personal level and for globetotting (more on that later!). The biggest change came in the summer and saw us both pack up our bags, our homes and our families for another move. Victoria headed to Ecuador and has settled into – and loving – life in Quito, and I moved back to the UK where settling in is a work in process! Moving around has its challenges but moving “home” sometimes takes the most adjustment.
Still, despite big moves and big changes for globetotting, 2017 also brought some fantastic family travels. Here’s a quick round-up of where we’ve been and what we’ve seen, some ideas on where to go on a family holiday in 2018 and what’s next for globetotting.
Go to Guatemala
We both started 2017 with a trip to Guatemala. We travelled independent of each other although we did cross over for a couple of hours in Antigua! Guatemala is an amazing destination for families and very easy to travel around. From the characterful town of Antigua where you can learn how to make chocolate to the breathtaking Lake Atitlan that’s fun to discover by boat. And then there’s Tikal, one of the most incredible ancient Mayan civilisations in the world. If you haven’t been to Guatemala already, bookmark it for 2018!
Vive la France
From Guatemala I then headed to Morzine, France where I camped out en famille for six glorious, snow-filled weeks. My husband had been given a sabbatical from work and so we traded the megacity of Mexico for a small alpine village in the Alps. It was heaven. I’ve still to write about Morzine in winter but it’s an equally family-friendly place to visit in the summer, take a look at this post for ideas on things to do.
With our return to Mexico came news that our time living in Mexico City was coming to an end. Nick was offered a new role back at HQ in London and so we would be heading back to England in July, after nearly 12 years abroad. Even now that we’ve been back in the UK six months, I still feel that my home is Mexico City; I loved living there! Fortunately we managed to squeeze in a handful of fun trips before we had to say adiós, including a wonderful trip to Mexico’s magical wine region, Valle de Guadalupe. I also finally managed to publish my guide to 50 things to do in Mexico City with kids. If you’ve ever considered taking the kids to Mexico City, do it! It’s a brilliant city to discover with children.
Not long after we received news that we would be leaving Mexico, Victoria and her family were told that they would be leaving Panama and setting up home in Quito, Ecuador. Cue lots of garage sales, last-minute souvenir shopping and packing of bags from us both. The move to Quito has been a great one for Victoria and the kids (her favourite posting to date she says!) and they are happily settled and have set about exploring Ecuador and beyond – take a look at some of their photos from their recent trip to The Galapagos Islands.
Back in Europe
Since being back in the UK we’ve managed to explore a bit of Europe including a fun week discovering northern Denmark where we took a trip to the original Legoland park in Billund. In October, Nick and Alfie, our eldest, took a boys trip to Paris to celebrate Alfie turning 10 and we recently spent the most incredible week in Finnish Lapland where we went snowshoeing, learnt to cross country ski, went snowmobiling through the forest by moonlight and even met the Big Man himself. I’m excited about exploring much more of Europe and have a great list of European cities to tick off thanks to recommendations from some of my favourite family travel bloggers.
Around the World
We were lucky to have some fantastic guest posts again this year including a guide to things to do in Bogota with kids, a top 10 guide to Buenos Aires for families, and some of the best museum sleepovers at galleries around the world. Philippa, our mum in The Philippines, shared her adventures in Bulgaria, which looks like a wonderful destination for families, a comprehensive guide to visiting Vietnam with children, and more fantastic posts on travelling in The Philippines with kids.
I mentioned at the start of this post that there have been some big changes with globetotting and as much as it saddens me to say it, Victoria is leaving globetotting for adventures new. It’s been a wonderful ride building globetotting together as it has morphed and shaped over the years from a hotel review site for Delhi parents desperate to escape the city to the family travel blog that it is today. Although I will miss her greatly, I’m excited by her new projects (take a look at her work with the Galapagos Safari Camp) and grateful for the time that we had working together; in a life where you are often moving around it’s amazing to have friendships that are constant.
Gracias a Todos!
As always, thank you for all your support in 2017, here’s to new adventures in 2018 and beyond!