Traveling is not so much about money, is about friends.
Last year was a year of travel for us. Travel but also many other things... a good year! I will travel again, I love traveling, but perhaps closer to home this year: the kids needs a full year at school, with their friends, and I need to do a few things around the house, and to concentrate on my work.
I have a lot of friends to thank for last year's travels, friends who opened their homes to us. Family too, of course, but somehow from family you expect this. But to have friends scattered around the globe is the best thing ever: we can all visit each other, often! And of course I have to thank my children for being such good kids, polite and thoughtful guests, easy to travel with.
So this year I will be more 'homey', looking around for ideas in home decor blogs, if you have any good suggestions please let me know :-)! And of course I am always keen on more gardening tips and inspirations!
Last year, in brief
January: a mega crop of everything in my veggie garden!
February: Left New Zealand for Singapore, Vietnam, and finally Italy!!!
March: Base in Lombardy, Skiing in the Alps, and popping into Switzerland... another dot in the kids' map!
April: Visiting several Italian cities, the highlights were in Tuscany... with some shopping too, for once!
May: More Italian cities, lakes, and villages to visit, with a base in Boario, where the kids attended school.
July: New base in the Dolomites, trips to Austria, Slovenia, Germany and Sardinia.
August: Art immersion in Veneto, family time, and friends visiting :-)
September: More trips to wonderful places in Italy, including my Dad's birthplace, in Emilia Romagna, and his place of rest, in Sicily.
October: Back home, to New Zealand, and working hard at my book!
November: Traveling within New Zealand, for work as well as pleasure.